Cheap Flights to New York from the UK

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Best student & youth fares right now to New York

We’ve got some great student & youth prices on flights to New York at the moment. With prices like these you’ll be in the big apple in no time!

Student flights from the UK to New York

New York is truly the city that never sleeps. Wake up at 3am because of jet lag fancying a stack of pancakes? That’s cool, just head to a 24-hour diner. Want to watch the sunrise over Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge? Sure, you can do that too! The list of landmarks to visit in New York are never ending; The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the High Line, Times Square, Flatiron Building, to name just a few! And don’t even get us started on the food options. You can eat yourself around the world just by staying in New York.

So whether you’re heading to New York to begin a semester or year abroad, or are just popping over for a short trip, we have plenty of flights for you.

Just use the search box above to check out some of the best student and youth fares that we have on offer. And if you’re looking to save even more why not become a member at StudentUniverse. It’s easy and quick to do, plus it’s totally free! Once you sign up you’ll get even more discounts off flights and exclusive promo codes too!

map of New York showing major airports

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

New York is home to not one, but three airports; John F Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airports and Newark Liberty International Airport. Getting to central New York from these airports is possible, but journey, public transportation type and cost will vary. More information on how to get there can be found below.

John F Kennedy International Airport (JKF)JFK Airport is located in Queens and fairly accessible using public transportation. You can get to the airport using the subway to either Jamaica or Howard Beach stations, where you can then pick up the JFK AirTrain which will take you to the terminals. If you’re wanting to live out your dream of riding in the famous yellow cab, you can do that too.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)LaGuardia Airports is also in Queens and is the quieter of the three New York airports. You can get to the airport using a public bus between Manhattan or Queens to LaGuardia. For a one-way trip on an MTA bus or subway you will pay $2.75, making it a budget friendly way to get to and from the airport.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Newark Airport is situated a little further from New York, between the cities of Newark and Elizabeth in New Jersey. If you’re looking for a cheap way to get to the airport the AirTrain is your best bet. Buses are also available. If you’re looking at taking a cab this will cost you between $50 and $70.

How to fly from the UK to New York

Flying from the UK is so easy to do. Fly direct to New York from London, Manchester and Edinburgh, or catch connecting flights from other UK cities too. We partner with a number of airlines who operate flights to New York including Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines.

Cheap flights to New York
from London Heathrow (LHR)

Average flight duration

7 hours 50 minutes


Number of daily flights

There are 2,459 (nonstop) flights from London Heathrow and New York per week. This averages to around 351 per day.

Cheap flights to New York
from Manchester (MAN)

Average flight duration

8 hours


Number of daily flights

There are 179 (nonstop) flights from Manchester and New York per week. This averages to around 24 per day.

Cheap flights to New York
from Edinburgh (EDI)

Average flight duration

7 hours, 47 minutes


Number of daily flights

There are 152 (nonstop) flights from Edinburgh and New York per week. This averages to around 22 per day.

Cheap flights to New York
from London Gatwick (LGW)

Average flight duration

7 hours, 45 minutes


Number of daily flights

There are 113 (nonstop) flights from London Gatwick and New York per week. This averages to around 16 per day.

When is the best time to fly to New York?

New York is a great destination for all year round. And it’s a city with four very prominent seasons. Spend the autumn enjoying crisp walks amongst the orange and red trees in Central Park. Spend the winter ice-skating at one of the many rinks. Summer and spring are great for outdoor activities and plenty of stops in cafes and restaurants taking a much needed break in front of the air conditioning.

There are some great festivals and celebrations that take place each year in New York that you may want to plan your trip around. These include the St Patrick’s Day Parade, Winter Jazzfest, Fashion Week, the Orchid Show, Frieze New York, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Oktoberfest, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and of course New Year’s Eve.

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

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Prices based on bookings made 30-60 days prior to departure.

Why do British students love visiting New York?

What’s not to love about studying in New York? It’s home to some of the best universities in the US, as well as the world. Plus there’s plenty to see, do and experience once you’ve finished class for the day. And flights to New York from the UK really aren’t that pricey, especially when booking with StudentUniverse!


New York universities and campuses

New York universities and campuses

New York is an exciting place to study abroad and you’ll be joining plenty of other international students in the process. New York is home to a number of universities and campuses, many which have scored highly in the Time Higher Education Rankings for World’s Best Universities. These include Columbia University (16th), New York University (29th) and Barnard College (51st).


New York lifestyle and culture

New York lifestyle and culture

New York may not seem so different to what you’re used to back home. If you’re from a countryside town or village, be prepared for it to be busy and sometimes crowded. Some customs to be aware of when in New York. Firstly tipping. It’s expected for you to tip in bars, restaurants, hotels and in taxis. Secondly don’t jaywalk (so cross when the light isn’t green). It’s illegal to do, plus you’re pretty likely to get honked by an angry driver.


Exploring New York on a student budget

Exploring New York on a student budget

Exploring the big apple with limited funds is surprisingly so easy to do. Grab a pizza slice or bagel for less than $3, transport doesn’t cost the earth, plus there are tonnes of free things to see and do whilst in the city!

Frequently asked questions about flying from the UK to New York

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