New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) handles flights from almost every major international carrier, from almost every country in the world. There are also connections to every major American city by domestic carriers. The airport is located on Long Island, 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Manhattan.
Airlines serving John F. Kennedy International Airport: Aer Lingus, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, AeroGal, Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Air Algerie, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air-India, Air Jamaica, AIRES, Alitalia, American Airlines, American Eagle, All Nippon Airways, Arik Air, Asiana Airways, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Cayman Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Comair, Copa Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Delta Express, Egyptair, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eurofly, Finnair, Grupo TACA, Iberia, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, jetBlue Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, LACSA, LANChile, LANEcuador, LANPeru, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Meridiana Fly, Norwegian Air, Pakistan International Airlines, QANTAS Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, TAM Brazilian Airlines, TAME, Transaero Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airways, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and XL Airways France.
I was recently staying in NYC and wanted to take my two kids, aged 15 and 17, to see the White House in Washington, DC. My hotel, who I suspect saw me coming, quoted a staggering $450.00 After some research, I found a company called Boltbus which picks up from New York 33rd and 7th by Sbarro and terminates at Washington DC’s Union Station. The cost per way, per person, starts from $1.00 (assuming you book the tickets early enough). Once in DC, we all jumped in a taxi which took us straight to the White House at a cost of $10.00 It is easily possible to do this in a day, for example: 08:30 NYC (arrive DC around 12:45) 17:30 DC (arrived NYC around 21:45)
The Boltbus coach was very comfortable, had a toilet/bathroom on board and had free wi-fi and power outlets to charge your laptop/phone. They also don’t mind if you take food and drink onboard. However, if you don’t have time, Union Station has many cheap places to eat as soon as you arrive.
My only warning: DO NOT use the toilet/bathroom in Sbarro without purchasing a drink as the shopkeeper will growl at you - loudly!
It is just as easy to fly into Newark International Airport and take a train to New York City. Of course it depends where your ultimate destination is. But Newark is only about twenty minutes by train and the Airport has a Monorail train that goes to the train station. You can buy a ticket all the way into New York Penn station at the AIRTRAIN machines at the Airport and slip into New York easily. This will bring you up at 33rd street and 8th Avenue. A short walk to the Empire State, Macys, Madison Square Garden and much more.
We were surprised to find that some of the subways shut down late at night - even in Time Square. We had to find another station to get on and then figure out how to get to the correct line.
It was really helpful that we managed to get a map of the subway and all transportation before going.
I'd so often seen the Hudson, and crossed the Hudson, but had never actually been ON the Hudson River, until I'd been on the River Rose.
The River Rose is a New Orleans paddlewheeler which was brought up the Atlantic coastline to the Hudson River. Now, she runs cruises out of Newburgh, NY.
On our cruise, we paddled south of Newburgh, past Breakneck and Storm King mountains, in sight of Bannerman's Castle down to Cold Spring, where we turned and made our leisurely way back. It was the perfect way to spend a warm autumn day, just cruising the river, cold drinks and cameras in hand.
So once you travel outside of NYC, you are gonna need a car. Mostly the highways are rather easy to navigate, that is until you reach the hudson valley. Once here you had better make sure you have the route 9 that you want. On any given day, I travel on 3 of the route 9's, that is 9W, 9G and 9. There is also 9D, 9N ecetera. So if you stop for directions and someone tells ya, head on out over to route 9 ask which one or else you could land yourself on over in no man's land with an empty tank of gas.
This website link gives you a glimpse at the traffic in various major highways in New York.
There is a map of the state with little icons indicating video cameras. You click on one of those cameras in an area of interest and it shows a close-up map of the cameras in that area.
Click on one of the camera icons in the close-up map and you get a snapshot of the traffic in that area 5 minutes ago.
Enter a city bus only with coins. 2$ in coins only to be dropped in. No changes given. If you have only dollar bill you will be asked to get down. (my experience).
Routes with prefix H or B or M denotes buses to or from HARLEM BROOKLYN AND MANHATTAN respectively.
I walked all the way from S. Central Park to Soho in about thirty minutes with no trouble. And the Subways run in easy to understand routes. I had a book that had maps of each section of the city and I easily Navigated and learned my way around very quickly. I even stopped using the maps by the end of my stay. I would suggest getting one of the books I used. they are called NotForTourists and they have transportation guides, maps, dining guides and shopping.
The subway and walking are the cheapest. Taxis are pretty expensive becuase traffic is very congested and will take a longer time therefore charging you more. But if the weather is bad and you cant get to the subway entrance or get lost or something go for it.
The airports in the NYC city are awful, but this one is the worst. Expect to sit on the ground in the plane for hours, bring reading material. Don't give the flight attendant a hard time, he/she can't make the plane get off the ground any faster. However, it is acceptable to ask for water or a snack if you would make you more comfortable.
The Beautiful Hudson Valley is wonderful to see from the River and there are lots of chances to do just that as in the River has lots of Cruise ships. And all along the River there are place to catch a Hudson cruse boat. The oldest the MV commander built in 1917.
May 1st through October, the M.V. Commander cruises on the Hudson river from West Haverstraw, West Point and Peekskill
Fares vary depending on the particular cruise, but range from $12 to $24 for adults and $10 to $22 for senior citizens and children.
The train system in metropolitan NY is pretty bleak if you are use to Trains in Europe or Japan but it is wonderful for those of us who live outside the city and want a way in without facing all the traffic. The Metro North Train along the Hudson River is in fact quite a nice trip in all season, In the fall the colors are beautiful in the winter with all the leaves gone one has a beautiful view of the palisades and Storm King and Bear mountain on the west side of the Hudson river. Metro-North is a suburban commuter rail to New York City from up north or as the NYC crowd likes to say up state. The trains run to NYC from Wassaic, Poughkeepsie, Port Jervis, and Spring Valley, and in from Connecticut ithey come from New Canaan, Danbury, Waterbury, and New Haven.
The New York State Department of Transportation website for automobiles is shown below. You can use it but you must have much patience because things are not organized for tourists and are scattered over many links.
The TRAVELINFONY links are useful for realtime information of road conditions due to traffic, weather, accidents, detours, construction.
The ROADWORKS section provides links to planned changes to routes and plans for future construction. It is spilt up into links by area so you may have to hit many links to get your whole route.
There is a link to a New York sponsored tourism site which is quite useful.
There are links to miscellaneous road information like distance calculations and EZpass procurement to speed up toll booth transit time.
They have links for safety information and rules of the road and bridge and thruway specific data. Rest areas are also indicated for the major highways.
Much of the information that a tourists needs is in the DOT pages, you just have to hunt for it.
Walk to New York? That's exactly what I did while on a backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail in the mid-1970s. Most of the AT is a wooded mountain pathway, but in a few spots, and especially at highway junctions, it follows country roads for a short distance. Where the trail enters New York from New Jersey is such a place.
On this particular backpacking trip I had started about 72 miles away, where the Trail crosses the Delaware Water Gap from Pennsylvania into New Jersey. The Trail follows the beautiful Kitinnany Ridge for most of its path through New Jersey, reaching an elevation of 1,685 feet at High Point State Park - the summit of the Garden State.
Where the Appalachian Trail enters the southern boundary of New York on Lott Road in the small rural village of Unionville.
That was as far into New York that I went on that particular trip, since I have never had the leisure to hike in the AT more than one week at at time. from there I hitch-hiked a ride back to my car at the Delaware Water Gap, and returned to my home, which was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the time.
The Appalachian Trail cuts across the southeastern corner of New York State, passing through Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park. It exits New York into Connecticut on it's 2,175-mile route from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin, Maine, making it the longest continuously marked footpath in the world.
We took the ferry at Plattsburgh, Ny across Lake Champlain to the King Street Dock in Burlington, NY. This trip took 12 minutes. You can check their schedule at their web site.
We left on a Sunday morning and found everything efficient and quick. There was hardly any wait at all.
They did not take credit cards - cash only! The cost was $8.50 for the car and driver and $3.25 for an additional passenger. Not only was this the quickest ferry across Lake Champlain but it saved us a drive all the way to the top of the state and then back down Grand Isle.
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