France leads the list of the most visited countries in the world with more than 86 million tourists a year, which means that it has a well-distributed network of airports that facilitates access to these foreigners who arrive in the country to discover its charms.
Let’s get to know the airports in France, modern and optimized facilities for the greatest comfort of the passenger.
1. Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport
The Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris is the most important in France. It is 23 kilometers northeast of the capital.
Also known as Roissy Airport, it is a 30-minute drive from the center of Paris. You can also go by bus that leaves every 15 minutes, by train or by taxi.
The airport has a bank, duty-free shops, restaurants, and a tourist and post office.
Address: 291, Boulevard Raspail 75675 Paris Cedex, France. Airport code: CDG. Telephone code and contact number: +33 1 4862 2280. Fax: 1 4862 0752 Email: [email protected] . Website: aerportsdeparis.fr.
2. Paris-Orly Airport
Airport 14 kilometers south of Paris used for European, national and flights to the Maghreb, the DOM-TOM and the Middle East.
It has bus service, coach (departures every 12 minutes), taxi and metro, the latter traveling to the capital every 15 minutes in an estimated time of 45 minutes.
Address: Orly Sud 103, F-94396 Orly Aérogare Cedex, France. Airport code: ORY. Telephone code and contact number: +33 1 70363950 / fax: 1 49757942. Email: alain.falque@ adp.fr. Website: aeroportsdeparis.fr.
3. Beauvais Tille Airport
One of the farthest airports in France from Paris, 80 kilometers away and 3.5 kilometers from the city of Beauvais. From there to the capital is an hour and 30 minutes by car.
It is a small airport made up of several sheds where low-cost airlines operate.
Their buses that depart from terminal number 2 will take you to Paris in an hour. You can rent a car at the rental agencies near the terminal doors.
Address: Pont de Paris – BP 60250 60002, Beauvais Cedex, France. Contact number: (0)3 44 11 46 90.
4. Lyon Airport (Lyon-Saint-Exupéry)
Lyon Airport was selected as the best airport in Europe and is just 10 kilometers from the city. It has bookstores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, watch stores and an official store for the city’s soccer team, Olympique de Lyon.
Before having its current name (in honor of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer of The Little Prince, a native of Lyon) it was called Lyon – Satolas Airport, inaugurated by the President of the Republic in 1975. It replaced Lyon – Bron Airport, which It was insufficient for the volume of passengers.
You can get to this air terminal by taxi, by metro or by taking the “satobus”.
5. Marseille Airport (Marseille) (Marseille –Marignane)
This airport, 30 kilometers from the city of Marseille, came into service on October 22, 1922, being one of the oldest and most important in the country. It has two terminals very close to each other that work 24 hours a day.
In addition to serving for the transit of passengers flying to countless international destinations such as European countries, Africa, Canada, the Middle East and the Caribbean, it works for domestic flights. In 2018 alone, it mobilized 9.4 million passengers.
Despite being small, it is very colorful. The departures and arrivals are in the same place, so there is no need to make long journeys.
To access or leave the airport there is a bus service with transfers to the train station.
6. Toulouse Airport (Blagnac)
Toulouse Airport began operating on September 1, 1939 and is just 8 kilometers from the city. 14 years later its first terminal was inaugurated.
It has a terminal active 24 hours a day and offers flights to countries in Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and North Africa. It also provides cabotage services. In 2018, it mobilized 9.6 million people.
The airport is also used by the Airbus manufacturer to use its runways for flight tests of its aircraft. It was also the place where the first flight of the Concorde supersonic plane took off in 1969.
7. Nice Airport (Nice – Côte d’Azur)
Nice Côte d’Azur Airport was opened in 1946 and has been in operation since then as one of the most important airports in France. It is 7 kilometers southwest of the city.
Its two terminals that serve from 4:00 am to 1:00 am are connected to each other by a free bus. More than 13.8 million passengers passed through its facilities in 2018.
They operate flights to more than 100 cities and destinations both within France and to other European countries.
8. Strasbourg Airport (Strasbourg)
Strasbourg Airport began its services in February 1923, making it one of the most important airports in France. It is on the outskirts of the city and despite not being the largest in the country, it maintains considerable passenger traffic (1.3 million passengers in 2018).
It consists of a terminal that remains in operation from 4:00 am to 12 midnight. It provides its services to the Alsace region.
In front of its facilities the train passes that will take you to Strasbourg in a short time.
9. Bordeaux Airport (Bordeaux)
Bordeaux – Mérignac Airport (1917) is made up of 3 terminals, Terminals A and B, within the same building and Terminal Billi, for low-cost flights or “low cost”, very close to the first.
Its facilities were visited by 6.8 million passengers in 2018. It has shops and newsagents, jewelry and places to buy wine. It works from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
It is 12 kilometers west of Bordeaux and from there there are bus, taxi and coach services to reach the city.
10. Lille Airport (Lesquin)
Airport in the north of France, near the Belgian border, with facilities serving some 2 million passengers a year. It is 11 kilometers from the city center of Lille in a south-easterly direction, with the Belgian border only 20 minutes away by car.
It has bus services, coach, taxis and car rental companies. The network of highways in the area allows you to move easily and quickly to and from it.
11. Nantes Airport
Nantes Airport is the largest aerodrome in the west of the country and one of the most used. It is 20 kilometers southwest of Nantes and occupies land that was a military airfield.
Its activities began in 1951 with a terminal open between 5:00 am and 12 midnight. Its facilities were used by 6.2 million people in 2018.
It has a bus and train service that runs to the city and back to the airport.
12. Montpellier Mediterranean Airport
Montpellier Mediterranée International Airport was opened in 1946 and is in the commune of Mauguio, 7 kilometers southeast of Montpellier.
Although its facilities are not very large, you will find a library, restaurants, cafeteria, shops, Wi-Fi service and other options.
Also known as Fréjorgues Airport, it mobilized 1.8 million travelers in 2017. Its terminal works from 4:30 am to 11:00 pm.
13. Basel–Mulhouse Airport
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport began operating on May 8, 1946. It serves the area that includes the borders of Switzerland, Germany and France.
His transfers are to various international destinations within Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. During 2018, it mobilized 8.6 million passengers.
It is considered an international airport with excellent connections to low-cost companies. It offers “low cost” packages to exotic tourist destinations in summer.
How many airports are there in Paris and what are they called?
In Paris there are 3 airports:
- Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
- Paris-Orly airport.
- Beauvais Tille Airport.
What is the closest airport to the Eiffel Tower?
The airport in France near the Eiffel Tower is Charles de Gaulle.
What airport is the best to go to Paris?
Orly Airport is the best because it is close to the center of the city of Paris.
What is the largest airport in Paris?
Charles de Gaulle Airport.
How many terminals does Orly Airport have?
It has 2 terminals: South Terminal and West Terminal.
What airports are there in Paris?
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
- Paris-Orly Airport
- Beauvais Tille Airport
What is the closest airport to Disney Paris?
Charles de Gaulle Airport is 40 kilometers from Disney Paris and is the closest.
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