New York Transport Guide
Here’s the best ways to get around New York City:
Over 4.3 million people ride the New York subway system every day and over 1 billion people go through the turnstiles per year. The subway runs 24 hours, 7 days a week, so you can ride all over the city in air-conditioned (or heated) comfort all year round. A weekly MetroCard allows you unlimited travel 24/7 for a very reasonable price.
For those unfamiliar with NYC, the bus system may seem a little daunting. However, buses are not to be overlooked as they’re a really great way to connect you to different parts of the city when the walk to the subway is too long or in case of subway service interruptions. You can use your MetroCard on buses the same way you do on the subway. The bus operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, although services are more frequent during peak hours.
Several companies offer hop-on, hop-off bus tours in NYC. From double-deckers to deluxe motorcoaches, there are heaps of fully-guided tour operators just waiting to show you the best NYC has to offer without having to pound the pavement. You can ‘freestyle NYC’ with a 72-hour hop-on/off bus, or you can even couple your bus tour with bike hire and cycle half the way.
When you’re coming from the airport, a NYC cab ride is your first introduction to the city and the most efficient way to reach your destination or accommodation. Cabs from JFK to Manhattan are flat fares, so you know roughly how much you’ll have to pay beforehand. Hailing a cab in New York is as simple as stepping off the curb and holding out your arm.
You’ll find all global car hire companies in several locations from JFK to Manhattan and beyond. Car rental companies in New York are required to rent to licensed drivers who are 18 years or older. However, they may charge a surcharge for drivers who are under 25. A valid drivers licence and credit card are also required.