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Cheap Flights to New York

Start spreading the news; you might not be leaving today, but with cheap flights to New York you could be en route to one of the most iconic places in the world sooner than you think.

New York City is famous for its skyline, dominated by soaring skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty. At ground level you’ll find a unique vibe that comes from the city’s status as a real multi cultural melting pot.

You can do most of your sightseeing in Manhattan, from absorbing the atmosphere of Wall Street and Times Square to browsing the shelves in Bloomingdales. Be sure to check out the trendy bars and hip hotspots of SoHo and Greenwich Village.

Although Manhattan has the most going on, there’s plenty to discover in the other four boroughs.  Take in a Yankees game in The Bronx, or unleash your inner child with a day at Brooklyn’s Coney Island theme park.

There’s more to New York than The Big Apple, and it’s worth taking some time to explore the rest of the Empire State. Enjoy a spot of wine tasting at Finger Lakes, or marvel at the power of nature at Niagara Falls. If you’re visiting New York in August, head to Syracuse for the annual state fair: live music, great produce, and an all American atmosphere.

Fly in

New York is served by two large international airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.  JFK Airport is closer to New York City; it’s located in Queens. Newark Airport is just West of the city, and is actually in New Jersey.

You can fly into JFK from London Heathrow with Kuwait Airways, British Airways, Iberia and Virgin Atlantic or from Manchester with British Airways, Iberia, and PIA.

There are a few more options if you fly to Newark Liberty Airport. You can fly from Belfast International, Manchester, Birmingham, London Heathrow, and Edinburgh with Swiss and United. From London Heathrow you can also fly with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, or you can fly from Glasgow International with Air Canada and United. Jet2 also operate flights to Newark from East Midlands.

What You Need to Know

Currency: The US Dollar (USD) $

Visas:  If you’re a UK resident visiting the USA for 90 days or less, you may not need a visa. As long as you have a passport with an electronic chip, and would be eligible for a visa under normal circumstances (i.e. no criminal convictions) you can travel for free.

If you’re travelling under other circumstances, you will need to apply for a visa. There are a number of different visas and it’s worth checking with your local US embassy to find out which one you might need.

Laws: It’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, the legal drinking age is 21, and smoking inside is strictly prohibited (apart from in a few cigar bars). In New York it’s also illegal to drink on the street, so if you’re at a bar and you want to smoke, you have to leave your drink behind.

Best Time to Visit

New York is the city that never sleeps, so no matter what time of year you visit there’s plenty to do. Summer and winter temperatures can be quite extreme, with summer highs of 28°C and winter lows of -3.9°C. Spring and autumn are good times to visit. In spring the temperatures start to rise, and there are plenty of indoor markets to sink your teeth into: perfect for picking up a picnic to take to Central Park. November and December are exciting, as the city is celebrating Thanksgiving with the Macy’s Day Parade and Christmas with lavish decorations and outdoor ice rinks. 

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