New York on Arrival

Here's a quick guide for when you land in New York.
Image courtesy: Lonely Planet/Matt Munro

In this extract from Lonely Planet India’s New York On Arrival, we look at some basic information that’ll come in handy for when you land in New York.


Language: English

Time: 9 ½ hrs behind IST in summer; 10 ½ hrs in winter

Currency: US dollars ($)

Mobile phones: Most US cell phones, apart from the iPhone, operate on CDMA. Check  compatibility with your service provider.

Wi-fi: Most hotels offer wi-fi , though it isn’t always free. Some public parks offer free wi-fi. Also try Apple stores (


Spring (March-May) and autumn (September & October) are the best times to explore.


  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable day shoes
  • Sunglasses and hat/cap
  • Medication
  • Warm sweatshirts or a jacket, because both spring and fall can be chilly for Indians


  • From airport:
    John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK): The AirTrain ($5) links to the Metropolitan Transport Authority’s (MTA’s) subway ($2.50), which makes the one-hour journey into Manhattan; express bus to Grand Central or Port Authority is $16; shared vans to Manhattan hotels run $20 to $25; taxis cost a fl at rate of $52 (tolls and tip extra).
  • Taxi: Fares: around $15 to $26 from downtown to Midtown.
  • Boat: The free Staten Island Ferry runs from Lower Manhattan. The more useful East River Ferry travels between Wall St/Pier 11 and E 34th St in Manhattan, (stops at Brooklyn and Queens).

For more, grab a copy of New York On Arrival.