Getting Around New York City

Just getting around in New York is different from any other place else in the world!

Four major airports, three subway lines, five commuter rail lines, six bus systems, four major rail centers, three underwater tunnels, and a dozen major bridges all add to the challenges of travel in New York. Plus 15,000 taxis and a flock of private cars make New York the bustling metropolis you've imagined it to be.

Here are the best ways to get around. Your New York Guest trip planner can advise you on the best way to reach all of your destinations throughout your visit!

The Subway

With an annual ridership last measured at 1.6 billion, the New York City subway is one of the most widely-used public transportation systems in the world, and with good reason! For just $2.25, you can travel almost anywhere in the city. Did you know the longest subway ride you can take is 38 miles long, from 241st street in the Bronx to Far Rockaway in Queens - for less than the price of a single gallon of gas. The subway can be intimidating, but rest assured it is a very safe way to travel, and stations, directions and transfers are clearly marked. One ride costs $2.25 and you pay your fare using a Metrocard, which can be purchases in any subway station in the city using cash, credit or debit card. Plan your route before you go and the subway can easily be the fastest and simplest way to get where you're going.

Click here to download an NYC subway map!

Hop On/Hop Off Bus

Since hop on/hop off tour buses run so frequently, buying a voucher for 48 or 72 hours of unlimited riding can save you tons of time and money! The all around town loop has stops in every major neighborhood and will even take you to Brooklyn. For a leisurely day of sightseeing, this is the way to go.

Private Car

When you know where you're going and when you need to be there, private cars are often the most comfortable way to reach your destination. Especially highly recommended for airport transfers, your New York Guest travel planner can book a private car for you at a guaranteed rate with a friendly, courteous driver. Please note: only airport transfers can be booked online


NYC taxis are a great way to make a quick trip from one part of the city to another, or to cover longer distances when you don't feel comfortable navigating the subway. Taxis cannot be reserved or called in advance, they may only be hailed on the street. To know whether an approaching taxi is available, just check the lights on the top - if the four numbers in the center are lit up but NOT the "off duty" lights on the side, the taxi is available. If the off duty lights are on or all of the lights are off, the taxi is not accepting fares. When you see an available taxi approaching, just hold up your arm and the driver will pull over and let you in! IMPORTANT: Never accept a ride from a car that is not a yellow taxi with lights on top. Livery drivers are not allowed to pick up passengers on the street - these cars may only be reserved in advance! If you have any other questions about taxis, ask your New York Guest travel planner.


Ask anyone who has lived here and they'll tell you - New Yorkers do a LOT of walking. Often walking is a speedy and fun way to get from point A and point B, and New York was built to make almost any trip walkable. You should try walking to at least one of your destinations during your visit. If it's within a mile of your hotel you'll be surprised how quickly the walk passes - and you may discover something on your way that you never would have seen otherwise!