Wednesday, July 18, 2012

How to Move Around NYC

Hey everyone! I'm talking about transport in the city. I usually move around Midtown and the Villages, but the rest of the areas are just as easy to get to. The public transport might be expensive and quite old and dirty sometimes, but it's very efficient and the quickest way to move around here.

First of all, many people have asked me if it's worth it to bring/get a car in the city. Well, in my opinion it is not worth it at all. Traffic is crazy, especially in Manhattan. Also, forget about it during rush hours. On top of that, you would need to think where to park it! Parking is really expensive and since space is very limited in Manhattan, you can't have it for granted that you'll find a spot close enough to your destination. So... no car for me.

Subway is the big favorite. The subway system runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It might seem too complicated at the beginning, because there are endless lines around NY. However, once you get used to it, you realize it is the fastest way to move around. Be ready to share the underground space with some friends of NYC, the rodents. It's not that bad, you see them, but they usually never get close to humans :)

FYI, a monthly unlimited subway card is $104, and a single ticket $2,25. You should do the math and see what's best for you.

Another option is taking the bus. I would recommend that when you can't find a close subway stop, because it is obviously a bit slower than subway (always depending on the traffic.) The subway card I talked about also works for the buses, and it's the same price.

One more option is taking a cab. New York Taxis are not as expensive as in other cities I have been. It's not the cheapest way neither, but it's a good option if you share it with other people. There are taxis everywhere, so it's usually not a problem to see them. However, hurry up if it starts raining, because then it is hard to catch one that is available!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

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