Flights to India
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Student flights from the USA to India
There’s no place on Earth quite like India: stunningly scenic, fascinating, spiritual, insanely energetic, loud and plenty more. The only way to really understand what we’re talking about is to visit. See for yourself amazing sights like the Taj Mahal—widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings—and the majestic Himalayas, which border the northern regions.
It’s no surprise that India is massively popular with students and young people from the US who are looking for adventure and or study abroad options. Plus, our discounts on flights mean you can make it all a reality.
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What are the main India airport hubs?
India is a large country and as such has several international airports.
New Delhi: The biggest and busiest of them all, Indira Gandhi International Airport takes in 70 million passengers every year. It takes about half an hour to get from the airport to the city centre using the Metro.
Mumbai: India’s second busiest airport is called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International, and sees 50 million or so passengers each year. The easiest way to get to the city centre is by taxi, which takes anything from half an hour to two hours, depending on traffic.
Other major airports can be found in Chennai, Calcutta, Kochi and Jaipur.
How to fly from the USA to India
Currently, Air India is the only airline offering direct flights from the USA to India, from cities on both the east and west coasts, including San Francisco, Chicago and New York. The journey takes around 16 hours from San Francisco (landing in Delhi), and around 13 hours from New York (also landing in Delhi).
If you’re happy to make a connection, you’ll have plenty more options, though obviously those flights will have a slightly higher total journey time.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to India?
Prices based on bookings made 30-60 days prior to departure.
Indian universities and campuses
At the time of writing, there aren’t as many options for American students to study abroad in India as in other places (though it’s definitely possible if your heart’s set on it!). However, there are loads of opportunities to get involved in internships, volunteering placements and other vocationally-minded experiences. Check with your school’s study abroad office to see what options may be open to you!
Indian lifestyle and culture
Indian lifestyle and culture is very different to what you’ll be used to at home in America, so it’s a good idea to spend plenty of time researching to prepare yourself. Generally speaking, the urban areas are very loud and busy, and this can be a bit intimidating on your first visit. In time, though, you’ll adapt and even come to love the hustle and bustle of Indian cities! While you’re in India, do enjoy all the amazing food, but do be aware of the all-too-common “Delhi belly” (aka traveler’s stomach issues). Avoid tap water and ice, be careful with fresh fruits and veggies (cook first or wash well with clean water), and eat where the locals eat!
Exploring India on a student budget
India is one of the best places in the world to travel on a student budget, with prices for things being far less than you’re used to in the States. It’s pretty easy to get great meals for just a few US dollars (and you’ll want to eat a LOT with all the amazing Indian food). You’ll find that sightseeing, food, transport and accommodation are all quite a bit cheaper than you might be used to. Have fun!