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Student flights from Australia to New York

New York is truly the city that never sleeps! Jet-lag waking you up at 3am craving something to eat? Just pop over to a 24-hour diner or sandwich shop for some late-night (or is it early morning?) food. Want to watch the sunrise over Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge or stay up all night dancing the night away? Sure, you can do that too! Thankfully, you’ll never run out of things to do, as the list of places to see in New York is endless: the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the High Line, Times Square, Central Park and more! And don’t even get us started on the food—you can literally eat your way around the world right here in New York!

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What are the main New York airports, and how do I get from them to central New York?

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is by far the biggest and busiest New York airport, especially for international arrivals. Newark (EWR) and LaGuardia (LGA) are both options as well. Some airlines may generally fly into one or the other—for example, United flights often land in Newark, while Etihad or Qantas may be more likely to have flights into JFK. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter too much, as all three airports are relatively close to the city.

John F. Kennedy International Airport / JFK: The JFK airport is New York’s biggest and busiest, with over 62 million travellers passing through the airport each year. It’s located in Queens, relatively central to the city. You can take the subway directly from the airport to connect with trains and stations anywhere throughout New York City once you arrive. Of course, taxis/Ubers are also an option, but they can be expensive (about $72 AUD).

Newark International Airport / EWR: Although Newark handles a lot of air traffic for New York City, it’s actually located in New Jersey, just across the border from New York City. Even so, it’s really easy to hop on a train or bus into the city from Newark. Newark is a popular airport for lots of flights from Australia, so although it’s a bit smaller than JFK, there’s a good chance you might find yourself flying into here.

LaGuardia / LGA: LaGuardia is also in Queens but is the quietest of the New York City airports. You can get from the airport to the city centre by taking a public bus or hopping on the subway. Although there are some international flights from Australia that may land in LaGuardia, it’s definitely not the most popular of the three.

How to fly from Australia to New York

Since New York is literally on the other side of the globe from Australia, it’s definitely a long-haul flight. But it’s worth it! And thankfully, Australia is fairly well-connected to New York, despite the distance. There aren’t any direct flights, but you can find plenty of connecting flights. Typically the connection is in Los Angeles or San Francisco—also great cities to explore if you’d like to make the most of your stopover! Some of the most popular airlines for flying from Australia to New York include United, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas and others.

Cheap flights to New York
from Melbourne / MEL

Average flight duration

28+ hours (depending on layover time)

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from Sydney / SYD

Average flight duration

24+ hours

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from Brisbane / BNE

Average flight duration

27+ hours

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from Perth / PER

Average flight duration

26+ hours

When is the best time to fly to New York?

New York is really a great destination year-round, although winters can definitely be brutal, particularly in January and February. The spring and summer months (April through September) bring warm days perfect for outdoor activities, events and concerts and plenty of sightseeing. However, New York City is typically more crowded during these months as well as a result. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy cooler days, fewer crowds and beautiful colors all throughout the city and especially in Central Park! Winter days are perfect for celebrating the New Year, ice skating or warming up inside with a perfect cup of hot chocolate or a slice of New York pizza.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from Australia to New York?

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Why do Australian students love visiting New York?

What’s not to love about travelling and studying in the Big Apple? Not only is it home to some of the best universities in the world, there’s plenty to see, do and experience while you’re not studying! Whether you’re on holiday for a few weeks or coming to New York to study for a few years, we guarantee you’ll never run out of things to do!

New York Universities and Campuses

New York universities and campuses

New York is a bustling city that really doesn’t ever slow down, so it’s a really exciting and energetic place to study. Plus, there’s plenty of other international students studying and living here, so you’ll be able to meet people from all over the world! New York is also home to some incredible universities, whether in New York City or elsewhere in the state—Columbia, New York University and Cornell are some of the best.

new york lifestyle and culture

New York lifestyle and culture

New York is a busy, crowded city, so be prepared for the hustle and bustle of city life. With that though, many people find New York to be exciting and energizing, even if it doesn’t have the relaxed culture you may be used to. One thing to keep in mind is that tipping is customary (and expected) in restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis. The standard for good service is 15-20%. Also, New Yorkers tend to take life at a fast pace, so avoid stopping in the middle of the sidewalk, blocking the flow of pedestrian traffic while crossing the street and so on—at least if you want to avoid annoying all of the locals!

explore new york on a student budget

Exploring New York on a student budget

Exploring New York City with limited funds is surprisingly easy to do. Fill up on the delicious (and budget-friendly) street food, along with small cafes and restaurants that sell pizza by the slice, bagels, noodles, tacos and so much more! Many museums are free or offer student discounts, so be sure to ask. And, of course, there’s plenty of free things to do in New York City, too! Stroll through Central Park, head to a free concert in an outdoor park, bike across the Brooklyn Bridge and more, all without spending a cent!

Frequently asked questions about flying from Australia to New York

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