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The alluring faces of France

A flight to France unlocks a world of wonder – quaint chateaux, cosy ski chalets and the azure oceans of the glamorous French Riviera are yearning to be explored.

France is renowned for romance – get ready to fall in love with the country’s alluring culture, its cosmopolitan cafes and charming architecture.

The countryside is just as impressive, boasting golden beaches, scenic hiking destinations and Mont Blanc – western Europe’s tallest mountain.

From the world-famous attractions of Paris to the pretty pink city of Toulouse and vibrancy of Marseille, France has a perfect destination for every traveller.

Tour the lavish Palace of Versailles, see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. Visit the Roman Arena of Nimes near Marseille or enjoy a ski adventure in the spectacular French Alps.

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What's the weather like in France?

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France has a moderate climate with warm summers and cool winters. However, there are some significant regional differences, with the south of the country – especially along the Mediterranean coast – hotter than the north.

February through to April are ideal times to fly to France to visit the country’s ski resorts. The figures shown are for Paris so if you’re flying elsewhere it’s worth checking the local weather before you leave.

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Paris (CDG)

Experience a true taste of cosmopolitan France in its romantic capital city. Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in France and a convenient gateway to the rest of the country. See the Eiffel Tower, explore the Louvre and visit the iconic Arc de Triomphe.

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Toulouse (TLS)

Flying to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is a great way to start your city stay. Dine in grandeur at the iconic Capitole de Toulouse, visit the Gothic vaults of Couvent des Jacobins or soak up the culture at Daurade. You can also take many sightseeing tours to dig beneath the surface of Toulouse.

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Nice (NCE)

Nice is more than just a historic city – it’s the heart of the French Riviera. Flying to Nice Côte-d’Azur Airport is the best way to reach France’s beautiful coast. See the colourful Old Town in Nice or go further afield to see the luxury of Monaco or glamour of Cannes.

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Reasons to visit France

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Explore Calanques National Park

The Calanques National Park is arguably the most beautiful part of the French Riviera. Here, rocky coves crowned with lush flora and fauna sit beside the ocean. Explore the many coves that dot the coast or admire the rugged landscape from the top of the limestone rock formations.

Discover the continent’s most exotic wildlife in this coastal paradise, including the Montpellier snake and Europe’s largest lizard. The protected stretch of Provençal landscape offers secret swimming spots along pristine white beaches, complete with crystal-clear waters.

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Indulge in Parisian food

As soon as your plane tickets to France are booked, you’re bound to start daydreaming about chocolate éclairs, savoury crêpes and comforting French onion soup.

The eateries in Paris are second to none. Visit cosy bistros that spill out onto the streets, Michelin-star restaurants serving haute cuisine and brasseries set in Art Nouveau arcades. Start the day with a delicious croissant and freshly ground coffee, then enjoy a hearty croque monsieur for a filling lunch.

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Ski in the French Alps

France is a country of beautiful contrasts. In summer, the southern region is a patchwork of sun-kissed beaches and glorious vineyards. In the mountains, you’ll find a winter wonderland from November until April.

Visit charming Alpine towns – such as Chamonix – and stunning ski resorts nestled in the snow-capped mountains. Travel to Lyon – a beautiful city that also serves as a gateway to the French Alps and a perfect base to start your French skiing adventure.

Things to know before you fly to France

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In France, tipping is not compulsory. It can be polite to tip beyond the service charge, but a few euros are usually sufficient in mid-range restaurants. If you’re particularly impressed with the service, you’re welcome to leave a more substantial amount.

currency Local currency in France

France is one of 19 countries in the Eurozone, so exchange some euros (EUR) before you fly or at the airport. You can also do this when you land at banks and currency exchanges. Most places will accept major credit cards.

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French is the main language. Most people in cities speak English, especially waiting staff, so dining out should be no problem for English speakers.

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France uses two plug outlets – type C and type E. Both have dual rounded pins, but type E also accommodates an earthing pin. It’s worth picking up an adaptor before you travel.

Flying to France: FAQs

What are the major airports in France?

Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) are the major airports in France. You’ll likely fly to NCE if you’re staying in the south of France, while CDG serves as a central hub for seeing France’s famed capital city.

Do I need to carry my passport in France?

You must carry a form of identification at all times in France, but it doesn’t need to be a passport. Driving licences and ID cards are also acceptable. It’s usually best to store your passport in your hotel’s safe.

Do I need travel insurance for France?

It is always important to purchase travel insurance for overseas trips. You should make sure your policy covers medical insurance and any activities you plan to take part in – such as skiing. It’s important to make sure all information is up to date and accurate.

Why we love France

“France is an iconic European destination and with good reason. From the vineyards of Bordeaux to the glamour of Cannes, and Paris’ world-class restaurants, there are so many reasons to visit. Of course, there’s also the bountiful skiing opportunities, with some of the best resorts in the world in France.”

Why fly to France with Etihad?

A flight with Etihad is all about savouring the inflight experience. All passengers receive complimentary food inspired by your destination. Economy guests may also be able to book more room with Economy Space or enjoy extra privacy with Economy Neighbour-Free on certain flights.

Economy Smart Seats on long-haul flights have a headrest, generous legroom and adjustable back support for additional comfort. First and Business guests flying long-haul on one of our A380 or B787 aircraft can enjoy a peaceful sleep on fully-flat beds.

If you’re flying in First on the A380 to or from Paris, you’ll have a separate bed to snuggle into. Afterwards, freshen up in your own shower.

Experience ultimate inflight luxury on your journey to Paris with The Residence – a three-room apartment in the sky complete with your own chauffeur and onboard butler service.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

The best of France

France is a rare wonder in terms of having both style and substance. Uncover true bohemia in Paris’ Left Bank or meander along the Seine for riverside vistas and to see the Louvre from the water.

But there is so much more to France than just its iconic capital city. Visit Bordeaux to see – and taste – the product of world-class vineyards or fly to Toulouse for dreamy strolls through ‘La Ville Rose’.

No trip to France would be complete without sampling the local cuisine. Coq au vin, souffle and cassoulet will be on most brasserie menus, ensuring you leave this European powerhouse full and satisfied.

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