Whether you’re visiting for a single day or staying for several weeks, New York offers plenty of hotels and airports from which to choose. After you arrive, check into your hotel and visit Times Square, the Empire State Building, and other tourist destinations before you retire for the evening. If you’re planning a long stay, choose an airport and a hotel near your favorite attractions so that you can spend less time in transit.

Explore some of your options for lodging and air transportation in New York City.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

If you’re visiting friends or meeting business associates in the outer boroughs, you might want to arrive and depart through John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). It’s conveniently located close to Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island, but it’s a long subway ride from Manhattan. While you can catch a cab or take an Uber or Lyft from JFK to downtown Manhattan, you’ll spend some cash on the trip.

A word of caution: You might want to choose a different airport if you’re arriving in New York City from overseas. Some people spend hours in the customs line before they can get their baggage and head to their destinations, and you won’t want to face that delay, especially if you’re meeting someone at a specific time in the city.

JFK is convenient to Park Slope, Astoria, Woodside, Brooklyn Heights, and several other attractive New York City neighborhoods. The airport itself is on the southernmost edge of Queens, so you might want to explore some of the local attractions.

The MoMA PS1, for example, features more art installations than nearly any other art institute in the United States. Don’t miss Ian Cheng’s first solo exhibition, which runs through Sept. 25, 2017. It’s a trilogy called “Emissary” that creates an immersive, almost surreal experience.

The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is also in Queens. The venue holds several Making It classes, allowing visitors to experiment with clay and other materials. Afterward, check out the surrounding Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. It’s perfect for a long stroll, especially during the spring and fall.

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John F. Kennedy International Airport with New York City skyline in background.

Hotels Near JFK

If you want to stay near JFK, consider the Fairfield Inn by Marriott New York JFK Airport. Rates start at around $199 per night, and the rooms here feature bold geometric patterns on the walls and floors, triple-sheeted bedding, free high-speed internet, and flat-screen televisions. You also have access to an exercise room, pool, and free hot breakfast in the mornings. Choose from rooms with one double bed, two double beds, or one king bed.

For travelers on a budget, the Howard Johnson Inn Jamaica JFK Airport NYC might offer a better solution near JFK. Rates start at $130 per night for a room with two double beds. You’ll find a coffeemaker, flat-screen television, and free Wi-Fi in your room. Other on-site amenities include interior corridors, a business center, and a multilingual staff.

If you’re in the mood to splurge, the Holiday Inn New York JFK Airport awaits. Rooms cost around $252 per night. You’ll enjoy features such as upscale linens on the triple-sheeted beds, leather headboards, blackout shades, premium cable channels on the television, a lighted work desk, and more.

You’ll also find a large fitness center so that you don’t have to skip your daily workout, and you’ll want to try the cowboy steak or cheese marinara ravioli at the on-site Brookville Bar & Restaurant. After a long day exploring the city, you could treat yourself to a glass of chardonnay or a beer on tap.

LaGuardia Airport

As one of the most recognized hotels in the United States, LaGuardia Airport (LGA) offers another way to fly into and out of New York City. This airport experiences more flight cancellations and delays than other NYC airports, but it’s more convenient to Manhattan’s Upper East Side and surrounding neighborhoods. Plan to get to the airport early and to bring entertainment for the kids for when you have to take a later flight.

Fortunately, you can grab a bite to eat at the Yankee Clipper Deli & Restaurant in the LaGuardia rotunda. Try a burger and fries or a slice of New York’s finest pizza. You’ll also find an Auntie Anne’s in the food court that connects terminals B and C where you can grab a hot cinnamon-covered pretzel. Alternatively, head to World Bean near the baggage claim in terminal D for a cup of coffee. This airport also offers foreign exchange services, abundant charging stations, and free Wi-Fi for 30 minutes.

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Triborough Bridge left (also called the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) and Hell Gate Bridge to the right in Queens.

Hotels Near LGA

Since LGA is in the northern section of Queens, you might want to book a hotel nearby. For the frugal traveler, the Holiday Inn LaGuardia Airport offers attractive prices at $171 per night. This hotel is housed in a modern building within walking distance of Citi Field if you’re in the mood to catch a Mets game.

Take advantage of the pool during the late spring and summer, then sweat a little in the on-site gym. Rooms at the Holiday Inn LaGuardia Airport include amenities such as free Wi-Fi, pillow menus, in-room safes, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and a complimentary newspaper every morning. You can also work out in the fitness center or catch up on work in the business center.

The New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott is also convenient to LGA, although you’ll pay a premium for the upscale amenities this hotel provides. Rates start at about $240 per night, but can rise to more than $300 depending on your room tier. The New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott features old-world charm combined with modern amenities, from free high-speed internet and premium cable channels to polished wood surfaces and ergonomic workspaces. Consider upgrading to a Concierge Level room, which comes with access to the hotel’s executive lounge.

Don’t overlook the Comfort Inn LaGuardia Airport – 83rd St., where room rates start at $140 per night. This low-budget option offers plenty of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a daily newspaper, and coffee. The hotel also serves a hot breakfast every morning, so indulge in waffles, bacon, fresh fruit, eggs, and other goodies.

Newark Liberty International Airport

Although it’s in New Jersey instead of New York, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) offers quick access to Manhattan and the other New York City boroughs. Many people prefer to see New York from the New Jersey turnpike, and if you take a car or cab service, you can make it to Times Square in 15 minutes or less, depending on traffic.

This airport doesn’t offer much in the way of food, but you’ll find an Abica Coffee House and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in Terminal A after you get through security. In the pre-security part of the airport, you can grab a bite to tide you over from Tony Roma’s, Jamba Juice, and Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill. You’ll also find a Caps Beer Garden in Terminal C.

If someone is picking you up at the airport, consider taking advantage of the EWR cell phone lot. It’s right next to the P4 garage, near EWR’s front entrance, and you can get there in five minutes from any of the terminals. Tell your driver to wait in the car for you to arrive because the lot requires that vehicles remain attended.

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Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Hotels Near EWR

If you’re looking for luxury, consider staying at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott. This luxury hotel focuses on customer comfort, from the elegant linens and blackout curtains to the gorgeous in-room mural walls and ergonomic workstations.

Each guest room is soundproofed so that other guests can’t disturb your sleep, and the largest room features a built-in love seat with plush cushions and a perfect view of the flat-screen television. Grab a steak burger and fries at the Aviation Grill or try the croissants and pastries at The Greatroom. Both on-site restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Travelers who would rather spend their money on adventures and entertainment might prefer the Courtyard Newark Liberty International Airport. Rates at this hotel start at less than $130, but the rooms were recently renovated to include extra thick mattresses, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, and tea service.

Upgrade to a junior suite to get a separate living area complete with a table that seats two, a pull-out sofa, and an overstuffed chair with an ottoman. If you don’t feel like leaving the hotel for a meal, grab a table at The Bistro, which serves American cuisine in a casual setting. You can also get Starbucks coffee in the morning if you need your fix. Additionally, you’ll find an indoor pool as well as a seasonal outdoor pool, and the fitness center comes complete with weight machines, treadmills, and other familiar exercise equipment. After your workout, soak in the whirlpool bath to ease those tired muscles before you hit the streets for business or pleasure.

Business trips and vacations to New York City can prove less stressful if you know which airport will work best for your visit and which hotel will serve you best during your stay. Book your itinerary using the above suggestions, then get ready to explore the Big Apple.