It’s the trendsetting capital of the world…and with that comes a price. Check out some of these insider hacks & tips to get the most out of the big apple.
Cheapest time to go: April to Mid May.
Most Expensive: July and December.
When to fly: Fly out on a Saturday, return on a Wednesday.
Best time to buy: On a Friday 4-6 weeks in advance.
Airfare tip: Try flying into these other three airports: LGA, EWR, HPN.
Cheapest Airfare always found using: Skyscanner
Best Airlines: TAM Brazilian Airlines, Air Canada, and Delta Air Lines have the lowest fares.
Am I getting a good deal? Good deals for this route are priced below $195.
Air B & B: The selection of beautiful lofts, apartments and other unique accommodations in New York can be found on Air B & B. Here are the best AirBnB rentals for under $150/night in Manhattan.
Money Saving Tips:
- Grand Central Terminal offers a free tour every Wednesday
- Trinity Church offers free daily tours (when there are out of service)
- Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours on Saturday
Discount Tickets: The TKTS stand in Times Square offers 40-50% off select shows. If you arrive to the counter the same day (you might have to wait up to an hour). You can access the TKTS here.
Free Museum Tickets:
- The Whitney Museum of American Art is free on Friday
- Solomon R. Guggenheim has “suggested” donations after 5 on Fridays
- Museum of American Folk Art is free, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design is free on Tuesday evenings free
- Steuben Galler is free, the MET is free (suggested donation is $20 USD)
- Museum of Modern Art is free after 4 pm on Friday
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JFK Air Train: A people mover system that runs 24/7, connecting all airport terminals with nearby rail and metro stations for $5 plus $1 for MetroCard . Find out more information here.
Taxi: The most flexible route into the city from JFK is a taxi, although the wait for one can be long when many flights arrive simultaneously. Fare runs a flat $52.50 to anywhere in Manhattan, not including tolls (up to $5.50) or tips.
SuperShuttle: Shared van service to or from most of Manhattan for $17-20 one way. 10% discount for online booking. More information can be found here.
If you’re not staying in a centrally located area Like Manhattan it is highly advisable to not rent a car while in the area. Valet prices can run up to $50-60/night for certain hotels.
Taxis: Most cabs around the city will cost around $15 USD.
Public Transportation: It’s possible to pay bus fares using exact change (coins only), you must have a MetroCard to enter the subway system. Cards can be bought online, at station booths, at vending machines in subway stations. You can also buy a 7-day transit pass for $30 USD.