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New York City | The Ultimate Guide

When to go, where to stay and what to do so you'll take the best bite out of the Big Apple.

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Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Empire City. Gotham City. The City of Dreams. However you refer to this US metropolis, New York has secured itself as a magnet for dreamers and travellers.

Its icons are renowned the world over, ranging from the symbolic Statue of Liberty and culturally historic Radio City to its romantic Empire State Building and extensive Central Park.

A constant backdrop for movies and inspiration for songs, there’s something endearing about this concrete jungle where dreams are made of that makes you want to be a part of it (New York, New York).

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Getting around in New York City

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.

New York car hire rental

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.

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Taxis and rideshare

Taxi: Taxis can be hailed from the side of the street throughout the city. Taxis can also be pre-booked by calling.

Rideshare: You can catch a ride with Uber or Lyft in New York City.

Airport transfers in New York City

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Private transfer from New York airport to Brooklyn
Private transfer from New York airport to Brooklyn

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Private airport arrival transfer in New York City
Private airport arrival transfer in New York City

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Shared transfer from New York airport to Manhattan hotels
Shared transfer from New York airport to Manhattan hotels

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