Travel Tips

The Best & Amazing Way to Plan a New York City Vacation

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Plane ticket

The three nearest airports are JFK, LGA, and EWR. When searching for airline tickets online, type “NYC” in almost any online search box and it will check all three major airports and return the lowest fare. An advantage of NYC travelers is that you can arrive and depart from two different airports if there is a financial benefit. No car rental to worry about! Make sure to check the additional cost of traveling from Manhattan to Newark, NJ (EWR). It may not be saved to fly or stay there.

NYC Hotels from $ 25

To be in Manhattan, use a zip code like 10019 and look no further than 2 miles or you will be outside of Manhattan. The BEST Hotel deals are for military personnel and their eligible dependents and spouses. If you fall into one of these categories: U.S. military personnel and its allies (active duty, reserve, security guard, veterans and cadets, and members of the police, fire, and emergency medical services), you can stay in a beautiful hotel, on a GREAT location for rates ranging from $ 25 (per person per night) to $ 125 for a VIP room.

Statue of Liberty

There is only one way to enter the Statue of Liberty Museum. Don’t confuse booking Statue of Liberty tickets with taking a ferry to Liberty Island to walk the Liberty Grounds. You must reserve your ticket directly with the Statue of Liberty and it is FREE. No tour, attraction pass or discount pass includes admission to the museum (the base or to climb the Lady Liberty’s Crown). Reservations are usually booked 3 or more months in advance and are accepted up to a year in advance.

Tickets

Some tickets are worth buying in advance, especially if you want tickets for the kind of things New Yorkers go to on a daily basis, such as Broadway shows, TV shows, Yankees Baseball or Giants Football. Except for some very exclusive tickets, almost everything can be bought with a discount or coupon. Make sure you know how to get half-price Broadway tickets every day.

New York City Bus Tour

These are very popular with NYC tourists. There are pros and cons, but overall, most NYC tourists seem to really like them. Many of the Bus Tours prices include access to attractions and places of interest. If you plan to visit many attractions with entrance fees then a bus tour might be for you. Possibly even cheaper than taking the metro.

Attraction Passes

As a lifelong New Yorker, I was skeptical when analyzing New York City’s sightseeing passes. The short answer is that in MOST cases they can offer savings. You must ensure that you evaluate the passes correctly and read any hidden costs. See “Discounts and Attractions for New York City – Are They Really a Savings?” for considerations.

More things to do in NYC

see additional sights, museums, attractions and/or events while in town. Empire State Building or Top of the Rock? Is it a Restaurant, Spa or Fashion Week? Are TV programs recorded? What is happening at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Lincoln Center? Can you see one of the museums during their free days and times?

NYC Subway

Navigating and using the subway is easy once you get the hang of it but isn’t done with typical internet map programs. We use sites like HopStop and the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) website to get from point A to point B in NYC. Pre-charting part of your itinerary will save you a lot of time and money and enhance your NYC vacation. You don’t want to go from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Wall Street to the Guggenheim to the Statue of Liberty. Make your time efficient and buy the right Metrocard (the pass needed for the metro) for your trip.

Arrival in New York City

On arrival in New York, you can use public transportation, taxi, shuttle or NYC Limos to get to Manhattan. A limousine (car service) can be reserved just before arrival, but it is not always beneficial to reserve a car. Shuttle buses charge per person and taxis are one rate for up to 4 people. If you really want to sound like a New Yorker and not like a tourist, know your cross streets. When you get in the car, say “Park Central Hotel. 56th and 7th please” and not “Park Central Hotel, 870 Seventh Avenue”.

New York City Coupons

Stop at the two official visitor centers in NYC with hundreds of coupons. The New York City coupons are good for discount Broadway tickets, discount tours, discounts off attraction prices, coupons for bus tours, private tours, bike tours, museums, admission prices and hundreds of other things to do in NYC. The two centers are about a five-minute walk apart.