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Around the world in 80 days

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Understand[edit]

If for some reason, you are only allowed to take one more trip ever, this would be the one to pick. The name of this itinerary comes from Jules Verne's novel Around the World in 80 Days, in which Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout attempt a race against time to circumnavigate Earth in 80 days. This itinerary does not exactly follow the route in Verne's book, as Fogg only visits 11 nations in the novel. 30 countries are featured in this 80 days itinerary, and it leaves from New York City, though any place here can be used as a starting point. Antarctica is the only continent not visited on the itinerary, as tours there are very expensive and time-consuming, especially on an 80-day low-budget trip.

Prepare[edit]

Visas[edit]

As mentioned above, this itinerary visits thirty different nations that all have their own visa regulations:

  • United States - $160 for a visa, unless you are a citizen of Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom; then, a visa is not needed.
  • Canada - Citizens of Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Holy See, Hong Kong (BN(O) Passport or SAR Passport), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania (biometric passports only), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Poland (biometric passports only), Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, St. Helena, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan (must be ordinary passport including personal identification number), Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (including British (Overseas) Citizens who are re-admissible to the UK and British subjects with the right of abode in the UK) and United States do not need visas. A visa costs $75 for all others.
  • Mexico - Citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela can obtain a visa on arrival for $22.
  • Peru - Tourists from North America, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the European Union receive a free visa on arrival valid for 183 days.
  • Brazil - Citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR passport, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore (30 days), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (Including British National (Overseas) passport holders), Uruguay , Venezuela (60 days) and Vatican City do not need a visa, just a passport and residents of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay do not even need a passport to enter Brazil. Citizens of all other nations pay varying amounts for tourist visas, but all costs are under $160.
  • Argentina - Visas are not required for citizens of Andorra, Armenia, Australia*, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada*, Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Serbia,Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela. However, American nationals are required to pay $160 for a reciprocity fee.
  • South Africa - The following nationalities do not need a visa for a stay of 90 days or less: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania (90 days per 1 year), United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and citizens of British Overseas Territories.
    • The following nationalities do not need a visa for a stay of 30 days or less: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Gabon, Guyana, Hong Kong (BNO passports or SAR passports), Hungary, Jordan, Lesotho, Macau, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Poland, Seychelles, Slovakia, South Korea, Swaziland, Thailand, Turkey,Zambia and Zimbabwe. Citizens of India must apply for a tourist visa, but it is free.
  • Egypt - Citizens of most countries can get a visa on arrival for $25 at the Cairo and Alexandria airports. Citizens of the following countries can obtain visa upon arrival at any of the Egyptian ports of entry: Croatia, Georgia, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine. Citizens of Bahrain, Guinea, South Korea, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen receive a 3 month visa on arrival. Citizens of Kuwait can obtain 6-month Residence Permit upon arrival. China and Malaysian citizens receive a 15 day visa on arrival. Citizens of China(only Hong Kong and Macau SAR) may have a 30 day visit without visa. Citizens of the following countries are currently required to have a visa before arriving, which must be applied for through an Egyptian consulate or embassy outside of Egypt: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Lebanon, Malaysia (if you intend to stay for more than 15 days), Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and all African countries (except citizens of Sudan, Guinea, and Libya, who do not require visa).
  • Australia - If you are visiting for a holiday of less than three months, there are three types of visas you may apply for, depending on your nationality:
    • eVisitor (subclass 651) for citizens of the 31 EEA countries as well as citizens of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City. These visas are free, but otherwise effectively identical to the ETA. You must apply on-line.
    • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) subclass 601, is available on-line to nationals of Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea (ROK) and United States. The citizens of some eVisitor eligible countries and citizens of Taiwan may also apply for the ETA but solely through a travel agent, airline, specialist service provider or an Australian visa office outside Australia. A service fee of $20 applies. This fee can be waived if you obtain your ETA through a travel agent. However, there are on-line services which charge much more, as much as double, for the ETA. If applying on-line, stay with the government service to save money.
    • Online Visitor visa (subclass e600). Holders of passports of all the ETA and eVisitor eligible countries and also the following 27 eligible countries Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and Ukraine can make visa applications online.
    • Visitor visa (subclass 600). Other nationalities must apply using the paper form, and may need to visit an embassy or visa processing centre. Like the ETA and eVisitor, a 600 Visa is by default issued for a three month stay. Unlike the other options however, a 600 visa can be issued for longer stay of up to one year. That said, immigration is somewhat reluctant to approve tourist visas for more than three months, no matter how legitimate your reasons for staying so long. You will likely be asked for extensive supporting documentation about the reason for your visit and your ties to your country of origin and may need to attend an interview. Depending on your nationality, the embassy or visa processing centre may also require you to have an Australian sponsor prior to issuing the visa. The fee is $110.
  • Fiji - Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe are granted an entry permit on arrival and don't require a visa.
    • All other nationals need to obtain a single-entry visa from a Fijian embassy, which costs $96.
  • Vietnam - Visitors with passports from these countries do not require a visa for stays up to the days specified:
    • 15 days - Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Russia
    • 21 days - Philippines
    • 30 days - Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
    • All other nationalities will require a visa in advance to visit Vietnam; these can be purchased and shipped from the Vietnamese embassy in London for about $105.
  • Cambodia - All visitors, except citizens of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam need a visa to enter Cambodia. These can be bought on arrival in Siem Reap International Airport for $20.
  • China - Most travellers will need a visa to visit mainland China. In most cases, this should be obtained from a Chinese embassy or consulate before departure. Visas for Hong Kong and Macau can be obtained through a Chinese embassy or consulate, but must be applied for separately from the mainland Chinese visa. These cost $140 for American citizens.
  • Hong Kong - Foreign nationals of the following countries/territories can enter Hong Kong visa-free as a visitor:
    • For up to 180 days: United Kingdom (Full British citizens)
    • For up to 90 days: United Kingdom (British Overseas Territories Citizens, British Overseas Citizens, British Subjects and British Protected Persons), all European Union member states, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uruguay, United States, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    • For up to 30 days: Bahrain, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
    • For up to 14 days: Albania (biometric passports only), Algeria, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Holy See, India, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Niger, Palau, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia (excluding passports issued by the Co-ordination Directorate in Belgrade), Suriname and Ukraine. Also, holders of diplomatic and official passports issued by Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Togo.
    • For up to 7 days: Timor-Leste
  • Japan - Citizens of 61 countries and territories, including most Western nations, can obtain landing permission on arrival without a visa. This is usually valid for a stay of up to 90 days, although certain European nationalities and Mexicans are permitted to stay for 180 days if they note a longer stay upon entry. All other nationalities must obtain a "temporary visitor" visa prior to arrival, which is generally valid for a stay of 90 days.
  • Jordan - Turkish and Hong Kong nationals--as well as citizens of some Arab nations--don't need a visa. Citizens of all other countries can purchase a visa for $60 at certain points of entry, including the Aqaba and Amman airports.
  • Israel - {{VisaRestriction|If continuing from Israel on to Arab countries, it's recommended that you request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on your passport. You must notify the clerk of your request before your documents are stamped. You must fill out form 17L including your personal details, and that form shall be stamped by passport control upon entry/exit. The form 17L will not be collected upon exit of airport as it is necessary for the collection of tax refunds and proof of legal entry.
  • Turkey - The citizens of the countries/territories listed below can enter Turkey visa-free for 90 days unless otherwise stated
    • Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Azerbaijan (30 days), Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (60 days), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica (30 days), Croatia, Czech Republic, Northern Cyprus (Turkish republic of), Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Hong Kong (SAR Passport), Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan (30 days), Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan (30 days), Latvia (30 days), Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (30 days), Macedonia (60 days), Malaysia, Moldova (30 days), Monaco, Mongolia (30 days), Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Russia (60 days), San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan (30 days), Thailand (30 days), Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan (30 days), Uruguay, Uzbekistan (30 days), Vatican City and Venezuela.
    • Citizens of all other nations need to apply for a Turkish eVisa online.
  • Greece - Greece is a member of the Schengen Area, an area in Europe in which there are no border controls between Schengen members. Citizens of Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro*, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan (Republic of China), United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, additionally persons holding British National (Overseas), Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR passports do not need a visa to enter any Schengen Area nation.
  • Slovenia - Slovenia is a Schengen member.
  • Croatia - Croatia is NOT a Schengen member, despite being part of the EU. Foreign nationals of the following countries/territories can enter Croatia visa-free for up to 90 days with a passport: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (Republic of China), Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, additionally persons holding British National (Overseas), Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR passports. EU nationals just need a passport or identity card.
  • Italy - Italy is a Schengen member.
  • Vatican City - Though not a Schengen member, you can still enter the Vatican from Italy visa-free.
  • Belgium - Belgium is a Schengen member.
  • Netherlands - The Netherlands is a Schengen member.
  • France - France is a Schengen member.
  • Monaco - Though not a Schengen member, you can still enter Monaco from France visa-free.
  • Spain - Spain is a Schengen member.
  • Portugal - Portugal is a Schengen member.
  • Russia - See Russia#Get_In
  • United Kingdom - EU, EEA and Swiss citizens do not require a visa, and can enter with either a valid national identity card or passport.
    • Citizens of Anguilla, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore,South Korea, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, St. Helena, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Tuvalu, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, United States, Vanuatu, Vatican City and Venezuela (holders of Venezuelan biometric passports only) require passports for entry, but do not require a visa for visits of up to 6 months.
    • Citizens of other countries need to apply for a tourist visa at a British embassy.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

IATA: NYC is the code for all New York City airports) and the city is extremely well connected by air with flights from almost every corner of the world. Three large airports, and several small ones, serve the region.

John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport (the latter in New Jersey) are large international airports, while LaGuardia Airport is a busy domestic airport. All three airports are run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Teterboro Airport (IATA: TEB) is popular for general aviation and business jet travellers out of New York City. Air taxi and air charter companies such as The Early Air Way and Jetset Charter fly a variety of private charter aircraft and jets, from charter luxury Gulfstream's down to economical piston twins for small groups and individuals.

Inter-airport transfers[edit]

  • Bus/Subway - Connections between airports using the bus/subway/PATH trains are the cheapest option, but will require many transfers. Set aside a minimum of 2 hours for travel time.
  • New York City Airporter Bus - Provides services between JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports for $24. Buses depart every 20-30min. A bus transfer is required to the Newark Airport Express Bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal for Newark Airport to and from JFK and LaGuardia Airports
  • ETS Air Shuttle - runs very infrequent shared ride van service between LGA and EWR for $32. The rides cost $10 between LGA and JFK, $32 between EWR and LGA and $29 between JFK and EWR.
  • All County Express - runs very infrequent shared ride van service between all LGA and EWR for $32.
  • Taxis - the fastest option when changing airports. A taxi between JFK and LGA will cost about $25-29 and should take 30min. A taxi between LGA and EWR will cost about $78 + tolls and should take 60-75min. A taxi between JFK and EWR will cost about $85 + tolls and should take 60-75min.

John F. Kennedy International Airport[edit]

(IATA: JFK) is in the borough of Queens. There are eight terminals that are not so close to each other (with two that is demolished and will be soon rebuilt), so it is important to note which terminal your flight leaves from. The free AirTrain connects the terminals. There is Wi-Fi (via Boingo) which may call it the worst airport Wi-Fi coverage in America, however, Terminal 5 has free Wi-Fi.

JFK Terminals
Terminal Current Airlines
1 Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air China, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian, Brussels, Cayman Airways, China Eastern, Fly Jamaica, Interjet, Japan Airlines, Korean, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Royal Air Moroc, Saudia, Transaero, Turkish
2 Delta (domestic), Delta Connection
3 (Pan Am Worldport) (Closed. To be demolished for additional aircraft parking.)
4 (International Terminal) Delta (to LAX, SFO, SEA, to/from domestic and international destinations), Aer Lingus (arrivals not pre-cleared by US authorities in Ireland), Air India, Air Europa, Air Jamaica, Alitalia (AZ602/603 are at T4 while their other flights are at T1), Arik, Asiana, Avianca/Taca, Caribbean, China Airlines, Copa, Czech, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Air, JetBlue (international arrivals), KLM, Kuwait Airways, Miami Air International (charter flights), Pakistan International Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sun Country, TAME (Ecuador), Swiss International, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Uzbekistan, XL Airways
5 (TWA Flight Center) Aer Lingus, Hawaiian, JetBlue (arrivals from Puerto Rico, Bogota (via Orlando), Aruba, Bermuda, and the Bahamas arrive at Terminal 5. All other international flights arrive at Terminal 4)
6 (National Airlines Sundrome) (Demolished to allow for expansion of T5 under T5i for international flights)
7 (British Airways Terminal) Air Canada Express/Jazz, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Iceland Air, Open Skies, United, United Express, USAirways
8 (American Airlines Terminal) Air Berlin, American (domestic & international), American Eagle, LAN (and its subsidiaries), Finnair, Royal Jordanian, Qantas, Qatar, TAM Brazilian

Landing or taking off from JFK has been much improved in recent years by the addition of the multi-billion-dollar Bay Runway, but due to sheer volume it remains the worst airport in the country in terms of flight delays. If possible, do not connect using JFK, especially when switching terminals. If you must connect via JFK, make sure you have sufficient time. For flights from domestic (US and Canada) to JFK to domestic, 2-3h. For domestic to JFK to international, 3-4h. For international to JFK to domestic, 3-5h. For international to JFK to international, 3-6h. International travellers are most strongly advised to avoid connecting in JFK to other international flights, as the security and immigration procedures for non-US citizens are monumentally time-consuming and tiresome. In addition, all Jetblue International flights and some Aer Lingus flights (except any flights from both airlines that have done pre-clearance and Flights from Puerto Rico) are required to arrive at Terminal 4 not Terminal 5 since they don't have customs yet although it'll be built soon by 2015.

Left luggage services are available in the arrivals areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 4 and cost $4-16 per bag per day, depending on size. There are plenty of ATMs, but almost all charge a $2-3 fee per withdrawal. Luggage trolleys are available either for a fee of $3 in Terminals 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 or free in Terminals 1 and 4. There are many hotels of all service levels close to the airport and most run shuttle buses to/from the airport.

To travel between JFK and Manhattan ("the city"):

By rail[edit]
  • JFK AirTrain - a people mover system that runs 24/7, connecting all airport terminals with nearby rail and metro stations for $5. Runs services to:
    • Howard Beach Station to connect with the "A" train (to Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan). When returning to the airport on the "A" train, be sure to board a train to Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, NOT to Lefferts Blvd
    • Jamaica Station to connect with the:
      • "E" train (to Queens and Midtown Manhattan)
      • "J/Z" trains (to Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan). Marginally faster, and much less crowded, than the "E". Note that during rush hours, the "J" and "Z" operate a skip-stop service, bypassing alternate stations between Manhattan and Queens.
      • Long Island Railroad to Penn Station ($4 weekend with CityTicket, $7 weekday off-peak, $9.50 peak times), Brooklyn, or Long Island. Elevators are available at Jamaica and Penn Stations.

Total time to Manhattan using the subway is 60 min; using the Long Island Railroad is 45 min. This is sometimes faster than taking a taxi. If you take the "A" or "J" during overnight hours, be alert of your surroundings as the train passes through some rough neighborhoods.

By road[edit]
  • MTA NYC Bus - costing $2.50 (with MetroCard plus $1 fee if new, $2.75 single-ride ticket), these are the cheapest methods of transport, although the slowest to Manhattan. The buses depart from a new ramp near Terminal 5 (signs inside Terminal 5 will point the way). These buses have little room for luggage and go to non-touristy neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn. However, they offer connections to the subway and Long Island Railroad. Note that free transfers between bus and subway are available only with a MetroCard; the single ride ticket does not allow free transfers. Coins (not bills) are needed to board the buses without a MetroCard. MetroCards are sold at Hudson Newsstands in Terminals 1 and 5. If the newsstands are closed and you would like to spend 30 minutes to save $2.50, take the Airtrain to the Howard Beach Station where you can buy a multiple ride Metrocard from the vending machines without leaving the station (free). Then take the Airtrain back one stop to the Lefferts Boulevard station, where you can cross the street for the Q10 and B15 buses. (The signage here is not as good as in Terminal 5.) Bus to subway/LIRR transfers include:
    • Q10 to:
      • Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd (20 min): "A" Train - the subway connection closest to the airport
      • Jamaica Ave & Lefferts Blvd: "J" & "Z" Trains (walk 3 blocks E to 121st St Jamaica Ave Stn)
      • Kew Gardens (30 minutes): Transfer here to the Long Island Railroad (Austin St Stn) with service to Penn Station ($8 peak, $5.75 off-peak, $4 weekend with CityTicket), Brooklyn, and Long Island. While this option is cheaper than taking the AirTrain to Jamaica and connecting there to the LIRR, LIRR service from here is much less frequent than LIRR service from Jamaica.
      • Kew Gardens-80 Road-Union Turnpike (Last Stop) (35 minutes): "E" & "F" Trains. During rush hours, from this stop, you can take express buses X63, X64, X68, QM18, and QM21 to Manhattan. While these routes are slower and more expensive than taking the subway, they do offer a ride on cloth seats without the crowding. Ask where the bus stops are located. $6.00, but it is $3.50 if you transfer from the Q10 bus and pay for both with a MetroCard.
    • Q3 to:
      • Jamaica-179th St (45 minutes): "F" Train
    • B15 to:
      • Ashford Street & New Lots Avenue (30min): "3" Train.
      • Van Sinderen Ave & New Lots Avenue (35min): "L" Train.
      • Fulton Street & Kingston-Throop Avenues (60min): "C" Train.
      • Flushing Ave.: "J" Train all times except weekdays 7AM-1PM towards Manhattan and 1PM-8PM away from Manhattan, "M" Train weekdays (at Broadway).

Transfers from the B15 to the subway are in some of Brooklyn's roughest neighborhoods, so this route is not recommended at night or for people unfamiliar with the city.

  • New York City Airporter Bus - provides services to/from Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal for $16 one-way, $29 round-trip (return ticket). Buses depart every 15-30 min and the trip to Grand Central Terminal can take up to 90 min. Terminal 7 is usually the first stop, which takes about 45 minutes after departing, then Terminals 8, 1, 2, 4, and 5. It may take up to half an hour to go around the airport. While the online schedule shows stops at Penn Station, the bus does not go there until 8PM; however, there is a free connecting service between Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.
  • SuperShuttle - blue vans provide door-to-door service to Manhattan hotels for about $25.
  • Go Airlink Shuttle - Shared van service to or from most of Manhattan for $17-20 one way. 10% discount for online booking.
  • Taxi - The most flexible route into the city from JFK is a taxi, although the wait for one can be long when many flights arrive simultaneously. Fare runs a flat $52.50 to anywhere in Manhattan, not including tolls (up to $5.50) or tips. Taxis to points other than Manhattan and taxis to the airport from anywhere use the meter (see taxis in 'Getting around"). The arrivals terminals are filled with drivers hawking illegal livery rides - if you want to take one of these, be sure to negotiate the fare in advance and make sure that it is cheaper than the taxi fare noted above. This also saves the wait in the taxi line. In general, though, it is not recommended if you are unfamiliar with the city.
  • Car Service/Limousines - An alternative to taxis, car services are useful for getting to the airport from the outer boroughs where taxis are harder to find, or if you prefer to have transportation reserved in advance. Typically $60+ between JFK and Manhattan.

Newark Liberty International Airport[edit]

IATA: EWR (+1 800 397 4636) located to the west of NYC in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. This airport has three terminals labeled A, B, C. Terminal C is the home of United Airlines which has a major hub at Newark. Most other international airlines use Terminal B while domestic flights (except Delta in which they depart/arrive in Terminal B) are from Terminal A, but there are exceptions so check your terminal before you head for the airport. Remember where you'll depart so you don't get lost. If you are flying by United to the U.S. from another country, You may arrive at Terminal B. Remember that most international United flights (except any flight that's done pre-clearance) always arrive at Terminal C while some may arrive at Terminal B due to space. If this is not your final destination but a layover to your destination, re-check your bags, and go to Terminal C.

Terminal Signage
Terminal Levels
Terminal A Level 1: Parking; Level 2: Arrivals and Ground Transportation; Level 3: All Airline Check-in Counters
Terminal B Level 1: British Airways, Open Skies; Level 2: Air India, Alaska, Delta, Jet Airways, Porter, Virgin Atlantic; Level 3: El Al, Lufthansa, SAS, Singapore, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal
Terminal C Level 1: Arrivals, and Ground Transportation; Level 2: Economy Passagers, Premier Access Check-in, BusinessFirst Check-in, Global Services; Level 3: Economy Passengers, Group Check-in, Special Services

To travel between the city and EWR:

By rail[edit]

AirTrain Newark Temporary Closure
AirTrain Newark will be closed for "critical repair work" 1 May-15 July 2014 (or until repairs are complete). The Newark Airport NJ Transit/Amtrak station will be closed for the duration of repairs, and trains will bypass the station. For more information:


  • AirTrain Newark - easily accessed from the airport terminals via elevator/escalators and runs 24 hours to Newark Airport Rail Station, 10min away, however, there's a $5.50 fee when exiting/entering to the Newark Airport Station. From here you can take a NJ Transit train ($12.50, 30min ride, every 15-30min) to New York Penn Station (34th St & 8th Ave in Manhattan) or Amtrak train to other destinations along the east coast. Amtrak also runs trains to Manhattan, but they cost $20-30. NJ Transit tickets are not valid on Amtrak trains. NJ Transit trains stop at both Penn Station in Newark and at Penn Station in New York, so if travelling to Manhattan, stay on till the second Penn Station, in New York.
    • NJ Transit Trains operate 21h a day so there's no nightly service 02:00-05:00. Otherwise, you may have to take the 62 Bus, a taxi, Amtrak to/from Newark or New York Penn Station by Northeast Corridor, or other alternatives.
By road[edit]
  • 'New Jersey Transit Bus #62 and other NJT Buses - The most inexpensive option, New Jersey Transit #62 bus runs from in front of the airport terminals to Newark Penn Station (one-way fare $1.50; exact change only; 25 min). From there, you may take a PATH subway train ($2) either to World Trade Center station in lower Manhattan (25 min), or, to Journal Square, where you can transfer to the Journal Square-33rd St train across the platform, which runs to the following stops along 6th Ave: Christopher St in Greenwich Village, 9th St, 14th St, 23rd St, and 33rd St. Plan on 90 minutes including waiting times. As a word of caution, note that this is not a well-publicized option; you may well find yourself to be the only tourist on the bus, so don't expect much help or companionship in finding your way. The #62 Bus operates 24/7 between Elizabeth and Newark Penn Station, including holidays. Service generally runs every 10-15 minutes weekdays, 15-20 minutes Saturdays, and 20-30 minutes Sundays, with overnight service every 30 minutes.

Other buses, such as the Go 28 Bus, the 37 Bus, the 40 Bus, and the #67 Bus stops in Newark Airport at Terminals A, B, and C. Passengers who are stopped at the North Area of Newark Airport can be transferred by the Go 28 Bus.

  • Newark Airport Express Bus - ($16 one way, $28 round-trip) runs every 15 min to 42nd street in Manhattan. The trip takes about 40 min depending on traffic. Children under 12 ride for free and Senior Citizens 62 or older get a discount.
  • Supershuttle - Country-wide, shared van door-to-door service. $19 to Manhattan.
  • Go Airlink Shuttle - Shared van door-to-door service. $18 to Manhattan. 10% discount for on-line purchase.
  • Taxis - Travelers from EWR to New York City are charged a flat rate based on the destination (the dispatcher will note the fare and destination on the taxi form). Fare to most parts of Manhattan is $50-70. Tips and round trip tolls ($8 to/from Manhattan) are extra. You may also pay a $2 toll if the driver uses the New Jersey Turnpike. A $5 surcharge is added for trips to to New York, except Staten Island, during weekday rush hours or weekend afternoons. There is also a 10% discount for people above age 62.
  • Private Car Service - An alternative to taxis, car services are useful for getting to the airport from the outer boroughs where taxis are harder to find, or if you prefer to have transportation reserved in advance. Typically $50 between EWR and Manhattan, $70-80 to/from Brooklyn.

LaGuardia Airport[edit]

(IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA) is the smallest of the New York Metropolitan Area's three major airports. Due to regulations, almost all direct flights from LGA are to destinations within 1,500 miles (2,414 km). Most flights are domestic; however, there are international flights from LGA to Canada, Aruba, the Bahamas and Bermuda. The Marine Air Terminal, currently used by Delta Airlines (LaGuardia is also Delta Airlines's Hub) for services to Washington D.C. and Boston, is one of the oldest, still-in-use, airport terminals in the world. In 2009, LGA ranked last among major U.S. airports in both on-time arrivals and customer satisfaction.

LaGuardia Terminals
Terminal Airlines
A (Marine Air Terminal) Delta Shuttle
B, Concourse A Air Canada, JetBlue, United, United Express
B, Concourse B Frontier, JetBlue, AirTran, Southwest, Spirit
B, Councourse C American Eagle, United, United Express
B, Concourse D American
C Delta, US Airways, WestJet
D Delta

To travel between the city and LGA:

By rail[edit]

There is no rail service at LaGuardia Airport. However, buses (see below) connect to the subway or commuter rail systems.

By road[edit]
  • Local Bus - costing $2.50, this is the cheapest method of transport, although the slowest to Manhattan. The buses have little room for luggage (M60 SBS and Q70 routes have luggage racks on board). However, they offer connections to the subway and Long Island Railroad. Note that free transfers between bus and subway are available only with a MetroCard; the single ride ticket does not allow free transfers and coins are needed to board the buses without a MetroCard. There is a change machine in the airport terminal and MetroCards can be bought in the airport at Hudson News. The MetroCard vending machine at the airport does not accept cash.

On May 25, 2014 M60 Select Bus Service (SBS) begins. An off-board fare payment system will be in use on this route only, and a proof-of-payment ticket must be obtained before boarding the M60 SBS route by using a MetroCard or coins at the SBS fare machines located at the bus stop. These machines do not vend MetroCards, one must still be obtained in the airport first.

Bus to subway/LIRR transfers include:

    • M60, particularly useful if you are staying in Harlem, the Upper West Side or Hostelling International New York, to:
      • Astoria Blvd (15-25 min): "N" and "Q" Trains ( "Q" trains weekdays only)
      • 125th St & Lexington Ave (30 min): "4", "5", "6" Trains & Metro-North Railroad Service
      • 125th St & Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd (30 min): "2" & "3" Trains
      • 125th St & 8th Ave./St. Nicholas Ave (35 min): "A", "B" (weekdays only), "C", and "D" Trains
      • 116th St & Broadway (40 min): "1" Train
    • Q47 from Marine Air Terminal to:
      • Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue for the "E", "F", "M", "R", and "7" trains. (30 min)
    • Q70 from any of the other terminals nonstop to:
      • Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue (8-10 min without traffic) for the "E", "F", "M", "R", and "7" trains.
      • Woodside-61st Street (15-20 minutes without traffic) for Long Island Railroad
    • Q48 to:
      • Flushing (30 min): Long Island Railroad, as well as buses to Eastern Queens and northern Nassau County.
    • Q72 to:
      • Junction Blvd & Roosevelt Avenue for "7" train. (20 min) or
      • 'Rego Park for "M" or "R" trains (35-40 min)
  • Go Airlink Shuttle - Shared van door-to-door service. $16 to Manhattan. 10% discount for online purchase.
  • New York City Airporter Bus - provides services to/from Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal for $12 one-way, $22 round-trip (return ticket). Buses depart every 15-30 min and the trip to Grand Central Terminal can take up to 65 min. While the schedule on-line shows stops at Penn Station, the bus does not go there noon-6PM; however, SuperShuttle offers a free connecting service between Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.
  • Taxi - Taxis cost $21-30 to/from Manhattan plus tips, tolls, a $0.50 tax to NY, and a $1 surcharge during rush hour. You can save on tolls by asking the driver to use Queensboro Bridge for points midtown and on the Upper East Side, the Williamsburg Bridge for the Village and downtown, or Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges for points downtown. If going above 72nd St, it is better to pay the toll ($5.50) and take the RFK Bridge (formerly called the Triboro) into Manhattan.

Other Airports[edit]

Long Island MacArthur Airport[edit]

(Islip Airport) (IATA: ISP) is located in Ronkonkoma (Town of Islip) on Long Island. The airport is served by Southwest Airlines, a major discount carrier in the U.S. USAirways has a minor presence at the airport.

To travel between the city and ISP:

  • A shuttle bus (10 min, $5) operates between the ISP and the Ronkonkoma Long Island Railroad station. From there, you can take a train to Penn Station in Manhattan. (1.5 hr, $12.75 off peak/$17.50 peak). The Long Island Railroad offers a discount package ($17.50 per adult for shuttle+train to Manhattan)

There is also the S57 bus from the airport to Ronkonkoma for $1.50. However, it isn't coordinated with the trains like the shuttle is.

  • BoltBus bus shuttles to Manhattan from the Courtyard by Marriott hotel near the LIRR station. Approx. $7-10 one-way.
  • Hampton Jitney bus services from Ronkonkoma to Manhattan cost $25; the bus stop's a short cab ride away from ISP. .
Westchester County Airport (IATA: HPN)[edit]

Near the town of White Plains, is served by American, Cape Air, Delta, JetBlue, United, & USAirways.

To travel between the city and HPN:

  • Beeline Bus #12 ($2.50; call +1-914-813-7777 for details) operates service to/from the White Plains Metro-North station. From there, you can take a Metro-North train ($6.25 off-peak and $8.50 peak) to any of various points in the Bronx, or 125th St/Park Ave and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Trains run roughly every half hour for most of the day and take approximately 40 min.
Stewart International Airport (IATA: SWF)[edit]

To travel between the city and SWF:

  • A shuttle bus connects the SWF with the Beacon Metro North Train Station. From there, you can take a train into Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
Teterboro Airport (IATA: TEB)[edit]

In Teterboro, New Jersey, is used primarily for general aviation and receives no commercial flights.

Trenton-Mercer Airport (IATA: TTN)[edit]

A little further afield, sees limited commercial service on Frontier Airlines. Passengers flying into Trenton can reach Manhattan via New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line or Amtrak.

By train[edit]

Amtrak[edit]

+1 800 USA RAIL (+1 800 872 7245) operates from New York Penn Station, directly under Madison Square Garden, on 34th St between 7th & 8th Avenues. Popular trains leaving during rush hours can fill up quickly; it's a good idea to make reservations on-line or via phone and pick up your ticket using a credit card or your confirmation number at one of the electronic kiosks located throughout the station. On some of the non-business routes, for example New York to Montreal, Amtrak actually takes more time and costs more money than taking the bus or renting a car. Check and compare schedules and prices before booking.

Amtrak's Acela express train provides regular fast commuter service between major points along the east coast such as Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Haven, and Providence. Amtrak services are also available to points along the East Coast down to Florida, across the southeast to New Orleans, to points between New York and Chicago, including Pittsburgh and Cleveland, to New York state including Albany, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and to Toronto and Montreal in Canada. Service to California takes 3 days and requires a change of train in Chicago.

Amtrak's ClubAcela, located near the big security desk in Penn Station, offers complimentary drinks, Wi-Fi, newspapers, magazines and clean bathrooms. Access to the club is granted to travellers with sleeper tickets, First Class Acela tickets, Amtrak GuestRewards SelectPlus membership, or United Airlines BusinessFirst tickets for same-day travel, and United Club members.

Commuter Rail[edit]

Grand Central Terminal at night

New York City is served by three commuter railroads. With the exception of the Metro-North Railroad (starts at Grand Central) the other commuter railroads also start at Penn Station by Madison Square Gardens.

  • Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) operates between New York Penn Station and Long Island with New York City stops at Jamaica Station, Long Island City, and Hunters Point in Queens as well as Atlantic Terminal station in Brooklyn. LIRR tickets can be purchased on-line or inside stations prior to boarding the train. Tickets are also available for purchase on the train but are significantly more expensive. The cost of the ticket varies based on the distance of the ride.
  • Metro-North Rail Road (Metro North) operates between Grand Central Terminal and points north and east of the city all the way to Connecticut. Trains also stop at the Harlem station on 125th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan. The New Haven line serves cities along the coast with branch lines to Danbury and Waterbury. The Hudson Line serves points along the Hudson River to Poughkeepsie. The Harlem Line serves Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties to Pawling and Wassaic. At New Haven, passengers may transfer to Amtrak or to the Shore Line East providing local service between New Haven and New London, Connecticut. Metro North tickets can be purchased on-line or inside stations prior to boarding the train. Tickets are also available for purchase on the train but are significantly more expensive. The cost of the ticket varies based on the distance of the ride.
  • New Jersey Transit operates between New York Penn Station and points in [ew Jersey. The Northeast corridor line goes to Princeton and Trenton. Services are also available for points along the Jersey Coast and, with a transfer in Secaucus, to points north of the city (in New Jersey and New York State west of the Hudson). Connecting service is available from Trenton to Philadelphia via SEPTA or to Camden (New Jersey) via RiverLINE. Connecting service to Newark Liberty International Airport is available from some Northeast corridor trains. NJ Transit tickets can be purchased online or inside stations prior to boarding the train. Tickets are also available for purchase on the train but are significantly more expensive. The cost of the ticket varies based on the distance of the ride.

PATH[edit]

PATH train at WTC terminal

PATH(Port Authority Trans-Hudson) is a subway type system connecting New York City to Hoboken, Newark, and various points on the New Jersey shore of the Hudson River. Two lines pass under the Hudson and enter the city, one terminating near the World Trade Center site downtown, the other at 33rd St in Midtown (see map). The PATH system is, therefore, a useful shortcut if traveling between Newark and Lower Manhattan, without having to travel all the way up to Penn Station, and then double back southward again. The PATH station at 33rd Street is not connected to, nor part of Penn Station.

Smartlink costs 2.50$ a ride.  PATH users discounts: $19 for 10 trips However, the card itself must be purchased ($5, $20 including 10 trips). Fortunately, the PATH system accepts the Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard (but not Ride MetroCard). There's a $1 Fee for buying a new Metrocard except if expired or damaged. For the visitor traveling from New Jersey daily, it is more convenient and possibly cheaper to purchase the MetroCard to travel on both the PATH and the MTA systems. However remember there is no free MetroCard transfer between PATH and MTA subways/buses.

By bus[edit]

Some buses offer Wi-Fi, power outlets and even business-class style luxury. Buses serve New Jersey, New York suburbs west of the Hudson River, and all cities along the east coast of the US.

Additionally, be aware that with private buses in New York City "you get what you pay for." Most buses are safe, however, bus companies that are offering very low fares often are riskier in that their drivers are not as cautious on the roads and often speed. Also, the level of service is frequently somewhat less. If you have to transfer between buses using these discount buses for example, their drivers may speak limited English and be less able to assist you in making the transfer. Obviously there are exceptions to this, but it is a consideration of which travelers should be aware when choosing a bus company.

The NY Port Authority Bus Terminal at 625 8th Ave in Manhattan (8th Ave & W 42nd St next to Times Square - '42nd St Port Authority Bus Terminal' subway stop) [1] serves as a central bus terminal for most major lines. Note that not all lines go into the NY Port Authority bus Terminal either. They can have stops (or their own office & terminal) on the streets around Times Square, around Penn Station, Wall St, Chinatown, the airport(s), and/or anywhere in the city instead. Others may serve the Port Authority Terminal and then several other places around the city. Check with them before departing.

To/from New Jersey[edit]

  • New Jersey Transit operates service between destinations in New Jersey and Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Ave & 42nd St.
  • Lakeland operates Rt#46 (To Dover), 78 (Bernardsville or Bedminster) and 80 (Newton or Sparta) from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

To/from Boston[edit]

The trip normally takes 4.5 hr, there are at least 82 buses daily in each direction.

  • Boston Deluxe, connects Chinatown to Hartford. Weekend service. $15.NOTICE: Website is under construction.
  • Fung Wah Bus Granddaddy of all Chinatown buses, with service to and from Boston at the corner of Canal and Chrystie Streets. $15. At least hourly 7AM-11PM, additional weekend service. WARNING: Fung Wah Bus has suspended all bus service until further notice.
  • Limoliner from Boston with on board attendant, food service, Wi-Fi, wide seats.
  • Lucky Star runs from Boston to their Chinatown office at least hourly 6AM-11PM and at 2AM. Wi-Fi on some buses. From $1 online, $15 walk-up.
  • Boltbus, runs from Boston South Station
  • Megabus, runs from Boston South Station
  • Peter Pan Bus
  • Greyhound
  • Go Buses runs from Cambridge and Newton

To/from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC[edit]

Also see BoltBus, Greyhound, and Megabus serving other locations.

  • DC2NY service to/from Washington DC. Wi-Fi.
  • Eastern Travel - several buses a day to Chinatown and/or Penn Station. Wi-Fi on some buses. Partner with Megabus on some services.
  • Hola Bus
  • Today's Bus
  • The Know It Express - service between Atlantic Ave-Pacific St subway station in Brooklyn and Washington DC.
  • Tripper Bus - service to/from Bethesda, MD; Arlington (Rosslyn), VA. Pickup location is at 7th Ave & 34th St at Penn Station & Madison Square Garden. From $1 online.
  • Vamoose Bus - service between New York City Penn Station (7th Ave & W 30th St) and Bethesda, MD; Arlington, VA & Lorton, VA. Fares start at $30 each way.
  • Washington Deluxe service to/from Washington DC. Wi-Fi. From Washington DC ($21) some to Brooklyn.

To/From Pennsylvania beyond Philadelphia[edit]

  • Martz Trailways operates service to western Pennsylvania and Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Ave & 42nd St.
  • Susquehannabus Trailways goes to northern & central Pennsylvania.
  • Trans Bridges goes to Bethlehem, Allentown, Doylestown, etc. in Pennsylvania.
  • Elite Coach Provides roundtrip service to New York City from Lancaster, Ephrata, York, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and other Pennsylvania locations.

To/from other locations[edit]

  • Adirondack Trailways goes up to various other places in New York state and to Montreal.
  • BoltBus offers service from Boston, Washington, DC and Philadelphia; fares start at $1 online, closer to the date they typically cost around $20. Wi-Fi, electrical outlets. Buses to DC stop at 33rd St & 7th Ave as well as Canal St & 6th Ave. Buses to Philadelphia stop at Canal St & 6th Ave as well as 34th St & 8th Ave.
  • C&J, +1-603-430-1100 (toll free: +1-800-258-7111), [2]. Goes up to Tewksbury, MA and Portsmouth, NH  edit
  • Greyhound, Vermont Transit offer connections across North America and internet-only bargain fares to the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Ave & 42nd St. Wi-Fi, electrical outlets and the works on some buses.
  • La Cubana goes down to Miami, once daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays, along I-95 with stops in Union City, NJ; Elizabeth, NJ; Philadelphia, Washington etc. from their office & stop at 4149 Broadway.
  • Megabus frequent service from Boston, Buffalo, upstate New York, Toronto, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. Most buses arrive on the west side of 7th Ave just south of 28th St and depart from the south side of 34th St between 11th and 12th Ave, across the street from the Javits Center; be warned that the departure location is a good 15 min walk from Penn Station, where the nearest subway stations are located. Atlantic City services arrive and depart at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Ave & 42nd St. Wi-Fi and electrical outlets. From $1 on-line if booked several months in advance. Cash-less pre-booking only on-line or by phone.
  • Coach USA. In addition to Megabus (see above), Coach USA also operates as Suburban, Shortline, Olympia, Red & Tan Line, and Rockland bus lines to other destinations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, upstate New York, or Connecticut
  • NeOn is a service operated by Greyhound and partners to Toronto; buses run to the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Ave and 34th St from the Royal York Hotel in Toronto and stops across New York state. Wi-Fi, electrical outlets. Fares start at $1 if booked several months in advance, closer to the date they more typically cost around $50.
  • Peter Pan Bus Company operates between cities in the Northeast U.S. and the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Ave & 42nd St.
  • 7Bus goes up to upper Long Island.
  • Today Bus, Everyday Bus, and Tiger Bus [3] All three operate from Chinatown in Manhattan non-stop to Virginia Beach/Norfolk Virginia (approx 6 hours; the first two go to Norfolk, while the third goes to Virginia Beach, the next town over). Price varies, but is generally around $60 round-trip or $35 one way.

By car[edit]

New York City - as you would expect - enjoys a prominent position on the US Interstate highway network. Although the city can be easily reached by car from anywhere in the nation, driving within the metropolitan area is an experience definitely not for the faint hearted! It makes much more sense to use public transportation, but for those who insist on driving, the main routes into the New York City area are:

  • I-76/I-78 from western New Jersey, the interior of Pennsylvania and beyond.
  • I-80 is the main approach from much of the Midwest and Western United States; I-80 stretches across the continent from San Francisco, some 2,900 miles (4,700km) away on the opposite coast.
  • I-95 is the main route up the eastern seaboard of the United States, connecting Miami to the Canadian border. Realistically, the main destinations along I-95 which are within reasonable driving distance to New York are Boston (374km) to the north, Philadelphia (152km) and Washington DC (364km) to the south.

By boat[edit]

New York City has always been one of the world's most important passenger sea ports, and arriving by ocean liner or cruise ship still remains an extraordinary and stylish method of arrival. In addition to passenger service from the Cunard Line, many cruise ships start or end their voyages in New York City.

  • The Cunard Line operates regularly scheduled passenger service between the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Southampton, England as well as Hamburg, Germany aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2, the grandest, largest ocean liner ever built. The trip takes 6-7 days and costs $800-6,000 depending on the cabin and season.

Itinerary[edit]

Before Trip Starts[edit]

  • Arrive in New York City.
  • Spend the night in New York City.

Day 1[edit]

  • Spend the night in New York City.

Day 2[edit]

  • Spend the night in New York City.

Day 3[edit]

  • Fly to Cancun, Mexico. This route is offered by American, Aeromexico, and JetBlue out of JFK International Airport, and United out of Newark Liberty International Airport. Flight cost: $237+
  • Arrive in Cancun.
  • Spend the night in Cancun.

Day 4[edit]

  • Spend the night in Cancun.

Day 5[edit]

  • Fly to Lima via Panama City on Copa, then to Cuzco on LAN Air. Flight cost: $975+
  • Take a taxi to Ollantaytambo. Cost: $4. It takes about an hour and a half.
  • Catch the 21:00 train to Aguas Calientes, which also lasts an hour and 30 minutes. Cost: $58
  • Spend the night in Aguas Calientes.

Day 6[edit]

  • Take the 06:30 bus to Machu Picchu, arriving at 06.50. Cost: $10.
  • Explore Machu Picchu in the morning and afternoon. Entry cost is $44.
  • Take a bus around 14:00 back to Aguas Calientes for $10.
  • Arrive at Aguas Calientes around 14:30.
  • Take the 14:55 train to Ollantaytambo, for $58 again.
  • Arrive in Ollantaytambo at 16:25.
  • Take a taxi back to Cuzco, for $10, arriving at 18:00.
  • Fly from Cuzco's Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport to Buenos Aires through Lima via LAN Airlines. Cost: $874+

Day 7[edit]

  • Arrive in Buenos Aires.
  • Spend the night in Buenos Aires.

Day 8[edit]

  • Spend the night in Buenos Aires.

Day 9[edit]

  • Fly to El Calafate via Aerolineas Argentinas. Cost: $212+
  • Arrive in El Calafate.
  • Book a 2-night tour of El Calafate and the Petito Moreno glacier. These normally include accommodation as well as meals. An example tour on Viator costs $276.

Day 10[edit]

  • Visit Petito Moreno Glacier. Entry cost: $20
  • Spend the night in El Calafate.

Day 11[edit]

  • Fly to Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, via Buenos Aires on Aerolineas Argentinas. Cost: $379
  • Spend the night in Puerto Iguazu.

Day 12[edit]

  • Cross to the Brazilian side of the falls. Entrance cost: $22
  • A boat tour on the Argentinean side also costs about $22.
  • Spend the night in Foz do Iguazu.

Day 13[edit]

  • Fly to Rio de Janeiro on TAM. Cost: $145+.
  • Spend the night in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 14[edit]

  • Spend the night in Rio.

Day 15[edit]

  • Fly to Lisbon on TAM Air. Cost: $1,472+.

Day 16[edit]

  • Arrive in Lisbon.
  • Take the 21:52 train to Porto. Cost: $35

Day 17[edit]

  • Arrive in Porto at 01:09.
  • Take a Douro Valley winery tour and river cruise to tour the wineries around Porto. Cost: $124.
  • Fly to Madrid. Cost: $33+
  • Arrive in Madrid.
  • Spend the night in Madrid.

Day 18[edit]

  • Spend the night in Madrid.

Day 19[edit]

  • Take the 07:30 train to Segovia. Cost: $14
  • Arrive in Segovia at 07:57.
  • Have lunch in Segovia. Visiting the Alcazar costs $9.
  • Take the 13.25 train back to Madrid. Cost: $13
  • Arrive in Madrid at 13.58
  • Take the 14:50 train to Toledo. Cost: $14.
  • Arrive in Toledo at 15:23.
  • Eat dinner in Toledo.
  • Take the 21.50 train to Madrid. Cost: $14
  • Arrive in Madrid at 22.21.
  • Take the 22:30 train to Barcelona. Cost: $31

Day 20[edit]

  • Arrive in Barcelona at 07:05.
  • Eat lunch and dinner in Barcelona.
  • Fly to Paris. Cost: $79+
  • Spend the night in Paris.

Day 21[edit]

  • Spend the night in Paris.

Day 22[edit]

  • Spend the night in Paris.

Day 23[edit]

  • Take the 07:13 train to London. Cost:$68
  • Arrive in London at 08:32.
  • Spend the night in London.

Day 24[edit]

  • Spend the night in London.

Day 25[edit]

  • Take the 06:45 train to Stratford-upon-Avon. Cost: $15
  • Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon at 08:57.
  • Eat lunch in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Take the 12:03 train to Oxford. Cost: $37
  • Arrive in Oxford at 14:23.
  • Take the 17:43 train to London. Cost: $15
  • Arrive in London at 19:29.
  • Take the 19:34 train to Brussels. Cost: $67
  • Arrive in Brussels at 22:38.
  • Spend the night in Brussels.

Day 26[edit]

  • Spend the night in Brussels.

Day 27[edit]

  • Take the 06:18 train to Amsterdam. Cost: $46
  • Arrive in Amsterdam at 08:20.
  • Eat lunch and dinner in Amsterdam.
  • Fly to Rome. Cost: $113+
  • Spend the night in Rome.

Day 28[edit]

  • Spend the night in Rome.

Day 29[edit]

  • Take the 07:35 train to Naples.
  • Arrive in Naples at 08:45. Cost $39.
  • Eat lunch in Naples.
  • Take the 14:30 train to Pompeii.
  • Arrive in Pompeii at 15:16. Cost: $4.
  • Take the 18:50 train to Naples.
  • Arrive in Naples at 19:30. Cost: $4
  • Eat dinner in Naples.
  • Take the 21:42 train to Pisa. Cost: $57

Day 30[edit]

  • Arrive in Pisa at 03:23.
  • Eat breakfast in Pisa.
  • Climb the Leaning Tower. Cost: $23 for advanced purchase.
  • Take 09:32 train to Florence.
  • Arrive in Florence at 10:32. Cost: $11
  • Eat lunch and dinner in Florence.
  • Take the 21:30 train to Venice. Cost: $61
  • Arrive in Venice at 23:35.
  • Spend the night in Venice.

Day 31[edit]

  • Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Venice.
  • Fly to Istanbul on Turkish Air from $952.
  • Spend the night in Istanbul.

Day 32[edit]

  • Spend the night in Istanbul.

Day 33[edit]

  • Spend the night in Istanbul.

Day 34[edit]

  • Fly to Kayseri early, on either Pegasus or Turkish Airlines. Cost: from $69.
  • Book a 2-day, 1-night tour of Cappadocia, that includes accommodation. An example tour on Viator costs $232.
  • Spend the night in Cappadocia.

Day 35[edit]

  • Have breakfast and lunch on your Cappadocia tour.
  • Catch a late flight back to Istanbul, and then a connecting flight to Ljubljana. On Turkish Airlines, the two flights cost $335.

Day 36[edit]

  • Arrive in Ljubljana.
  • Eat breakfast in Ljubljana.
  • Take the 12:50 train to Bled. Cost: $7
  • Arrive in Bled at 13:45, and take a taxi to the lake. Cost: $14.
  • Have lunch in Bled.
  • At around 17:30, take a taxi back to the train station for $14 more.
  • Take the 17:51 train to Ljubljana, arriving at 18:31. Cost: $9.
  • Take the 18:35 train to Zagreb. Cost: $16
  • Arrive in Zagreb at 20:53.
  • Spend the night in Zagreb.

Day 37[edit]

  • Fly early to Dubrovnik. Croatia Air offers a route for $57.
  • Arrive and have breakfast in Dubrovnik.
  • Fly to Moscow with a stopover in Frankfurt. On Lufthansa and Aeroflot, the total cost is $1,544.

Day 38[edit]

  • Arrive in Moscow.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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