Calling all city-breakers, business travellers and holiday-makers – take it from us, we’re experts in connecting people to two of the busiest cities around the world. Book your flights to New York from London and explore a city with it all: Central Park, pizza, rooftops gardens, frosé, the Statue of Liberty…it’s time to make it your own.
Choose the perfect time for you to jet off in style – any day of the week. Whether you’re booking Club for a business trip or World Traveller for a longer New York holiday. Due to Covid-19, schedules and airports are subject to change. For the latest information, check our timetable.
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 month 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 to New York 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 two of New York’s major airports: 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.
You can fly economy, premium economy, business class and First on our New York flights.
Our World Traveller (economy) cabin has our cheapest seats and is great for budget travellers. You’ll get a meal, drinks and full use of our in-flight entertainment system. Upgrade to World Traveller Plus (premium economy) for a quieter, smaller cabin with more space, and a travel pack including a blanket and toothbrush.
In our Club World (business class) cabin, you can convert your seat into a fully-flat bed with luxurious White Company bedding. Our First cabins provide massages and facials with Elemis spa products when you fly from London Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5, and JFK International.
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.
Plan your perfect New York trip
Where to stay in the city
Lie back and relax: whatever your budget, we’ve found the perfect places for you to stay. The Sky Terrace at the Hudson has hammocks, Central Park views and a lot of speciality sangrias. Downstairs, you’ll find rooms designed by Philippe Starck. 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.