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What is the best way to get there?
Three major airports serve New York City: Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK.
For travelers who want to take the train, Amtrak offers service into Penn Station.
Additionally bus service is widely available.
If you’re flying, here’s some advice on getting from the three major airports into Manhattan.
If you’re driving into New York, plan ahead for how and where you’ll park.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting New York from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Spring (April / May) and Fall (September / October) generally offer travelers the mildest weather with temperatures between 50°F and 60°F (10-15°C). If you come at the height of summer (July and August) be prepared for steamy weather with highs around 80°F (26°C) and up. Winters (December, January, and February) are chilly with temps averaging between 30°F (-1°C) and 40°F (4.4°C).
Check out this comprehensive month-by-month tip sheet with what to expect, how to dress, and what to do.
The least expensive and one of the most common ways to navigate NYC is on foot. When on foot, a map is handy south of 14th Street in Manhattan. North of 14th Street the city is laid out on an easily navigable grid.
If a location is too far to walk, the NYC subway is the best way to get around. Less expensive than a taxi, the subway allows you to easily bypass city traffic and efficiently make it from uptown to downtown and vice versa. The Metropolitan Transit Authority administers New York’s subway and buses, and their website has all the maps you could need to plan your trip.
New York’s iconic yellow taxis are widely available for street hail, and an Uber or Lyft is always just a tap away on your phone. If you’re open to riding with other passengers Via is a great, affordable ride-sharing option.
Check out more tips on getting around NYC here.
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Are there local customs I should know?
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in New York City:
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to New York City between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between September and November.