Numerous airlines fly between the UK and the USA, including BA and Virgin Atlantic. Return flights generally cost £200–400pp depending on the time of year. Search for great deals on flights through our partner Ebookers.

Flights from London generally take about 7hrs 30mins to New York and 6hrs back (because wind over the Atlantic generally comes from the west). The worst effects of jetlag can be avoided on the flight home by opting for a daytime flight; these leave New York at around 9am and arrive in London at around 9pm.

New York has two international airports – Newark in New Jersey and JFK, both on Long Island. Trains serve Newark efficiently, or there regular and easy-to-use bus services, although the famous yellow taxis are the easiest way for a family to get into the city from JFK.

Unless you're exploring further afield, you won’t need to hire a car – New York's 24hr subway system is clean, safe and efficient, and cabs are generally less expensive than in the UK. For advice on getting around New York, consult the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority).