Europe

France – seasonality and weather

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What are the peak periods?

France’s biggest holiday falls in the summer months (mid July to the end of August). Not only is there a great influx of international visitors, French residents also holiday in their own country, too, making the most of the warm weather and high temperatures.

The capital of France, Paris, also becomes increasingly busy at Easter due to high levels of school children.

France is widely popular for skiing, attracting visitors from the rest of Europe, and even worldwide. February, although providing great weather conditions for snow activities, also happens to be the school ski break and so can get busy.

The spring months (between April and June) or autumn (September to November) are noted to be the best times to visit.

What is the weather like throughout the year?

The seasons in France are opposite to those in Australia. Similarly to the UK, the weather can be slightly unpredictable at times. However, France doesn’t experience extreme conditions, making it suitable to travel to at all times of the year. The summer months see an average temperature of 19.2C whereas Australia sees an average of 22.9C.

Getting around

What is the most cost effective way to get around?

The metro is one of the easiest ways to get around Paris and connects the most popular destinations together, in one easy to follow network. For a flat fee of €5 (AU$7.36), you can purchase the card itself to then grab a week pass for €22.15 (AU$32.59) which includes travel around central Paris and all zones (1-5).

The train is a quick, efficient and popular way to get around France and there are many railcards available, for all ages, which offer discounts with advanced bookings.

Driving is also a great way to see places that are a little further afield, away from public transport stations. There are many rental hire companies available.

Information current as of March 18, 2018. Please check with relevant websites for update to date information.


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