FOLLOW US

World Travel Guide > Guides > North America > United States of America > New York State > New York City

New York City Weather

19°C

Local time New York City

Currency

US$

Travel to New York City

Flying to New York City

Airlines offering flights to New York from the UK include American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Kuwait Airways, La Compagnie, Norwegian, United and Virgin Atlantic. Prices tend to be highest in July and August and cheapest from January to March. Multiple airlines operate domestic flights to New York from within the USA. 

Flight times

From London - 8 hours; Los Angeles - 5 hours 30 minutes; Toronto - 1 hour and 40 minutes; Sydney - 21 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

US freeways and interstates are recognisable by numbers: odd numbers go north-south and even numbers run east-west over their whole length, although at any single, localised point this may seem different.

Driving is on the right. Speed limits vary from state to state, although in New York the limit is 48kph (30mph) in the city and 105kph (65mph) on freeways. It is illegal to turn right on a red light in New York City (but legal in most other parts of the country).

The minimum driving age is 16 years, though special restrictions apply for drivers under 18. An International Driving Permit is recommended, although it is not legally required and a full national driving licence is accepted. All travellers are strongly advised to acquire supplementary insurance. A yellow ‘non-resident, interstate liability insurance card', which acts as evidence of financial responsibility, is available through motor insurance agents.

The American Automobile Association - AAA (tel: +1 800 222 1134; www.aaa.com) provides information and roadside assistance to members. 

Emergency breakdown services

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).

Routes

Travel to Manhattan from New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington DC is across the George Washington Bridge or through the Lincoln or Holland Tunnels. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Brooklyn with Staten Island. Queensborough Bridge links Manhattan and Queens. The Triborough Bridge leads to upstate New York, while the New England Thruway and Bruckner Expressway lead to New England.

Coaches

The Port Authority Bus Terminal, 625 Eighth Avenue at 40th Street handles long-distance and regional buses, as well as buses to the airports.

Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) operates bus services that link New York City to points throughout North America.

Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; www.megabus.com) also runs coach services to numerous eastern US cities. Its services leave from 34th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues.

Time to city

From Philadelphia - 2 hours; Boston - 4 hours; Washington, DC - 4 hours; Montreal - 6 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

New York is well connected by rail.

 

New York City has two main stations. Grand Central Station, 42nd Street, Park Avenue, is the terminus for Metro-North Railroad, with services to upstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Pennsylvania Station, referred to as Penn Station, 34th Street, Sixth Avenue, serves Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad.

Penn Station and Grand Central Station both have ATMs, bars, cafes, waiting rooms, shops and taxi ranks. Grand Central Station is a model of regeneration and the city's most impressive transport hub. Penn Station, on the other hand, is institutional, without many comfortable waiting areas.

Rail travel tends to be expensive, although a number of rail passes are available to overseas visitors. There is no central rail information number and all enquires should be directed to the relevant provider or Amtrak.

Operators

New York City's rail services are primarily operated by Amtrak (tel: 1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com), with services to Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and Los Angeles. Trains also go to Toronto and Montreal in Canada.

Journey times

From Philadelphia - 1 hour 30 minutes; Washington DC - 3 hours 30 minutes; Boston - 3 hours 40 minutes.

Travel by boat

New York has two terminals used by visitors arriving by cruise ship. NY Cruise (www.nycruise.com) operates terminals on Manhattan's west side, near 55th Street, (tel: +1 212 641 1440) and in Red Hook, Brooklyn (tel: +1 718 855 5590).

Many commuter ferry services operate from terminals at Lincoln Harbor, Hoboken, Harborside, Liberty Harbor and Liberty Landing on the Hudson River, St George on Staten Island, Hunters Point in Queens and West 38th Street, Pier 11 and South Ferry on Manhattan.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (tel: +1 212 435 7000; www.panynj.gov) can provide more information.

Ferry operators

The Staten Island Ferry (tel: 718 727 2508; www.siferry.com) is free and operates from Whitehall terminal in Battery Park, travelling out past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to Staten Island every half an hour, daily 24 hours.

There are a variety of ferry operators, including New York Waterway (tel: +1 800 533 3779; www.nywaterway.com) and Seastreak America (tel: +1 800 262 8743; www.seastreak.com).

Browse our Video Guides

Related Articles

City Highlight: New York City

The legendary city that never sleeps, New York is a sparkling world of its own

New York’s 10 best LGBT+ nightlife venues

New York City is your haven for immersing yourself in the freedom and expression of the LGBT+ community, writes Aubri McCarter

24 hours in New York City

Fast-paced, vibrant and bursting with attractions, New York City invites you to take a bite out of the Big Apple - even if you only have 24 hours to spare

Featured Hotels

SEE MORE

Ye Olde Carlton Arms Hotel

A somewhat divisive 'art' hotel that lots of people really love for its location and pricing, but which you're going to dislike if you're humourless, or are a stickler for high levels of cleanliness. The rooms are individually designed with striking, and sometimes shocking, motifs, and the casual air recalls a backpacker's hostel but with individual rooms. Bohemian, definitely.

Lowell Hotel

New York hotels don't come too much classier than this 1927 landmark building, set on a leafy street in one of the Upper East Side's most fashionable spots. Discreet and aristocratic, the liveried doormen escort you to opulent rooms crammed with period furniture and antique décor. It manages to retain an understated air, though, and is the ultimate retreat for those that can afford it.

The Greenwich Hotel

This hip downtown spot fills a renovated historic building in the Tribeca neighbourhood. From the eclectic lobby with its comfy chairs and imported Moroccan screens, to the luxurious bathrooms featuring Carrara marble and hand-laid Turkish tiles, you'll feel a rich combination of style and decadence.

Crosby Street Hotel

This chic downtown hotel features 86 individually designed guestrooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, original artwork and a stylish contemporary design. Guests also enjoy the leafy garden, the private screening room and a whimsically designed bar. The hotel is beautifully located on a cobblestone street just a short stroll from the great dining and shopping in Soho and Nolita.

The Paramount

There is nothing traditional about The Paramount, a post-modern showplace. For example, in the entrance, red roses are displayed vertically in vases set into the wall. The lobby bar, designed by Philippe Starck, has platinum walls and a glamorous staircase sweeping up to the mezzanine. Guests can gaze down from their tables to the music and theatre industry leaders reclining on the slightly off-kilter furniture below.

The Gershwin

Not far from the much-photographed Flatiron Building is The Evelyn, set in a historic building that has housed one hotel after the other since 1905. Recently renovated rooms feature soft cocoa colour schemes, crisp white linens and spacious bathrooms, and the location is superbly central.