New York City travel guide

WEATHER & CLIMATE

Temperatures: The weather ranges from 2-32°C with hot summers and cold winters.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is in the spring or autumn when the weather is mild.

The weather ranges from hot and humid summers to freezing winters. While spring and autumn are usually mild, it’s a good idea to pack a few extra layers in case an unseasonably cold blast comes through. 

NEW YORK IS BEST FOR...

FILM BUFFS

Many films are shot here each year, including lots of the classics. Take a movie tour around the city to see locations you’re bound to recognise from the films.

THEATRE LOVERS

Over 40 theatres line the Broadway in NYC and here you can see the best shows and really immerse yourself in New York’s theatre district.

SAVVY SHOPPERS

Whether you want to see the high-end boutiques of Madison Avenue or explore flea markets, vintage shops, and independent designers, there’s plenty in New York for every shopper.

CULTURE VULTURES

This city has so much fascinating history; it’s made up of a huge blend of cultures and nationalities. There’s something new around every corner along with some of the country’s best museums and galleries.

FAMILIES

From fantastic toy shops to kid-friendly events, this destination is definitely a place for the whole family. With the model boating lake and huge playgrounds, Central Park alone has plenty to entertain your children.

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken here is English.

Currency: The currency used is the US Dollar ($).

Local time: New York City is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: JFK International Airport, Newark Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Transfers to Manhattan take 1 hour. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to New York is 7.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.nycgo.com/.

Visa / health: Before you go on your holiday, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for advice on visas and health.

GETTING AROUND

By bus/subway: With a 24-hour subway and plenty of buses, you can easily explore this destination like a native. A range of MetroCards to suit your needs are available.

By taxi: If there’s one iconic image of this city and it’s got to be the yellow cabs. The cabs have meters but factor in an extra 15% to 20% for the tip and an extra $1 is added on weekdays between 4pm and 8pm.

EVENTS

Summer sunsets Think you can’t admire a sunset in a city? Think again. If you’re in NYC in late May or mid-July, head to 34th Street and look west to see ‘Manhattanhenge’. At this time of year, the space between the buildings give you a stunning view of the sunset on the horizon.

Fourth of July Independence Day is the biggest holiday in the USA and New York celebrates in style. Head to the Hudson River to watch the Macy’s vast firework display with an uninterrupted view.

Street parades The Big Apple loves a celebration and St Patrick’s Day in March and Thanksgiving in November are both big events in the city. Watch the huge parades and take lots of photos.

Ice skating This city certainly has real seasons and in winter, ice skating is popular. Head to the Central Park ice rink or the Rockefeller Centre’s ice rink and get that festive feeling.