Cheap flights to Europe

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Best student & youth fares right now to Europe

There are some fantastic savings on flights from the US to Europe right now. Take a look at some of our top deals below. Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Don’t worry! These fares get updated every single day, so just bookmark this page and check back at a later date.

Student flights from the USA to Europe

Planning an awesome backpacking trip? Preparing for a semester or year abroad? Or getting ready to embark on a vacation with your friends? Whatever your plans, Europe is always a great idea. You’ll find an array of cultures, languages, history and foods while traveling. Eat your weight in food in France, Spain or Italy. Get a little artsy and discover the street art scenes in Germany, the UK and Portugal. Or take it easy and embrace the Scandi culture in Sweden, Norway or Denmark.

At StudentUniverse, we’re making it easier for you to travel to Europe for less by offering you exclusive student and youth discounts on flights. Want to get even more for your dollar? Then sign up to become a member and get even more money off flights. It’s quick, easy and completely free to do. Have a destination in mind already? Use the search box above to see what discounts you could get right now.

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What are the main Europe airport hubs?

It’s no surprise that Europe has a number of airport hubs for you to fly in and out of. Of course, which ones you choose will be totally dependent on where you’re considering on starting or ending your trip. Some of the main airport hubs can be found in the countries capital cities, such as Prague in the Czech Republic, Paris Charles de Gaulle in France and Madrid in Spain. You may also find yourself flying into some of the best airports for long-haul connecting flights, such as Copenhagen, Frankfurt or Amsterdam Schiphol airports.

Europe is super easy to navigate. So if you’re planning a monster Eurotrip you may want to consider arriving into one airport hub and then leaving for home (or continuing your travels) from another. Buying one-way flights into or throughout Europe is a great way to plan your trip and save money.

How to fly from the USA to Europe

Flying from the US to Europe is super simple and there are direct flights to a number of airport hubs across the region, running every single day. From New York, you could fly direct to over 29 cities in Europe! Make that 12 if you’re from LA or 16 from Chicago. Wherever you end up in Europe, you’ll be well-served to explore the rest of the region, due to its excellent transport links.

Some of the major airlines that we partner with that operate flights from the US to Europe include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.

When is the best time to fly to Europe?

The answer totally depends on where you plan on visiting during your trip. One thing we can recommend though is to take some time to plan and research when any major holidays, celebrations or religious events are taking place and book your trip accordingly.

Europe is pretty busy from May through to September, with July and August being some of the busiest months for traveling in Europe. This is due to the warmer weather and summer vacations. As the temperature rises, you may notice that some of the busier cities in Europe become less crowded.

Locals (and even some tourists) head out of the city for their own holidays in order to escape the heat. No surprises here, but you’ll also find Christmas a super busy time to visit Europe, as visitors arrive in hoards to experience the famous European Christmas markets. April through May and September through October are great times to visit many European cities.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to Europe?

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Prices based on bookings made 30-60 days days prior to departure.

Why do American students love visiting Europe?

American students just love visiting Europe. There are tons of student-friendly cities for you to explore in the region and getting between the different countries is super easy (and cheap) to do. Wherever you decide to study in Europe is only the start of your adventure.


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Europe universities and campuses

Europe is home to a great many universities and campuses where you could start your study abroad journey. The cost of living is sometimes equal to or even less than prices back in the US. Plus, it’s home to some of the top-ranking higher educational institutions in the world. These include ETH Zurich, LMU Munich, KU Leuven and the Karolinska Institute. Just do a little research to see what study abroad programs you are able to participate in and what programs your school offers.


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Europe lifestyle and culture

The lifestyle and cultures of Europe are hugely varied and differ from country to country. But in many destinations, it can be pretty similar to what you experience back home. Depending on where you study and travel to, the biggest challenge can be mastering a few key phrases in one of the many languages that the region is home to.

The seasons in Europe follow the same pattern as the US, but you’ll find that some countries, such as Italy, France, Spain and Portugal may enjoy slightly warmer temps during the summer months. And when it comes to winter keep in mind that many of the Scandinavian and Eastern European countries will be facing some pretty cold temperatures.


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Exploring Europe on a student budget

Surviving on a student budget in Europe is pretty easy to do, since many of the countries of the region have lower living costs than what you expect in the US. But do consider that not all countries are dirt cheap to explore. Zurich, Paris and Copenhagen are some of the more expensive destinations, having been voted as some of the most expensive cities in the world. However in general within Europe, you’ll find a great hostel culture, cheap eats and incredibly discounted travel within the region.

Frequently asked questions about flying from the USA to Europe

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