New York City Holidays - Your FAQs Answered

New York City Holidays - Your FAQs Answered

Before you start planning your perfect New York adventure, there are some essential questions to consider. From budgeting to visas, from transport to accommodation, navigating this bustling metropolis can be a daunting task.

But fear not, we’ve got you covered as our travel experts have answered our top most burning FAQs that we get about visiting New York. So buckle up, and let’s dive in!

What’s the best time to go to New York?

Spring and summer are undoubtedly the most popular times of the year to visit New York as the city bursts into life. With the fine weather and long evenings you can enjoy all the outdoor activities and sights long into the night. For some, a winter city break is just the thing and with New York bright lights twinkling in the autumn dusk you can experience a traditional Thanksgiving with all the fanfare of the Macy’s Day parade or winter evenings as the seasonal lights get switched on. Whatever time of year you chose, New York will surely dazzle. 

If you’re looking to save some money on your trip to New York, consider visiting during the winter months (from Mid-January to March). Hotel rates can be cheaper during this time, and you can often find great deals on flights. Plus, with the Christmas holiday visitors gone, you’ll have more space to explore the city’s attractions without the crowds.

How many days do you need in New York?

New York City is a vast and exciting destination with endless things to see and do. While it’s possible to see some of the top sights in just a few days, we recommend at least a week in the city if you want to fully experience all that it has to offer. This will give you enough time to visit all five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), explore the museums and art galleries, and take in a Broadway show or two.

New York in Winter Months

What is the average cost of a trip to New York?

The cost of a trip to New York City can vary depending on your travel style and budget. On average, however, you can expect to spend around $200-300 per day per person on food, accommodation, and activities. Of course, you can always take advantage of the various free activities and events all around Manhattan. From public parks, museums and galleries to local Happy Hours for drinks and nibbles. New York is also famous for the Dollar pizza that is available at almost every corner of the city and it’s so tasty.

Where should I stay in NYC?

The best area to stay in New York City depends on your interests and budget. If you want to be in the heart of the action, Midtown Manhattan is home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, like Times Square and the Empire State Building. If you want a more local feel, head to the stylish Upper West Side, home to the Beacon Theatre and the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts as well as many other creative venues; while the Lower East Side feels young and edgy and Greenwich Village is pure old school New York. 

If you’re looking for something more contemporary and cool, the neighbourhoods of Harlem and Brooklyn are the places to be. Whatever your preference, be sure to book your accommodation in advance to get the best rates.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Do you need a visa to go to New York?

If you’re a tourist visiting from a visa waiver country, such as Ireland, you will need an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) which you need to apply for prior to your trip. You can do so via this official website or download the ESTA app from your app store.


Which airlines fly from Ireland to New York?

Several airlines offer direct flights from Dublin to New York and other cities in America including Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue. Or, you can fly from London with British Airways or even via Paris. We can find the best deals for you by comparing airline prices and booking your flight in advance.

How long is a flight from Ireland to New York?

The flight time from Ireland to New York City is approximately 7-8 hours, depending on your departure and arrival cities. Be sure to pack a good book, bring plenty of water and a neck pillow so your journey will fly by more comfortably.

Airplane in Airport

What is the best app for getting around NYC?

The best app for getting around New York City is undoubtedly the Mymta app. This app provides you with up-to-date information on the subway system, including real-time train schedules and service updates. It also includes a handy trip planner feature that will help you find the best route to your destination.

How much is it to use the subway

A single ride base fare is $2.90. You don’t have to sign up or download an app to use the subway— simply use your contactless credit or debit card, smartphone, or wearable device to tap and go. With an OMNY card you can load up money and then tap and go. These cards are available at many retail locations and vending machines in subway stations.

Is the New York pass worth it?

The New York Pass can be handy if you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple and want to see as much as possible. The New York Pass provides access to over 100 top attractions, museums, and tours, and can potentially save you a lot of money if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing. However, if you’re only interested in a few specific attractions or are only visiting for a weekend, you might be better off purchasing individual tickets instead. The pass enjoys a bigger discount when purchased for a longer duration, so for longer trips with a jam-packed itinerary it may be worth it!

New York Map


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We hope this guide has helped answer some questions you may have and given you helpful insights into planning your trip to the Big Apple.

With so much to see and do in New York, it’s important to make the most of your time and budget. All of our team have been to New York and would love to share their experiences and recommendations with you.

If you’re ready to start planning your dream trip to New York, don’t hesitate to contact us today and our team of experts will help you create an unforgettable experience that fits your needs and budget.

We can’t wait to hear from you and help make your New York adventure a reality.

By Paula McMullan

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: New York City

I love a trip to New York City, the big apple never disappoints. A must see destination with incredible diversity, vibrancy and entertainment, There’s truly something for everyone in New York. Personally I love to eat in Little Italy or just spend the evening watching the world go by in Greenwich Village while sipping a glass of red in one of their many bistros. The energy and pace of this fantastic city that will capture you heart immediately, the shopping is not bad either!