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Our team sources deals from European airlines including Lufthansa, Air France, Air Italy, Virgin Atlantic and dozens of the biggest travel booking sites in the world to help you find the cheapest flights around. Here’s a roundup of our favorite deals, along with some expert tips on booking cheap flights to Europe. Because the lower the cost of plane tickets, the more money you have to spend sipping cocktails on a Mediterranean beach, shopping in Milan or cruising down the Seine.
The prices vary depending on your destination, the time of year, the day of the week and more. To give you a ballpark estimate, here are the average prices for one-way flights from the US to a handful of major cities in Europe:
We got this pricing from Skyscanner in January 2021. The best and most accurate way to see how much flights to Europe cost is to search for yourself, since prices change regularly.
March is the cheapest time of year to fly to Europe according to CheapAir, a travel booking site that analyzed 917 million airfares. In fact, you’ll save about $371 per ticket if you book a flight to Europe in March compared to July, which is the most expensive month.
You’ll get the best rates if you book your flight to Europe 160 days before takeoff, based on CheapAir’s assessment. That’s about five months in advance.
It depends on where you’re starting from, and whether or not you have layovers. Still, to give you an idea of what to expect, here are the quickest flight times from the US to some popular European cities:
It depends on your state — but destinations in Northern and Western Europe are generally cheaper to visit than those in Eastern Europe, simply due to distance.
Kayak, another major travel booking site, analyzed the median roundtrip airfares to Europe from across the US to come up with the cheapest European city to visit from every US state. Search your state to find the cheapest destination for you.
|State||Airport Code||Cheapest destination||Median Airfare|
|Alabama||HSV||Frankfurt am Main, Germany||$875|
|New Hampshire||BOS||Stockholm, Sweden||$479|
|New Jersey||EWR||Paris, France||$521|
|New Mexico||ABQ||Geneva, Switzerland||$705|
|New York||JFK||Paris, France||$517|
|New York||BUF||Reykjavik, Iceland||$740|
|North Carolina||CLT||Dublin, Ireland||$739|
|North Carolina||RDU||Dublin, Ireland||$665|
|North Dakota||BIL||Dublin, Ireland||$822|
|Rhode Island||BOS||Stockholm, Sweden||$479|
|South Carolina||CHS||Reykjavik, Iceland||$789|
|South Dakota||OMA||Dublin, Ireland||$864|
|West Virginia||PIT||Reykjavik, Iceland||$319|
|Washington, DC||IAD||Reykjavik, Iceland||$482|
Most international airlines fly to Europe from the US — here are some of the most popular:
There are hundreds of airports in Europe, but these are some of the busiest:
As long as you have a US passport, you can travel to 26 countries in the Schengen area without a visa for a maximum of 90 days, including:
If you want to stay in Europe for longer than 90 days, or are aiming to visit a county that’s not in the Schengen area, then you’ll need to look into getting a visa.
If you need to buy a flight to Europe but can’t find one cheap enough, you could book with an airline or travel site that lets you reserve a seat today and pay later. For example, CheapOAir and Expedia allow you to finance your fare through Affirm. However, make sure you have a plan in place to cover the bill down the road, since Affirm charges interest.
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