Getting around in New York: info, costs and advice

New York is definitely one of those cities to see at least once in a lifetime! Between skyscrapers, Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and much more, it will steal your heart and you can't wait to go back! Probably a month would not be enough to see it all, so touring it on foot, especially when you don't have a lot of time, is impossible! But no problem: between subway, bus and taxi, you can explore the Big Apple far and wide.

So let's find out together how to get around in New York: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of New York
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

New York is a very large city, so visit it all walking is almost impossible, especially if you have little time available. The best way is definitely there metro: fast, punctual and that reaches every district. Buses and cars are not recommended due to traffic.

For public transport it is highly recommended to purchase a Metrocard, a redeemable card costing $ 1,00 (€ 0,90) that will save you on individual rides. For longer stays it is recommended to purchase the Unlimited-Ride MetroCard, a subscription that will allow you to travel indefinitely for its entire validity (Unlimited Ride MetroCard 7 days at $ 33,00, € 29,10).

  • Recommended solutions and means: metro, taxi
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, bus
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Unlimited Ride MetroCard 7 days (from $ 33,00, € 29,10)

How to get from the airport to the center of New York

The city counts well 3 airports: John Fitzgerald Kennedy International Airport is the main one and is located in Queens, near the border with Brookyln; the Newark-Liberty International Airport is located in Newark in New Jersey; finally Fiorello LaGuardia Airport, in Queens, where domestic American or Canadian flights arrive.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy International Airport

And the the city's main airport, as well as being one of the busiest in America. Most of the flights arrive here, including those of Alitalia. From here you can then take theAirtrain which will take you to the subway station, where you can take the direct subway to Manhattan.

  • Distance from Manhattan: 31,4 km / travel time: 45 min
  • By AirTrain + metro: AirTrain to Jamaica and Howard Beach; Metro E for Midtown Manhattan, A for Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan / ticket cost: AirTrain $ 7,75 (€ 6,80) + subway $ 3,00 (€ 2,60)
  • By taxi: average cost $ 75,00 (€ 66,00) / travel time: 45 min
  • In UberPool: Shared Uber, flat rate $ 35,00 (€ 30,90) / travel time: 1 h
  • Private transfer: private transfer from JFK Airport to / from New York

Newark-Liberty International Airport

It is the second airport of the city and, also in this case, you can reach Manhattan with the combination of several means: AirTrain + Path, which is a rail service connecting Manhttan and New Jersey, or AirTrain + NJ Transit.

  • Distance from Manhattan: 28,7 km / travel time: 35 min;
  • In Airtrain + Path: AirTrain to the airport train station; Path red line to Downtown / ticket cost: AirTrain $ 7,75 (€ 6,80) + Path $ 1,75 (€ 1,50)
  • By AirTrain + NJ Transit: AirTrain to the airport train station; NJ Transit to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan / ticket cost: total $ 15,00 (€ 13,20)
  • By taxi: average cost $ 80,00 (€ 70,50) / travel time: 40 min
  • Private transfer: Transfers from Newark Liberty Airport

Fiorello LaGuardia Airport

Only domestic and Canadian flights arrive here. You can conveniently take the bus M60, which connects the airport with the West Side and East Side of Manhattan.

  • Distance from Manhattan: 15,4 km / travel time: 40 min;
  • By bus: ticket cost: $ 2,75 (€ 2,45) / M60 line
  • In NYC Express Bus: to central Manhattan destinations / ticket cost: $ 16,00 (€ 14,10)
  • By taxi: average cost $ 45,00 (€ 39,70) / travel time: 45 min
  • Private transfer: Private transfer to LaGuardia Airport to / from Manhattan

How to get around on foot

New York is a huge city, just think that between Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge there are 5,6 km away.
Visit it all on foot is therefore really difficult. Not impossible, but this would take a lot of time. If you only have a week of time, it is best to travel by public transport.

To visit individual neighborhoods or areas, however, you can easily walk. We recommend that you dedicate a whole day to Times Square area, all accessible on foot, where nearby you will find attractions such as the Empire State Building (1 km), Rockefeller Center (700 m), MOMA (950 m) or the Broadway Theater (350 m).

Con i mezzi pubblici

The best way to visit the Big Apple is to use its excellent public transport!
Maybe you might be a bit confused at first, in fact the New York subway is one of the most estates in the world, but as soon as you understand how it works you can easily move from one part of the city to another, even between different neighborhoods, reaching for example Brookyln. For public transport it is recommended to purchase the Metrocard, a redeemable card costing $ 1,00 (€ 0,90) that will save you money.

And besides public transport there is no shortage of unmistakable yellow taxis, with prices low enough to stop right off the curb, just like in the movies. Alternatively you can use Uber, by downloading the appropriate application and checking in advance the cost you will pay. Warning: remember it is it is normal to leave a tip, not only in restaurants, but also for taxi drivers!


And the best way to move. It is one of the largest subways in the world and at first it may seem a bit difficult to find your way around. Open 24 hours a day, it has 26 lines and 470 stations, it covers a distance of 1.055 km and connects all the districts of the city. The lines are of different colors and are marked with numbers or letters.

The purchase of the Metrocard, at a cost of $ 1,00 (€ 0,90) which will save you. Normally a metro ride costs $ 3,00 (€ 2,60), with the Metrocard $ 2,75 (€ 2,45). If you are staying in New York for a long time, it is recommended that you purchase the Unlimited-Ride MetroCard, of 7 or 30 days, equal to a subscription that will allow you to travel unlimited for its entire validity.

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  • Ticket / single ride cost: $ 3,00 (€ 2,60); with Metrocard $ 2,75 (€ 2,45)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 7-Day Unlimited-Ride MetroCard $ 32,00 (€ 29,10), 30-Day Unlimited-Ride MetroCard $ 121,00 (€ 106,75)


Use the buses it is not complex, as the city has a very simple and linear structure, made up of perpendicular streets, the Avenues and the Streets. So it will be very easy to find the right stop, also because the individual buses either move from north / south back and forth, or from east / west, with very linear paths, with stops at nearly every block.
The problem is however given by the traffic, present at any time, which could slow down the buses and waste a lot of time.

Qualche ROAD on the urban network: the stops, including all the districts, are about 14.000; the different ones lines are distinguished with letters, numbers and colors (B Brooklyn, Bx Bronx, M Manhattan, Q Queens, S Staten Island, X Express Bus) and are active 24 hours a day; the fare system is the same as for the metro.

  • Map: Manhattan map, Brooklyn map, Queens map
  • 24 hours a day, with the exception of some lines
  • Ticket / single ride cost: $ 3,00 (€ 2,60); with Metrocard $ 2,75 (€ 2,45)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 7-Day Unlimited-Ride MetroCard $ 32,00 (€ 29,10), 30-Day Unlimited-Ride MetroCard $ 121,00 (€ 106,75)

By car

Renting a car is really not recommended, mainly for two reasons: the high rental costs (up to $ 500,00 / week, € 440,00) and the traffic present at any time!

If you are not used to driving in big cities, it is better to avoid doing it in New York. The intersections are really big, the traffic lights present at every corner, the wide streets with multiple lanes, without forgetting to pay attention to cyclists, people on mopeds and pedestrians who do not always look when they cross! We can move easily by public transport, or with the many taxis or Uber, and it would still be cheaper than car rental.

Neighborhood Slow Zones

Pay attention to Neighborhood Slow Zones, or at delimited areas where speed limits are stricter. There are more and more Slow Zones and have already reported a 14% reduction in accidents.

Neighborhood Slow Zones can be found anywhere in the city, especially near residential neighborhoods, and are always reported by the Speed ​​Limit road sign, which indicates the speed limit to be respected, under penalty of severe penalties. You can find all the info and keep yourself constantly updated on the official NYC DOT website of the New York government, where there is also the complete list of areas.

Stops and parking

If you arrive in New York by car or decide to rent it, the best solution is to check that the hotel where you are staying has parking available! This is because parking in New York, especially in Manhattan, is really very expensive! In Manhattan, parking costs an average of $ 20,00 / hour (€ 17,60), but at the most central points it can cost up to $ 50,00 / hour (€ 44,00)! Many covered and underground car parks offer day and night packages cheaper, but still at high prices.

In addition to the underground and guarded car parks, it is also possible to park on the surface in the street, but it's not easy to find a place. Beware of parking rules and prohibitions, which change street by street. Costs range from $ 1,00 / hour (€ 0,90) in more suburban neighborhoods to $ 5,00 / hour (€ 4,40) in more central ones. Parking is free in the suburbs on Sundays.

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