There are many ways to travel and get to New York City. It can be by plane, by bus or by boat. The trick is simply knowing which one is right and best for you.
Because New York is one of the world’s top metropolitan areas, there are many airlines that offer services to the city. Most of these carriers take you to three of the Big Apple’s main airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark. From Washington airport, roundtrip fare costs at around $140.
Amtrak, also called the National Railroad Passenger Corp., offers train services to those who want to get to New York. Passengers can get in from New York Penn Station which is located just under the Madison Square Garden. Trains do get filled up quickly during rush hours so it is advised to make online or phone reservations.
There are three commuter railroads in New York, the Long Island Rail Road which operates between the New York Penn Station and the Long Island; the Metro-North Rail Road operating between the Grand Central Terminal and the north and east parts of the city; and the New Jersey Transit operating from the New York Penn Station to many points in New Jersey.
New York has many buses, most of which are of great quality and style; they serve areas around New Jersey, suburbs of the city including western part of the Hudson River, and all the cities along the U.S.’ east coast. Most of the buses in New York are safe to get in, just be aware that most bus companies offering very low fares are often riskier, mainly because most of its drivers are less cautious about speed limits and road signs.
Even then, New York has always been one of the most important seaports in the world. Many ocean liners and cruise ships arrive in the city with style and glamour; many of these also either start or end their voyages in the city.
Wherever you are from, there is just no way for you not to get to New York. So pack that bags and plan your activities for that extraordinary adventure in the city.
There are various modes of transportation in New York. Among these are subways and buses, taxis, ferries, and bicycles. Depending on where you are and what you intend to do in the Big Apple, getting to know these transports will you explore the city better.
Subways and buses
Although most parts of New York, particularly in Manhattan can be explored on foot, there are destinations that you cannot walk in to. For this instance, mass transit, such as subways and buses, is the next best way to get around. The rail and bus system in the city is being run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). They are inexpensive and friendly to the environment whilst giving you great sights around the city’s five boroughs.
Subways and buses operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making them very accessible for everybody – even for those who are hearing, visual, and mobility impaired.
New York is the origin of the “yellow cabs”. For those who are already tired walking around the city or those with heavy luggage, these cabs offer convenience. Taxis in the city are available 24 hours each day. To get a cab, pick one whose top is illuminated because it means they are on duty.
Metered taxis start at around $2.50 and increases 40 cents every five miles. All of the cabs in the city accept both cash and credit cards.
Because New York is a waterfront city, it is also home to a ferry system that is extensive; it easily takes you downtown, uptown, and across the Staten Island rivers, as well as around Queens, New Jersey, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.
The Staten Island Ferry has already been a staple for several morning commutes, while the New York water taxi is another famous aquatic shuttle.
Aside from walking, bicycles are also great transportation in the city – aside from the fact that is good for the environment and your body. It is faster (since it can easily avoid heavy traffic) and cheaper compared to New York’s fuel-powered transportation. Hot cycling spots in the city include the parks, Riverside, and Central. Most bridges in the city are also accessible for bicycles.
There are many ways to get around New York. Depending on where you are and what you are planning to do, these transports can greatly help in making your New York experience more unforgettable.
SimplyNewYork.org has partnered with Taxileader.net to provide you with airport taxi transfers in New York. They offer private taxi airport transfers to/ from JFK airport to any address in New York and surrounding cities.
Unless you are planning to go outside the city limits for some extended road trip, car rental in New York is strongly discouraged for tourists as it is definitely not worth the headache. If you are thinking about exploring just within the boundaries of New York, you will be doing yourself a favor if you skip the car.
Traffic is terrible in New York, especially to tourists because road rules can be either written or unwritten. Additionally, since driving in New York is often a competitive ‘sport’, people from out of town or from other parts of the world will find it quite a stressful experience. Aside from that, New York parking is very expensive! The cheapest you can get is about $25-$45 per day.
Public transportation is recommended for easy navigation whilst giving great value. However, if you are still convinced about renting a car, here is the information you may need to know:
In order to rent a car in New York, a tourist would need to have a passport, a valid driver’s license, and a major credit card. You may need to be at least 25 years old to rent a car, but some companies may allow younger tourists for car rental for additional insurance purchases.
Gasoline in NYC is abundant, it is easy to locate and are generally cheaper than in the rest of the world. You may need to use the “gasoline” instead of “petrol” when you are in New York and around the U.S. as most people in the country do not know the latter.
Car rental in New York maybe not recommended for tourists but if you still think driving a car in the Big Apple will give you more convenience and flexibility, then the city has a lot of companies ready to offer you their services.