There are plenty of flights to France from Toronto but if you want the best prices and most choices make sure to fly into Paris. Keep in mind that the prices vary and the peak tourist season (summer and winter holidays) are the most expensive times to travel.
If you flying into France, chances are you’ll arrive in Paris, on Charles de Gaulle airport. It’s the largest in France and receives most of the international traffic. After you’ve arrived here, you can either switch to a low cost European carrier or take the train to travel to your final destination.
Another busy airport is Nice’s Cote d’Azur International Airport but it mainly serves the French Riviera and the near-by Monaco.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada’s biggest airport and a hub for Air Canada. It’s located 12 km from the city center and there are several ways to get from the airport to the center: LINK train, bus (including an express line) and taxis. The taxi fare is $1.45/km but there are areas with a set taxi fare.
Best airline choices
Non stop flights to Paris from Toronto are offered by Air France and Air Canada. If you want to fly into Nice from Toronto, you’ll always need to make a stop, but the choice of airlines also includes KLM and Northwest Airlines.
During the summer season prices tend to be higher than during the rest of the year. If you are flying into Paris from Toronto, expect the summer prices to start at €720 for a round trip flight. During the off-season (spring and fall) prices can as be as cheap as €440 for a round trip (the same route).
There aren’t many connections between Toronto and Nice. And none are direct either. Usually you’ll be changing flights (and carriers) in Amsterdam. During the summer, such a combined flight can cost up to €740 for a round trip. During the off-season prices tend to be lower, start at €530 for a round trip.
Money saving tips
Check multiple online booking websites, especially those specialized in discounted airfare (such as Expedia or Travelocity). While the best prices seem to be between for flights into Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, sometimes you can find some promotions allowing for a good deal for flights into Nice.
Fly midweek. Wednesdays and Thursdays are the days when airfare is always cheaper than during the weekend.
Book your ticket in advance and if you don’t need to travel during the peak tourist season, try to avoid that period. Springs and autumns are the best times to fly to France if you care about your budget.