Perhaps it is the food you're pining for: those packed baguettes, those mouth-watering mountains of moules frites, the pungent cheeses, the garlic-smothered escargots (OK, some of you may nix the last one). Or maybe it's the cityscapes, from romantic Paris to chic and stylish Cannes. Or the countryside, with its rustic cellar doors, rolling vineyards and soaring mountain peaks dusted in ski-ready snow.
Well, whatever it may be, we at Hopper can hardly blame you for wanting to explore France and all its facets. In fact, that's precisely why we've used our acclaimed big-data research method to put together this list of the five cheapest airports to fly to from the United States. Bon voyage indeed.
On the edge of the mighty ranges of the French Alps, Lyon attracts booming crowds in the winter with the promise of powdery pistes at places like Chamrousse, Les Deux Alpes and Les Arcs. Oh, and the summers aren't bad either, with UNESCO-attested Fourviere Hill and its Roman ruins glittering in the sun and oodles of hiking routes weaving through the greater Rhone-Alpes region. Then there are the flight prices into town from the United States, which are convincing to say the least, currently sitting at an average of $1,082 round trip.
Nestled deep in the southwestern corner of France, between the rugged hills of the Pyrenees, the rolling vineyards of Bordeaux, the untouched coastal stretches of Languedoc-Roussillon and the bucolic reaches of Auvergne, the city of Toulouse offers beaches, country hills and city sights in almost equal measure. It also offers the chance to make some pretty hefty savings on flights across the Atlantic, with the average price from the United States to Toulouse coming in at just $1,070 round trip.
Coastal Nice is washed over by the turquoise waters of the Cote d'Azur, crowned with the bubbling strips of the Promenade des Anglais, peppered with Gallo-Roman ruins and enthralling museums, and encompassed on all sides by some of the most celebrated beachfronts in all of France (from jetsetter Cannes to postcard-perfect Porquerolles). It's also apparently one of the cheapest entry points for American travelers looking to hit the country this year, boasting an average price tag of $1,037 round trip on flights arriving from the United States.
There's no question that Paris' colossal Charles de Gaulle Airport is the most popular entry point to France overall: Hopper found a mega 3.7 total searches for flights into de Gaulle each month! But is it the cheapest? Well, Hopper's statistics say not quite, with the average price of flights from the United States coming in at $995 round trip. Still, that's not a bad ask for all the romance and wonder of The City of Lights, now is it?
Just trumping France's largest airport to first place is Paris' Orly Airport, which sees passengers touch down only a short journey from the heart of the capital and boasts an average price tag on round-trip flights from the United States of just $957 round trip (a savings of about $40 over nearby de Gaulle). That's great news for any travelers eager to bank some euros for their tours through all those bucket list attractions like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Sacré-Cœur.