New York has three main international airports, JFK, Newark and LaGuardia. The majority of flights to New York land at JFK, but some cheaper fares may land at Newark. Direct flights leave from UK airports including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. New York is one of the rare long haul destinations where direct flights can be just as cheap as indirect.
The easiest option into the city centre is to jump into a yellow cab direct to your New York hotel. Taxis from JFK operate on a fixed fare system, currently $45 in the centre of New York. Taxi fares from Newark and LaGuardia vary but should cost about $26 or $38 respectively. Don't forget to tip your driver - $1 a bag is about right.
Alternatively car hire is readily available at all airports if you can handle New York's heavy traffic yourself.
Being New York, public transport is readily available and convenient. We've listed the main ways of heading into New York from each of the airports below:
Follow signs from the arrivals hall after the baggage claim. The Air Train runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to destinations throughout Manhattan and links directly with the subway and Long Island Rail Road. Fare is $5.
There are two shuttle bus companies operating to and from JFK to locations in Manhattan. Both run regularly throughout the day, and take between 45-60 minutes into the city. Fares from $14.
The easiest way to access the subway is to take the free shuttle bus to the long term parking lot. This will take you to the JFK subway station, where subways to Brooklyn will take you to major interchanges for onward travel. Travelling on the subway can be difficult with large baggage, especially if you arrive at peak times.
Bus stops are located on the east side of the arrivals road of terminal 4. Fare is $2.25, you will need to have exact change for the fare and the bus is unsuitable if you've large pieces of luggage.
Both New York Airport Service Express Bus and Express Shuttle USA operate coaches to LaGuardia throughout the day. Expect to pay between $10 and $13. The journey can take up to 60 minutes.
Subway and Bus service
The New York bus service and the subway both have stops at LaGuardia but large luggage is not advised. Fares are $2 in exact change.
The Air Train connects to destinations in Manhattan and intercity rail and operates around the clock all year through. Fare is $5.50 with under 11s travelling free.
Newark Liberty Airport Express runs shuttle busses throughout the day to several stops in Manhattan. The journey takes 45-60 minutes and the fare is $15 one way or $25 return.