With Ryanair and Easyjet still offering great deals on cheap flights to South of France airports, now is the time to plan your next holiday in the beautiful South of France. There are 8 low cost airports in South of France which provide cheap flights to South of France from the UK, Ireland and continental Europe. Most of these airports in South of France have been developed by either Ryanair or Easyjet, to take advantage of the low landing fees to provide cheap flights to the South of France from Northern Europe. Even though most ex-Pats I bump into in the South of France take great fun in knocking Ryanair and Easyjet, what they cannot escape is the unfortunate truth that these budget airlines providing cheap flights to South of France airports, then the region would not have been opened up to a larger tourism market.
When we began Go South of France 9 years ago, I would say that around 50% of our customers took the long drive down from Ireland and the UK. Now it is less than 20%. We did have some Norwegian guests last year who drove down from Oslo, but they vowed never to do it again!
Low cost airports South of France
There are now 8 low cost airports in South France that operate cheap flights to Europe and North Africa. Most of these South of France airports are former airfields that have been developed to handle larger passenger flights. All of these South of France airports have taken great strides in recent years to develop greater passenger facilities. Most have undertaken, or in the case of Perpignan and Carcassonne, are in the process of undertaking major refurbishments.
Nice airport France
Nice airport is the the biggest airport in the South of France. It currently seves more that 100 destinations, with direct flights to South France from:
Ryanair flies to Nice airport France from Manchester, UK; and Dublin & Shannon, Ireland.
Easyjet flies to Nice airport France, from Amsterdam, Holland; Bremen and Hamburg, Germany; Bristol, Newcastle, Belfast, Glasgow, London Luton and London Gatwick, UK; and Brussels, Belgium.
Nice airport operate regular flights to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Norwegian Air flies to Nice airport France from Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Lufthansa and German Wings, provide flights to Nice airport France from Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Dussledorf and Frankfurt.
Nice also provides a direct flight from and to North America (New York) with Delta airways. Best of all, Nice airport is perfectly placed if you're staying at one of our premier holiday rentals in and around Nice, where we have recently added some fabulous villas and apartments.
Marseille airport in South of France
Marseille airport (or Aéroport Marseille Provence as it is formally known) is the 3rd biggest airport in France outside of Paris (second only to Nice). It provides flights to 152 destinations and carries around 8m passengers each year.
Ryanair fly to Marseille airport South France from Edinburgh and London Stansted, UK; Dublin, Ireland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Eindhoven, Holland; Brussels, Belgium; and Warsaw, Poland.
Easyjet fly to Marseille from London Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester, UK; and Basel, Switzerland.
Norwegian Air operates a direct flight from Marseille airport to Copenhagen
Marseille airport provides long haul flights to Toronto and Montreal, as well as providing regular routes to the major European cities with Air France, KLM and British Airways.
Toulon airport South France
Toulon is a former military airport located just outside the seaside town of Hyeres. The airport is still shared with the French Navy. Toulon is predominantly a domestic airport, with regular flights to Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux, but some smaller carriers do provide services to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Charleroi and London City airports
Ryanair has a regular flight to Toulon airport from London Stansted.
Nimes airport South of France
This former naval airbase has been developed into Nîmes Airport in recent years. Nimes airport or Nîmes–Alès–Camargue–Cévennes Airport or Garons Airport or Nîmes Garons Airport (I prefer just Nimes airport!!), is located 9 km south-southeast of the city of Nîmes in the village of Saint-Gilles near Garons. The airport operates flights in to the Provence region, Avignon, Arles, the Camargue, the Cévennes and the wider Gard department. It has some commercial flight services, operated by Ryanair and it also serves as a naval air base. Cheap flights to Nimes airport South of France can be found from the following destinations:
- Liverpool, UK
- London Luton
- Brussels, Belgium
- Fez, Morocco
Avignon airport in South of France
Avignon airport in South of France is the airport providing cheap flights to Provence. Avignon airport is located in the village of Montfavet, 8 kilometres southeast of Avignon. The facilities are a little sparse, but then benefit is that you can get on and off your flight pretty quickly. Cheap flights to Avignon airport can be found from the following destinations:
- London City airport
- Southampton, UK
- Birmingham, UK
- Liege, Belgium
Ryanair cheap flights to South of France from UK & Ireland
Ryanair operate the following flights to Lanhuedoc from UK and Ireland :
- London Stansted to Marseille & Montpellier
- London Gatwick to Marseille
- London Luton to Nimes
- Liverpool to Nimes
- Manchester to Marseille
- Edinburgh to Marseille
- Glasgow to Marseille
- Dublin to Marseille
Easyjet cheap flights to South of France from UK & Ireland
Easyjet operate the following flights to Lanhuedoc from UK and Ireland :
- London Gatwick to Marseille
- Bristol to Marseille.