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Europe Travel Guide

How much of our own continent have we really seen? The 51 countries that belong to this diverse continent are home to some of the world's most vibrant cities, best bars, iconic architecture, amazing art and an abundance of darn delicious food. Yep, we have all of this just on our doorstep. Gather inspiration for your Europe adventure below, and kick start your summer with our insane deals.

What we love about Europe

Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower in Paris
Take to the streets on a Paris Night tour and see where it gets its City of Light nickname.
Leaning tower of pisa Leaning Tower of Pisa
Get you creative Insta juices flowing and plan your best Leaning Tower of Pisa pose.
Cresent moon and 3 stars Northern Lights in Reykjavík
Bundle up to catch Mother Nature’s biggest light show.

Getting around Europe

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Cheap flights to Europe

Cheap flights to France, Spain, Italy and more
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Campervan & car hire

From historic castles to golden beaches, Europe makes for perfect road trip territory. Hiring a campervan or car gives you the freedom to set your own itinerary and pull over wherever, whenever you choose. Invest in that aux cable, and start compiling your playlist now!
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Hop-on hop-off bus passes

Stretching right through Western and Eastern Europe, our range of bus passes will ensure your trip is hassle-free, flexible and full of all the best bits. Take a look at our routes and start planning your adventure now!
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Interrail Passes

Whenever and wherever you want to go, there's a range of Interrail passes to choose from that offer complete flexibility from the Interrail Global Pass that covers rail travel over the whole of Europe.

Top destinations in Europe

France
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Best tours in Europe

Northern lights over snowy landscape

Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle

Reykjavík > Álftröð > Reykjavík

On your once in a lifetime trip to Iceland you will encounter the Bláfjöll Mountains, Þingvellir National Park, hot springs, Sólheimajökull glacier, Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, and more as you search for the Northern lights.
5 days
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Tall buildings along the canal in Amsterdam

European Horizon

London > Amsterdam > Rhine Valley > Munich > Austrian Tyrol > Venice > Swiss Alps > Paris > London

Tick off the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France in one jam-packed trip. You'll visit the canals of Amsterdam, the Eiffel tower in Paris, the mountains of Austria and enjoy wine in the Rhine valley.
10 days
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Frequently asked questions about travelling in Europe

When is the best time to travel in Europe?

Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Greece and Croatia are at their best during the summer months when the thermometers push past 30 degrees. Expect larger crowds and prices to be a little higher than they are between the months of October to April.

When it comes to the colder months, don't let the winter weather put you off! Europe is a treasure-trove filled with some of the best winter break destinations in the world. Sink a stein (or three) at Oktoberfest or in Berlin's cosy Christmas markets, bring in the New Year at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, head to Venice Carnevale in February, hit the slopes in the French Alps, or take it one step further and head off in search of Santa in Finland!

How else can I travel Europe on a budget?

There are plenty of cities in Europe where beer can still cost under £2, and a good meal will be under £5. Like Berlin, Budapest and Prague. No matter where you are, visit local markets where you can buy delicious food for cheap. As for transport around Europe, bag yourself an Interrail pass for as little as £180 and hop around as many European cities as your time allows via train. Plus, cities such as London have heaps of free galleries and student discounts on attractions.

How can I get to Europe?

You're already in it! Getting across the pond is pretty easy and cheap, with regular flights to and from most major airports. Return fares, one-ways, student tickets...you name it, we've got it.

If you're departing from Belgium, France or the Netherlands, you might also find it more worthwile to book yourself on the Eurostar and travel directly by train from St Pancras International. From there, you could start your Interrailing trip with an Interrail pass. Head into an STA Travel store to enquire or book.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out our STA Travel blog!

STA Travel Blog

10 tips for Interrailing around Europe

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Europe's best island hopping

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Eastern Europe insider tips

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