There are many airports in France that you can fly into so you can get to your destination travel area quicker and save your vacation time for exploring vs train travel or driving a long distance, which can be costly.
Let’s say you want to visit a particular region and want to avoid going
into Paris. International flights go directly to Nice, for example or
you can change to a connecting flight at a Paris airport.
Make sure if you have a connection that your incoming flight and connecting flight leave from the same airport! Roissy/Charles de Gaulle and Orly are 26 mi (41 km) apart. So it’s a big time consuming pain to switch airports!
Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) in the North of Paris. It is the largest airport. Air France flights from North America fly only into CDG.
Orly (ORY) in the south of Paris. Smaller than CDG.
From both airports it will take you about the same amount of time to get into central Paris.
If you have a layover or a very early morning flight you might want to stay at a Paris airport hotel.
If you are traveling to some of the popular tourist areas check out these airports for your termination point:
Aéroport International Strasbourg. In the city of Entzheim. 10km (6.2 miles) SW of Strasbourg.
Aeroport de Roune. In the city of Boos. 10km (6.2 miles) SE of Rouen.
fly into Marseille or Nice (see below)
Nice and Monaco
Aeroport International Nice Cote d’Azur.
7km (4 mi.) from Nice. France’s 2nd busiest airport. Direct flights from Paris and international cities.
St. Tropez and Cannes area
Aeroport St. Tropez-La Mole. 15 km (9mi) from St. Tropez
Aeroport Toulon-Hyeres. Outside the city of Toulon. 56km (35 mi) from St. Tropez
Aeroport de Marseille-Provence. Outside the city of Marseille. 91km (57 mi.) from St. Tropez.