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Reasons to fly to Paris

Paris, the City of Light, is one of the world's most magical cities, a byword for romance, glamour and style. Its landmarks - the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, L’Opéra de la Bastille, Notre Dame Cathedral - are world famous. 

Its 20 arrondissements spiral out from the middle of the city on the right bank of the River Seine, each one with its own personality. La Cite, part of the 1st District, is the historic heart of Paris, home to the cathedral and the Sainte Chappelle. The Latin Quarter is the traditional student quarter, centred on the Sorbonne and Panthéon, a district of cheap restaurants and charming old streets. Pigalle and Montmartre, the ninth and 18th arondissements, are where Paris parties. Le Marais is the Jewish quarter and the 13th district, Chinatown, is where Paris's large Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian communities live and trade. 

Paris's sweeping boulevards, public squares, fine palaces, old townhouses, little market streets and hidden courtyards contain a wealth of attractions with more than enough to occupy tourists who have landed on cheap flights to Paris. 

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When to fly to Paris

Peak Season:
Most travellers arrive on cheap flights to Paris between April and October. Although August is considered peak, it is when many Parisians leave the city on vacation. There are hotel discounts to be snapped up and less traffic, but you may find that most of the best restaurants close too.

Off Season:
Runs from November 1 to March 31.

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Getting downtown Paris

After disembarking their cheap flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle, tourists can whizz into Paris on the RER (suburban railway). Roissybus is also an option. 

All the major rental car companies are represented at the airport. 

There are also bus and train services from Paris-Orly Airport.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    In-flight reading

    Paris to the Moon

    Adam GopnikA collection of essays chronicling the time the author was on assignment in Paris between 1995 and 2000, some of which originally appeared in The New Yorker.

    Les Miserables

    Victor HugoThe story of Jean Valjean, a peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, is still considered by many to be the best novel ever written.

    Food Lovers' Guide to Paris

    Patricia WellsAn excellent guide to French restaurants, shops, boulangeries, patisseries, how to eat French, and recipes.

    Seven Ages of Paris

    Alistair HorneThe history of Paris from the 12th century to 1969 when Charles de Gaulle died, traced along seven idiosyncratic ages, including commentary on the social and cultural life of each age.