A centre of the arts and dining and shopping capital, New York is the city that many dream about visiting.
Approximate flight time: 10 hours 5 minutes (total distance 3369 miles)
Airlines that fly indirect: Aer Lingus, Air France, Brussels, KLM & Lufthansa
Airports in New York: New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, New York LaGuardia
Seasons: High: April - June : Low: January - March
Currency: United States Dollar ($)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
If you’re going to fly to one of the most popular cities in the world, you’ll want a great airport experience before you go. With a fantastic selection of shops and restaurants, and an array of special facilities, Birmingham Airport is a great choice for your American dream.
You’ll find five airport lounges, should you prefer to rest in style before your flight. You can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views whilst you sit back and wait to board.
Don’t worry if you forget to pack something for your holiday, our selection of shops will cater for any forgotten items. Boots has your last-minute health and beauty essentials, while Dixons Travel will have any electricals you may have missed. If you need to buy a present for someone waiting for you at the other end, your best bet would be World Duty Free for luxury brands at discount prices. There’s fashion stores too, so you can start your Big Apple spree early.
We have a great selection of cafés, bars or restaurants in the airport, so you can enjoy a sit down meal or grab a snack before you fly. Everyone’s favourite Wetherspoon has your much-loved ales and wines, as well as soft drinks and a great food menu. Try one of the burgers at Factory Bar and Kitchen or if you want to grab something a little lighter, head to Wrapchic for authentic Indian ‘Grab & Go’ cuisine. There’s a handful of coffee shops should you need a caffeine fix and we’ve even got a Burger King.
The airport is accessible whichever way you want to travel to it. If you’re driving you’ll find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via a free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 50%.
If you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport and to Birmingham International train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station that takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Find out about our terminal facilities for more information on our other services. Whether you’re travelling to New York on a business trip or you’re heading to the city to shop until you drop, check out our handy guides full of traveller tips; tips for the business traveller, tips for the leisurely traveller.
Arriving at New York Airport
If you are flying with Aer Lingus, some flights arrive at Newark Airport, located 12 miles southwest of New York City.
There are many onward travel options from all airport terminals into the city centre. The AirTrain JFK is a fast and eco-friendly option, making stops around the various airport terminals before heading into the city and connecting to major subway and bus routes. It runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you’re sorted whatever time you land.
Of course, you will also find taxi services, car rental facilities and various bus and subway options too.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in New York
The cost of living in New York is expensive and you can expect to pay more than you’re used to for transport, eating out and accommodation. One thing you can do in New York however, is shop until you drop. Designer labels can often be found at much cheaper prices than in the UK, so many Brits head to the Big Apple just to splurge!
In New York, tipping is custom for whatever service you use. The customary tipping rate is 15% – 20% for taxi drivers and waiters. Be warned also that the portion size in America is a lot larger than in the UK so be aware when ordering food, especially if you’re with children.
Considering that New York City is one of the most diverse places on the planet, it's not surprising that just half of New Yorkers speak only English at home, with many also speaking languages from across the globe. Everyone you encounter will speak English though, albeit with a different accent to your own.
Weather in New York is extremely seasonal, with hot summers and snowy winters. Temperatures can reach an average of 29°C during the summer and fall into minus figures during the winter. So, make sure you pack appropriate clothing, whichever season you choose to visit.
Culture in New York
The culture of New York is reflected in its size and ethnic diversity. You will find a huge array of nationalities residing in the city, meaning you will hear many different languages and get the opportunity to try many different cuisines. The city is famously busy, with locals running around at work and tourists admiring the main attractions. Explore the city’s districts to immerse yourself in the different cultures that reside here.
The city’s theatre, museums, dance, literature, music, art and cuisine are all reflections of the mix of traditions brought in by millions of immigrants. Explore it all, and don’t leave without catching a Broadway show.
To learn all about the tourist hotspots, read our travel guide to New York. Or, check out our alternative guide to New York to do something a little different. If you’re heading to the city at Christmas time, we’ve even written a guide to Christmas shopping in New York.