Grab a slice of the Apple with New York breaks from Scotland

With direct flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow, New York breaks from Scotland have never been easier. If you shop around, you may find the best deal to suit your budget.

It is possible to arrange your own city breaks from Scotland. Continental Airlines (www.continental.com) has direct flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Newark airport. Check the price comparison sites for your dates, but around £349 return is a reasonable fare. From Newark you can take a train directly into midtown Manhattan, saving on those expensive yellow cab rides.

You can book your own New York hotels through numerous websites like www.lastminute.com, www.hotels.com, and www.booking.com. There are great deals to be had if you are lucky, but often Manhattan hotels work out cheaper if booked as part of a city break package.

Scotsman reader holidays (www.holidays.scotsman.com) have arranged a 5 day city break to New York, with departures up until March 2012, including return flights from Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow to New York, transfers in New York by scheduled shuttle service and 3 nights hotel accommodation on a room only basis. Full costs are still to be confirmed, but extra nights are available for only £49 per person.

Expedia (www.expedia.com) can arrange breaks to suit your schedule and number of nights. For example, a 4-night break in September, departing from Glasgow, landing at JFK airport, and staying in the Edison Hotel near Times Square and Broadway, costs £788 per person.

Direct Line city breaks (www.directline-citybreaks.co.uk) offers 3-night stays in a central New York hotel and flights from Glasgow to Newark airport from £640 per person. This includes the £50 discount offered on online bookings for New York breaks from Scotland.

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