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New York
Holidays in New York

Bite into the Big Apple

New York needs no introduction. But if it did, we couldn’t go without mentioning good ol’ Lady Liberty, world-famous Broadway theatres and the breathtaking Central Park. Spend an idyllic city break amongst skyscrapers and unbeatable shopping - you'll feel like you've just stepped into your favourite movie! Discover everything the Big Apple has to offer on your holiday to New York.

We fly to New York daily

8 hour flight
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London Heathrow
London Gatwick
June - October
Manchester
April - October
Manchester
November - March
Connect from other UK airports

You can also fly from Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Belfast on one of our partner airlines.

Hotels in New York

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Weddings in New York

Central Park

Get married in the world's most famous park. We offer ceremonies at the intimate Shakespeare Garden (filled with blooms mentioned in the Bard’s plays), Gapstow Bridge, the lakeside Ladies Pavilion, Cap Cot, iconic Bow Bridge and idyllic Wagners Cove.

To book, please call our dedicated Weddings Team on: 0344 739 0748

Free Car Hire

USA and Canada car hire

Rev up your motor, set the sat-nav and make sure you’ve got a tin of sucky sweets in the glove box — we’re heading off along the highways and byways of the USA and Canada

Partnered with Alamo/National, we’re able to offer you car hire in over 280 locations within North America and Canada with award winning service, plus:

  • Free Additional Driver in Fully Inclusive package  
  • 2-hour grace period
  • Online check in to speed up the pick up process
  • Gold Plus package which includes Child Seats, GPS, tank of fuel, underage driver fees, 3 additional drivers
  • Free one ways within Florida and within California, free one ways between California and Nevada and Arizona
  • Free Ski racks
  • Reps and dedicated area in Orlando

Essential information for New York

Local time
+ 19hrs
Currently
Language
USA flag
American English
Currency
US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States
Flight information
7h 40m
New York (NYC)
Direct flight
Getting around
The fastest way to get around whilst in New York is by subway. You’ll find a station around every corner, and the city’s grid layout makes navigating the subway system straightforward. You can take a taxi for short trips, but to get a real feel for the city, nothing beats walking.

Do I need a visa?

To travel to the USA, you will need an ESTA visa. Please make sure that you have this approved at least 3 days before you head off on holiday.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

New York

Why visit New York with Virgin Holidays?

Direct Virgin Atlantic flights

With daily direct Virgin Atlantic flights from Manchester and London Heathrow, we've got New York covered. Choose from 4 cabin options, including our amazing Premium and Upper Class experiences. You can also pay to use our family-friendly v-room at Manchester Airport.

Stay like a local

New York is so much more than the hustle and bustle of Times Square, and we've travelled to every corner of the city. We can recommend where to find the funkiest hotels, where the real New Yorkers hang out, as well as the hippest late-night haunts. Arrive as a tourist, leave as a local.

Your holiday is protected

Our people on the ground know how to look after you – and they do. Nothing is more important to us than your holiday happiness and safety. So we make sure our hotel partners are up to scratch.
And, as you’d expect, we’re ATOL and ABTA bonded.

The best of the Big Apple – New York City holidays

When you think of New York, what comes to mind besides Lady Liberty? This city is the unofficial birthplace of retail therapy. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, here are the places you should be headed to get the biggest bang for your buck.

  • Brookfield Place on the Hudson River waterfront is the height of luxury shopping. Find upscale brands such as Diane von Furstenberg and Lululemon alongside food halls Le District and Hudson Eats.
  • To bag yourself some retro bargains, head to Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg for New York’s best vintage shopping. Each weekend, 100 food pop-ups from ‘Smorgasburg’ pitch up alongside dozens of stalls selling everything from antiques and jewellery to art.
  • What would a trip to NYC be without a stop at Bloomingdale’s? The flagship store on 59th Street is the biggest and best place to fill up your little, medium and big brown bags.

Setting foot in the concrete jungle of New York is an experience straight from the silver screen. With so many incredible hotels to choose from, a little luxury goes a long way. From the serene and secluded to the loud and proud, here’s where you should be staying for your city break in New York.

  • If you’re after a picture-perfect hotel for that red carpet experience, it’s got to be The Plaza Hotel. Whether you’re gazing down Fifth Avenue or sipping bubbles at the Champagne Bar, you’ll feel like an A-lister at the Plaza from check-in to farewell.
  • With JFK and Bette Davis as previous patrons, you’re always in good company at The Surrey. A Michelin-starred Café Boulud and views over Central Park make this Upper East Side a laid-back favourite.
  • For a slice of British style in the heart of Midtown, The London NYC is the obvious choice. The vision of iconic designer David Collins, this spot is stylish, elegant and bursting with charisma. The lively London Bar is the perfect place for cocktails when the sun goes down, while exercise buffs will love working out at the high-tech London NYC Club gym.

From bagels and pizza to hot dogs and cheesecake, the Big Apple isn’t the only thing you’ll be taking a bite of – Holidays in New York really are a foodie’s heaven. Whether you’re after a quick snack from one of the many on-street food trucks or looking for the crème de la crème of fine dining experiences, NYC has it all on a plate. After dinner, discover for yourself why it’s called “the city that never sleeps” with a visit to one of New York’s famed nightlife destinations.

  • Visit Eataly, Gotham West Market and the Plaza – some of NYC’s best food halls – for craft coffee, stand-out restaurants and artisan bakeries.
  • For an ultra-modern Mexican cantina in the heart of New York City, head to Black Ant in the East Village. On the menu you’ll find traditional tacos with a contemporary twist and a cocktail list full of surprises.
  • Fine dining comes alive in NYC. Blue Hill in Greenwich Village and the three Michelin-starred Le Bernardin are our top choices for an unforgettable meal. Remember to book ahead so you don’t miss out.
  • For a legendary experience, PJ Clarke’s in Midtown Manhattan is the place to be. Its doors have been open since 1884 and the glamorous likes of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor have been in for a tipple or two.

Known for its world-class museums, Art Deco skyscrapers and avant-garde galleries, New York is the top of the list when it comes to culture and the arts. Whether you’re first in line for the latest Radio City showing or heading to the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC will keep you busy from dawn till dusk.

  • Don’t miss the Whitney Museum of American Art, one of the best contemporary art collections in the country. It’s located in the Meatpacking District, so hit two birds with one stand and walk The Highline in the same day.
  • June brings NYC Pride to the big city, with the annual March proceeding down the famous parade route Fifth Avenue and past the historic Stonewall Inn.
  • Follow the bright lights of Broadway to see a classic like The Lion King or Les Misérables, or pick up tickets to one of the latest box office smash hits.
  • Explore New York’s immigrant history at the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street. These restored apartments bring historic tales of the Lower East Side to life.
  • While you’re in the trendy borough of Brooklyn, take a walking tour of Bushwick or Williamsburg. Look out for graffiti and murals by street artists including Swampy and Buff Monster, and don’t miss The Bushwick Collective outdoor gallery.

Whether you’re looking for non-stop action or want to get lost in this dazzling metropolis, New York City truly has something for everyone. Feel the pulse of the city in the heart of Manhattan or set your sights on one of the city’s thriving boroughs. Your adventure in the most exciting urban hub in the world is just a Virgin Holidays booking away – discover our New York hotels today.

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We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 30 September 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

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With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking you can call our team on 0344 472 9646.

For the latest information on Covid-19 you can check our FAQs here.

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

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