One of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities in the world, New York makes a fantastic destination throughout the year.
When to book flights to New York
Thanks to the city’s reputation as a shopping mecca, the months leading up to the festive period are always busy and flights can be more expensive in November and December.
During the summer months, flights to New York can be busy with families taking advantage of the holidays to travel to the Big Apple. However, with temperatures in the city regularly reaching 30˚C, staying cool in July and August can be a challenge. If you want to spend your days walking around the city streets and taking in the sights, the mild spring and autumn months could be the perfect time plan your trip.
January and February are generally the quietest months in the Big Apple. Although they’re also pretty chilly – the average high at this time of year is just 5˚C – the lack of crowds can make it easier to hunt for great deals in your favourite malls and find tickets for shows and sports games.
How to find cheap flights to New York
In general, the more expensive times to fly are November and December and the summer months. However, if you search for flights on Expedia and are flexible with your dates, times and airlines, you’ll be able to find cheap flights to NYC throughout the year.
Once you’ve typed your details into the search bar, you’ll be shown a range of flight options. Use the filters on the left-hand side to narrow down your results by departure time, flight time and airline.
To give yourself the best chance of finding a great deal on flights to New York, select the ‘Nearby Airports’ box on the Expedia search page. This will allow you to see all available flights from airports in your local area to terminals in and around New York, making it even easier to grab yourself a bargain.
Main airports in New York
There are three major international airports serving New York and the surrounding area: John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia.
All three airports are connected to the city centre and surrounding area by public transport, making it easy to continue to your final destination.
Which airlines fly to New York?
A major international air hub, New York is served by a large number of airlines including:
- Virgin Atlantic
- British Airways
- American Airlines
- Air Canada
- Aer Lingus
How to get around New York
The New York Subway covers most of Manhattan and surrounding areas. Buy yourself a metro card and you’ll be able to explore the city using the subway as well as the large network of buses.
New York’s famous taxis can be found on every street corner so you’ll never have to walk far if you don’t want to. Having said that, New York is a great place to discover on foot, especially if you’re not in a rush. Take a stroll through Central Park, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and see the city from a different point of view with a visit to the High Line.
Must-see attractions in New York
New York is home to a large number of world-famous attractions, so if you’re interested in sightseeing there’s plenty to take in.
To explore Central Park, take the subway to 72nd Street Station or any of the other stations adjacent to the park and get out and enjoy the open space. As well as being the location for many a famous movie scene, Central Park is also home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a number of other attractions.
From Central Park you can either jump on the subway or walk down 5th Avenue to the Empire State Building. After taking in the views from the observation deck, continue on to Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan and the city’s financial centre.