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Largely considered one of the grandest, most romantic cities in the world, Paris embodies aesthetic appeal while still maintaining a sweet, simple charm. While booking a trip to this location, most visitors envision the many landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, but once they arrive in the city they find that it is made up of so much more than the recognisable tourist attractions. In order to experience the many alternative wonders of the city, it is best to look for cheap flights to Paris well in advance.
Paris seems to constantly be in peak season; however, technically speaking, the peak season falls between June and early September. This city sees a vast increase in tourism due largely to the many events that take place, such as the Bastille Day celebrations and couture fashion shows. However, as many of the locals go on holiday in August, the city quiets down, making it easier to explore some of the otherwise busy Paris attractions.
Late September to October, then again from March to May, the city sees it shoulder season. These months are beautiful, ranging from mild and balmy, to dry and bright. Tourists often take these months to plan their trip to Paris, leaving the city open to explore in relative peace.
Flights are often inexpensive during the off season, November through February, as tourists tend to avoid the city entirely due to the cold temperatures and grey skies. Despite this, it is still a great time to go and take a romantic stroll down the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge, visit one of the many art galleries or simply take in a revue.
Distance: 25km to northeast Paris
Public transport is probably the best option for getting from the airport. Extensive rail and bus systems make it easy to get to wherever you need to be in Paris. You can also take a taxi; however, taxis can be expensive for the budget travelertraveller, as their rates are dependent upon the current traffic situation. Alternatively, you can rent a car, but this option can also be pricey.
Paris-Orly Airport (ORY)
Distance: 13km south of Paris
Orly is a much smaller and several degrees less frenetic airport than Charles de Gaulle. Hosting more than 30 airlines, Orly handles mostly domestic and European flights.
Online resources for your travel to Paris
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website provides details on passports and visas, links to consulate and embassy websites, plus useful travel tips. The Met Office website offers current weather and climate information, plus future forecasts.
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