Cheap Flights to New York
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Student flights to New York
If a trip to the Big Apple is on your bucket list, we’ve got the cheap flights you need. New York is an incredible destination for students, from the endless amounts of things to see and do, to the diversity of the city and the food and more. Just the list of landmarks to visit in New York is never-ending: think the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the High Line, Times Square, the Flatiron Building and more! And don’t even get us started on the food options—if you don’t have time for a trip around the world, you can just head to New York!
Whether you’re heading to NYC for a quick weekend getaway or for college, we’ve got plenty of cheap one-way and roundtrip flights to New York for you.
What are the main New York airports, and how do I get from them to central New York?
New York City has three nearby airports: JFK, Newark (EWR) and LaGuardia (LGA). Of course, if you’re not flying into New York City, there’s many other airports around New York that you can fly into depending on where you’re going. Other big airports in New York include Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
John F. Kennedy International Airport / JFK: The JFK airport is located near Queens, which is relatively central to New York City. If you’re flying into NYC, JFK is a good bet. It’s about 20 miles from the city, and you can take the subway directly from the airport to connect with trains and stations throughout the city. Ubers/taxis are also an option, but they can get expensive during peak hours.
Newark International Airport / EWR: Newark is technically located in New Jersey, right across the border from New York City. Just 12 miles outside of downtown New York, it’s easy to hop on a train or bus into the city. You can also grab an Uber or taxi as well. Newark is a bit smaller than JFK, but there’s still plenty of flight options, both domestic and international.
LaGuardia Airport / LGA: The LaGuardia Airport is also in Queens and is the quietest of the three airports. From the airport, public buses run between the airport to Manhattan or Queens, from which you can also connect to the subway system as well. A ticket for a one-way trip on the subway and buses costs just $2.75, so it's definitely a budget-friendly way to get to the airport!
When is the cheapest time to book a domestic flight to New York?
Prices based on bookings made 31-60 days prior to departure.
New York universities and campuses
New York is an exciting place to study and live, plus there’s a wealth of opportunities for jobs, internships, and just tons of things to do for fun, too! Some of the best universities in New York include New York University, Columbia University and Cornell University. Of course, there’s many more universities and colleges to choose from, depending on what you’re studying.
New York lifestyle and culture
New York City has a fast-paced and hectic culture—it is the city that never sleeps, after all! However, other parts of New York may feel different. Smaller university towns or places in upstate New York can be much quieter. However, as with many big cities, New York City is the perfect place for an energetic vacay—there’s so much to do, you’ll never be bored! And don’t be afraid to take the subway—it’s the best way to get around the city.
Exploring New York on a student budget
Exploring the Big Apple with limited funds is surprisingly easy to do. There’s fabulous (and cheap) street food everywhere, along with small cafes and restaurants that sell pizza by the slice, bagels, and so much more! Ask museums if they have a student discount (many do) and plan to see lots of the free things to see and do in New York. Stroll through Central Park or walk along the High Line, head to a free concert in parks all across NYC, bike across the Brooklyn Bridge and attend a free live comedy show—or even try to score (free!) tickets to Saturday Night Live!