Fly To Albany, New York
Albany is the capital of New York State, with a saucy past smuggling alcohol from Canada during the American prohibition. These days, it’s a more refined centre for culture, education, and government, but retains a spark of off-beat character to remind us of its less law-abiding days.
Albany’s International Airport isn’t quite as international as it may seem, with only a handful of flights from Canada qualifying it to use the title. Nonetheless, our search tool above will find you the most direct and affordable flights to Albany with no additional hassle.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Albany do need a USA Visa to enter the United States. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Albany is the South African Consulate-General in New York. 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10016. Phone: + 1 212 213 4880. Website: southafrica-newyork.net.
See and do
Albany’s architecture is a major draw to the city, and it boasts buildings ranging from skyscrapers to temples from various periods. The most iconic landmarks include the Albany City Hall, the Empire State Plaza and the New York State Capitol. The Van Ostrande-Radliff House is the oldest remaining Dutch building in the city, and certainly worth a visit. Don’t miss State Street’s regal, if run-down 19th century homes either – they’ve housed some big American names, including Herman Melville of Moby Dick fame.
Museum-wise, Albany is also blessed, with the New York State Museum being the largest of its kind in all 50 states. The Watervliet Arsenal Museum is a favourite with military history buffs, as is the USS Slater for those with naval interests.
For more active adventures try the Hudson River Bikeway, or a hike and a picnic in the Corning Preserve. Apple-picking is a popular autumn activity, while ice-skating on the pool of the Empire State Plaza is a wintery delight around Christmas time.
When it comes to shopping, like most American cities, you’ll have plenty of choice. Stuyvesant Plaza is the most upscale, while Crossgates Mall is the largest. Lark Street is known for its more unusual gifts shops and alternative type stores. It’s a great place to find interesting souvenirs, rather than the typical fridge magnets, mugs and tees.
Public transport in Albany consists almost entirely of buses, with routes running throughout the city. Strolling around Downtown is a lovely way to see the sights, and most attractions are within easy walking distance of each other and the major hotels. If you’re not a fan of the bus, hiring a car is a good option. Traffic is generally light, although parking can be scarce.
Albany International Airport – ALB
Food and beverage: Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Brioche Doree and MacDonalds.
Currency Exchange: Albany International Airport Foreign Currency Exchange is located in the Airport Business Centre on Concourse-C.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found is situated in the Operations Centre on the first floor of the terminal. You can contact them on 518 242 2357 or online from the airport’s official website.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Hilton Garden Inn, Comfort Inn, Cocca’s Inn & Suites and Residence Inn.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo.
Airport Hub: Albany International Airport (code ALB) is a focus city for Cape Air.