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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 (External link), 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 (External link))

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 (External link))

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 (External link) 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 (External link)

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 (External link)

LIL

Limoges

Aéroport de Bellegarde - Limoges

LIG

Lorient

Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud

LRT

Lyon

Aéroport de Lyon Saint-Exupéry (External link)

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 (External link)

NCE

Nîmes

Aéroport Arles Camargue - Nîmes

FNI

Paris

Aéroport d'Orly (External link)

ORY

Paris

Aéroport Roissy - Charles de Gaulle (External link)

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 (External link)

LDE

Toulon

Aéroport de Toulon - Hyères

TLN

Toulouse

Aéroport de Toulouse - Blagnac (External link)

TLS

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