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STA Travel has more than 35 years of experience as the youth travel expert enabling students and young adults to explore the world by creating experiences filled with adventure, discovery and personal growth. We offer a unique range of products with exclusive discounts on airfare, accommodations, tours, rail passes and more. Globally, we are present in 60 countries with 200 retail locations, sending more than 6 million travelers away each year.

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We are a full-service travel retailer.

One big advantage of traveling with STA Travel is that we’re not like any other travel retailer. We offer much more than just cheap airfare. We offer real value with the flexibility and features our travelers want. We offer genuine advice and experience – not sales talk.

Our travelers enjoy the confidence that they won’t be ripped off at STA Travel because we are not like other travel agents – we don’t believe in advertising gimmicks like promises of cheapest or lowest airfares – our travelers are too smart for that!

Instead, you’ll find personal Travel Experts who’ll tailor itineraries that suit you.

We do things differently. We build our exclusive product range from the ground up in direct response to the needs and wants of our travelers.

STA Travel’s core purpose is to make travel affordable and attainable. We have great deals for everyone, and are able to provide particularly low fares to students and people under 26.

We enjoy enormous buying power with the world’s best airlines, land transport and accommodation suppliers. Plus, we have exclusive access to discounted student and youth fares. We can provide students and young travelers with discounts as high as 40% off the published airfares.

We believe that travel is the best education. There is nothing like opening your eyes, mind and heart to new experiences. These beliefs are central to the STA Travel culture and objectives.

At STA Travel we employ more than 2,500 staff globally and indirectly employ many more throughout our supply chain. As an employer, we take our responsibility to these people very seriously and want to ensure that as well as having safe and comfortable working environments, our team has the opportunities they need to develop and grow with the company and are well supported.

We spend our days talking about all the amazing adventures STA Travel has to offer, and empower our customers to take every opportunity to enjoy life-changing experiences. It is therefore only right that we do all we can to preserve the planet for future generations by reducing our environmental impact. At STA Travel, we are committed to making a positive impact upon the lives of people, communities and the environment around the world. STA Travel offers travel scholarships to university students to help subsidize travel costs in order to help students travel who wouldn't otherwise be able to.

We work with credible partners to secure travel experiences that are not only authentic, but also responsible and sustainable as well as regularly assessing all of our operations to ensure that we can be proud of how we do our business. We are constantly assessing the ways in which we work and welcome any suggestions from our customers and suppliers alike.


STUDENT AIRFARE  STA's Student Exclusive Ticket provides students with competitive airfare pricing and unmatched flexibility and ease when booking their travel. It's what sets us apart from the rest!
ADVENTURES We distribute more than 1,500 products for accommodation, tours, work, study and volunteer programs, making it clear and simple for students to plan their trip. It's easy to organize your ideas and put them into motion.
DISCOUNT CARDS The International Student (ISIC), Teacher (ITIC) and Youth Travel (IYTC) ID Cards provide access to over 35,000 international and domestic discounts including airfare, accommodations, tours, shopping, dining and entertainment with partners such as, Apple Store, Virgin Megastore and The Body Shop.
TRAVEL INSURANCE Insurance coverage is offered for trip, baggage, medical and accident protection as well as providing 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance.
GLOBAL CELL PHONES Provide students an easy and cost effective way of keeping in touch with friends and family while touring the world.
ONLINE VISA APPLICATIONS With its exclusive partnership with, STA Travel customers now have access to timely, online visa application services at competitive rates. By logging in here, students can apply for new visas as needed by accessing their profile through a secure online account. This service reduces the average application time from 30 minutes to two minutes compared to other passport and visa services. Additionally, the online service allows STA Travel customers to track application status online 24/7 and receive real-time electronic updates.

We're available when you need us. Online, in-store, on the phone and across social world.

 Retail locations (find your nearest store)
 24-hour National Call Center at 800.229.1705
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STA Travel is registered to sell travel in California and is a member of the Airlines Reporting Corporation.

California registration number: 1017560-40  
 ARC number: 03856716


STA Travel is the world’s largest youth travel company with adventure travel at its core. We are committed to ensuring our products are ethical, safe and of high quality to our customers.

STA Travel has commenced a full audit of all tours that involve direct or indirect contact with animals, and to date has discontinued the sale of the Tiger Temple tour in Thailand, San Fermin Festival tours in Pamplona, and a lion research project in Zambia. We have also replaced all tours which include elephant riding with alternative activities.

Although there may be some legacy reference material to these products still available, these tours are no longer available for sale through STA Travel.

STA Travel is committed to delivering good practice in animal protection and welfare in our products, and we take our customers concerns seriously.

We have worked closely with all our suppliers to ensure the product we distribute aligns with our animal policy.

Click here to read our Animal Welfare Policy >

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