If you're planning to depart by air, Orbitz.com is a great resource for cheap flights from Brownsville. The main airport serving the city and surrounding areas is the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport. The airport is owned by the city and located about four miles east of downtown. Three commercial airlines fly out of the city: AeroMexico, American Airlines and United Airlines. Orbitz.com can help you find bargain tickets on any one of these airlines. The local forecast office for the National Weather Service is also located at the airport.
Both short- and long-term parking lots are located near the main terminal. An overflow lot is north of the terminal on Amelia Earhart Drive. For drop-offs, temporary parking in front of the terminal allows for quick unloading before departure.
An airport-island shuttle service operates throughout the day, seven days a week. Shuttles leave South Padre Island about every hour. The fare to ride the shuttle is $1.50. The WAVE bus line also provides transportation from within Brownsville to the airport. Several taxicab companies operate in Brownsville and frequently take passengers to the front of the airport terminal.
Restaurants at Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport
The U-Mix Cafe is a quaint coffeehouse located inside the airport at Brownsville. There are snacks and baked goods available as well. You can pick up a souvenir at one of the airport gift shops. Booking flights from Brownsville through Orbitz.com is a smart move because you won't have any last-minute surprises.
There are two major airports, John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and LaGuardia, that service travelers flying into New York City. When you use Orbitz.com to book your flights to New York, you will be able to choose from almost every major domestic and international air passenger carrier. LaGuardia Airport is roughly nine miles east of Manhattan, while JFK is almost 20 miles to the southeast. If you can't find the flight that you want, you can also fly into Newark International Airport, roughly 19 miles northeast of Manhattan.
New York has plenty of public transportation, so getting around should be fairly easy. If you fly into LaGuardia, you will have to take a taxi, bus, or shared van for at least a portion of the trip, because there is no rail or subway service from the airport. Expect a cab ride from LaGuardia to Manhattan to cost anywhere from $20 to $40. Although JFK is further from the city, you can hop on the AirTrain, which will take you to the subway or the Long Island Railroad. If you choose to take a cab from JFK into Manhattan, expect to pay $45 or more for the ride. You will also be responsible for any tolls that are incurred during the trip. If you use Orbitz.com to book your hotel, you may be able to find one that offers free shuttle service to and from the airport.
New York tends to be cold in the winter, wet in the spring and humid in the summer. Winter temperatures fluctuate between the 20s and 30s, while summer temperatures can soar to the 90s. New York City averages 27 inches of snow each winter, so be sure to pack your parka and snow boots if you plan to be there between November and February. Use the Orbitz.com travel planner to put together your itinerary and choose a temperate time to visit the city.
New York City is an urban adventurer's paradise. From the theaters on Broadway to the lights in Times Square, there is are activities for all ages. Go skating in Central Park, take a horse-and-buggy ride around Central Park South or go shopping on Fifth Avenue. Although New York is home to some of the finest restaurants on the east coast, don't forget to try the rich variety of street foods that are available. Enjoy your time in the city, and remember to use Orbitz.com the next time you are looking for budget flights to New York.
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