USA: What Are the Best Ways to Get Around in NYC?

Although New York City is full of cars, the amount of traffic makes a hiring a car or using your own if you live Stateside not the best idea. Thankfully, New York boasts some of the most reliable methods of transport in the country. Therefore, when you’re in New York, you don’t have to worry about shelling out money for petrol (gas) or finding a parking space. These are the best methods of transport in NYC which will allow you to see all the best things the Big Apple has to offer.

Subway

The New York City Subway is where you can see all sorts of people, including tourists, people who have chosen to make New York their home and of course native New Yorkers too. It’s also an excellent means of transportation. It’s a great way to get to different boroughs in New York quickly. Navigating the subway system might seem tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a very efficient way of getting around. If travelling solo it’s a  great time to read a book or listen to music. Being a courteous subway passenger is a must. Don’t try to get on before people have got off and remember to give your seat to those who need it, like the elderly and pregnant women. You also need to be aware of your safety. Report anyone who you’re suspicious of to the proper authorities.

Taxi

Flagging down a taxi in NYC is super easy, especially in the most tourist-heavy areas. Most really know their way around the city, even the shortcuts. Part of a taxi driver’s job is to keep you safe, but you should also take safety precautions in case of an accident such as always wearing a seatbelt and not distracting the driver. If you hit any traffic issues, it’s more than likely not the fault of the driver. They’re likely just as frustrated as you are and you don’t want to create any animosity between you. You should also make sure you have enough available for fare and tip, although many do accept card payments too. 

Walking

Big cities like NYC need to be pedestrian-friendly in order to keep people satisfied and safe. Depending on where you need to go, you might find that your own two feet are your best option, especially if you are in a hurry. Walking a few blocks or even further is far more manageable when you’re in such a lively city with such cool attractions and neighbourhoods. Plus, the layout of the city is one that makes being a pedestrian easy. You can get so much quality exercising by choosing to walk, as well as getting an even greater sense of NYC. Plus you may spot some hidden gems that you may have missed should you have taken a different mode of transport. 

Hop On Hop Off Bus

If you fancy listening to commentary about the location you are in and the sights that you are seeing as well as getting to where you want to be, getting a ticket for the hop on hop off bus is a must. There are a couple of companies that run buses through the city so check out what each offers before deciding who to book your tickets with. There are also a number of routes that run around the city, so depending on how much time you have for sightseeing, you may want to prioritise what you want to see and therefore which route(s) you want to take. The main benefit of the hop on hop on bus is if you see something you like or want to visit you can simply hop off and then hop back on at your leisure.

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Ferry/Boat

If you want to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island then the only way to get there is by ferry and who doesn’t want to see Lady Liberty up close and personal, especially if it is your first time in the City That Never Sleeps? Plus you get amazing views of the New York skyline – perfect for that all-important selfie. Boat tours and harbour cruises on the Hudson River are also a great way of seeing the city from a unique vantage point. Sit back and relax with a drive or full evening meal if you prefer, hop on and off at various points or simply have your camera ready to snap all the famous skyscrapers New York is famous for. There is a boat trip for everyone. 

Helicopter

If you can stretch your budget, one of the most unique ways to get around in NYC is a helicopter ride. They can be pricey but very much worth it. You get to see all of the wonderful and famous landmarks from the sky, especially on a clear day. Depending on your budget you can take anything from a few minutes ride to around 30 minutes. You can even take a night flight which allows you to see the city lit up from above. Helicopter rides over New York are very popular, therefore it’s always advised to prebook before your trip to the Big Apple.

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To get the true New York experience, you need to make full use of the city’s transport options. There are many excellent means of getting around and we hope we have highlighted them in this post. If you’re heading to New York anytime in the near future, make sure you consider these tips and above all else – have a great time. 

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