New York skyline – Image courtesy of jetblue.com
Getting to New York City
New York City consists of five boroughs — The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island — each of which is a county of New York State.
By air, New York Kennedy Airport receives daily direct flights from the major cities of North American and Europe, with connecting flights via Los Angeles from Asia and the Pacific.
From Australia: The most convenient daily flights are on Qantas to Los Angeles, connecting on American Airlines, United or Delta Air Lines to New York.
New Zealand: The most convenient daily flights are on Air New Zealand to Los Angeles, connecting on United or American Airlines to New York.
From the UK: British Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic offer daily flights to New York from London Heathrow.
From the USA: Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer daily direct flights from Los Angeles and Miami.
Flight time to New York
Brisbane to New York is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to New York is 20 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to New York is 20 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to New York is 25 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Auckland to New York is 19 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to New York is 7 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Miami to New York is 2 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to New York is 5 hrs 15 min, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)
John F. Kennedy International Airport is located in the borough of Queens in New York City about 19km southeast of Lower Manhattan.
Newark Liberty International Airport (formerly named Newark Airport and later Newark International Airport) is located about 24km southwest of Midtown Manhattan.
Taxis and hire cars are available at both airports.
A machine-readable passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days.
Walking is the best way to explore New York City. Both the bus and subway system offer an inexpensive way of crossing town on longer sightseeing trips.
Taxis can be hailed anywhere . . . although don't expect to catch a cab during the morning and evening rush hours, and always make sure the meter is turned on at the start of the ride.
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