As you would expect in a city of this size, New York transport has to be pretty efficient. There are many options available to help you get around Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, from New York taxis and the subway to ferries, buses and bicycles.
Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes if you plan on walking New York – there’s a lot of ground to cover! If you’re heading to Staten Island or Ellis Island, enjoy the sights while you ride the ferry. Getting around is affordable and relatively easy, even if you’re not sure where you’re going.
Hailing a New York taxi is one of those must-dos while you’re visiting. To hail a cab, check for the middle light on the roof to be lit. The outside lights indicate that the taxi is off-duty and they won’t stop to pick you up, no matter how vigorously you wave. Tip your cab driver 15% of the charge, rounding up to the nearest dollar.
New York’s public transport system is one of the most efficient in the world. The subway system covers more than 1,000km and runs around the clock, servicing all boroughs. New York trains and buses also operate throughout the city. Pick up a Metrocard to pay for your subway ticket or bus fares.
Citi Bike is a New York bike share system that means you can hire a bike 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Bike stations are located in many places throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City. You can hire a bike for a whole day or for multiple days; you simply buy a pass and unlock a bike at the kiosk.
Despite being a bustling metropolis, walking in New York is quite pleasant. You’ll have time to experience the energy of the city. Put on some comfortable walking shoes and treat pathways as if they’re roads (e.g. move to the side if you want to stop). Most New Yorkers don’t wait for a walk light when crossing the road, instead crossing whenever there’s a lull in the traffic.