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Flexible on travel dates? Find the cheapest month – or even day – to fly to New York.
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How to find cheap flights to New York
Find the best deal on cheap flights to New York with Skyscanner. The average price of a flight to New York from the UK is £458.58 but flight prices depend on the availability of seats, the day(s) on which you travel, and when you book.
To find the best flight price for your holiday, use Skyscanner’s flight search. If you’re flexible on when you fly, select the ‘cheapest month’ option to see the lowest prices over a whole year. Or if you know what month you want to fly to New York, find the cheapest day to travel with our whole month search tool.
When to book New York flights for the best deal
The best time to book to get the cheapest flight to New York from the UK is 18 weeks from your date of departure, giving a saving of 9% on the average flight price.
To get the cheapest deal on New York flights, our top tip on getting the best deal is to set up a Skyscanner Price Alert email which will notify you as soon as the fare changes.
Airports with direct flights to New York from the UK
Flights to New York from the UK depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.
Note that New York has more than one airport, so be sure to check whether your flight is to/from JFK, Newark or La Guardia (see below) or a combination of these.
Direct flights serve JFK and Newark airports. There are no direct flights from the UK to La Guardia, but there are a number of indirect options.
The average flight time from the UK to New York is between seven and a half and eight hours.
What airlines fly to New York from the UK?
A number of airlines offer direct and indirect flights to New York from the UK, often daily, including American Airlines, British Airways, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.
However, don't forget that with Skyscanner, we compare not only prices of the airlines but also from online travel agents such as Netflights and STA Travel
Find out more information on airlines that fly to New York
New York airports
New York City has three airports: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International (EWR) and La Guardia (LGA).
Flights from the UK serve all of New York’s three airports, direct to JFK and Newark, indirect to La Guardia, which might be an option if you don’t mind connecting with a domestic flight within the USA.
John F. Kennedy International is located 12 miles (20km) from Lower Manhattan in Jamaica, Queens, in the south-east of New York City. With six terminals and dealing with over 50 million passengers a year, JFK is New York City’s biggest and busiest airport and the main airport for international air traffic serving the USA. The AirTrain JFK connects all the airport terminals and is also connected to Long Island Rail Road and the New York City Subway in Queens.
Getting into New York from JFK is straightforward. It takes 30-40 minutes to Midtown Manhattan by train. Alternatively, take the NYC Airporter shuttle bus, which serves Grand Central, Penn Station and Port Authority. Or take an iconic yellow cab, but beware that bus and taxi travel times are dependent on traffic and can take between 30 minutes and an hour and a half.
Newark Liberty International is not in New York itself, but in New Jersey, although it is only 14 miles (24km) from midtown Manhattan. The main advantage of flying into Newark is that it is a quieter airport, while still offering good transport links into the city. Take the AirTrain into New York Penn Station for connection to the NYC Subway, or take the bus, but this takes longer – from one-and-a-half to two hours.
La Guardia is the smallest of New York’s three main airports, mostly handling domestic flights. It is the closest airport to Manhattan, eight miles to the east of the city. There are a number of options to get to Manhattan and elsewhere in NYC: the New York City Subway, the NYC Airporter Bus, or taxi, which takes 20-40 minutes.
Need a lift from the airport? Check out these easy door-to-door airport transfer options.
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When to go to New York
It is always a good time to visit New York. The busiest period is around Thanksgiving and in the build-up to Christmas, when the city feels most movie-like, thanks to department store window displays, outdoor ice skating, and shopping. New Year’s Eve draws visitors to the celebrations in Times Square. Summer is the busiest time for number of international tourists.
The best time to get a cheap flight deal to New York is probably late winter and early spring when the city is at its quietest, but of course, it is the city that never sleeps! Thanks to the amount of competition, there are flight deals to be found in the peak summer months too.
What’s the weather like in New York?
Summer in the city can be hot, with highs of 28°C possible from July to September, although then its outdoor spaces come into their own. Winter weather can be hard, with temperatures regularly falling below freezing and snowstorms occasional hitting the city. Spring and autumn are more clement months for sightseeing, with pleasant temperatures.
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What to see and do in New York
New York City is famous for its skyline, dominated by soaring skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty. At ground level you’ll find a unique vibe that comes from the city’s status as a real multi-cultural melting pot.
You can do most of your sightseeing in Manhattan, from absorbing the atmosphere of Wall Street and Times Square to browsing the shelves in Bloomingdales. Be sure to check out the trendy bars and hip hotspots of SoHo and Greenwich Village.
Although Manhattan has the most going on, there’s plenty to discover in the other four boroughs. Take in a Yankees game in The Bronx, or unleash your inner child with a day at Brooklyn’s Coney Island theme park.
There’s more to New York than The Big Apple, and it’s worth taking some time to explore the rest of the Empire State. Enjoy a spot of wine tasting at Finger Lakes, or marvel at the power of nature at Niagara Falls. If you’re visiting New York in August, head to Syracuse for the annual state fair: live music, great produce, and an all-American atmosphere.
Attractions: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, National September 11 Memorial & Museum and much more.
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