Traveling While Abroad

For helpful tips on staying safe during your time abroad, download the following document:

Key Strategies for Avoiding an Emergency While Studying Abroad (PDF)

Affordable Airline Carriers

Want to take a side-trip as part of your study abroad adventure, but don't have much cash to spare? Ninety affordable, no-frills airlines fly across Europe! While you may not get the typical complimentary bag of peanuts, these airlines make it possible to travel on the tightest student budget.

Next time you decide to fly, check out these carriers, all tested and approved by APU study abroad alumni:

  • Aer Lingus operates many routes to and from Ireland. Low fares on certain routes mean that flying to or via Ireland can be very cheap.
  • Air-Berlin operates a huge network between Austria, France, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Greece and the UK.
  • Blue Air operates six routes between Bucharest and Barcelona, Maastricht, Lyon, Milan, Rome, and Madrid.
  • bmibaby has bases in Teeside, Cardiff, Manchester and Nottingham East Midlands. They operate domestic flights to Scotland and Northern Ireland, and also have a small number of flights out of Gatwick.
  • easyJet operates out of 3 London airports (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton) as well as Geneva, Paris (CDG and Orly), Berlin, Dortmund, Liverpool, Bristol and various other UK airports with over 180 routes throughout Europe and Morocco.
  • Flybe operates out of the UK to many European Destinations.
  • flyLAL operates direct scheduled flights from Vilnius, Lithuania, to 28 destinations, including part of Europe and the Middle East.
  • Ryanair has hubs in Shannon, Dublin, Glasgow (Prestwick), Liverpool, London, Brussels (Charleroi), Frankfurt (Hahn), Stockholm (Skavsta), Milan Bergamo, Rome, Barcelona and adds more practically monthly. They serve 82 other European destinations as well as Morocco, with over 209 routes.
  • Spanair, owned by SAS, operates throughout Spain and to a few other European destinations.
  • Thomsonfly operates from many UK airports to destinations across Europe and Northern Africa.

European Railway

Eurail.com offers rail passes to non-European students to discover Europe by train. It is a great way to visit the best places in Europe.

How to Find the Cheapest Ticket

  • Fly mid-week
  • Fly early in the morning or late at night
  • Fly during low-peak season (Spring and Autumn)
  • Make use of sales, which sometimes appear 3-5 weeks prior to departure.
  • Fly during public holidays.
  • Book your ticket more than two weeks in advance

Above all, remember that ticket prices fluctuate strongly according to demand, often on an hourly basis, and there are no hard rules for obtaining the cheapest fares.