Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to New York (JFK) (JFK)
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Melbourne to New York (JFK)
New York travel information
The Big Apple was once synonymous with Manhattan. Not anymore. The other four boroughs now command their own identities and distinct appeal, with each offering a rich mix of history, gastronomy, liquidity (bars) and everything in between. NYC is full of places where jaded city dwellers escape to seek simple lives, where artists retreat for inspiration, and where pretty houses line main streets in small towns set amid stunning scenery. From lively Philadelphia, river-rich Pittsburgh to glamorous Long Island and Jersey Shore - this US city packs a punch.
When to visit
Best time to visit New York City
The best time to visit New York City is from April to June and September to early November when the weather is warm and pleasant, but the crowds are not overwhelming with temperatures around mid 20°C. It’s perfect for sightseeing from Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Ellis Park. Early fall offers crisp breezes, bright sun and comfortable temperatures while late fall and winter are good to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations. Winter is the coldest month of the year with snow and average temperatures between -3°C to 4°C.
What is the main airport called?
New York (John F. Kennedy) International Airport. John F. Kennedy International AirportOpens external site in a new window also known as just JFK, is the main airport serving New York City. It's located 25 km from the city centre. The airport is the busiest international air passenger gateway into North America and the 20th-busiest airport in the world. The airport has many retail stores, restaurants and bars, beauty and spa salons, airline lounges, charging stations and wi-fi.
Arriving in New York
The helpful staff at New Jersey Airport will be greet you when you land. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are a number of different transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into New York City from JFK Airport
Once you arrive at New York’s JFK International Airport, there are plenty of transport options to get you into Manhattan. The AirTrain is cheap and easy, although you have to transfer to the subway. JFK Airport is well connected to the NYC Public Transportation Network. For most connections to that network, you will need to take either the Jamaica or Howard Beach AirTrain to those stations. There are bus services between JFK Airport, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond with subway connections. Taxis, car rentals, ride share options and van hire are all available at the terminal.
Getting around New York City
Finding your way around Manhattan is easier than in almost any other city because of the careful plan that was adopted for laying out the city’s avenues and streets. Getting around New York is part of the experience. The subway is cheap, efficient and simple to navigate while New York’s iconic yellow cabs are easy to hail. You could also catch an Uber join a hop-on hop-off tour. Walking is a great way to see the sights and the best way to see Central Park is by bicycle. You can rent a bike for two hours and go solo or book an expedition through Central Park Bike Tours. There are ride share services, buses which you need a MetroCard for, train and the NYC Ferry.
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site in a new window (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
Customers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are a allocated checked baggage allowance. If you require extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
Customers travelling from Melbourne can check-in online up to 24 hours in advance, using the Qantas app or visiting a kiosk at the airport.
The benefits of flying Qantas
Fly from with Qantas and enjoy a comfortable journey from take-off to touch down.
Get your trip to off to the right start with a check-in option that best suits your needs. Visit a kiosk or desk at the airport to check in on arrival or use our online and mobile check-in services to check-in for your flight up to 24 hours before departure.
Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Use the baggage calculator to find out what is included with your fare.
Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?
If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.
If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.
If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.