The cheapest way to get to Europe
Getting around the world for cheap is one of my favorite things to do. To get to Europe (from the U.S.) you’ll probably choose to fly and there are a few particular routes that tend to be the cheapest (although if you have time you could take a boat or cruise: vacationstogo has discount transatlantic cruises for as little as $250). While figuring out how you want to travel I recommend using skyscanner to compare prices, and then if you are a student or under 26 also look into STA travel for possible discounts on tickets. Remember that time of year and time of the week can both have dramatic effects on prices so the more flexible you are the more you’ll save.
No matter where you’re starting from in the U.S. or where you’re going in Europe you’ll probably want to get to either east or west coast to start. The cheapest places for you to fly to in Europe will probably be Norway or Iceland.
Norwegian Airlines is an international budget airline and has incredibly cheap flights from a number of major U.S. cities to Oslo (Currently $146.08 from LA if you buy a few months in advance or $123.89 from Boston next weekend). Once you get to Oslo you can easily get a flight on a discount airline to anywhere you want to go in Europe. The great thing about Oslo is how well connected it is to the rest of Europe, and it’s also a pretty cool city to check out in itself. You can actually fly to Denmark and Sweden from the U.S. on Norwegian for very cheap too. Take some time to explore your options both for where to start from in the U.S. and where to end up in Europe. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your routes to save the most money and see the coolest places.
This is pretty awesome: WOW air has begun flying to from Boston to Reykjavík for $99! Flying on to the rest of Europe from Iceland will cost you a little more than flying from Norway, but Iceland is an amazing country (Northern lights! Hot springs! Waterfalls!) and definitely worth a visit before going on your way. Currently they are running promotions from D.C. and Boston, but check out their best deals page to decide the best way to go.
England is the third cheapest country to fly to in Europe and it could be an especially good option for students who could possibly receive discounts through STA travel to get there with a special deal. From England you can fly on to other countries for next to nothing. In a week I’ll be flying from England to Ireland for about $12. $12?!?!? That’s totally ridiculous but it’s completely legit.
One of my goals for trippin with Ray is to help as many people as possible realize how accessible travel can be to everyone and to help everyone travel more. I hope that these tips will help you score some cheap flights so that you can save some cash and go on even more trips! Happy travels! ✈
Bonus: If you’re coming from Asia to Europe you can also get very cheap flights on Norwegian from Bangkok to Oslo!