Cheapest Way to Get to Europe
What is the cheapest way to travel Europe?
We've searched high and low to find the cheapest way to fly to Europe.
Step one: cross the Atlantic. This overseas haul is your trip’s most daunting expense, but it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. With StudentUniverse discounts and promo codes, you can findcheap flights to Europe, both one-way and round trip. Many travellers think London is the absolute cheapest place to fly into Europe, but be a little flexible and follow our flight-booking tips to save big money. Go wherever the sales take you. That’s the cheapest way to get to Europe.
Keep it cheap with budget beds.
Sometimes you gotta risk it to get the biscuit, and Hostels are a budget traveller’s BFF. Although they’re designed to be bare-bones bargains, many provide either a daily breakfast or a communal kitchen. Cooking even a few meals a week can save you major cash. Disregard whatever you’ve heard about these dorm-style abodes, because youth hostels are safer, cleaner and comfier than ever before (some are downright luxurious). Swap stories with other friendly travellers to make the most of your hostel experience.
If you really hate the idea of sleeping around strangers, you can still save up to 40% on hotels in Europe as a StudentUniverse member (joining is free). By tracking down the best hotel deals, you can hang onto both your privacy and your money.
With gorgeous campgrounds scattered all across the continent, camping is the travel method of choice for many frugal European families. Braver travellers can also try their hand at couchsurfing, which is a great way to meet locals and save money. Offer to cook a meal from your home state in return! Whether you camp or couchsurf, you’ll want to keep our backpacking tips in mind. Be prepared to mix and match these methods throughout your trip to Europe.
Keep travelling between countries.
Europe is so compact, and the international infrastructure so efficient, that it’s easy to visit two, three, even four countries in any given trip. If you have no idea where to start, our Europe tour packages will bring you to the most iconic cities hassle-free.
If you have your own list of must-see sites, there are plenty of ways to get from point A to point B without breaking the bank. The Euro Rail is a fast and scenic option, but not necessarily the cheapest way to travel Europe. Keep an eye out for student discounts on train tickets.
Another way to hop from country to country is through international budget flights. A plain ticket from Paris to Rome will only set you back about $24. Buses can take you across borders for as little as $13. Check out Megabus and Eurolines for specific routes.
Know where and when to stretch your dollar.
Through very strategic planning, you can experience any city on a budget. Spend your days touring Stockholm's Old Town, climbing up Arthur's Seat to get a bird's-eye-view of Edinburgh, all of which are free. That being said, some places are particularly easy on the wallet. Location could be the difference between a week long trip and a month long trip, so visit more affordable cities like Prague and Budapest to get the most from your trip to Europe. Remember to research current exchange rates as well — where is the dollar strongest, what opportunities are out there right now?
Timing is also important in finding the best deals. Avoid travelling during peak season and never fly around European holidays. This schedule varies depending on your destination, so be diligent and do your research before you book. If you want a longer European experience, consider volunteering or working abroad to balance your expenses.
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*Note About Flight Prices: Prices are based on searches done in the last 14 days for one way flights from cities within the United States to Europe with departure dates between 5/1/2015 and 2/1/2016. Flight prices vary by date, departure city, arrival city and availability. All taxes/fees are included in the price, except certain government taxes, change fees, and fees imposed in destination, if applicable. Baggage fees may apply.