With both cities being served by more than one airport and a lot of carriers, finding deals on flights from London to Paris is a very simple affair. Budget travelers know where to start looking: low-cost carriers flying from smaller airports. Do the same and you’ll be able to find return flights which under £50.

Airport choices

Paris is one of the most important entry points in Europe. Many travelers choose to fly here and then take a connecting flight to another European city. There are two major airports serving France’s capital: Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris-Orly Airport. By far the busiest is Charles de Gaulle. In fact, it ranks right behind London’s Heathrow in terms of traffic. The second major airport in Paris, Paris-Orly doesn’t receive a lot of traffic compared to Charles de Gaulle but many low-cost airlines use this airport for their flights. Both airports are really well connected to the city.

London is another gateway into Europe. In fact, many international travelers usually need to decide between Paris and London when they book a flight into Europe. There are four airports serving UK’s capital: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. While Heathrow is definitely the choice for those flying into London from other parts of the world, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted are preferred by low-cost carriers so when you need to fly out of London and into any other European city, you should start with searching for flights out of these three smaller airports. All airports serving London are really well connected with the city and with each other.

Best airline choices

There are three airlines which offer direct flights from London to Paris:

  • easyJet
  • Air France
  • British Airways

By far the cheapest option is easyJet although the regular airlines are not very expensive. Finding the best airfare does depend on when you book the flight though.

Typical prices

When it comes to flights from London to Paris, the ticket prices are seasonable. They are at their highest during the summer peak season as well as during the winter holidays. Flying during the spring and fall is the best way to save on airfare.

Choosing the low-cost carrier is a good way to save a lot of money on your ticket. It’s important to be flexible and to book your ticket about 3-4 week in advance to benefit from the lowest fare. For example, if you plan to fly during early September, you’ll pay under £50 for a round trip flight between London Luton and Charles de Gaulle.

Choosing a regular carrier (Air France) for a flight during the same period means you’ll pay at least £126 for a round trip flight between London Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle.

By the end of the September, the ticket price for a low-cost round trip flight drops to £43, while if you choose a regular carrier you’d have to pay at least £126.

Money saving tips

Do check multiple websites, including Expedia. Skyscanner is one of the best websites when you look up flights in Europe since they comprise the low-cost carriers. You can also check the websites of the airlines to see if they have any special deals available.

Do book in advance but be careful when you want to fly on a low-cost carrier. Their prices are great but if you book too far in advance it might cost you a bit too much. Typically, if you book about 4 weeks in advance, the prices should be at their lowest.

Also, being flexible does pay off. Flying mid-week, opting to stay for another day or leaving a day early as well as flying outside the peak summer season will save you some money.