New York is one of the most fascinating, exciting and cultural cities in the world. Within the 20 square miles that comprise Manhattan can be found some of the world’s greatest museums, shops and restaurants, as well as a spectacular skyline that’s known the world over. It is also referred to as the ‘Big Apple’. The city stands tall with its many impressive skyscrapers and statues. It has a unique fast-paced atmosphere that shouldn’t be missed.
Depending on which sides of the city you want to stay in, there 3 international airports – John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Southern Queens, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Northern Queens. At least 6 flights serving from London to New York everyday.
You can visit New York at any time of the year depending on the budget and the weather preference. For a budget conscious traveller cheapest time to visit would be on weekends from mid-January to the end of February but the temperature is fairly cold. If you prefer warm weather and want to avoid overwhelming tourist then the best time would be from April to June and September to early November. By using this great flight calendar tools you can find the cheapest flight price during the year.
Millions of visitors come to this city every year, during the peak season accommodation price becomes expensive and makes it difficult to find suitable accommodation to stay. New York can be divided into several districts and these districts usually determine the range of hotel fees you are going to encounter. Where to stay in this city will depend on your preferences, budgets and the activities you want to do or places you want to visit.
If you’re bringing kids, then not all hotels in New York can, of course, open their doors to welcome you. So while booking a hotel do not forget to check out hotel facilities and see what best suits for your plan and budget. Take extra care with what is termed as affordable in New York City may not be affordable in your vocabulary.
The City has one of the well-connected public transportation systems. With 472 subway stations, the New York City subway is one of the largest, oldest and busiest subway systems in the world. It operates twenty-four hours a day across 36 lines and serves four out of five of New York’s boroughs.
The subway system is complemented with deeply connected public bus service classified as local or express. Routes from some of the busier areas of Manhattan to the outer boroughs are served by express. A bus stop can be easily found in every corner of the city, which is clearly marked with blue signs and sometimes with shelters.
The iconic Yellow Taxi is certainly another popular way to get around in the City. A taxi shows it’s availability by illuminating the yellow light. An alternative to the yellow taxi includes ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft. They are generally a much cheaper option to Yellow Taxi and can be booked in advance through their respective apps.
The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.75. The fare for an express bus ride is $6.50. Up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Infants (under two years of age) ride express buses free if the child sits on the lap of the accompanying adult.
The MetroCard is an easier way to pay for buses and subways, can be recharged it at any time. It will allow you to transfer for free to other bus or subway services within two hours of your first fare. A $1.00 fee applies to buy a new MetroCard. If you are thinking of using public transportation throughout your trips to New York, it will be cost effective buying a 7 or 30 days unlimited pass.
Yellow taxi’s fares starting at $2.50 and then increasing as time and distance passes. Yellow Taxis can be paid with cash as well as with credit or debit card.