New York

The Secrets of New York

Arguably one of the best cities in the world, New York is very popular with British tourists and is often top of the bucket list.

Why choose New York?

New York has so much to offer, with hundreds of bars and restaurants and more sights to see than any other city in the world, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your needs when you visit this incredibly welcoming city.

New York is one of the easiest places to travel around, the whole area is laid out in a block like system, making it one of the easiest cities to get around – even for the most nervous of travellers! You will also find a great metro system, plenty of buses and thousands of famous yellow taxis.

Where to stay

New York is a very big city so location is very important. If you are wanting to be right in the heart of it all, Times Square is the best place to stay, this is within walking distance of all the iconic sights New York has to offer, including The Rockefeller Center, The Empire State Building, Central Park and of course Times Square.

Flights

There are three main airports in New York: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA). If you are flying in from the UK, you will land in either JFK or Newark as these handle the international flights. You can fly direct to these airports from many UK airports such as London Heathrow, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and many more.

New York has become more accessible than ever before, you now have the choice of budget airlines offering very low fares across the Atlantic to the Big Apple or the more traditional option of a scheduled airline, all of which offer direct flights.

An option that is often quickly dismissed is flying indirect. With many airlines you can fly to another European City and then fly on to New York, allowing you to break up your journey and spend a few nights exploring another destination. For example, you can fly to New York via Reykjavik with IcelandAir, why not spend a few nights in Reykjavik en route exploring all that Iceland has to offer before flying onto New York?

Flying via Ireland will enable you to clear US immigration and customs before you set off for the States, allowing you to arrive into New York as a local! Once you have collected your luggage you are free to start your adventure. Anyone who has flown into JFK before will appreciate that this will save you a lot of time and hassle! This is available for flights routing through Dublin and Shannon.

Best Time To Visit

New York is an all year round destination, the best time to go all depends on why you want to visit,

Christmas in New York

Who doesn’t love the idea of Christmas shopping in New York? Prices can generally be higher from the second week in December up until just after New Years day. If you’re trying to keep costs down try November, this will still give you the appeal of Christmas without the hefty price tag that comes with it.

Valentine’s

Treat your loved one to a trip to New York over Valentine’s Day, a perfect time and place to propose! Surprisingly, this isn’t seen as one of the most expensive times to travel to New York, therefore, if you book early you could get yourself a reasonable deal on a flight and hotel package.

Summer Time

Summers can be scorching hot in New York, and on some days the heat can be unbearable, especially if you’re walking around a city all day.

Spring & Autumn

If you’re not too fussed about Christmas in New York, then this is the ideal time to go, the weather should be pleasant and prices are often reasonable as long as you avoid school and public holidays.

Things to do

New York has a lot to offer, it is essential to plan your trip before you leave to make sure you see everything on your list. It is recommended to prebook any excursions and entrance tickets before you travel, this can be cheaper and will guarantee your place.

Harbour Cruise

Take a cruise of New York harbour and take in the breathtaking sights of the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and many other iconic sights.

Central Park

Situated in Manhattan between 59th and 110th Street and Fifth and Eight Avenue, the park has plenty to see and do such as lakes, a theatre, fountains, children’s playgrounds and many other facilities. Central Park is a beautiful area of open space which takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city – a must see when visiting New York!

Top of the Rock 

Climb 70 stories high to the Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Center and experience incredible views of the New York skyline!

Times Square

The busiest part of New York, full of shops, bars, restaurants and theatres to bring your stay in New York to life, this is a great place to spend your late nights in the City.

Empire State Building 

The tallest building in New York and one of the most iconic. Standing at over 1450 feet tall and located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the view from the top of this building is incredible, and there’s more to it than just the view, you also have the chance to learn about this incredible landmark including the history of the building’s construction. If you want to see the stunning New York skyline lit up in all its glory, visit the Empire State Building at night time, it tends to quieten down after 11pm and is open until 2am.

When to book?

Normally, the best time to book is as early as possible, flights are generally out 11 months before departure and this is when they are often at their cheapest. Most tour operators will allow you to book on a deposit and pay the balance nearer the time, helping you to spread the cost of your holiday.

The Saturday Night Rule 

When planning your trip to New York, try and include a Saturday night stay, this can often reduce the cost of your air fare as airlines will view you as a leisure passenger rather than a business traveller. Some scheduled airlines will charge higher prices to business travellers as they will often only travel during the week.

Entry Requirements 

For up to date Entry Requirements check with the UK Government website

The Facts

Flight time: Approx 7 hours from London
Time Difference: -5 Hours
Currency: U.S Dollars ($)
Visa Required? Yes – ESTA
Emergency Services: Dial 911
Suggested Tips: 15-20% in Bars & Restaurants
Typical Stay: 3-5 Nights