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How To Get Cheap Flights in Europe!

Posted by Auvi Evans on 10/15/18 4:06 PM

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Most of our ILP volunteers tend to be traveling on a budget (sound familiar?). So, how in the world do they afford to go on all of those awesome ILP vacations, especially in Europe? The trick is that you can actually find some really amazing deals on flights there — just use these travel tips. 

While traveling in Europe, your transportation is going to be one of your biggest costs. But, do you want to know a secret? Sometimes, flying can be a lot cheaper (and way more comfortable, not to mention faster) than a bus or train in Europe. You just need to know the little tricks of the trade when it comes to buying a plane ticket.

Europe is dreamy and a place we think everyone needs to visit. Check out our guide to learn more about why we love it and where you need to visit!

What Do I Need To Know About Flying (Cheap) In Europe?

  • Research Different Airlines
  • Book Early
  • Be Flexible
  • Try A Different Route
  • Look For Discounts
  • Check Out *These* Airlines

Research Different Airlines

With so many different airlines, it can be a little overwhelming when you are looking for a cheap flights in Europe. Trust me when I say that all your hard work will pay off.

Don't just settle for the big-name airlines. You're more likely to find a cheap flight with a budget airline (like Wizzair or Ryan Air). You may not get to choose your seat, but you'll have some extra cash to spend on the best gelato in Italy if you book with a budget airline. 

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Book Early

When you volunteer with ILP, you also get vacation time (and free time plus weekends) to see the world. Pretty sweet, huh? You'll receive the dates for your ILP vacations at beginning of the semester, and that's when you should decide where to go and start booking your flights. You may be able to find cheaper flights if you're purchasing for 2 months away instead of 2 weeks away.

Be Flexible

Flying early in the mornings or late at night are ways to see if you can snag better airfare. The more flexible you are, the more options you will have, the more money you will save!

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Try A Different Route

Booking a direct flight may cost you more than if you try an alternative route. If you're hoping to fly to Paris but the flights aren't looking great from where you're at, see if booking a flight to another major hub like Krakow ... and then flying from Krakow to Paris is cheaper. It might take some different tries to just see, but if you can find the cheapest flight it might be worth it. We frequently see that a particular city in Europe may have several cities that are cheap to fly to from that city, but not necessarily from another city. That way, you can save money and see another city during your vacation. 

For example, here are some of the cheapest flights from Romania and the cheapest flights from Poland

Look For Student Discounts (And Other Discounts)

There are some websites that offer student discounted flights. STA travel is one of the most popular websites to get student discounts from. Remember, you do have to be a student to get those discounts though!

You'll also save if you pack light. A lot of budget airlines have a stricter carry - on policy, so plan on loading up your backpack instead of paying for baggage fees.

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Check Out *These* Airlines 

Make sure you look at these sites when buying tickets! These are a few of our favorite budget airlines in Europe and where they fly to. Apply the tips above when purchasing and you'll definitely find sweet deals. 

Ryanair

Ryanair flys to a lot of destinations in Europe. I won't list all of them, but here are a few big ones that may be helpful as you travel. Basically they've got you covered with TONS of options.  Check out this site for a full list.

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Paris, France
  • Nice, France
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Rome, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Birmingham, England
  • London, England

Wizzair

With over 500 routes, Wizzair covers a lot of ground and can get you awesome deals. These are a few of the many places you can visit.  Here's a full list of where they fly. 

  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • Milan, Italy
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Athens, Greece
  • Frankfurt, Germany

NorwegianAir

Norwegian Air has a great list of places you'll want to travel to. Here are some below and here's the full list of bucket list worthy destinations. 

  •  Malaga, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • London, England
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Manchester, United Kingdon
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

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Want to test out these travel tips (and other ways to get cheap flights) for yourself? Come learn more about International Language Programs? We're a non-profit organization with years and years of experience sending volunteers abroad to teach English, help in an orphanage, and make a difference (while they see the world, of course).

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