Flights to France from London are very popular especially for those who plan to save on long-haul transatlantic flights and opt to fly into a big airport before switching to a low-cost airline to fly in Europe. It’s not hard to find flights to France from Gatwick but it does take a while to find out which are the French airports you can fly into via a direct flight. Once you nail that information, it’s very easy to find the best deal.

Airport choices

Generally speaking, when flying into France, chances are you will most likely land in Paris. Charles de Gaulle airport is the largest in France and receives most of the international traffic but it might not be the best choice if you fly from Gatwick.

If your final destination is not Paris or you are looking for direct flights to France from Gatwick, you should fly into other cities than Paris. The second busiest French airport is Nice’s Cote d’Azur International Airport. It mostly serves the French Riviera and the near-by Monaco and receives direct flights from London Gatwick.

Aside from these two large airports, Bordeaux also receives flights from Europe, including from London Gatwick (and Luton), Madrid and Amsterdam. The airport is located about 45 minutes by bus from the city center.

Gatwick Airport (LGW) is London’s second airport and it handles flights from all over Europe, as well as from some international destinations. Gatwick airport is very well connected to the city center. You can choose between rail, bus or car.

Best airline choices

The direct flights to France from Gatwick can be found if you plan to land either on Bordeaux’s airport or Nice’s airport. The flights to Bordeaux are run by British Airways, while the flights to Nice are offered by EasyJet and Aer Lingus.

If you plan to fly to Paris from London’s second airport, there are several airlines which offer indirect flights via Manchester, Nice or other European cities. The airlines offering such flights include: British Airlines, Air France and Aer Lingus.

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to France from Gatwick are seasonal. During the summer and the winter holidays the prices are always higher than during the low-season.

The cheapest tickets can be found on direct flights and out of the two possibilities the cheapest flights are to Nice from Gatwick. This is mostly due to the fact that the low-cost carrier EasyJet offers flights on this route. Prices start at £61 for a round trip flight.

If you plan to fly to Bordeaux from Gatwick, the prices start at £109 and stay the same during fall.

Money saving tips

It’s a good idea to be flexible and try different possibilities. You can start by looking for flights to the closest airport from your final destination. If those prices look too high or there aren’t direct flights, then see if you can obtain a good deal by flying into either Bordeaux or Nice and then taking the local transport.

It’s also good idea to search booking site which include the European low-cost carriers although some major discount websites do include at least some low-cost carriers.