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Cheap Europe flights to book in 2021

Compare prices, learn the best time to book and get deals on flights to Europe.

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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. 

  • Before booking your cheap flight to Europe, check to make sure the country you want to visit is open to US travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today’s cheap Europe flight deals

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Cheap flights to Paris from just $164 return

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LufthansaLufthansa

Round trip flight offers to Europe from $479

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OmioOmio

Book trains, buses and flights in the US and Europe

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Air TransatAir Transat

If you are visiting Canada on your next vacation, or travelling to Europe with a connecting flight, take advantage of our domestic flights! Check our flight schedule for complete details.

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How much are flights to Europe? 

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:

NYC

  • To London: $250 to $500 
  • To Paris: $200 to $250 
  • To Rome: $200 to $250 
  • To Athens: $300 to $400 

Chicago

  • To London: $320 to $400 
  • To Paris: $360 to $550 
  • To Rome: $360 to $400 
  • To Athens: $380 to $500 

Los Angeles 

  • To London: $300 to $500 
  • To Paris: $350 to $450
  • To Rome: $400 to $800 
  • To Athens: $500 to $600 

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. 

When is the cheapest time of year to fly to Europe? 

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.

How far in advance should I book my flight to Europe? 

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.

How long does it take to fly to Europe? 

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:

NYC

  • To London: About 7 hours
  • To Paris: About 8 hours
  • To Rome: About 8.5 hours 
  • To Athens: About 12 hours

Chicago

  • To London: About 8 hours 
  • To Paris: About 10 hours 
  • To Rome: About 12 hours
  • To Athens: About 13 hours

Los Angeles 

  • To London: About 10.5 hours 
  • To Paris: About 11 hours 
  • To Rome: About 14 hours
  • To Athens: About 16 hours

Where is the cheapest place to fly in Europe from the US? 

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. 

Fast facts: 

  • Reykjavik and Dublin are the cheapest places to fly from most of the international airports in the US. 
  • Flights from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to Reykjavik, Iceland are the cheapest overall, with a median fare of $319. 
  • Flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) to London, UK are the priciest overall, with a median fare of $1,110. 
StateAirport CodeCheapest destinationMedian Airfare
Alabama BHMParis, France$1,110
Alabama HSVFrankfurt am Main, Germany $875
Alaska ANC Reykjavik, Iceland $677
ArizonaPHXMadrid, Spain $563
Arizona TUSZurich, Switzerland $805
Arkansas MEMLondon, England$1,068
California SFOReykjavik, Iceland $442
California LAXReykjavik, Iceland $404
California SANDublin, Ireland $766
Colorado DENBrussels, Belgium$379
Connecticut BDLEdinburgh, UK$548
Delaware BWIReykjavik, Iceland $359
Florida MIAMadrid, Spain $545
Florida MCOReykjavik, Iceland $541
Florida TPA Reykjavik, Iceland $615
Georgia ATLBudapest, Hungary $640
Georgia SAVLondon, UK$830
Hawaii HNLLondon, UK $906
Hawaii KOALondon, UK$960
IdahoSLCVenice, Italy $468
Illinois ORDReykjavik, Iceland $450
Indiana INDReykjavik, Iceland $788
IowaDSM London, UK$898
Kansas MCIReykjavik, Iceland $600
Kentucky CVGReykjavik, Iceland $509
Kentucky SDFReykjavik, Iceland $789
LouisianaMSYDublin, Ireland $732
MaineBOSStockholm, Sweden$479
Maryland BWIReykjavik, Iceland $359
Massachusetts BOSStockholm, Sweden$479
Michigan DTWReykjavik, Iceland $409
Michigan GRRReykjavik, Iceland $789
MinnesotaMSPBudapest, Hungary $463
MississippiMSYDublin, Ireland $732
Missouri STLDublin, Ireland $752
Missouri MCIReykjavik, Iceland $600
Montana BILDublin, Ireland $822
Montana BZNDublin, Ireland $797
Nebraska OMADublin, Ireland $864
NevadaLASCopenhagen, Denmark$563
NevadaRNOReykjavik, Iceland $871
New Hampshire BOSStockholm, Sweden$479
New Jersey EWRParis, France $521
New Mexico ABQGeneva, Switzerland $705
New York JFKParis, France $517
New York BUFReykjavik, Iceland $740
North Carolina CLTDublin, Ireland $739
North Carolina RDUDublin, Ireland $665
North DakotaBILDublin, Ireland $822
OhioCLEReykjavik, Iceland $457
OhioCMHDublin, Ireland $694
OhioCVGReykjavik, Iceland $509
OklahomaTULVenice, Italy $760
OklahomaOKCVenice, Italy $952
OregonPDXReykjavik, Iceland $642
Pennsylvania PHLReykjavik, Iceland $496
Pennsylvania PITReykjavik, Iceland $319
Rhode Island BOSStockholm, Sweden$479
South Carolina CHSReykjavik, Iceland $789
South DakotaOMADublin, Ireland $864
Tennessee BNADublin, Ireland $771
Tennessee MEMLondon, UK$1,068
Texas IAHMadrid, Spain $598
Texas AUSLondon, UK$642
Utah SLCVenice, Italy $468
Vermont BTVLondon, UK$780
Virginia ORFLondon, UK$845
Virginia RICDublin, Ireland $793
Washington SEAMunich, Germany $663
West Virginia PITReykjavik, Iceland $319
Wisconsin MKELondon, UK$835
Wyoming BILDublin, Ireland $822
Washington, DC IAD Reykjavik, Iceland $482

Which airlines fly to Europe from the US? 

Most international airlines fly to Europe from the US — here are some of the most popular:

What are the major airports in Europe?

There are hundreds of airports in Europe, but these are some of the busiest:

  • Denmark
    • Copenhagen Airport (CPH) 
  • England
    • London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
    • London Heathrow International Airport (LHR)
  • France
    •  Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Germany
    • Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
    • Munich Airport (MUC)
  • Holland
    • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Ireland
    • Dublin Airport (DUB) 
  • Spain
    •  Barcelona Airport (BCN) 

Do I need a visa to travel to Europe with a US passport?

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:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

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. 

Tips and tricks to finding cheap flights

  • Be flexible. If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, you should have no problem scoring a round trip flight to Europe for far less than $1,000. Keep an eye on deals from airlines like Delta and United, or use the Search Everywhere tool on Skyscanner to see what’s up for grabs. 
  • Consider the pros of a longer stopover. If you’re simply looking for cheap fare, an overnight or hours-long layover along the way could be worth saving a few hundred dollars on your fare. Longer stopovers in destinations where you can leave the airport can actually be a nice break between two very long flights.
  • Book a package. Package vacations can sometimes be cheaper than purchasing flights and accommodation separately. We like browsing packages on BookVIP, United Vacations and JetBlue Vacations
  • Look for credit card promos. You can get cheap or even free flights by taking advantage of a travel credit card. You could also open a card that offers cashback if you spend a certain amount by the end of the quarter. 

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.

Traveling during COVID-19

The CDC advises postponing travel to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading COVID-19. If you plan to travel during the pandemic, monitor the risk assessment levels for your destination when planning your trip, before departure and on arrival. Follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for test results for COVID-19 — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.

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