Airport in French

If you want to travel by air in France, you need to know what to say at the airport in French. The airport in French is l'aéroport.

This online French audio lesson will teach you other helpful words and phrases to make your journey smoother. You’ll learn how to find the departure hall, ask for a window seat, and find out when your flight is boarding - Rocket French will make sure you get you on the plane safely and on time in French!

Resources for further reading:

Plane landing at a French airport

At the airport in French

Let’s start with the basics. Simply click on the link below and don’t forget to repeat the words yourself so that you become comfortable forming the sounds.

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Hall de départ

Departure hall

Hall d'arrivée

Arrival hall





Now, here are the important questions that you will need when checking in at the counter (“Le comptoir”). Listen to each word and its English translation and repeat the words aloud.

Quand est-ce que je dois être a la porte ?

When do I have to be at the gate?

Combien de temps dure le vol ?

How long is the flight?

Combien de temps va t'on s'arrêter ?

How long is the stop over?

Est-ce-que vous servirez un plat chaud ?

Will you serve a hot meal?

Est-ce que le vol est complet ?

Is the flight very busy?

Est-ce que j'ai besoin d'un visa ?

Do I need a visa?

Pour combien de temps le visa est-il valide ?

How long is the visa valid for?

Combien de valises est-ce que je peux prendre ?

How many pieces of luggage can I take?

Some people prefer window seats, some want to sit close to the aisle. I always ask for a window seat, that way I can get a first impression of the city we are going to land in, from above. Whichever one you prefer, here are the French words for it…

Le siège du côté hublot

Window seat

Le siège du côté couloir

Aisle seat

Je voudrais avoir un siège du côté hublot, s'il vous plaît.

I would like to have a window seat, please.

Je voudrais avoir un siège du côté couloir s'il vous plaît.

I would like to have an aisle seat, please

Here are some possible answers you might get…

Vous devez vous présenter à la porte 15 minutes avant l'heure du départ.

You have to be at the gate 15 minutes prior to departure.

Malheureusement, nous n'avons plus de siège disponible du coté hublot.

Unfortunately, we don't have any window seats left.

Vous n'avez pas besoin de Visa.

You won't need a visa.

Nous vous servirons un encas et un diner.

We'll serve a cold snack and dinner.

Vous pouvez prendre seulement un bagage à main.

You can only take one piece of hand luggage.

Votre bagage est trop lourd.

Your luggage is too heavy.

You have just finished today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it.

For more French vocabulary try this lesson on going out in French, essential for when you reach your destination!

À bientôt !

Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team

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