New York is snazzy. New York is cool. And New York is just a little bit on the Irish side. Right there are three solid reasons to be on the lookout for cheap flights to New York from Dublin. There’s one more. Soul. NYC might be a global city, but each little piece has a character of its own. Broadway’s pizazz will have you dancing in your seat, while Fifth Avenue’s designer chic will have you reaching for your wallet. And it keeps on changing – Chelsea is now the hip and happening part of town, while once-edgy Greenwich Village now only echoes its past. So what’s the bottom line: you need to come here just to keep up.
New York City puts its best face on whatever the season: a fresh-faced grin in spring, a sultry smile in summer and starry-eyed look at Christmas. The show brings in the crowds all year round. It does result, though, in fewer chances for cheap prices for flights from Dublin to New York. Overall, February and March are your best low-cost option, if you can handle the cold. Booking at the right time helps too. Try searching around four or five months before those flights to New York take off in order to save some money.
If you’re not parking and flying, or being dropped off at Dublin Airport (DUB), then you’ll have to get the bus – there’s still no rail link the nation’s premier airport. The Aircoach 700 express service runs from the hotel belt on the south side of Dublin, through the city centre, and on to the airport. It costs €9 for a single from the city centre. An alternative is the AirLink 747 service, also running through from central Dublin, but which is a little cheaper.
Airlines offering Dublin New York flights generally go from Dublin Airport, with most being national airlines. They include Aer Lingus, British Airways, Finnair, Lufthansa and United Airlines. Flights heading off to the USA take off from Dublin’s shiny new Terminal 2 building. The Atlantic hop normally takes between 7 and 8 hours, with most airlines gliding in to JFK, once New York is in sight.
Flight arrivals from Ireland now pull up to Terminal 4, rather than Terminal 5. Once you’ve picked up your luggage, you’ll find trains, buses and taxis on-hand to zip you into New York. A yellow cab has to be the coolest and simplest way in, but will set you back as much as $60. The JFK AirTrain is relatively fast (whisking you there in less than an hour) and inexpensive (you can get into Lower Manhattan for $10). Cheapest of all are the MTA NYC Buses, which amble their way into central New York for only $3.
New York has a must-see list as long as your arm. It includes such venerable icons as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, and some proud new ones (albeit touched with sadness) like Freedom Tower. But New York isn’t so much about the seeing, as the doing. Turn up, tune in and turn on to a free classical concert on a sunny day in Central Park. Thrill over the bold work of SoHo’s hip street artists. Or have your palate challenged, and your tastebuds tickled, trying out craft cocktails in an East Village bar. Just don’t tell them you’re Irish, or you’ll be drinking Black Velvets all night.
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