Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit New York City are late spring and early fall, when temperatures are moderate and the rush of tourist crowds is at its very beginning or nearing the end.
JFK International Airport
New York is served by three major airports and JFK is the most well-known one of them all. You can take public transportation or taxis to Manhattan from all airports. There is a flat-rate taxi fare from JFK to Manhattan, but there are also subway and public transport options.
To reach the stops for public transport, you need to use the AirTrain in most cases.
The metro from JFK to Midtown Manhattan takes approximately 60-75 minutes.
There are also different bus services. The local transport company MTA operates several lines going to nearby neighborhoods. The fare is the same as for the metro.
The NYC Airporter is a direct bus line from JFK to Grand Central Station and Penn Station. The journey takes approx. 60 minutes depending on traffic. You can buy tickets online or at the NYC Airporter counter inside the airport.
Address: JFK International Airport, Queens, New York
Phone: +1 718 244 4444
This is the airport located closest to Manhattan, which means you can choose from multiple means of transportation to get to the city.
There are public buses as well as the shuttle, NYC Airporter, that goes directly between the airport and Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station.
Taxis and vans are also available at the taxi rank outside the terminal building.
Address: LaGuardia Airport, Queens, New York
Phone: +1 718 533 3400
Newark International Airport
Newark International Airport is located in New Jersey and from here you can choose to take a taxi, train or bus to go to the city.
If taxi is your choice of transport, you will find cars waiting outside the arrival hall. It takes approximately 35 minutes to New York City.
There is an AirTrain, transporting passengers from the arrivals hall to the trains (NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak train). It takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport to Penn station.
The Newark Airport Express bus takes about 50 minutes and it stops at Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Address: Newark International Airport, New Jersey, New York
Phone: +1 973 961 6000
More Information: Toll free: +1 888 397 4636
If you’re going somewhere too far to walk, the subway is the way to go. Most subway lines travel up and down Manhattan, while buses travel across. Subway trains run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can buy a one-week unlimited Metrocard if you know you will be traveling a lot. Ticket machines in subway stations accept cash, credit and debit cards. Subway maps are free at all ticket or information booths.
Most buses in Manhattan follow the north-south or east-west grid of the city, primarily on the larger avenues. Bus stops are marked by a light-blue sign on a green post (and include a list of bus numbers and routes), and the fare can be paid either in exact change or with the MetroCard, with which you can transfer for free between metro and bus services. If transferring without a card, the driver can give passengers a free transfer coupon. Buses run frequently and, for the most part, all night, but traffic can make a long ride out of a short distance.
You can hail a yellow cab on almost any street corner. Taxis are inexpensive and an easy way to travel. There are nighttime and rush hour surcharges. Remember to leave a tip. Manhattan has very long streets and avenues and it’s important to know both the address and the cross street of your destination. A taxi is vacant if the yellow light on top of the car is completely lit.
You can buy stamps at many newsagents or at the post office. Official United States Postal Services (USPS) mailboxes are usually blue steel containers on city sidewalks. Many post offices or private mail companies like UPS or FedEx are open 8am-5pm. You'll find the main post office, known as the James Farley Post Office, close to Penn Station.
Address: 421 8th Ave, New York
Phone: +1 212 330 3296
Drug stores can be found across the city. Many stores are open 24 hours, but the pharmacies inside tend to close at around 8pm. One of the biggest chains is Duane Reade by Walgreens. You'll find their shops at over 250 locations.
Address: 661 8th Ave, New York
Phone: +1 212 977 1562
Country code: +1
Area code: 212
US electrical power is 110V/60 cycles AC with two flat parallel prongs.