Are you dreaming about an awesome vacation during your study abroad semester? Looking for the perfect trip to escape from studying? Well, look no further!
We’ve picked the 7 best places for students to travel to in Europe during a semester abroad. From party havens to idyllic nature spots, Bus2alps can cater to your wanderlust.
With all of Europe as your oyster, it can be hard to choose where to visit. We hope this list of 7 super spots for students will help narrow down your search.
But if you already picked your destination and need some help ironing out the details, get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.
At Bus2alps, our student travel agency is designed to make the pennies stretch further while showing 20-somethings the best that Europe has to offer.
Rome, Italy, is One of the Best Places for Students to Visit
Rome is one of our favorite, most delicious destinations in Europe. With plenty of cheap or free things to do, grab a gelato and explore the city!
Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain or visit the ruins of the Roman Forum. You’ll be spoiled for choice of famous artworks, too. Rome is home to the world-renowned Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne.
Escape from the city’s bustle and walk through the Seven Hills of Rome. Home to ancient monuments and parks high above the streets, each hill has a secret.
Try to find Aventine Hill’s keyhole that looks out to St. Peter’s Basilica. Why not pick a hill to climb and watch the sunset with a bottle of local vino?
Budapest, Hungary, is a Great, Low-Cost Student Destination
Hungary’s capital is one of the best-value European cities to visit. Not only is the cost of food and drink consistently low, but Budapest also has a diverse and interesting political history that can be traced back to the 4th Century BC when the Celts occupied its plains.
With gems like Buda Castle and St. Stephen’s Basilica, the city is a great place to visit any time of the year. If you like arts and opera, you’ll love it here.
With opera tickets starting at just under £1, you wouldn’t want to miss a classical performance in one of Europe’s most beautiful opera houses.
Another essential thing to do in Budapest is the Szechenyi Spa Baths. As the largest medicinal bath in Europe, the Szechenyi Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
Perhaps you’ll engage in a game of chess with one of the locals while relaxing in the waters!
Berlin, Germany, is a Cool City for Students to Visit
Berlin is one of our favorite cities in Europe. From the cutting-edge music scene and nightlife to the abundant green spaces and public parks, this city is a dream to cycle around or explore by bar crawl!
Many of the famous cultural monuments are free to walk around, as are several brilliant free Berlin museums and art galleries. So punctuate your cultural intake with a pint of Pilsner in one of the best places for students to travel.
If you want a get to know the history of this happening city, why not try one of our Berlin tours? If you’ve only got a weekend to explore, we recommend our Communist Berlin and Berlin Wall Tour. For 3 hours, we offer a whistlestop background of this Cold War battleground alongside the wall’s beautiful graffiti and art.
Mykonos, Greece, is a Party Paradise for Students
This summer party destination is a great Greek spot to get your Mamma Mia on!
Renowned for its dance music and club nights, this destination is perfect for those who want their sea and sand with a slice of drum and bass.
You can also see Mykonos’ Instagram-worthy windmills that date back to the 1500s. Providing a panoramic view of the surrounding Aegean sea, we recommend visiting at sunset for some unparalleled Mediterranean magic.
If you’re keen to explore more of the idyllic islands but still want to party, check out our Greece Island Hopping Tour! We flit from the capital Athens to the iconic blue-domed buildings of Santorini, and, finally, finish off in Mykonos.
Split, Croatia, is One of the Best Beach Destination for Students
Split is a burgeoning destination full of sun, beaches, and adventure on the Dalmatian Coast. In addition to five of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, this Croatian country’s landscape is packed with mountainous rivers and waterfalls.
Split’s untouched beauty is preserved in its national parks, and the Blue Lagoon or Krknjasi Bay is a must-see destination for any student traveling to the region. Snorkel, dive, or sunbathe in this spot of natural wonder just a 30-minute speedboat away from Split.
History buffs can also check out the marble ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, built in the 4th Century AD for the Roman emperor.
The palace is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but don’t expect a dusty, silent museum! The labyrinthine streets are full of bars, shops, and restaurants overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is Great for Students to Visit
Amsterdam is one of the best city breaks in Europe that truly has something for everyone. Culture vultures will be right at home walking beneath the unique architecture en route to the iconic Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum — which are practically next door to each other.
If you need to blow off some steam away from your studies, the canal-side specialist coffee shops are ideal settings for unwinding with a beer.
Visitors can also get lost in the charming neighborhood of Jordaan, full of courtyard gardens and boutique stores for artisan souvenirs.
Get your bearings on our Extraordinary Ordinary 90-minute Tour of Amsterdam. It’s tailored to suit any interest you may have, just ask away! Our unscripted, knowledgable guides are well-versed in everything Amsterdam, from the history of tulips to the best night out.
Interlaken, Switzerland, is an Outdoor Activity Haven for Students
Situated in the heart of the rugged Alps, the traditional Swiss village of Interlaken is perfect for every type of traveler.
Perhaps you want to meditate with your journal amidst the calm beauty of nearby Lake Thun or Lake Brienz and indulge in some Alpine Spa treatments to release the semester’s stress?
Or maybe you’re looking for an activity-filled holiday of white water rafting, canyoning, and mountain walks?
Whether you choose a relaxing break or a white-knuckle ride, Interlaken is a peaceful destination away from the crowded streets.
If you join our Interlaken Summer – Meet us There Tour, just head to Geneva airport and we’ll do the rest!
So, are you counting down the days until your next trip? We sure are!
Whether you’ve chosen one of our Student Weekend Trips around Europe or a longer excursion, start writing your packing checklist before heading to one of the 7 best places for student travel in Europe during a semester abroad!
Bus2alps has designed its tours specifically for students studying abroad in Europe, providing the most exciting experiences on a budget. We’re here to help plan your perfect pitstop trip around Europe, so get in touch if you have any questions ahead of your next escape.