Posted on: January 20, 2023 Posted by: Aaron_George Comments: 0

New York City is obviously an incredibly popular destination for both domestic and international tourists. There is so much to do and see when you get there that it can actually be a little overwhelming, especially if you aren’t used to the hustle and bustle of a thriving metropolis like NYC. Getting around the city can pose its challenges which is why we have put together the following guide. Read on to find out more.

The Subway

One of the most popular options when it comes to exploring NYC is, in fact, the subway. The subway system itself covers over 600 miles and has around 20 routes to choose from. They run continually, 24/7 – unless, of course, there are extenuating circumstances like weather warnings or other things that would make them unsafe to operate. You can download the Mymta app, which provides up-to-date information on each line and route and allows you to plan your route ahead of time which is obviously advantageous.

Commuter Train

In addition to the subway, NYC has a network of commuter trains too, which connect NYC to some of the more suburban boroughs. The Amtrak has stops in 46 states, and it also comes into Penn station. The price of the fare does depend on where you plan to go, but it is one of the more cost-effective options when commuting from the outskirts into the city center or vice versa. You can also get yourself a metro card which makes purchasing the fares easy enough.

Bus

NYC also has a great network of city buses comprised of a nearly 6000-strong fleet. The bus system tends to operate on a grid system with routes covering the entire city. There are lines with multiple stops as well as express or direct lines too. You can also find buses that go a little further from upstate New York into the city; for example, you can find tickets on Wanderu for a bus from Ithaca to NYC. Depending on where you are going and the lines that you are using, the fares are pretty affordable. You might also be able to pay on the bus, or you might have to get your ticket from a kiosk beforehand.

Ferry

NYC also has a great ferry system that is very much underutilized and underrated. The views are simply breathtaking, and taking the ferry is an unforgettable experience in and of itself. There are a few different ferry routes for you to choose from, like the Staten Island Ferry or the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty or the NYC ferry. The tickets for the ferry rides also tend to be quite affordable too, considering the experience that you can have.

Cabs

Of course, yellow cabs in NYC are iconic. The cabs that are licensed by regulatory authorities are metered, so the fare really depends on how far you are going; the fare also doesn’t include a tip. Of course, you don’t have to hail a cab; you can use any of the apps online to book a taxi. If you do want to hail a cab, then you need to look for one with its rooftop light on and signal for it. They cannot refuse to take you anywhere inside of the city limitless regardless of how far it is, so do pushback if they try to complain.

Bikes

Over the last few years, NYC has become increasingly bicycle friendly with dedicated cycle lanes and a bike-sharing system. Obviously, a helmet is a must and cycling in somewhere as busy as NYC is not necessarily beginner friendly, but if you feel confident enough to do so, then it is well worth it. You do have to pay for the bike rental if you want to use the CitiBike. It is faster than walking, and you can see the city sights too.

Driving

Some people do also choose to drive around NYC; however, it does require a lot of patience. The traffic is often crazy, and finding parking can be a total nightmare. Still, if you’re willing to give it a go, then why not. There are tolls to pay, too, which were developed in an effort to ease congestion. Be sure to plug your destination into the maps so that you know where you are going. Drivers in NYC are also notoriously short-tempered, so if you hear car horns or shouting, do not worry – it probably isn’t your fault.

To Conclude

NYC is the city that never sleeps, after all. It can be incredibly difficult to get around because it always seems so busy. If you aren’t a local, it can feel a little overwhelming; luckily, you do have several options when it comes to getting around. Think about your budget and any other relevant considerations like time constraints or destination for you to work out the best route.

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