New York's public transport system is relatively good and cheap, including buses and the subway. There are also the ever-present, although more expensive, yellow cabs. Unlicensed gypsy cabs should be avoided. It is possible to get around the city using a combination of these, or simply on foot. Walking is often the best way to experience the city, and during rush hours, when buses and taxis are caught up in the gridlock and the subway is overcrowded or delayed, it can also be the fastest way to get around. Generally though, the most efficient way to get around is the 24-hour underground system, especially as most of Manhattan's sights are near subway stations, although it can be confusing at first. Much simpler but slower, is the bus system, which is a good option for shorter distances or for travelling across town. The subway and bus fare are standard ($2.50); note that buses require the exact change in coins, not dollar bills. Driving in New York is not recommended as traffic is heavy, drivers aggressive and parking exorbitant.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
120 volts, 60 Hz. Les prises à deux fiches plates sont les plus utilisées même si celles à 3 fiches sont également très répandues. Les appareils européens non dotés de capacités de bitension nécessitent un adaptateur.
La monnaie officielle est le dollar US (USD), qui se divise en 100 cents. Seules les grandes banques échangent les devises étrangères. Les distributeurs automatiques de billets sont nombreux et les cartes bancaires facilement acceptées. Les banques sont ouvertes du lundi au vendredi de 09h00 à 15h00.
L'indicatif téléphonique international des États-Unis est le +1. Des réseaux mobiles couvrent la quasi-totalité du pays et toutes les zones urbaines. Cependant, si votre téléphone mobile n'est pas tribande, il est très probable qu'il ne fonctionne pas aux États-Unis. Les cybercafés sont nombreux dans la plupart des villes.
Urgences : 911
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New York has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and hot, moist summers. The city's coastal location ensures that winters are not as cold as inland cities on the same latitude, and daytime temperatures generally stay above freezing point. Snow is common in winter, but the amount varies, and winter rain is common. Spring in New York is pleasantly warm, and the weather heats up to temperatures of around 80°F to 90°F (25-30°C) by mid-May. Summers are generally swelteringly hot and humid. The best time to travel to New York is in autumn, when temperatures are mild, days are sunny and humidity not too high.
Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals and provides information on buses, shared-ride vans and limousines. The AirTrain links the airport to the subway, train and bus system, which go to the city centre. 'SuperShuttle Manhattan' is a 24-hour, shared, door-to-door service to anywhere between Battery Park and 227th including all hotels, and the service also operates to Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island.
Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise and National are represented at all terminals. The AirTrain shuttles passengers between the terminals and the car rental offices.
Taxis are available in front of all six terminals, and the journey time to Manhattan is 40-60 minutes. There is generally a $52 flat fare to Manhattan (excluding tolls), other approximate fares include Brooklyn $59-$64, Bronx $48-$57, Queens $24-$33, Staten Island $67-$79, La Guardia Airport $34-$39, and Newark Airport $97-$102 (with a $17.50 surcharge). Tipping 15 percent is customary for good service. Only use taxis from the taxi dispatch booth and refuse offers from others.
Passengers can travel between JFK's six terminals on the free AirTrain. The entire loop takes eight minutes.
All terminals have ATMs, bureaux de change, bars, restaurants and a wide selection of shops. Travellers will be able to find most services in the terminals, including wifi, medical facilities, information counters, shoe-shiners and conference facilities.
There are two kinds of public parking at JFK. The long-term parking is four miles (6km) from the terminals and is served by the free AirTrain. Passengers are advised to allow 30 minutes to reach their terminal. The Central Terminal Area (CTA) parking is adjacent to the terminals and provides for daily parking needs. Signs to the parking facilities are colour-coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. A Cell Phone Lot waiting area is located near the airport's entrance for drivers to wait for disembarking passengers.
Wifi is available through Boingo for $4.95 per hour or $7.95 per day.