Updated november 2016
The best way to explore the city. New York is one of the most interesting cities in the world and many of its major attractions are within 15 minutes walk, especially the sectors from the Empire State Building to Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge / Downtown area. However, the extension of the city makes impossible to visit all attractions without using public transport, although my girl once walked on her heels from Lexington and the 86th Street to the Century 21 in downtown passing through times Square (around 12 km).
24/7. Tickets are $ 2.75 per ride. It is wise to buy a MetroCard ($ 1). Unless you are really sure that you will not be using it, or the number of days of the visitor is very reduced, it is cheaper and less complicated to buy the one week pass for $ 31, or for longer stays the 30 days one for $ 116’5. The metro goes almost anywhere in the city, but it is a complicated system; it is easy to get lost even if you have been taking it for several days.
- Different lines share the same colour.
- Each stop has its own schedules and these are continuously modified, so always read the warning signs placed on the platform you are.
- Before entering a station, you should check the direction you want to go, as many stations do not allow you to change the platform once you are already inside.
We recommend downloading the official mobile app of the Metropolitan Transport Authority. It includes bus and subway maps.
You pay using the same MetroCard and also costs $ 2.75 per ride. Using the bus can be frustrating because of traffic. The lines crossing Central Park are recommended, as long as the Metro goes around the park, so it is good option to go from east to west or viceversa.
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It is also paid using the MetroCard ($ 2.75 per ride).
Apart from rush hour, taxi is a useful public transportation. New York taxis are not expensive compared to prices in European cities. A 20 blocks ride costs about $ 12 plus tips. Although nearly a third of the cars are taxis in New York, is not always easy to get one, there are no taxi stops because they never stops, all the time are getting new costumers.
For the brave ones. In general, roads are not prepared for bikes but in areas such as parks. Citybike rents public bicycles 30 minutes at a price of $ 12 for 24 hours or $ 24 for 3 days. In November 2016 there are no stations above the 110th, but anywhere else in Manhattan and Brooklyn, there are plenty of stops.
There are all kinds of vehicles to stroll in Central Park, expensive but negotiable: horse drawn carriages or rickshaw are the most common ones.