Durham (North Carolina)
Heading to France mid-May and currently scouting airline prices for flying in and out of Paris. We're planning to see multiple parts of the country--any suggestions/considerations regarding which cities we should arrive to and exit from?
It depends on what parts of France you want to see. The most flights and those with fewer stops will be into and out of Paris. I have also flown into or out of Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur, Marseille Provence Airport, and Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. There are good connections to and from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Last summer, we flew into Paris and back from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which has a lot of convenient flights and is a pleasant 3 hour train ride from Paris. We spent 3 nights in Amsterdam before returning home.
I would first plan where you want to go in France, and then figure out which airports are most convenient and have the best prices and connections. You should probably make your reservations as soon as you can, because the cheaper seats, or the free ones if you are using miles, will be gone soon for May.
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Charles de Gaulle Airport is the only airport I've flown into in France (located in Paris) but I think it's the biggest airport in the country. You'll probably have good luck finding decently priced tickets to De Gaulle as well. You could book a one-way into De Gaule and then fly out of Nice, or where you end up staying.