There are 10 low cost airports in South of France which provide cheap flights to South of France from the UK, Ireland, continental Europe and North America. The list of Southern France airports includes Nice, Toulon, Marseille, Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier, Beziers, Perpignan, Carcassonne and Toulouse. 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.
I meet a lot of people who take great pleasure in knocking Ryanair ("Ryan-scare") and Easyjet ("Sleazyjet") - many of whom live in the South of France all year around. But the unfortunate truth that they cannot ignore, is that without these budget airlines providing cheap flights to a number of South of France airports, then the region would simply not have been opened up to a larger tourism market.
When we began Go Languedoc 10 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! 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.
Low cost airports South of France
There are now 10 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 airports, are in the process of undertaking major refurbishments.
Nice airport France
Nice airport is the the biggest airport in South France. Nice also provides a direct flight from and to North America (New York) with Delta airways. Nice airport France, 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.
In many ways Nice is the South of France. The beautiful coastline around Nice has been attracting holidaymakers for over 300 years. There are also many things to do and see in Nice itself, with more museums and art galleries than any other city in France outside of Paris. Nice airport provides quick access to the local motorway and public transport network. This collection of villas and apartments near Nice France, can all be accessed in under 30 minutes:
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-Hyeres airport South France
Toulon airport is a former military airport located just outside the seaside town of Hyeres. The airport is still shared with the French Navy. Toulon airport France 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.
TUI runs 2 flights a week to Toulon airport from Charleroi in Belgium (Fridays and Sundays)
Flybe has a weekly flight (Sundays) from Southampton (UK) to Toulon airport
Transavia runs 4 flights a week from Rotterdam airport in Holland to Toulon airport South France on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Cheap flights to Avignon airport Southern France
Avignon airport in Southern France is quite handy to reach holiday villas in Provence and the Nimes area of France. There is a motorway link between Avignon and Nimes, Provence and Cote d'Azur. The travel time is under 50 minutes. Aivignon 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. Avignon airport receives cheap flights from the following destinations:
- London City airport
- Southampton, UK
- Birmingham, UK
- Liege, Belgium
Cheap flights to Avignon airport Southern France during 2018
Flybe flies direct to Avignon airport in South France from 3 UK airports. This is the 2018 summer schedule of flights to Avignon airport in Southern France:
Belfast City airport to Avignon airport France (during August only: Wednesday flights)
Birmingham airport to Avignon airport France (during July: Saturday flights; during August: Wednesday and Saturday flights)
Southampton airport to Avignon airport France (during July: Saturday flights; during August: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday flights)
Nimes South France airports
Nimes airport markets itself as the preferred airport for flights to Provence and the Camargue. This former French naval airbase has been developed into Nimes 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. It has some commercial flight services, operated by Ryanair and it also continues to receive military flights. There are cheap flights to Nimes airport from the following destinations:
- London Stansted, UK
- London Luton, UK
- Brussels, Belgium
- Fez, Morocco
Summer 2018 flights from UK to Nimes airport South France
This is the 2018 schedule of summer flights to Nimes airport in South France:
London Stansted airport to Nimes airport (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday flights)
London Luton to Nimes airport France (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday flights)
The area surrounding Nimes was an important settlement during Roman times and there are some beautiful archeological sites to see. You have your choice of the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, the amphitheatre and Maison Carree in Nimes and other sites in nearby towns such as Arles, Uzes and Sommieres. Also on your doorstep you have St-Remy-de-Provence, Avignon, Aigues-Mortes, Anduze and Beau-de-Provence. Nimes airport provides quick access to the local motorway and this collection of villas near Nimes France, can all be accessed in under 30 minutes:
Montpellier airport France South
Montpellier airport France, is the largest and most developed of the airports on the Languedoc coast. Due to the demand from business travellers, Montpellier airport is a regional hub for Air France, as well as Ryanair and Easyjet. In addition, Montpellier airport also operates flights to the main cities in Europe, including London Stansted, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Copenhagen. Montpellier airport also operates a schedule of flights to North Africa (Morocco and Algeria). You can find cheap flights to Montpellier airport France from the following destinations:
- Algiera, Algers & Oran;
- Morocco, Casablanca and Fez
- Belgium, Charleroi
- Denmark, Copenhagen
- Corsica - Ajaccio & Propriano,
- Croatia - Pula & Dubrovnik
- France: Brest, Lyon, Nantes, Paris & Strasbourg
- Germany: Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg; Dusseldorf, Frankfurt & Munich
- Holland: Amsterdam & Rotterdam
- Italy: Rome
- Portugal - Lisbon & Porto
- UK: London Stansted, Leeds
2018 cheap flights to Montpellier airport France South
This is the schedule of 2018 cheap flights to Montpellier airport France from UK airports. We have highlighted the Saturday flights to coincide with holiday villas that have a Saturday changeover during the high season:
London Gatwick airport to Montpellier airport (Daily flights)
London Luton to Montpellier airport France (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (2 flights))
Montpellier, France, is a great city to visit for a long weekend break or a summer vacation. Montpellier has it all. The beaches are just 10 km from the city centre. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The historic centre of the city is full of life and has excellent restaurants, bars and shops. There are many cultural activities including a world famous art gallery (Musee Fabre), a stunning Opera house, live music venues and summer arts festivals covering film, dance, theatre and classical music. You have all of this, plus 300 days of sunshine a year! It is easy to see why Montpellier has become the fastest growing city in France. Visit our collection of Montpellier apartments and villas to rent in France for a weekend break or summer vacation:
Flights to Beziers airports France 2018
The Béziers Cap d’Agde airport in the Languedoc region of South France. Beziers airport is located just a short taxi ride from Beziers city centre and it is also has a regular bus service to local towns such as Agde, Cap d'Agde, Vias and Marseillan. There is a small selection of car hire operators at Beziers airport, including Hertz, Europcar and Alamo. Beziers is a small airport that has expanded its international flights rapidly since 2010. The airport now receives over 250,000 passengers per year. There are cheap flights to Beziers airport France from 9 international destinations:
- Paris Beauvais,
- Bristol UK,
- London UK,
- Manchester, UK,
- Edinburgh, UK,
- Dusseldorf Weeze, Germany
- Bremen, Germany
- Stockholm Skavsta, Sweden
- Oslo Rygge. Nowray
All of these flights are operated by Ryanair.
Summer 2018 flights from UK to Beziers airports France
This is the summer 2018 schedule of Ryanair flights to Beziers airport in South France:
Edinburgh airport to Beziers airport (Sunday and Wednesday flights)
Bristol airport to Beziers airport (Monday, Wednesday and Friday flights)
London Luton to Beziers airport (Monday, Wednesday and Friday flights)
London Stansted to Beziers airport France (Sunday and Wednesday flights)
Manchester airport to Beziers airport (Sunday and Tuesday flights)
With the Mediterranean beaches just 10 kms from Beziers airport and popular beach resorts such as Cap d'Agde, Serignan Plage, Marseillan and Portiragnes all close-by; it is easy to see why Beziers airport has grown so rapidly over the last few years. But Beziers is not all about beaches, the surrounding area is one of the largest wine-producing regions in France and you can can find many holiday homes for rent in quaint little villages surrounded by the vineyards. See our range of Bezeirs holiday homes South France for rent this summer:
Carcassonne - airports France
I think that Carcassonne airport must be a hidden secret, because we often get customers asking us Where is the nearest airport to Carcassonne?. Either that or the PR Manager at Carcassonne airport needs to be fired. Carcassonne is a small regional airport in Southern France that like Beziers airport, has grown rapidly in recent years thanks to Ryanair. You can find cheap flights to Carcassonne airport France from the following destinations:
- Alicante, Spain
- Bournemouth, UK
- Eindhoven, Holland
- Porto, Portugal
- Glasgow-Prestwick, UK
- Cork, Ireland
- Liverpool, UK
- London, UK
- Brussels, Belgium
- Dublin, Ireland
- East Midlands, UK
Summer 2018 flights to Carcassonne airport France
This is the 2018 summer schedule of Ryanair flights to Carcassonne airport in South France from the UK and Ireland. We have highlighted the Saturday flights to coincide with holiday villas that have a Saturday changeover during the high season:
East Midlands airport to Carcassonne airport (Monday and Friday flights)
Edinburgh airport to Carcassonne airport (Tuesday and Saturday flights)
Glasgow airport to Carcassonne airport (Wednesday and Saturday flights)
Manchester airport to Carcassonne airport (Monday and Friday flights)
London Stansted to Carcassonne airport (Daily flights)
Dublin airport to Carcassonne airport (Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday flights)
Carcassonne is a great area to be based in for a family holiday in South France. With the impressive fortified Castle in Carcassonne, numerous Cathar ruins and the Canal du Midi all on your doorstep; you will never be short of things to do. All the holiday villas we advertise near Carcassonne are under 35 kms from Carcassonne airport, so you can step off your plane and be in your accommodation within 30 minutes. See our range of Carcassonne villas South France to rent this summer:
Cheap flights to Perpignan France airports
Perpignan airport is the Southern most airport in mainland France. Perpignan airport has recently undergone a much need refurbishment and it has expanded its schedule of flights. There was a story a few years back that the Head of Perpignan airport had a massive falling out with Ryanair - which led to Ryanair pulling a lot of its flights to Perpignan. But thankfully, that all seems to have been resolved now. You can find cheap flights to Perpignan airport from the following destinations:
- Ajaccio, Corsica
- Ibiza, Spain
- Madrid, Spain
- London, UK
- Brussels, Belgium
- Southampton, UK
- Nantes, France
- Dublin, Ireland
- Birmingham, UK
2018 Summer flights from UK to Perpignan France airport
This is the schedule of 2018 flights to Perpignan airport in South France from the UK:
Birminham airport to Perpignan airport (Tuesday and Saturday flights)
London Stansted to Perpignan airport France (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday flights)
We have a great range of properties to rent within 30 minutes drive of Perpignan airport, many close to the beautiful beaches on the Cote Vermeille. Visit our collection of Perpignan villas to rent in Southern France.
Toulouse airport Southern France
Toulouse airport is fast becoming one of the major airports in Southern France. Toulouse is also quite handy to reach holiday villas in the Carcassonne area. There is a motorway link between Toulouse and Carcassonne and the travel time is under 50 minutes. Easyjet flies direct to Toulouse airport in South France from 3 UK airports:
Bristol airport to Toulouse airport, France (Sunday, Tuesday and Friday)
London Luton to Toulouse airport, France (Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday)
London Gatwick to Toulouse airport, France (Daily flights)
Visit our collection of holiday villas in Southern France within 50 minutes drive of Toulouse airport.
Where to next . . . ?
Read our article on the Best South France cities to visit this summer
Interested in visiting the South of France? Check out Where to stay in South of France
Read about the What to do in South France during 2018
Check out the Best beaches in South France to visit in 208
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