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Getting To & Around New York City


Where is New York?

3.5hrs south of Boston and 4.5hrs north of Washington DC on I-95, 9 hrs from Toronto, 7 hrs from Montreal

Tours, Coach & Rail

Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th Ave & 42nd, 212-971-6300)
From Boston ($29, 5hrs), DC ($32, 4.5hrs), Toronto ($85, 11hrs), Chicago ($76, 17.5hrs)

Next to Penn Station (31st & 8th, megabus.com)
From Boston ($1+, 4.5hrs), Philly ($4+, 2hrs), Wash. DC ($5+, 4.5hrs), Toronto ($23+, 10hrs)

Penn Station (34th & 8th Ave, 212-630-6400)

Moose Travel Network  
4-day tours from Toronto & back

From the Airport

New York City is served by three airports: John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Newark (both international), and LaGuardia (domestic only). JFK and LaGuardia are located in Queens, New York, while Newark is in New Jersey, across the river from New York.

Public Transport  
JFK (AirTrain from terminals to the A train to City, $7)
LaGuardia (M60 bus to 106th St/Broadway, $2, connect with free transfer to other bus/subway lines)
Newark ($15 total, AirTrain to NJ Transit train station to Penn Station, Manhattan)

SuperShuttle (from JFK/LaGuardia, $19/$15)
Newark Liberty Airport Express (to Grand Central Station, $14 o/w, $25 r/t)

From JFK flat $45+toll/tip to Manhattan; LGA about $25+tip; Newark is meter+$15+toll/tip ($50+)

Getting Around

Local Transport
New York City has one of the best public transportation systems in the world - the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). They operate the subway, buses, LIRR and Metro North.  (718-330-1234)

The Metrocard
New York City’s long awaited transport card is now in full swing. You can purchase daily ($7.50), and weekly ($25) passes which provide unlimited use of subways and buses. If you don’t need a pass, you can purchase a pay-as-you-ride metrocard by adding money to the card in increments of $2 with a minimum of $4 for new cards issued. This type of card provides free transfers from bus to bus, subway to bus, and bus to subway for a period of 2 hrs and 18 minutes after paying your fare. If you want a single fare, you can buy a token for $2 for use on buses and subways. However, you only get the free transfer from bus to bus.

The Subway
MTA subways operate 24 hrs and will take you to within walking distance of just about any place in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx. Though New York City has become much safer in recent years, subway stations can still be dangerous, especially if you’re traveling alone or at night. Always keep a close eye on your personal belongings, and travel with a friend after dark.

The Bus
City buses also run 24 hrs. Manhattan buses operate on the north-south avenues and on selected crosstown streets. You can use a Metrocard, token or $2 in coins to pay, but must have the exact fare. Transfers are free from one bus to another as long as you are not reversing your journey. If you pay with a token or coins, don’t forget to ask the driver for a transfer.

Taxis are a great way to travel if you’re in hurry or are splitting the fare with a few friends. A cab ride costs $2.50 to start and the fare increases by $.40 every 1/5 mile or by $.25 every 75 seconds in slow traffic or while stopped. Additional passengers and baggage do not cost extra and taxis can only take four passengers at a time. An additional $.50 is charged for trips made between 8pm and 6am. Many people also tip their drivers 15 to 20% of the total cost. Make sure you ask the driver for a receipt before you get out of the taxi – the taxi license number is printed on the receipt and is helpful when attempting to recover personal belongings left behind.

Long Island Railroad
Trains to Long Island leave Penn Station at 34th St. (718) 217-LIRR

Staten Island Ferry
The ferry-ride to and from Manhattan is worth the trip! You’ll get an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline, the New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The ferry leaves from Battery Park in Manhattan, takes a half hour each way and is free!

Circle Line
A Variety of day and night cruises up, down and around Manhattan costing from $16. (212) 563-3200.

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