DAILY FLIGHTS TO PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT
Visitors from the US can choose between multiple daily flights to Paris from seven departure locations across the US. Each flight will have a short layover in Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm.
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FLY TO PARIS FROM MULTIPLE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE US
Paris is one of Europe’s largest metropolises, attracting millions of visitors each year. SAS offers flights from seven departure locations across the US – from sunny Southern California to the snowy streets of Boston. Each flight has a short layover in Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen. Fly to Paris from:
• Boston (BOS)
• Chicago (ORD)
• Los Angeles (LAX)
• Miami (MIA)
• New York (EWR)
• San Francisco (SFO)
• Washington DC (IAD)
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AMENITIES ALWAYS INCLUDED WHEN YOU FLY WITH SAS
At SAS, our goal is to make your journey as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Our services begin the moment your ticket is booked and continue until you’ve safely arrived at your destination. What’s always included when you fly with SAS from the US to Paris:
• 50 lb. of baggage with SAS Go
• 24-hour return policy
• Online check-in
• Seat selection 22 hours prior departure
• Music, movies and games on personalized screens
• Power outlets
• Wi-Fi (on retrofitted planes)
• Meal, snacks and beverages
• Newspapers in our app
• Child discount up to 90%
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SAVE UP TO 90% ON CHILDREN’S FLIGHT TICKETS
Make your vacation to the City of Lights one for the whole family. Children can enjoy a discount of up to 90% depending on their age. Children under 2 (aged 0-23 months) can take up to 90% off on the price of their ticket when they sit on their parent’s lap during the flight. Children under 12 (aged 2-11) can enjoy up to a 25% discount on the price of their ticket in addition to their own seat on the plane.
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As a EuroBonus member, earn points each time you fly with SAS to be used on a number of benefits and discounts. At SAS, we’ve also gone one step further. You can also accumulate points on hotel stays, car rentals, gasoline and even daily purchases. Sign up today – membership is free and you can start earning points right away. The more you fly, the more benefits you receive – redeem your points at either SAS or one of our many partners.
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Upgrade your flight ticket for exclusive access to our premium lounges. Equipped with a free buffet, refreshments, relaxing places to unwind and prepare for your trip – this is the ultimate addition to start your flight to Paris off right. EuroBonus members can also redeem points to upgrade.
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PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (CDG)
Charles de Gaulle Airport is roughly 16 miles outside of northeast Paris, making transportation to and from the airport easy and convenient. As France’s largest and most important airport, it is also one of the busiest, serving roughly 60 million passengers each year. Inside there are hundreds of French and international brands showcasing the latest fashions, gadgets, beauty products and much, much more. Feeling hungry? Begin your Parisian culinary adventure at one of the many restaurants and cafes located within the airport.
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TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT
Travel quickly and conveniently from the Airport to Paris city center. The Regional train line RER B takes you directly to and from Paris and the airport – accessible from both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes. Another option to get to Paris is to take the bus. There are several lines that run directly between the airport and the center of Paris. The bus journey takes approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on the time of day and traffic. Another alternative is to take a taxi. The taxis are located in front of all terminals at the airport. The average price is approximately 50 euro for the trip, though higher prices may occur during rush hour.
CAR AT THE AIRPORT IN PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT
Want to explore the countryside around Paris? There are a number of car rental companies located in Terminal 1, offering easy and convenient access to a private vehicle.
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TRANSPORT IN PARIS
The infrastructure of Paris’s public transport system is well developed, thus it’s very easy to travel throughout the city. You can take the metro, bus or taxi, but typically the metro is the most preferred option as it is very quick, less expensive than a taxi and easy to use.
TRAVELING BY METRO
The metro system of Paris covers the entire city, with more than 300 stations, so it is very convenient for visitors to move from one attraction to the next, even if your final destination is not close to the core of the urban center. Tickets can be purchased at the vending machines or at ticket kiosks located at all metro stations. As the network is very expansive, it may be a good idea to read up on the routes before traveling, to make movement as quick and seamless as possible.
RER: EXPRESS REGIONAL TRAIN
If you’re interested in traveling to the suburbs of Paris, there are five RER express trains that act as an express subway. Popular destinations via the RER are CDG Airport (RER B), Disneyland Paris (RER A) and Versailles (RER C).
TRAVELING BY BUS
The bus network in Paris is relatively complex, which can make it both complicated and time consuming for tourists to use. It is therefore recommended to opt for the metro instead. However, in recent years, the city has been improving the infrastructure of the bus system – i.e. making individual stops more obvious. The entire network covers the same zone as the metro system. Bus lines 20, 38 42, and 69 are some of the most popular, as they run through central Paris. In addition, they stop near some of the most popular sights. Bus tickets are the same as those used in the subway system. You can also purchase tickets at the ticket offices and machines, but you are also able to buy the ticket on the bus – though this is more expensive and may be more difficult if the driver doesn’t speak English.
HOP-ON, HOP-OFF TOUR BUS
As Paris is a very popular tourist destination, there are a number of options to see the most frequented sights via visitor-centered transportation, specifically a selection of “hop-off, hop-on” buses. Here, you can purchase a one or two day ticket and travel with the bus around the city. It stops at each attraction, and you can get off for as long as you like, touring the attraction at your own pace. When you decide to return to the bus, just wait at the stop and catch the next one that comes along. The buses run every 15-20 minutes, so you will not be waiting long. This is a quick and easy way to see the main sights.
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PARIS: THE CITY OF LIGHTS
Paris is often considered one of the most beautiful cities on earth. With world-class sights, regal and ornate architecture, a rich art and cultural foundation and a deeply entrenched historical background, it’s no wonder that the City of Lights is also one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Beautiful Paris is best explored on foot – strolling through the picturesque streets lined with cozy cafes, or with long walks along the Seine. Fashion takes center stage – from bohemian to bourgeois – you’ll feel as though you’re at a high-fashion show any day of the week. Quench your appetite for world-class cuisine whether you pop into a bakery for a buttery, warm croissant or splurge on a meticulously constructed steak tartare. One thing’s for sure – Paris is a place you’ll be dreaming of for years to come.
THE EARLY HISTORY OF PARIS
Paris was founded in the 3rd century by a Celtic tribe called the “Parisii”. In the year 52 AD Julius Caesar conquered the city in the name of the Roman Empire. It prospered greatly under the Romans, though it was not a significantly important settlement for the empire. In the 5th century, it was overtaken by the Franks and then threatened by the Vikings in the 9th, leading to the construction of a wall of defense to protect the city. The Capetians took power in the 10th century, which would last the next eight centuries. During the 11th and 12th century, the city grew as both an important economic center as well as an important area for learning, art and culture.
Beginning in 1337, the long brewing hostility between the Capetians and the Anglo-Normans boiled over, resulting in the Hundred Years War between France and England. This was then followed by the Black Death (1348-1349), which killed around 80 000 residents of the city – approximately one-third of the total population. During the Renaissance, gruesome clashes between the Protestants and Catholics broke out, reaching its peak in 1572. Despite the many challenges during this time, the various leaders were building impressive ornate structure such as the Palais du Luxembourg, the Pont Neuf, and especially the enlargement of the Palace of Versailles by Louis XIV in 1632.
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION TO PARIS TODAY
While many parts of Paris were flourishing – known throughout the world as a hotspot for culture and wealth, there were other sections where the residents lay in poverty, near the brink of starvation. On the morning of July 14, 1789, a mass of Parisians stormed the Bastille fortress and prison and the government was forced to resign. Following the reign of terror in 1793, Napoléon took power, conquering much of Europe.
Despite trials and triumphs following his surrender in 1814, Paris was prospering by the late 19th century. The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889. The city was spared from the mass bombings of World War II, and thus was able to more quickly recover than many of its neighbors. During the second half of the 19th century, many great buildings were constructed and Paris entered the new millennium as one of the world’s greatest cities. Its long and complex history is still reflected in the various buildings, statues and monuments found throughout the city today.
ART, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURAL SIGHTS IN PARIS
Paris is an artistic and cultural capital of Europe. As a mecca for artists throughout centuries, there are countless masters who both lived and worked in the city – Cézanne, Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Manet, Dalí, Blanchard and Van Gogh – to name a few. In addition, many art movements occurred in the French Capital, including Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Cubism and Abstract. The historical importance of art in Paris is exhibited through unlimited number of impressive galleries and museums, including one of the world’s most prestigious, the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou or the Musée d’Orsay.
Paris also boasts a number of fantastic architectural marvels, from main sights such as the iconic Eiffel Tower, the ornate Arc de Triomphe or the massive Notre Dame Cathedral to the picturesque buildings that line the Seine and the inconceivable grandeur of the Palace of Versailles. Walking through the city streets, visitors could easily stop nearly anywhere to find a stunning work of architectural art. In addition to a number of historic buildings, Paris also has many modern and contemporary pieces such as the vertical garden on the Musée du Quai Branly, the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Cité de La Mode et du Design.
The iconic tower is undoubtedly the city's trademark, symbolizing the city of Paris and all it stands for – romance, fashion and effortlessly chic. It’s the most paid visited monument in the world, with millions ascending to the top of the Tower each year. It was originally built as a temporary exhibit to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution and Paris’s duty of hosting the World’s Fair – though not everyone was initially in agreement of its splendor. Since its completion, the Tower has slowly gained acceptance and now it is an irreplaceable, permanent element of the Parisian skyline.
ARC DE TRIOMPHE
The beautiful triumphal arch, located at the end of the Champs-Élysées, was completed in 1836 and is one of the most popular and frequented sights in Paris. Inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome, Napoléon first ordered the completion of the Parisian counterpart to celebrate his many military successes. A notable element of the arch is the sculptures by François Rude, and visitors can also learn more about the history from the small museum located inside. From the top of the arch, you can see the outline of a star – the traffic circle surrounding the arch is known as “"L'Étoile," or the Star, to Parisians in reference to the avenues that branch off from the circle.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Located in the heart of historic Paris on the Île de la Cité (Cité Island), the Notre Dame Cathedral is widely acclaimed as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in existence. Built more than 800 years ago, the church is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Some of the highlights include: the Two Towers, the Ringing Bells – the oldest and largest named Emmanuel, built in 1681 and weighing in at 14.6 tons –, the gargoyles, the chimera and the Great Organ – the largest in France and one of the most famous in the world. Visitors can easily access the Cathedral by public transport or on foot, but be wary of long lines and expect to wait for entrance.
The Louvre is a historical monument that is not only the world’s largest museum, but also one of its most impressive. It holds an important place in the city’s cultural history, as the building was used as a fortress to protect against attacks from the north. Since then, it has been extended several times. Within the Louvre, visitors can see many different historical art collections, with the most prestigious being Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa. Though incredibly expansive, its contents are incredibly fascinating and diverse – thus, the Louvre is a must-see on any visit to Paris.
SHOPPING AND FASHION IN PARIS
Paris may hold the title of THE fashion capital of the world. The French capital has long attracted those interested in the art of the dress for centuries and thus, there is virtually an unlimited amount of shopping options in Paris – from luxury to budget-friendly.
The infamous Champs-Élysées is made up of luxury, high-end shops, alongside gourmet restaurants, theatres and stunning green parks. The ambiance is fascinating and the air absolutely exudes exclusivity – it’s not just a shopping destination, but rather a cultural one too. If your wallet doesn’t allow for the purchase of some items on the street, it’s still worth a visit just to witness the beautiful facades and sheer size of the designer shops.
For more budget-friendly options, visit one of the many large Parisian department stores. Here, you can find shopping at any price level, but if you’re really looking for rock-bottom prices make sure to visit during the sale season. This typically runs the second week of January and the second week of July.
HIP AND TRENDY SHOPPING
If you prefer trendy shopping in small specialty stores, you need to move a little away from the major shopping streets and centers. Instead, find the small streets. Follow the locals or ask them where to look. From vintage shops to flea markets, concept stores to antique dealers – Paris has got you covered.
FOOD AND NIGHTLIFE IN PARIS
French food and culture is deeply intertwined. The French are notorious for not only being world-class chefs, but also having the passion for transforming ingredients into mouth watering meals so decadent and delicious you don’t know how they all stay so thin. The passion for food is reflected in the sheer number of restaurants located within the city – from the budget friendly to Michelin star. Through the past decades, there has been a shift in the view of French food and today there is a principal divide between the modern and the traditional.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS AND CAFES IN PARIS
There’s a reason why many internationally acclaimed chefs spend years honing their cooking skills in a French kitchen. The techniques are refined and time-tested, so you can be sure to be eating very well whenever you visit Paris. French cuisine is categorized and inspired by the many different regions of France – each which have their own distinctive specialty. Some of the most famous dishes in Paris – from fancy to fuss-free – include: Croque Monsieur (a baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich) and the Croque Madame (same as the Monsieur but with a fried egg on top), steak tartare (a blend of raw, high quality beef, egg, typically onion, capers and various other spices), crêpe (a think pancake that can be sweet or savory), and duck confit (made from the leg of duck and is a specialty of Gascony, though it can be found throughout France and, of course, in Paris).
DISCOVER PARIS BY NIGHT
Nightlife in Paris isn’t limited to the weekends. You’ll find revelers out any night of the week, whether their place of choice be a gin joint, wine bar, cozy café or music club – and the party doesn’t stop till the morning hours. One of the best ways to explore the Parisian nightlife is find a neighborhood that you enjoy and go from there, don’t plan it, just go with the winds of the Seine and prepare yourself to be illuminated by the City of Lights.
FACT BOX: PARIS
Phone Code: +33
French Embassy in the US: 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States
The US Embassy in Paris: 2 Avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris, France