Travelers flying from the Europe to the US have dozens of airport combinations available, though the cheapest flights to the US from Europe will depart from a major hub city and arrive on the East Coast of the US, and there are many nonstop routes available.

Airport choices

Flights from major cities in Europe to the East Coast of the US will be cheaper than those to the South and West. You’ll also have the option of a direct flight, which is less than seven hours long from London to New York.

The US is home to hundreds of airports, so once you arrive at an East Coast hub like JFK, you can easily connect to your final destination.  You can most easily find direct cheap flights that arrive at  JFK , at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, or Dulles in Washington, DC. Nonstop flights are also available to many other major American cities, though they may be more expensive than those with a layover on the way.

When leaving Europe, the cheapest gateways tend to be major hubs like  London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Madrid, Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin. Several low-cost carriers fly to these cities, so it may be cheaper to fly from your location to one of these hubs and then connect to the US.

Best airline choices

Direct flights to the USA from Europe are offered by the following airlines:

  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • United
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • Continental
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • Iberia
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM
  • Aer Lingus
  • LOT
  • Czech Air
  • Swiss Air
  • Scandinavian Airlines

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to the USA from Europe vary according to the season, with the lowest prices being offered during winter, late fall and early spring. At these times, you can often score cheap tickets to the US from hubs in Europe for as low as $300-$400 per person to  New York, DC, or Chicago. The highest fares can always be found during the peak season: June, July, August and September. During these times, expect to pay anywhere from $600-$900 to the East Coast and more to other areas of the US.

Money saving tips

Check the discounted websites but remember that not all of them list the European low-cost carriers. You can compare the options on sites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but for the cheapest European flights you need to check Skyscanner or check the websites of individual budget carriers – sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines.

Prices will be much lower if you connect in an East Coast hub like New York or Boston, or in Chicago.