Connecting two of the world’s busiest cities together is an important task. Trust British Airways for your flights to New York from London. Book your flights with us and get ready for the city that has everything: baseball, Brooklyn, the bright lights of Broadway, and the best bagels.
Whether you’re doing business or swapping the office for a NYC city break, you’re bound to find a departure time that suits you on our frequent service. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy British Airways service from boarding all the way to the baggage carousel – and beyond. Start spreading the news – you’re going to New York.
British Airways operated flights arrive at and depart from Terminal 7 at New York JFK airport. All British Airways flights arrive at and depart from Terminal B in Newark.
Fly direct from London Heathrow (LHR) to JFK International Airport (JFK) and Newark Airport (EWR). Or from London Gatwick (LGW) to JFK International Airport (JFK). Alternatively, our business (Club World)-only service from London City Airport (LCY) is convenient for business, or a great way to start a special trip.
Everything you need to know about flying to New York with British Airways.
When’s the cheapest time to fly?
A popular destination year-round, with people flying for both business and pleasure. But even the world’s busiest city has its ‘quieter’ periods. January, February, and August are often the cheaper times to fly. There’s a reason for this: it’s very cold early in the year, and very hot in late summer, so pack accordingly. The city tends to empty out in late summer – as New Yorkers themselves go on their holidays. But prices change all the time, so the best way to find cheap flights is to use our lowest fare finder.
How long is the flight from London?
Whichever airport you choose, a direct flight from London will take just over seven hours. New York is five hours behind GMT, meaning you can fly on a Friday after work and still arrive in Manhattan in time for a cocktail.
New York flights and arrival information
With British Airways you can fly direct from London to JFK and Newark. Both are a similar distance away from Midtown Manhattan. John F Kennedy International Airport is in southern Queens on Long Island – southeast of Manhattan. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is in New Jersey – a similar distance away to the southwest. Generally speaking, if you’re staying in uptown in northern Manhattan or in The Bronx, Newark is more convenient. However, if you’re based in Brooklyn, Queens or anywhere else on Long Island, JFK makes for a quicker transfer.
Taxis charge a flat rate from JFK to Manhattan of $52.50 (plus tolls, surcharges and tips). A metered fare applies from Newark. Uber and Lyft also operate in the area. You could also use a combination of public transport and the AirTrain to reach both airports from the city. To reach Kennedy, you can either take the subway or the L.I.R.R. east to Jamaica station; then catch the AirTrain to the airport. In order to reach Newark - Liberty, hop on the Amtrak or N.J. Transit west to Newark before changing to a separate AirTrain for the airport. This is the cheapest option – and it might also save you a traffic jam.
If you hold a British passport, then you currently do not need a Visa. Instead, you must apply for an ESTA (a Visa waiver programme) no less than 72 hours before you fly. The ESTA costs $14 and you can easily apply online.
British Airways have a generous baggage allowance for long-haul flights. If you’re travelling in Economy, you can take one 23 kg bag per person. If you book Premium Economy, you can take two 23 kg bags each. Business Class travellers can take two 32 kg bags each. First class passengers can bring three 32 kg bags per person. If you’re travelling with children under the age of 12, you can also take one fully collapsible pushchair and one car seat. If you have any additional baggage requirements, read our baggage guide to find out more.
In our Club World (business class) cabin, you can convert your seat into a fully-flat bed with luxurious White Company bedding, get access to private lounges, dedicated check-in desks and priority boarding. Our First cabins are the finest way to travel. You'll enjoy your own stylish private suite with loungewear, amenity bag and slippers designed by Temperley London, exclusive access to lounges, fast-track security and impeccable service.
Three long haul flight tips for New York
Reduce jet lag and travel in style with our top tips
Drink plenty of water to combat dehydration. And save the beer for Brooklyn: if you avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine on the flight you’ll have more restful sleep. New York is five hours behind GMT, so use our jet lag advisor to find out more about how to travel time zones.
Consider wearing compression socks to help your circulation. Get up regularly to stretch your legs, or try some in-seat exercises during the flight. Slow circulation can make your jet lag worse.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and layers that you can throw on or take off, depending on the temperature.
New York tips
Our insider hints and tips will have you feeling like a local in no time
When to tip
Tipping isn’t just for good service, it’s customary here. Add 15-20% to your restaurant bill and cab ride. Bartenders, hotel staff and doormen usually expect $1-$2.
Free things to do
Some museums have free admission on selected weekdays. You can visit The Whitney or the MoMA on Friday evenings without the usual entrance charge. Parks are free, too and wonderful in autumn when the leaves change. Walk the High Line or discover Central Park’s Conservatory Garden.
The weather can reach extremes throughout the year. Summers can be swelteringly hot compared to the UK, while winters can be very cold. Early autumn is crisp, chilly, and dry - with weather becoming more unpredictable from mid-October.
Sit back and relax: whatever your budget, we’ve found the perfect places for you to stay. Experience life as a local at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York and see a different side to the city. It’s the perfect place to stay if you like your hotels friendly and trendy.
The Big Apple has a big appetite, and it’s easy to find fantastic food in the city. Cheesecake, pizza, pastrami, bagel and pretzels all had their recipes perfected in NYC. What’s more, the Bloody Mary, eggs Benedict and Waldorf Salad were ‘invented’ here. What a brunch that makes!
You might have flown in, but once upon a time the main way to the city was by boat. All visitors should make a pilgrimage to the original city gateway: Ellis Island, where some 12 million immigrants first set foot in the USA. You can tour Liberty Island and Ellis Island together and see the famous Statue of Liberty. You’ll get fantastic views of the skyline on the way.