Transportation in New York: How to get around New York?

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New York is undoubtedly one of the most impressive cities in the world, that’s how it is. And besides beautiful and impressive, it’s huge, so today we’re going to talk about transportation in New York. Are the points of interest well connected to each other? Is there a variety of transportation? Is transportation in New York expensive? In this post we’ll talk about how to get around New York.


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Is New York a well-connected city?

When it comes to answering this question, we cannot avoid having mixed feelings: šŸ˜› It is well communicated, but we believe that despite the fact that its more than 1,000 kilometres of metro reach almost everywhere, it is fairly regularly organised and is sometimes difficult for those of us who come from outside to understand. You can also travel by bus, train, ferry, bike, uber and taxi.

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In any case, it is true that between bus and subway is super easy to reach all the points to see in New York, which as you know, are not few šŸ˜‰ So yes, New York is a well communicated city although sometimes moving is more complex than we would like.

However, whenever you can, move around, because it’s the best way to get to know the city.

What do you have to keep in mind about transportation in New York?

To be able to move by public transport in New York (metro and bus) you will need a MetroCard, a rechargeable card that you can buy at the stations, which costs 1 USD and we’ll talk a little below. Always have very close at hand (either on paper or mobile) plans of transport not to miss.Google Maps is going to be your great friend when calculating routes and prices of them. Also super useful is the MYmta mobile app, which helps you organize your journeys through the city as quickly and efficiently as possible. It’s available for iOS and Android.

Transportation in New York: subway

Without a doubt, for us the best means of transport in New York is the subway. It’s dirty and it’s a little chaotic, but it takes you practically anywhere. We’ll leave you this subway map here. You can download it in high resolution here:

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The metro operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but beware of changes in timetables and stops at night and on weekends.

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What do you have to keep in mind about the subway in New York?

A single ticket if you don’t pay with the MetroCard costs 3 USD and doesn’t allow you to change between metro and bus. metro lines are named with numbers and letters, i.e., there is line 1 and line A.Not all trains stop at every stop, note that there are express lines and trains (usually those marked with a rhombus rather than a circle) Before entering a subway station, check whether it goes uptown or downtown because if you’re wrong, there are stations that you have to pay to get back in – watch out on weekends! Because the rules of the game change: some lines don’t work, or work less frequently, or they are combined with each other or stops are omitted. If you use the MYmta app, it will warn you of all these things.

Transportation in New York: bus

The bus can also be a good option for getting around New York if you’re not in a hurry and like to see the city as you move from place to place. It seems to me to be an ideal option when you have plenty of time because they discover another side of the city that you don’t see in the underground subway.

New York has nearly 300 bus lines operated by white and blue vehicles that will bring you closer to the city’s most important points of interest.

We’ll leave you this subway map here. You can download it in high resolution here:

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What do you have to keep in mind about the bus in New York?

Each bus trip costs 2.75 USD, which will be discounted each time you use your MetroCard (unless you buy an unlimited one). 3 USD if you pay the ticket in cash, but keep in mind that the machines ONLY accept coins. there are some express buses that cost 6.50 USD. buses also run 24 hours a day 365 days a year, although obviously at night the frequency is lower. On the MTA website you can check the timetables of the line you are interested in, you can distinguish the final destination of each line according to the letter by which its identification begins: Routes M: for the Manhattan area. Routes Q: for the Queens areaRoutes B: for the Brooklyn areaRoutes Bx: for the Bronx areaRoutes S: for the Staten Island area.

Transportation in New York: Tourist Bus

With this option you can explore the most iconic places in New York in a comfortable and entertaining way. Go up and down at any of its stops and discover the city at your own pace. It’s an ideal choice if you have little time or don’t like to walk.

You have the option of hiring the New York City tourist bus here or here.

Transportation in New York: train

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Trains are the most operative option when you want to make certain excursions outside the city such as Boston or Washington. Amtrak’s main train company and most major lines depart from Grand Central Terminal Station.

Transportation in New York: ferry

As you know, Manhattan is an island surrounded by the Hudson River and the East River, so a ferry ride is one of the best options to enjoy the city’s skyline from the water. If you feel like navigating Manhattan’s rivers, you have three options:

NYC Ferry. With this company, you can cruise the East River and admire the skyscrapers and bridges of the city that never sleeps for the same price as a metro ticket (although you can’t pay with the MetroCard).

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New York Water Taxi. As its name suggests, this huge fleet of yellow boats runs along the East River and the Hudson River as if it were a taxi, floating in this case. For 37 USD you can hop on and off the Water Taxi for a full day. Free Staten Island Ferry. I’m sure this is the ferry option you’ve heard the most about, especially since it’s free. It’s a simple round trip, but it allows you to get great views of Downtown and the Statue of Liberty.

Transportation in New York: Taxi

Without a doubt stopping a yellow taxi in New York is one of the most recurrent travelling fantasies, and also one of the most expensive. But still, it’s something you have to do yes or yes during your trip to live the experience to the fullest. Also keep in mind that the traffic in New York is quite chaotic, so it’s very likely that you’ll take longer to make that same trip by subway, but it can be a great option if you have to return to your accommodation after hours.

To give you an idea of the prices, they are as follows:

2.50 USD for the lowering of the flag.0.50 USD for every half mile (800 meters approximately) or for every 60 seconds stopped, there is a supplement of 1 USD for peak hour (Monday to Friday from 16:00 to 20:00 hours), there is a supplement of 0.50 USD for the night from 20:00 to 06:00 hours, to all this must be added a surcharge of 0.50 USD per trip that goes to the state of New York.Transporte en Nueva York: taxiTransporte en Nueva York: taxiTransportation in New York: Taxi

What do you have to keep in mind about cabs in New York?

Just like in restaurants, taxi drivers will expect a tip of between 10 and 15% of the race, so keep that in mind when you climb one. If you are not happy with the taxi driver’s service you can not tip him and write down his license number to file a claim. In taxis (in most) it is possible to pay in cash and also with card.

Transportation in New York: Uber

Uber is one of our favorite forms of private transportation, above the taxi, because for us it is much more comfortable to know how much the trip is going to cost us from the beginning and to select the destination address directly in the application to avoid possible misunderstandings because of the language.

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Nueva York: Broadway

In New York we used Uber a couple of days to go back to the hotel at night because we were dead, moment in which this app always seems to us a great option.

To start using Uber all you have to do is register here (you get $2 for your first 3 trips) and download the application. Once you have it, you add your card and start traveling. We have used Uber in virtually every city in the world we have traveled to lately: New York, Tokyo, Budapest, Bangkok, Glasgow, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco. And the experience is always great.

Transportation in New York: Bicycle

In recent years New York has improved a lot in terms of being a city bikes friendly. A lot of bicycle lanes have been created to facilitate the mobility of this means of transport through the city. In this website you can consult the maps with all the accessible areas to be able to ride a bike.

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Barrios de Nueva York: Central Park

From here you can rent bikes for a walk in Central Park, here for a walk in the city and here for a tour of the Brooklyn area.

What is the MetroCard and why should you use it?

We’ve been talking about the MetroCard all along, so if you still don’t know what it is we’ll tell you here. The MetroCard is a reloadable card that works as a New York City season ticket, since you will have to use it to take the metro and the bus. You can buy it at subway stations and it costs 1 USD.

You can recharge it or buy one of the options with unlimited trips. In order to calculate if it compensates you, you should know that each journey by metro or bus costs 2.75 USD.

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What types of MetroCard are there?

Pay per trip. It works like a purse card that you can recharge and every time you use it on public transport you deduct the price of the trip. The good thing is that when you recharge it, depending on the value, you get some money. In addition, the good you have can be shared between up to 4 people. It’s perfect if you’re sure you won’t use much public transportation during your trip. Unlimited MetroCard. In this case they work as the typical transport pass and it is important that you know that they cannot be shared. There are two options: 7-day MetroCard: it costs 32 USD (it will cost 33 USD from April 2019). This is a great option if you’re going to make more than 13 trips during your trip, but keep in mind that it doesn’t work for the 30-day JFK.MetroCard AirTrain: it costs 121 USD (it will cost 127 USD from April 2019).

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