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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
M T W T F S S
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
-5hrs
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 6 daily direct Virgin Atlantic flights from Manchester, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, 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-rooms at London Gatwick and 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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Your holiday may be affected by the government’s travel restrictions

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 90 days.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Your holiday is in safe hands


Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Register yourself as away from home


If you’re abroad and your flight home has been cancelled please let us know, as relief flights will end soon.

Register as away from home

Alternatively, call our UK Duty Office on +44 0344 472 9646 (option 3) to discuss your options for getting home.

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Help is at hand


Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types online and save your faves to your very own Wishlist

If you’re ready to book but can’t find the information you need on our website, just call our travel experts who will be happy to help.

To redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us, just give us a call and quote your old booking reference.

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Important information: We are working hard to help all of our customers, particularly those already on holiday or due to travel in the next 72 hours.