How to move

By Traveller May 30, 2019
New York

How to move

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By Fernando Traveller May 30, 2019

When I visit i want to use metro, walk and take pictures. What do you recommend? Also how does the metro work? Cost of ticket? Should i get a week card or what?
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Another thing to remember about NYC subway, is that you pay per trip, so distance is not a factor. It's always a good idea to check the MTA web site in the morning to make sure all trains are running and which stations might be closed. Get these apps: "NYC Subway" and "MY mta". There are other useful apps but these are essential. While subway stops are closer together than in some cities, there are cool areas that require several transfers and perhaps a bus or two. Changing trains within stations is free. Be sure your train going in the right direction. You can transfer to a bus for free, but getting back on the subway is another fare. The most common mistake even New Yorkers make is getting on an express when they want a local or going uptown when they meant to go downtown. Not all stations allow you to change direction. Enjoy.
Local May 30, 2019
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metro works with cards.uber with credit but walking around ny city its beautifull.taxis are very expensive
Local May 30, 2019
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uber is the best way or use the train very cheap
Local May 30, 2019
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Thanks William
Yes, the weekly card is probably your best option. New York's subway system is a bit different from other cities. All the subway lines are designed to get you to and from mid-town Manhattan. For example, I live in Inwood, the north part of Manhattan. I have 2 subways to take me to Times Square, but if I want to go to Queens, I might as well take a cab! You will certainly find more than enough to see in Manhattan. I suggest you get a subway map app -- there's one that combines buses and subways -- and plan your days. Avoid the #1 train when you can -- it's the oldest line and the cars are smaller and get very crowded. Even New Yorkers get confused by the subway (MTA) systems. But there's much to see so enjoy.
Local May 30, 2019
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Thanks Davis
If you’re looking for scenic walking routes to checkout and snap some great photos checkout guides created by locals at www.jauntnyc.co/
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Local May 30, 2019
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Hi yes it’s called subway here. It’s pretty much cover the entire city .$2.75 single ride & daily pass around $8/$9 weekly is $32 which will be the best option for you unlimited ride between buses & trains cover all 5 boroughs.
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Local May 30, 2019
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First you need to know where you are staying and where you would like to visit to help out with how to use the subway.

NYC subway fare is $2.75 with unlimited transfers. If you leave the subway system you pay again to enter. I would recommend loading $20 or $30 on a metro card instead of an unlimited card, which can be easily purchased at most any station with cash or a credit card. These machines are user friendly and easy and support multiple languages. Once you have a metro card you simply swipe to enter.

If you give more information about where you are staying and where you want to go I can give more advice.
Local May 30, 2019
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Thanks doug
Hi - I hope I'm not too late!

A weekly metro card is wise. However, there's another option you may want to consider; it's kind of new. In recent years, New York has been expanding a ferry boat system that serves the waterfront neighborhoods along the East River; so it serves the east shore of Manhattan and parts of the west shores of Queens and Brooklyn. And some of those neighborhoods are definitely worth investigating - the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, and DUMBO in Brooklyn, the neighborhoods of Long Island City and Astoria in Queens, and the stops in Manhattan are in the Financial District and at 34th Street. Here's a full map: https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/

A ticket for the ferry costs $2.75 US, and is valid for about an hour and a half; you can switch between ferries as often as you like during that time. The ferry isn't as frequent as the subway and only stops in a few places, but it's an unusual way to get around, and it actually is good for getting to some of the further-flung parts of the city faster than you would get there by metro. (For example: I live very close to a stop on the orange ferry, and one of the stops on the orange ferry is at a place called Roosevelt Island. If I wanted to get to Roosevelt Island by metro, I'd have to walk 15 minutes to the specific metro that would take me there, and then ride about 15 stops. But if I took the orange ferry, that's only a 5 minute walk and I'm only 3 stops!)
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Traveller August 21, 2019
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You must buy a Metro Card at a vending machine in most stations. They take cash or credit cards. The card costs $1 whether you add money for a single ride or a 7 day card. You can buy a 7 day card for $33 (the cost of a single ride is $2.75, which includes one bus transfer which must be made within a hour, I think.) You can use cash on a bus but you must have exact amount. The 7 day card is a good deal if you're going to be staying a week. Use the card right away to activate it. Certain special trains and buses don't accept it -- you'll have to go to the NYC MTA site. The weekly pass pays off after 12 subway trips, or almost 2 trips a day for a week. If you think You'll be making less than 12 subway trips in a week, then consider putting money on the card. You can use the machines to add money to your card. The 1,2,3 line is the oldest and has the smaller cars. Those trains get very very crowded during rush hour.
Local May 31, 2019
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