Travel Guide

Manhattan, New York City 

Getting Around


Driving in Manhattan can be very challenging especially for visitors unfamiliar with New York City and its traffic. Traffic here is often congested and time spent finding a parking space can be frustrating. Even if you find a parking space, rates can be as high as $50 for just six hours at the parking garages. Thus, many visitors as well as New Yorkers prefer to take a cab or use the city’s public transport system when in Manhattan.

By Cab
There are plenty of metered yellow cabs in Manhattan, which you can flag along the streets. If you are staying in a hotel, you can ask the concierge to get you a cab. There are also the unmetered livery cabs, which you phone to pick you up and take you to your destination. Charges for the livery cabs are a flat rate based on destination and therefore ask for the fare when making the phone call. Cab drivers for both the yellow metered and unmetered livery cabs expect a tip of 10-20% of the fare.

Yellow cab in Manhattan, New York City

Yellow cab in Manhattan by Adam E. Moreira

By Public Transport
An inexpensive way to get around Manhattan is to use the city's public transport system comprising of subway trains and buses operated by the city's Mass Transit Authority (MTA). In Manhattan, you are never far and usually within walking distance from a subway train station or bus stop. Generally, taking the subway train is more convenient than the bus especially for visitors unfamiliar with New York City.

South Ferry Subway Station, New York City

South Ferry Subway Station in Manhattan by Daniel Schwen

Single journeys are $2.25 on the subway trains and $2.00 for the buses, regardless of the destination whether in Manhattan or the rest of New York City. The MetroCard is a convenient alternative than paying cash and also offers travel on the public transport at discounts. You can purchase the MetroCard from the subway stations and newsstands for single or multiple trips as well as unlimited trips for a day, 7 days, 14 days, and 30 days.

MetroCard machine, New York City

MetroCard Vending Machine by Alistair McMillan


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