A perfect blend of iconic monuments and modern architecture, Paris is a city steeped in culture.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes (total distance 249 miles)
No of flights per week: 41
Airlines that fly direct: Flybe, Air France
No. of Airports in Paris: Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly and Paris Beauvais
Seasons: High = June - August; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport has an array of great shops, restaurants and facilities to keep any traveller happy, whether you’re travelling alone or with your family.
If you’re taking the kids to Disneyland, you’ll be pleased to hear about our Skyzone Play Area, where children can play and waste some energy before it’s time to board your flight.
If you’re travelling for business, you may want to book into the Regus Express Lounge, which includes workstations (ThinkPods), comfy seating, laptop stands, secure Wi-Fi and printers and scanners, as well as complimentary refreshments.
If you want to shop whilst at the airport, head to World Duty Free for all your favourite brands at discounted prices. Next and Superdry will spruce up your wardrobe. If you’re lacking in accessories, head to Accessorize. You’ll find Boots for any forgotten toiletries, while WHSmith has plenty of options for plane entertainment.
If you’re hungry before your flight, there are lots of places to indulge, whether you’d like a sit-down meal or a sandwich to take on board. Giraffe and Frankie & Benny’s both have great children’s menus and cheap and cheerful Wetherspoon is sure to keep the whole family happy. You’ll find a selection of coffee shops and fast food joints like Wrapchic and Burger King. Don’t forget to head to the Bottega Prosecco Bar to really get into the Parisian frame of mind.
Getting to the airport is very easy. If you’re driving, you’ll find a choice of seven carparks which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the free shuttle bus. Book a carpark space online in advance and save up to 50% off.
Taxis can drop you right outside the terminal. If you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Paris Airport
Flights from Birmingham Airport travel to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris CDG) and usually land in Terminal 2E. Getting to Paris city centre from the airport is simple.
Taxis are easily picked up outside the terminal if you’d prefer a direct route, and the TGV (high speed train) is another popular option. You’ll find the TGV located at terminal 2, in the direction of Terminals 2C and 2D. If you would prefer to get the bus, all of the airport buses stop at Terminal 2E, including the Disneyland Paris Magical Shuttle.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Paris
The city of love, capital of France and home to Disneyland, Paris is a popular city break destination for couples, families and solo travellers alike. As you would expect from a tourist dense city, Paris is expensive, so don’t be shocked when you’re charged €4 for a can of coke.
Paris is a great city to explore on foot but it’s large and you simply can’t walk everywhere. The Metro is a great way to travel instead – it’s exhaustively well connected and makes zipping across the city incredibly easy.
It’s important to note that most businesses in the French capital take one day off a week: shops usually close on Sunday, restaurants on Monday, and many of the museums and art galleries on Tuesday. To avoid the disappointment of turning up to a closed attraction or establishment, check opening hours before building your itinerary.
The main language of Paris is French, but you will find that in most of the tourist areas, English is widely spoken and understood.
Paris is often mild and moderately wet. Your best bet is visiting in the summer months where you will (hopefully!) find sunshine and warm temperatures.
Culture in Paris
Paris is the epitome of fashion, art, cuisine and architecture. The French are extremely proud of their culture and relish the chance to share it.
The best way to learn about the culture in Paris is to go ahead and visit the landmarks; the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre are great places to start. You can also partake in a French cooking class and take in the sights from a boat trip on the Seine River. Check out our guide to Paris for more ideas on things to do.