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About Albany

Albany is the contemporary capital of the New York State, in the United States of America. With a population of over 98 000, it is distinguished by its magnificent architecture and rich history. Albany offers you a wonderful holiday experience. This American destination’s top attractions include Empire State Plaza, Lincoln Park, and the New York State Museum.

Take up this memorable travelling opportunity because cheap flights to Albany are now available for a limited time! Albany is the home of Albany International Airport (ALB), which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Albany International Airport serves a large selection of airlines, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. Well-known connecting flights are available from Johannesburg to Albany. The flight duration is approximately 21 hours and 48 minutes.

Why visit Albany

Empire State Plaza Egg Albany

Breath-taking Sights

The magnificent architecture and structures around Albany will have you spellbound. Take a tour around the city and admire sites like The Egg and the Empire State Plaza.

Thacher State Park near Albany

Alluring Nature

Discover all the natural beauty that surrounds the capital of the State of New York, such as the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and the Tivoli Nature Preserve.

First Trust Building in Albany

Intriguing History

You can trace the origins of this city back to 1810. Spend time at the various museums and historic sites, such as the New York State Museum and Schuyler Mansion.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English / Irish / Italian / German / Polish / Trique
Hub Airport Albany International Airport (ALB)
Airline Delta Air Lines / United Airlines / American Airlines
Time Zone GMT - 4
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Albany

To enjoy smaller crowds, lower hotel rates and pleasant weather, make sure to visit Albany during the months of May (late spring) and September (early autumn). While the summer (June – August) brings the most comfortable climate conditions, it also brings the most tourists and higher hotel rates, making it a season best avoided.

Weather & Climate in Albany

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -11°C -10°C -4°C 2°C 8°C 13°C 15°C 14°C 10°C 4°C -1°C -7°C
High °C 0°C 1°C 7°C 15°C 21°C 26°C 29°C 28°C 23°C 17°C 9°C 2°C
Rainfall (mm) 62 57 73 79 92 91 88 91 82 76 82 71

Overview

Treat yourself to the adventure of discovering the capital of the U.S. State of New York: Albany. This American destination, well-known for its impressive architecture (with structures like SUNY System Administration Building and the American Museum of Natural History), is rich with a variety of attractions.

Among the top things you can do in Albany: explore the range of shops and admire the exquisite artworks at the Empire State Plaza. Discover the New York State’s history with the many museums, monuments and sites, such as New York State Museum and the Washington Park Historic District. For the adventurer in you, journey through the John Boyd Thacher State Park and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Finally, make sure to catch a comedy routine at Funny Bone or have some fun at the various entertainment venues around Albany.

Visa & Customs

You will need a visa to visit Albany and the rest of the United States of America. Make sure you have enough time for visa processing, and check that your passport will be valid for six months after your return date and have at least two pages free for entry stamps.

The nearest South African Consulate-General to Albany is in New York.

Address: 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10016

Phone: + 1 212 213 4880 Fax: + 1 212 692 2434

Health & Safety

There are no vaccination requirements to worry about before leaving for the United States of America.

Remember to be cautious while exploring Albany. Avoid the area near the SUNY Albany downtown campus at night as well as Arbor Hill near Henry Johnson Boulevard. When enjoying a night out at one of the numerous bars, make sure to have a designated driver or a taxi ride home arranged in advance.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG ALBANY
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 149.56
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 39.02
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 53.83
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 26.26
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 130.05
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