Transportation is very well organized in New York. Especially if, like most tourists, you stay mostly in Manhattan. The subway will take you wherever you want in no time. Although it is certainly not the most beautiful metro you have seen, its efficiency is very good. You can also use buses, which are a bit slower. On this page you will find all the information related to transportation in New York as well as the prices of transportation but also taxis and how to get to the airport.
New Yorkers often use the subway, it is the fastest way to get from point A to point B, regardless how far they are. In addition to being the fastest, it is also the safest means of transportation, even though not everyone shares this opinion. There are people who are afraid of the subway, and they do not consider it safe. Everyone should be careful. Subway stations can be dark places, but they are mainly lighted and equipped with CCTV. Subway tickets can be bought at kiosks around the city or in the subway, at an automat. One ticket is valid for all rides until you get out of the subway. One ticket costs $2.75.
Bus lines cover the whole city, but they are not as fast as the subway. Tickets are more expensive, too. However, buses are equipped to transport people with disabilities as well, while the subway is not. New York bus lines connect all city boroughs, and they are marked with letters. M – Manhattan, Q – Queens, B – Brooklyn. There is also a combination of letters, such as MB which stands for Manhattan-Brooklyn. Bus lines that connect 2 or the boroughs are the so-called express lines, and tickets are more expensive - $6.75.
There are four airports in New York, each of them doing equally well and they connect New York with the rest of America and the world. One of the busiest is JFK airport; there are also La Guardia, New York Newark and New York Westchester. All international airline companies, including low-cost companies, take off and land at these airports. For example, JFK airport is 2 hours away from Times Square. The airport offers many options of how to get to the city or your accommodation anywhere in New York.
Newark Airport is the second largest airport in New York after JFK. It has 3 terminals that are interconnected by a train line that goes on every 3 minutes during the day, and on every 15 minutes after midnight. There are many different options for getting to the airport or getting to the city from the airport. If you opt for a taxi, the price will amount to $80. Toll is included in the price. Take into account that the airport is far from the city. During the rush hour and over the weekend, they charge additional $5. Minibus lines are also one of your options.
La Guardia Airport mainly hosts national flights. It has 4 terminals. There are a few options of how to get to La Guardia. You will pay between $40 and $50 for a taxi ride, depending on traffic. Toll is included in the price. You can get to the city center by a minibus. A ticket costs $9, while a round-trip ticket costs $15. You can get to Manhattan by bus as well for as much as $2. Given that the airport is close to the city, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get to the center of New York by bus. You can get more information on bus timetable at the airport, where you can also buy a ticket. The bus in question is M60.