Student travel trips in Europe is a budget-friendly way to explore the continent. If you are an exchange student from the US or a summer intern from India in Europe, you have the liberty to travel only on the weekends. Further, I found that many students don’t pre-plan their travel itineraries before coming to Europe. Since May-August sees the highest tourist footfall in Europe, booking a cheap flight or train becomes an expensive affair.
Therefore, as a student, you should consider booking your student trips in Europe through various travel groups which offer prospects of traveling mostly on the weekends. The ‘Budget Travel‘ section of ‘A Numb Mind‘ has compiled a comprehensive list of student travel groups in Europe.
pm2am Student Trips specializes in organizing trips for students from Western Germany, Netherlands and Belgium to the different European countries. If you are an exchange student or summer intern keen to make new friends while discovering the beauty of Europe, you should explore the student travel packages.
Travel comfortably in a bus. Most of the trips take place on a Friday night in a bus, leaving ample scope for exploration of a city on Saturday. A friendly team leader accompanies the group and he/she is always there to answer your questions or help you with any information you need.
Every month pm2am organizes student travel trips across Europe to discover places like: Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Munich, Paris, Prague, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, Tallinn (Estonia), St. Petersberg and many more!
For trip inquiries, last minute tickets or any other trip-related questions, you can drop your queries at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The trips we offer will be the highlight of your time studying abroad, so don’t miss out!
Does Rick Steves ring a bell?
Well, Andy Steves, son of travel guru Rick Steves, created WSA to offer “fun, no-nonsense, affordable, and memorable weekend trips” to college students.
If you are studying in Europe, you can choose one of the many student travel packages by WSA to Italy, Hungary, the UK, Ireland, France, Amsterdam, and more.
You can note from the video above that Bogi is an experienced tour guide of WSA to Budapest and she grew up there. All trips are led by local tour guides who grew up in the city you will be traveling to. Therefore, you can make sure to expect a sincere cultural experience.
Studifahrten is a friendly and reliable travel agency based in Germany. It was founded in 2011. It offers budget trips to students and young professionals to discover popular destinations of Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Poland, and Germany
You can now tick some cities off your bucket list with Europe student travel packages from Studifahrten without having to stress out on planning. The trips are secured and the tour leader ensures everyone’s feels comfortable.
Check out their Facebook Page for authenic reviews.
Contiki offers travel packages to people between the ages of 18-35 years old, Contiki caters specifically to students and youth who want to explore the globe and not just Europe. However, unlike pm2am, the trips are not constrained on the weekends.
With different trips spread out over five continents, you can plan on spending anywhere between a few days to a few weeks abroad. Most of their trips take you to multiple countries or cities as well. However, I found that the trips to be expensive as Contiki seems more like a tour planner than an exclusive student-only travel group.
Travel deals from Contiki maybe useful for longer vacations or travel during the gap year.
With trips to both European and Latin American destinations, AESU offers both graduates and students the chance to travel with their peers. They also have occasional deals on their trips which offer a couple of hundred dollars off of the original price.
6. Wanderlust Trips
Yes-Trips organizes trips to unique events and experiences all around the world. Think of events like Oktoberfest, Kingsday, Tomatina, Carnival and much more!
Along with these events, Yes-Trips also offers city trips around Europe, with annual trips to Krakow, Prague, and Budapest. While the tour company takes care of all the logistics, you can enjoy the event hassle-free and without a care in the world.
Yes-Trips is a registered company in the Netherlands. The website claims that 10 000+ people have joined in 2018 on various projects all over Europe. It is also an official partner of ESN Netherlands and ESN Switzerland.
EF College break also offers trips to five continents with flights included. They have many holiday trips as well, so you can celebrate New Years in Paris, Amsterdam or London, or spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Trips are anywhere between 6-35 days, so pick the duration that best suits you.
Another travel group based in Europe, Bus2Alps gives students the chance to do day trips, weekend trips, or Spring/Summer break trips. As the name suggests, most of the trips are based in South-Western Europe like Amalfi Coast (Italy), Interlaken (Switzerland), Lisbon (Portugal), Munich (Germany), Hungary and Croatia.
Bus2Alps also offers many adventure packages in these cities, say river rafting and airplane skydiving in Interlaken, Danube River Cruise in Budapest.
The tour operator has an interesting story when it started operation in 2003. In the summer of 2003, a group of American exchange students in Florence was on the verge of canceling a trip to Interlaken, Switzerland due to a strike. That’s when bus2alps started its first trip and has grown its network ever since.
There are other Travel Groups which claim to plan itinerary suitable in the budget. But even I find that expensive unless you have earned a hefty stipend in your summer break or your dad/mom is generous enough.