Monday, September 7, 2015


While Hitchhiking is illegal in the USA, there are still some good tips on how to save on transport in NYC.

1. International Airport Transfer

For travel from JFK Airport to Manhattan :

Money-Saving Options: 
(Cheapest but indirect. You will have to be alert)
• JFK AirTrain  ($5).
Take you (you will have to change line) to Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, Queens and Mid-Manhattan
Journey: 60 minute
• MTA NYC Bus ($2.75)
Cons: 1. One of the slowest way to Manhattan.
           2. There are limited room for your luggage especially if the bus is packed.
           3. The buses go to non-touristy neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn.

Time and Energy Saving Options:
If you are coming to New York with a big luggage and probably still having Jet lag, it is more advisable to use the:

  • New York City Airporter Bus ($16 one-way, $29 round-trip)
    Transfer to Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
    Very frequent: every15-30min..

    Although slower and more pricey, they are the most direct way to reach your destination without having to wander around looking for the right bus/line. Plus, you don't have to worry about room for luggage.  

For travel from EWR Airport to Manhattan:

Money-saving Options:
New Jersey Transit Bus #62 and other NJT Buses to Newark Penn Station, then use PATH subway train to go to Manhattan.
Journey: 90 minutes

Time-Saving Option:
• Newark Airport Express Bus direct to 42nd street Manhattan ($16 one way, $28 round-trip)
Very frequent: every 15min .
Journey: 40min

For travel between the LGA and Manhattan:

I've never been to the LGA airport so I can't say much... I personally feel that Taxi is a good choice if you are a group of 3-4 with luggage since it only cost about $20-30. Also, be sure to check on:
Local Bus
Go Airlink Shuttle
New York City Airporter Bus

2. PATH 10-Ride Discount

Normally costs $2.75 per ride.
Suitable for the visitor who stay in New Jersey. You can also buy a Metro card to use on PATH and MTA.

3. MetroCards

• Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards
It is the best option if you taking Subway minimally and plan to walk more.

• Unlimited Ride MetroCards 
Estimate the subway ride you are going to take. If it exceed 13, take the 7-day pass ($31)

• 7-Day Express Bus Plus $57.25 
This pass grants unlimited use of local buses, subways and express buses.

4. Express bus

To Travel out of New York, check the rate of express bus companies listed below:
  • BoltBus
  • Greyhound
  • Megabus
  • Yo! 
  • Peter Pan Bus

5. The Staten Island Ferry

Correct me if I am wrong but as far as I know, the Staten Island ferry is the only Free Ferry service in New York City. This ferry is quite frequent, running every 30 minutes during rush hours. Good news to visitors staying in Staten Island!

6. FREE Black Car/Taxi and Car pool service

FREE TAXI RIDES! This is probably the best thing ever.
There are a few good deals from time to time.
Travel with Taxi/Private car have never been so affordable before. (Applicable to other cities worldwide)

Here are the links to the 2 top deals, Click on the links, and sign up to claim the free rides! (applicable to cities worldwide)

          Uber : Sign up here to claim a FREE ride up to $15.
          Gett: Sign up here to claim a FREE ride up to $15.

Thank You for Reading! 
This post is based solely on my honest opinion or personal experience. 
 If you have a different opinion, feel free to share your thoughts with me by commenting below!

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