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1,205 - 2,228 AUD
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The proverbial “New York state of mind comes from the quirky characteristics of the city and its multitude of people from all over the world. Comprising of the 5 boroughs of Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, New York City (NYC) is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities blending big city splendour with small-town charm. Major commercial and financial centres, an iconic skyline, sprawling parks and trend-setting art, fashion, and culinary quests are just some of the myriad reasons that bring people to New York City.

Any time of the year is a good time to visit NYC. June – August is a popular time to visit for families traveling with kids. These months are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 25 – 30 degrees Celsius. September – November are cooler months with a crisp fall breeze and bright sun but hotel prices are steep. Try to stay clear of the tourist season around Thanksgiving when NYC is packed with visitors for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Accommodation is cheaper during the peak winter months of January – February, so if the snow and freezing temperatures do not deter you, then you should plan a trip at the start of the year. Spring time from March – May with temperatures hovering around 5 – 15 degrees Celsius is also a beautiful time to visit. Showers are common at this time of the year, so be sure to pack in an umbrella and some rain boots.

New York flight deals found on momondo

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Air China
Air China
13 May
Melbourne & other airports airport
41h 55m
1 Stop
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
Air China
27 May
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
31h 45m
1 Stop
Melbourne & other airports airport
1,018 AUD
China Eastern
China Eastern
07 Mar.
Melbourne & other airports airport
41h 25m
1 Stop
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
China Eastern
25 Mar.
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
30h 40m
1 Stop
Melbourne & other airports airport
1,039 AUD
Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
01 Feb.
Sydney Kingsford Smith airport
25h 15m
1 Stop
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
Hawaiian Airlines
24 Feb.
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
41h 45m
1 Stop
Sydney Kingsford Smith airport
1,069 AUD

Which airlines fly to New York City?

There are no direct flights from Australian cities to New York. Operators with a minimum of one stop international flights include Qantas Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, and many more.

How to get from the airport to New York city centre?

Below you will find all the airports in New York along with the distance from the city centre
16 km from city centre
New York John F Kennedy Intl
21 km from city centre
New York LaGuardia
10 km from city centre

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)


Taxis charge a flat fare of $52.00 USD from the airport to Manhattan and impose a $4.50 USD surcharge during peak hours of 4 pm – 8 pm on weekdays.

AirTrain and MTA

Take the Airtrain from the arrival terminal at the airport to Jamaica station or Howard Beach station, followed by the MTA subway to Penn station at Midtown Manhattan. The ride will cost you $7.75 USD with a journey time of 50 minutes. This fare includes the $5.00 USD charge for the Airtrain while the balance is the fare for the subway.

Shared-ride Vans or Shuttle Buses

Reservations for shared-ride van and private car services can be made at the Port Authority Welcome Centre located on the Arrivals level of each terminal.  If the centre is closed, there is a convenient self-service kiosk nearby.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Several international flights land at the Newark Airport in New Jersey and there are many easy ways to reach Manhattan from here.

Newark Airport Express Bus

The Airport Express is a direct motor coach service that runs every 15 – 30 minutes between the airport and Midtown Manhattan with stops at Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and Port Authority Bus Terminal. A one-way ticket costs $16 USD plus a $1 USD administrative fee and the journey time is between 45 – 60 minutes.

AirTrain and NJ Trains

AirTrain Network operates a free monorail service connecting the airport terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttles, rental car facilities and to NJ Transit stops. When you buy an NJ Transit ticket from the Newark Liberty International Airport station, it includes the AirTrain Newark fare which is $5.50 USD and you can reach Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan in around 40 minutes with a fare of $13.00 USD.


Taxis can be hailed at the airport with a flat fee of $50 USD to $70 USD depending on your destination in Manhattan.

Shared-ride Vans

Reservations for shared-ride van and private car services can be made at the Port Authority Welcome Center located on the Arrivals level of each terminal.  If the Center is closed, there is a convenient self-service kiosk nearby where you can contact authorised shared-ride or private car services.

Car Rentals

You can also explore New York driving on your own. Look for some great deals on car rentals with momondo.

How to get around in New York?

New York is an excellent walking city and getting around by foot is one of the easiest ways to beat the fairly heavy round-the-clock traffic, especially in Manhattan.


Open 24/7, the subway is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around any of the 5 boroughs. The base fare is $2.75 USD plus a $1 USD charge to purchase the MetroCard. If you are planning to stay longer, a 7-Day pass with unlimited rides from the first day of use will cost $32USD.


At a flat rate of $2.75USD, buses are another inexpensive way to travel above-ground but are prone to traffic jams. Using a MetroCard is advisable since bus drivers require exact fare and do not accept dollar bills. The MetroCard also allows for free transfers between bus lines and or subways within 2 hours of your journey start time.


Manhattan’s streets have an abundance of the yellow taxis which can be hailed right off the curb. The meter starts at $2.50 USD and drivers usually expect a tip of 15 – 20 percent of the total fare.

What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to New York?

Australian and New Zealand nationals may travel to the United States as tourists for stays of 90 days or less under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). However, travellers are required to have a valid authorisation through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel. For foreign nationals, please check the U.S. Department of State website.

Quick facts about New York

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Pint of beer
2.78 AUD
Inexpensive restaurant
19 AUD
Public transport
One-way ticket
4.75 AUD

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Additional info and tips about visiting New York

Things to do and places of interest in New York

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of New York City landscapes from atop iconic structures such as Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building and One World Observatory.
  • Visit several historical exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and New York Hall of Science. The American Museum of Natural History off Central Park hosts approximately 32 million artefacts across 45 exhibition halls based on themes of land, sea and outer space.
  • Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in US, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Walking across the bridge gives a unique view of either borough and you can do it for free.
  • The beautiful Grand Central train station with its ornate neoclassical architecture makes for an interesting stop for lunch or shopping or just watching the dizzying movement of travellers passing by.
  • The 843-acre green space in the middle of Manhattan, Central Park, is a fantastic year-round must-see for anyone visiting New York. The 20 playgrounds, 48 fountains, monuments or sculptures and 36 bridges in Central Park ensure a truly unique experience for every visitor.
  • The National September 11 Memorial & Museum pays tribute to victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers once stood, there are now the twin reflecting pools with names of every victim inscribed on their panels. The museum spans across 110,000 square feet and relays the narrative of the attacks through a series of multimedia displays, real-time recordings, authentic artefacts and an interactive table.
  • The Statue of Liberty is a brightly shining beacon which is best viewed by taking the 90-minute ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island. While returning to the mainland, the ferry includes a stop at Ellis Island where you can visit the Immigration Museum.
  • Plan and book in advance to view some thrilling shows or performances at Broadway, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music(BAM) or Barclays Center.
  • A trip to New York is incomplete without a walk through Times Square, the 5-block stretch from 42nd street to 47th street, a dizzying maze of sights, sounds and neon lights.
  • A visit to the New York Public Library and a stroll through the nearby Bryant Park is an exhilarating experience for book lovers, history enthusiasts and architecture aficionados.
  • 5th Avenue’s designer racks, splendid art displays at the Met and Guggenheim Museum, ethnic fare at Chinatown or Little Italy, low-key rooftop bars and jazz clubs in the Meatpacking District, and more; New York City has something to mesmerise every visitor.

Tips and tricks for visiting New York

Based on your itinerary, you should consider the New York CityPASS, New York Explorer Pass and Build Your Own Pass for substantial savings on admissions to several key attractions.

There are many museums, cultural festivals, walking tours, etc. which are free for visitors. When planning your trip, see what you can include to make your visit much more interesting without costing more.