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Direct flights to New York take around eight hours from the UK. If you’re an avid film fan, that’s around four in-flight flicks watched back-to-back before you touch down!
If you’re jetting in from London, there are plenty of daily direct flights to New York leaving from Gatwick, Heathrow and London City airports via popular carriers such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Delta, as well as a plethora of other well-known airlines.
As well as flights to New York from London, you can find more options for cheap flights to New York from Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Don’t forget that the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British electronic passport holders to fly to New York for up to 90 days without a visa. But, before you can pass through US Immigration, you’ll also need to register with the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA (trust us, you’ll want to do this… the queues are long enough without the added wait!). All you have to do is go online before you travel, enter your details and pay the US$14 fee.
New York’s three main airports are John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
John F Kennedy International Airport is the largest among these – and the busiest. It has six terminals, four runways and sees flights coming and going from all corners of the globe. Located in Queens, just 24km (15 miles) from central Manhattan, it’s a convenient option for many New York flight passengers.
LaGuardia, also in Queens, is fantastic to fly to as it’s situated right on the waterfront. Although it’s smaller than JFK and used mainly for domestic flights, it’s the closest airport to Manhattan (just 13km/8 miles away) and shouldn’t be ruled out.
And don’t forget Newark – or let the fact that it’s in New Jersey put you off. It’s only very slighter further away from central Manhattan than JFK (by 1.6km/1 mile, to be exact).
Discover more about reaching central destinations from the airports on our how to get around New York page.
Bagging a cheap flight to New York couldn’t be easier. Direct flights tend to be competitively priced but, as always, it helps to keep your eyes peeled during the sales. If you’re planning to fly into New York for Christmas and/or New Year’s get in there quick – low-cost flights around this time sell like hot cakes!
As a holiday destination, New York never goes out of style so you’re bound to have plenty of choice. To get the best price for your 2016 or 2017 trip to New York before you book, compare flights only against online package deals that include flights, hotels and transfers. That extra cash in your pocket will come in handy when shopping at Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s et al.