Public transport in New York

Are you traveling to New York and wondering how to get around? Let me introduce a subway system in New York. Once your get out of the airport and if you don’t take a taxi or shuttle bus you, catch the Air train which doesn’t cost you anything to get on but then you need to pay 5$ after you get off. There will be people staying and trying to sell you a “special price” ticket with extra ride by subway, however, it costs approximately same as buying it from the machine. For travelling by subway you have to buy a ticket for 1$ to be able to top it up when you travel anyway.

Metro card – MTA is basically all you need to travel by public transport. Metro card can be used for single ride which cost 2.75$ no matter if you go one station or from the Times Square to the South Ferry. (which takes around 30 minutes).  You have to buy a new ticket whenever you go out of the subway station and leave the space or upload a certain amount of money and use it.

Another option is to buy an unlimited Metro Pass. – for example for one week it costs 33$. If you plan to travel maybe 3x per day it is definitely worthwhile. Imagine that you might want to see one place in the morning, then can head little bit further, go back home and then go out in the evening or travel around all day. By using unlimited Metro Pass it allows you a freedom, less stress and you don’t need to worry about if to spend money for each ride or rather walk and feel less motivated to explore more interesting places. Also the card can be use for some buses which has the MTA sign as well.


There are several lines for the metro with different colours. From yellow, red, blue, purple, green, orange. It can be very confusing to find the right line. The yellow line N, Q, R, W usually go around the main areas in the city such as Times Square, Herald Square, Flatiron building or Washington square. The red line goes from North (for example if you visit Harlem) to Downtown (South Ferry – for the Battery Park). Green line goes through Grand Central and going to Downtown and continue to Brooklyn.  I usually used google maps or took a screenshot as I often lost reception in the subway or download another apps designed for NYC.

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