Flying into France

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Flying into France

Airlines

There are numerous airlines available to you according to your country of departure. The main airlines though are Air France KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa as well as the low cost carriers (EasyJet, Ryanair, Volare etc). Here are the air services between France and the United States:

Attention, it is important to note and to be aware of the fact that there is a black list of airlines that cannot serve as carriers in France and the EU (refer to the list of airlines subject to a ban of operations in the EU)

French airports

France is very well serviced with airports, both large and small. The largest are situated in the major cities and serve as international bases. That said, there are many smaller airports that are just as accessible (refer to the complete list of French airports)

The two main airports are obviously those which serve the capital:

  • Paris-Orly:  a tourist information and greeting point, situated at the exit of the International South Terminal, offers you information and advice on Paris and its region. You can also buy tickets to shows, public transport tickets, tourist products and they offer a hotel reservation service as well. This information point equally offers the business traveller up-to-date information on current corporate events in the area and access to the business services in the airport. They are open 7 days a week, from 7:15am until 9:40pm.
  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle (often called "Roissy"): offers you the same services and information as Orly, with the information desks located in Terminal 2C Door 5 (7:00am until 2:45pm), Terminal 2D Door 5 (8:00am until 10:30pm), Terminal 2E Arrivals Hall, Terminal 2F Arrivals Door 11 (7:00am until 9:3pm) and Terminal 1 Arrivals Door 4 (7:00am until 8:30pm).

There are two other airports that serve Paris, favoured by certain low-cost carriers, one is found at Beauvais-Tillé and the other at Vatry.

  • Beauvais-Tillé Airport is located north of Paris and it takes just over an hour to get there by shuttle bus from Porte Maillot, Paris (access via the Métro line 1, or RER C). When travelling via Beauvais Airport, be sure to verify shuttle bus times as they are scheduled to the arrival and departure for each flight to and from the airport. This must also be taken into consideration if you are thinking of transiting to another airport in Paris.
  • Paris-Vatry is situated 150km from Paris, in the Champagne region. The airport offers shuttle services allowing you to and from Paris, and even Disneyland.

To get to and from the main Parisian airports, passengers have several modes of transport available to them, both public and private. From buses to limousines, the RER, taxis or organised private transport, the options are plentiful.

To withdraw or exchange money, there are 21 ATMs and a bank available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (the bank is open 8:45am until 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, Terminal 2D-2F), as for Paris-Orly, there are 8 ATMs and a bank (open from 8:45am until 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, West Terminal). There are also 21 bureaux de change available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (open from 6:00am until 10:30pm or 6:30am until 11:30pm according to the terminal, and from 7:00am until 5:00pm after customs), and 2 at Paris-Orly (6:30am until 9:30pm in the South Terminal).

Baggage Clearance Regulations:

Your baggage can be searched at any airport in France.

For example: the baggage of passengers in Paris who are in transit to another country could be searched at Charles de Gaulle International or Orly International.

Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

Currency rules

Currently Import regulations
Same regulations as for export apply.

Currently Export regulations

There aren't any restrictions on both the local currency (Euro - EUR) and foreign currencies if you're tavelling between EU member states.

If you are arriving directly from, or travelling to, a country outside of the EU, then the following applies: amounts exceeding 10,000€ (or the equivalent in another currency and/or currencies, including bank cheques oh any kind) must be declared.


List of French international airports:

TOWN

AIRPORT

CODE IATA

 Agen

 Aéroport d'Agen - La Garenne

 AGF

 Aix En Provence

 Aéroport d'Aix-En-Provence

 QXB

 Ajaccio

 Aéroport de Campo Dell'Oro

 AJA

 Amiens

 Aéroport d'Amiens

 QAM

 Angers

 Aéroport d'Angers

 ANE

 Angoulême

 Aéroport d'Angoulême

 ANG

 Annecy

 Aéroport d'Annecy - Meythet

 NCY

 Auxerre

 Aéroport d'Auxerre Branches

 XXH

 Avignon

 Aéroport de Caumon - Avignon

 AVN

 Bastia

 Aéroport de Poretta - Bastia

 BIA

 Beauvais

 Aéroport de Tillé

 BVA

 Bergerac

 Aéroport de Bergerac - Roumanière

 EGC

 Béziers

 Aéroport de Béziers Vias

 BZR

 Biarritz

 Aéroport de Biarritz - Anglet - Bayonne

 BIQ

 Bordeaux

 Aéroport de Bordeaux Mérignac

 BOD

 Brest

 Aéroport de Brest Guipavas

 BES

 Calvi

 Aéroport de Calvi - Saint Catherine

 CLY

 Castres

 Aéroport de Castres Mazamet

 DCM

 Chambéry

 Aéroport de Chambéry - Savoie

 CMF

 Clermont Ferrand

 Aéroport de Clermont-Ferrand - Auvergne

 CFE

 Figari

 Aéroport de Figari - Sud Corse

 FSC

 Grenoble

 Aéroport de Grenoble - Isère

 GNB

 La Rochelle

 Aéroport de la Rochelle

 LRH

 Lannion

 Aéroport Côte de Granit - Lannion

 LAI

 Le Havre

 Aéroport Le Havre - Octeville

 LEH

 Le Mans

 Aéroport Le Mans - Arnage

 LME

 Lille

 Aéroport de Lille - Lesquin

 LIL

 Limoges

 Aéroport de Bellegarde - Limoges

 LIG

 Lorient

 Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud

 LRT

 Lyon

 Aéroport de Lyon Saint-Exupéry

 LYS

 Marseille

 Aéroport de Marseille Provence

 MRS

 Metz

 Aéroport de Metz Nancy Lorraine

 ETZ

 Montpellier

 Aéroport de Montpellier Fréjorgues

 MPL

 Mulhouse

 Aéroport de Bale - Mulhouse - Freiburg

 MLH

 Nantes

 Aéroport de Nantes - Atlantique

 NTE

 Nice

 Aéroport de Nice Côte d'Azur

 NCE

 Nîmes

 Aéroport Arles Camargue - Nîmes

 FNI

 Paris

 Aéroport d'Orly

 ORY

 Paris

 Aéroport Roissy - Charles de Gaulle

 CDG

 Pau

 Aéroport de Pau Pyrénées

 PUF

 Perpignan

 Aéroport de Rivesaltes

 PGF

 Quimper

 Aéroport de Quimper Cornouaille

 UIP

 Rennes

 Aéroport Rennes Saint-Jacques

 RNS

 Rodez

 Aéroport de Rodez Marcillac

 RDZ

 Saint-Etienne

 Aéroport de Saint-Etienne Boutheon

 EBU

 Strasbourg

 Aéroport International de Strasbourg - Entzheim

 SXB

 Tarbes

 Aéroport de Tarbes - Lourdes - Pyrénées

 LDE

 Toulon

 Aéroport de Toulon - Hyères

 TLN

 Toulouse

 Aéroport de Toulouse - Blagnac

 TLS