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So you just landed at one of NYC's three (3) major airports: JFK, La Guardia, or New Jerseys Newark Airport.... what should you do to get to the city (assuming your staying in Manhattan). You can call 800-247-7433, which spells 800-AIR-RIDE. This is the Port Authoritys transportation hotline and it will provide you with a free list of transportation services. But here are some helpful hints for JFK (the major airport):

JFK to Manhattan by:

  • Bus/Train: You need to find the yellow shuttle bus that goes to Howard Beach Station, then take the A train to Manhattan. This can take you up to two hours, but some may consider it a
  • Shuttle/Train: A faster service to the train is the shuttle.
    It costs $5 and will take you to the A train as well. The shuttle runs every 4-8 minutes from 6am to 11 pm and every 12-15 minutes from 11 pm to 6 am.
  • Express Bus: There is the NY Airport Express bus, which is a popular option as well. It will cost you about $15 to get into the city and they run every 15-30 minutes during peak and about every hour or so during off peak hours. Laguardia has the same service. Be careful because this service may not be 24 hours. Heres a link to investigate further
  • Taxi: Those in search of convienience and with tons of money to burn can take a taxi. Its a flat rate of $45 (plus tolls) from JFK airport to Manhattan ($15 surcharge from Newark airport).
    Some cabbies accept credit card payments, but they hate it, even though its against the law to refuse payment if the cab is equipped with the machinery for it. Ask first if you plan on paying with credit card.

Now your in the city with tons to do. How do you get around. There are trains, buses, taxis, pedicabs, or you can just walk around by foot.   


Public transportation (train/bus) is the cheapest way to get around ($2 per ride), but it can be frustrating, especially if you dont know the system. Here is a map to get an idea of what the city looks like --> <-- Its also your subway map.

As you can see our subway system is quite intricate, but its broken down into numbers and colors. Tourists use colors/ NYC Residents use numbers. Your main interest should be Manhattan, but if you are adventurous I would recommend traveling to other boroughs as well.  Oh yeah I forgot to talk about the bus. The bus is for old people, so you shouldnt be on it unless you have AARP membership. If you want to learn more about the bus system you should be able to get some off the link I posted for the trains.

Train edicate: Dont go smiling at every Tom, Dick, and Harry that you see, because they'll be able to smell an out of towner for miles. If you do, then dont expect much of a hello in return. Not that NYers are rude... they just have time restrictions and cant seem to fit being cordial to half the world everywhere they go.

Hahaha. There are plenty of wierdos on the train, so dont be startled. For the most part though, the trains are relatively safe with plenty of NYPD officers partolling them. If your lost just ask an officer, train official, or a fellow rider. NYers pride themselves in knowing the train system.  


Minimum taxi fare is now $2.50. Additional charges are $0.40 per 1/5 of a mile (at or above 6 mph) or for 2 minutes of time stopped or traveling below 6 mph. The night-time surcharge is $0.50 for rides beginning from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. The peak hour weekday surcharge is $1.00 and is charged for rides from 4 - 8 p.m. weekdays. There is no additional charge for luggage and no per passenger surcharge. Any tolls during the ride are the responsibility of the passenger, in addition to the metered fare.

If the driver uses E-ZPass to pay the fare (transponder on the front windshield) the passenger pays the reduced E-ZPass fare. If one of them taxi drivers gives you hell call 311 to lodge a complaint. Just make sure you get his name and the taxi id information off of the decal on the window behind his head.


Getting around by foot is super easy in the city, because theres so much to see while your walking. Other benefits: its free and you burn calories. Manhattan is laid out like a grid so its hard to get lost.... the streets go from low to high in a Northerly direction... 5th avenue is the breaking point between East and West. The lower numbers start near 5th Avenue and get higher as you walk closer towards the water on each side.

Pedicabs are plentiful in the city... for now at least. They are trying to get rid of them because it can be quite dangerous when your side by side with the maniacs we call taxi cab drivers.  Anyway, they can be a bit pricey, but fun. One precaution!!! If your a fat ass please dont make the poor pedicab driver pedal you all around the city. Its bad enough he has to suck in all the car fumes....=)

Well thats that as far as transportation is concerned.... If you have questions send me a message or call that hotline number I gave you... More to follow on other subjects. Read Below for Lodging.

idile says:
thanks for informations,(sorry my english is not correct) i will go soon in NY, and i will don't know how to do when i will be there. thank u
Posted on: Aug 30, 2008
RuttiTootie says:
Hey... I smile at everyone and talk to strangers often!!! I'm not a tourist! lol
Posted on: Apr 14, 2008
mewzak says:
Wow! Nicely done :) Quite impressive.

How about a bit of the LIRR for the suburbs hehe. Just kidding, there's nothing spectacular out here except the beach.
Posted on: Mar 23, 2008
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Ok, I live in the city, so I know how super expensive it can be to lodge here. Man rent is anywhere from $1200 -$2000 a month for a one bedroom apartment, if your lucky. I guess what Im trying to say is that cheap and NYC dont go together too well. That is unless you want to be sleeping next to tyrone the homeless guy, who smells like romano cheese and poop...hahaha.

However, Ive noticed that most people want the cheapest lodging they can get, so that they can have some beer money left over... Well here is a site that rates hostels, which seem to be the cheapest route.----> 

If your not a big fan of hostels and want hotels. I have seen the inside of the New Yorker and its not that bad for the price and location. Its dab smack in the middle of the city (34th street) and its next to Madison Square Garden, Macys, H&M, and all these other great places to shop. Im not so dont take my word for it... I would recommend extensive research to make sure your getting your moneys worth... oh and remember your getting what you paid for. Dont expect champaign and caviar experiences on a kool-aide budget. =)


RuttiTootie says:
Wow I can't believe I missed your lodging section... I must have been so entertained by your commuting section, that I didn't scroll further down. Btw, nice lil pic of an abandoned crackhouse probably along the Hudson River. haha You're fuckin nutz!
Posted on: Apr 17, 2008
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