Lively New York
There is so much to do in New York, it would be impossible to get tired of the city. Museums, cafes, bars, parks, sports, restaurants, events, shopping... the list is endless. This is a vibrant, multicultural city with much to explore.
The best time to travel to New York
The seasons in New York mirror those of the UK, but slightly more extreme. Summers are hot and winters can be very cold, almost always with snow. Spring and autumn are both pleasant, especially taking into consideration the blossoms and autumnal trees in Central Park. It is worth considering travelling in December, as New Year's Eve in New York is legendary. There is a large celebration in Times Square that has global acclaim. Chinese New Year in February is also popular, as is St. Patrick's Day in March. Twice a year there is the New York Fashion Week, in September and February.
Things to consider before travelling to New York
British citizens are granted a temporary 90 day visa on arrival in New York. British passport holders of other nationalities will need to obtain a visa prior to arrival. There are strict alcohol and tobacco regulations in the USA. Many visitors come to New York to shop, as electronics and designer clothes are comparatively cheaper there than in the UK. Visitors don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy the city, however, as there are many free activities and events. Basic living costs are slightly higher, and it is essential to factor in taxes and tips when considering a holiday budget. The time zone is BST -5 / GMT -4.
Essential Local Information
From JFK Airport, the AirTrain takes passengers to Howard Beach metro station, from where it is possible to change for mid or downtown Manhattan. This takes anywhere between 40 - 75 minutes. It is also possible to take the bus to the metro station, or Long Island Rail Road. There are also express buses which go directly to Manhattan, Hudson Valley or Long Island. A taxi from JFK to Manhattan will cost around $52. From Newark Airport, visitors can take the Northeast Corridor Line and North Jersey Corridor Line to New York City in about 30 minutes. The bus also takes about the same time. Travellers coming in to LaGuardia Airport can take the M60 bus to Manhattan. New York is famous for its yellow cabs, which fill the streets of Manhattan. However, it is often cheaper and faster to use the subway or local buses to get around the city. New York has a varied accommodation offering including hostels from around $34 per person, per night and hotels from around $40 per person, per night.