Updated november 7th 2018
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 Century 21 in Downtown passing through Times Square (around 12 km/ 7.5 miles).
- Single tickets are $ 3 per journey.
- It is wise to buy a MetroCard ($ 1).
- Using it, each journey cost 2.75$. It can be used by more than one person.
- 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 $ 32. Passes can not be used by more than one person.
- Or for longer stays the 30 days one for $ 121.
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 transfer to bus with for free.
You pay using the same MetroCard so also it costs the same. 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.
ROOSEVELT ISLAND CABLE CAR
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. Initial charge is $ 2.5 and a, for example, 4.5 km /3 miles trio (from Times Square to the Met) will cost between $ 17 and $ 20 plus tip. 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.
UBER AND LYFT
These are two of the most recommended transportation companies in individual vehicles, and there are already more than triple than taxis. Their prices are half for similar routes, to consider if we are 3 or more people, since an Uber can be cheaper than the metro, although we could be stuck in traffic. Considering the price, we should be generous with the tip if we do not want to get a bad evaluation by the driver.
In recent years the use of bicycles has been greatly encouraged; In 5 years, from being a means of transport only suitable for the most risky, it has become to be used daily by thousands of locals. Hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes have been built (they can be found on the website www.nycbikemaps.com), when before streets were generally not prepared for bicycles except in areas such as parks. Citybike allows you to use blue public bicycles:
- For 30 minutes, for 12 $ 24 hours or 24 $ 72 hours. Passes are purchased at any of the stations. They are inserted into a slot and the machine will give us a 5-digit code to unlock the bicycle. In less than 30 minutes we must return it at any stop or we will be charged a supplement ($ 4 for every 15 minutes more), but as we leave it we can use another one.
- By November 2018 there are no stations above the 130th in Manhattan, but from there to the south we will find almost as many bicycle stops as Starbucks. There are also many in western Queens, Brooklyn (till Prospect Park) and in eastern New Jersey.
It is discouraged to move around New York by rental vehicle, unless you intend to visit areas far from the city. The traffic is very dense, vehicles (especially taxis) circulate aggressively, pedestrians cross continuously wherever they want and do not respect red traffic lights (it is said that if you wait for it to turn green, you are not a real New Yorker), there is hardly any parking and it we find it it will be very expensive.
By the way, you can not turn right if the traffic light is red, something that can be done in almost the entire territory of the United States.
There are all kinds of vehicles to stroll in Central Park, expensive but negotiable: horse drawn carriages or rickshaw are the most common ones.