New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Getting Around

Driving Basics 

Gas (Petrol) Stations
Gas stations are few and far between, especially in Manhattan (only a handful around the perimeter of Manhattan Island). Furthermore, gas in New York City generally cost an extra $0.50 more per gallon than in neighboring New Jersey. If you are staying outside New York City, it is best to fill your car before entering the city.

BP gas station in New York City

BP gas station in New York City by Franz Golhen

Rush Hour Traffic
Traveling during the off-hours makes sense to avoid the rush hour traffic but highways and roads are still generally packed during much of the day.
  • The Cross Bronx Expressway, which is part of I-95 and leads to the George Washington Bridge, is almost always choked with traffic.
  • The Long Island Expressway has heavy eastbound traffic between the morning and evening rush hours.
  • An accident on the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge can cause a backup all the way through the northern part of Staten Island and nearby New Jersey.
  • The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) is often choked with traffic and the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels are 10 minute waits on a good day.
It is a good idea to check radio traffic reports, especially before crossing a bridge or tunnel.

Driving cross-town (east-west) in Manhattan during the rush hours can be very troublesome, since traffic lights are optimized to move traffic in a north-south direction. Best to avoid driving cross-town in between the 30th and 50th Streets in Midtown Manhattan since north-south traffic is most congested in this area.
Rush hour traffic in Manhattan, New York City
Rush hour traffic in Manhattan by ILMRT

Commercial Vehicle
Commercial traffic is prohibited on many New York City roads including parkways and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Drive in Manhattan. Commercial traffic is permitted only on multiple-lane roadways designated as "expressways" such as the Long Island Expressway, Cross-Bronx Expressway, and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and surface streets unless marked otherwise. Remember to look out for the low vertical clearance signs while on the surface streets.

Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, New York City

Brooklyn-Queens Expressway by Arnoldius


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