We've done the research and have put together a guide on travelling to New York City from Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest rules around vaccination, quarantine and testing requirements.
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New York City is a walkable city with the majority of the main attractions in an area that can be reached on foot. However, some attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, are further but are easy to reach with the city's public transportation system. Walking distances to some attractions can be long but the subway can be used to save time.
The hop-on hop-off bus, which is part of the New York City Explorer Pass is also a handy way to see all the attractions.
Using New York public transport
Types of transport: The Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) runs subways, buses and railway lines such as the Long Island Road Rail (LIRR) and Metro-North rail.
Paying for transport: All forms of public transport can be paid for using the MetroCard, which can be purchased in subway stations. A single ride is US$3. A weekly pass can be purchased for US$32. MetroCards can be used for transfers between buses and subways but tickets bought using tokens or change cannot be used for transfers. On buses tokens and exact change are also accepted.
Getting to and from the airport: From John F. Kennedy International Airport the fastest way into the city is the AirTrain that connects to the MTA at different points throughout the city. Prices range from US$7.75–15.00. Bus lines B15, Q3 and Q10 run from terminal 5 to different areas of the city. The AirTrain can be used for free within the airport to transfer to terminal 5.
Best apps for getting around: The Transit app is a free app that shows you real-time arrivals, allows you to compare route options, has step-by-step directions and more.
New York City subway
The subway system in New York is the second oldest in the USA and one of the best in the world. It's cheaper than taxis and Ubers and zips under the city at a must faster pace.
Most tourist attractions like Times Square, Central Park and Broadway's theatres can be easily reached by subway. For beating traffic and a budget-friendly way to travel there is no better option than the subway.
With heavy traffic and high parking prices, driving in New York City isn't the most practical way to get around. But if you're planning on doing day trips outside of the city, or are staying outside of Manhattan, there are plenty of car hire options available Avis, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Advantage, Dollar, Enterprise, National, Payless and Thrifty all service the John F. Kennedy International Airport. Use DriveNow to compare car rental prices and find the best deal.
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited 55 countries (and counting).
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