Summertime (June to September) is when the world competes for the best plane tickets to Paris. Average temperatures range from 15°C to 23°C. To put this into perspective, the Eiffel Tower attracts 5.6 million visitors per year, the Louvre draws 12 million every year and Disneyland Paris draws annual crowds of 12 million. Most of these crowds are attracted in summer, and due to high demand it might be difficult to get cheap flights to Paris during this period.
Those who brave winter in Paris experience temperatures of around 4°C to 9°C. December to March may be the time to find the cheapest flights to Paris but you’ll need to wrap up warm. There are plenty of things to look forward to including the ice rink at the Champs-Elysées, artisanal hot chocolate and theatre shows.
The best chance of getting cheap flights to Paris is during Autumn (late September to late December) or Spring (late March to early June). Booking flight tickets during this time will allow travellers to enjoy the city’s outdoor attractions and avoid the excessive crowding at the major attractions.
Flights from Cape Town to Paris: 15 hours 05 minutes to 31 hours 20 minutes (average 1 stop).
Flights from Johannesburg to Paris: 10 hours 50 minutes to 23 hours 50 minutes (average 1 stop).
Flights from Durban to Paris: 13 hours 30 minutes to 23 hours 20 minutes (average 1 stop).
The airlines that offer cheap flights to Paris are Air France, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Linhas Aereas, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines. When trying to get the cheapest flight tickets, important variables include the chosen airline, the flight time, the number of stops and the flight duration.
When starting to compare flights to Paris, it may be useful to consider which mode of transport from the airport is most convenient and accessible. Uber is fully operational – the trip from the airport (CDG) to downtown Paris will cost about 30-35 euros. The Air France coach service also provides reliable transport. Conventional taxi cabs cost around 50 euros from the airport to the city centre. The Roissybus is a much cheaper mode of transport with ticket prices around 10 euros.