"Virtually everyone flies in,..." John F. Kennedy Tip by DesertRat
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Virtually everyone flies in, unless you're driving from Canada or elsewhere in the U.S.
<b>Airports:</b> New York City is served by three major airports and two or three smaller commuter airports. Here's a thumbnail description of the big ones:
<b>Kennedy International</b> - JFK is where most international flights arrive and depart. It's huge, and has upwards of a dozen separate terminal buildings. This makes connecting at Kennedy a major pain and <i>usually</i> means a change of airport to get to your domestic connection.</i> You <i>may</i> be lucky and discover that your connecting flight leaves from the same terminal, but don't count on it.
<b>La Guardia:</b> Named for a flamboyant mayor of New York City, LGA is a very busy, but very efficient, single-terminal airport meant for domestic flights, although there may be the odd flight to and from Canada. It's only a 15 minute cab ride from Midtown Manhattan, so it's very convenient. That said, it's also a 20 minute cab ride from Kennedy, so if you're transiting, bear this in mind. It's also the airport used by the shuttles that operate about every 10-15 minutes between New York/Boston and New York/Washington.
<b>Newark International Airport:</b> Located across the Hudson River in New Jersey, Newark is the area's newest major airport. Everything is under one roof, it's clean, it's efficient, and it does serve some international flights, though not nearly so many as Kennedy. This is my choice, hands down. There are also a zillion flights to a zillion domestic destinations from here, so connections are straightforward and painless.
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