Es muy recomendable utilizar el metro para moverse por la ciudad, es muy barato y muy facil de hacer. Le dan a uno una tarjeta donde "carga" dinero para realizar los viajes necesarios, en todos lados hay mapas de las lineas y son muy faciles de entender.
NYC used to have day cards for visitor's but not anymore ... instead they have METROCARDS now ... they give a bonus of 10% if you deposit more than $10 ..... believe me you will use every penny of it ....... machines are available at every subway stop so don't worry about finding machines ... the subway one of the best in the world runs 24 hours a day ...... just be careful during the wee hours of the morning, the freaks come out, but mind your own business and you'll be fine .... this NYC .... no one bothers you ...... the train takes you to just about every imaginable spot around this great city !!!!!!!
To buy tickets for the public transport i.e. the bus and subway, there are automated ticket machines in the subways and at the entrance to the Staten Island Ferry building.
They are easy to use and easy to understand.
The subways and the buses are the best ways to go around NY but of course, when it's late in the evening or your lost.....the cab is the choice transpo. Buy a Metro Card and you're set to travel. There are 3 kinds of MetroCard (i researched this, of course to help you guys.). (i) Unlimited Ride - lets you ride all you want for one price. The more you ride, the less you pay. (There's the 7-day, 30-day or 30-day express bus plus metrocard). (ii) The Fun Pass - gives you a day of unlimited subway and local bus rides, then (iii) pay-per-ride metrocard. If you have more questions, call (212) Metrocard
These tickets are fantastic. We stayed for 4 days and it turned out cheaper for us to buy a weekly than to buy a ticket for each time we used the subway. If you want a cheap good value option, the metro card is the way to go.
They can also be used on the buses
The best way to get around subway and buses is to buy or a one day fun-pass metrocard or a 7 day metrocard pass. this is the best as you can use the public transportation system as many times as you wish.
The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2. The fare for an express bus ride is $5. If you qualify for Reduced Fare, you can travel for half fare. Up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free when accompanied by a fare paying adult.
1-Day Fun Pass
Cost: $7, reduced fare not available
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides from first use until 3 a.m. the following day. Sold at MetroCard Vending Machines and at neighborhood stores. Not available at station booths.
7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard
Cost: $24, reduced fare $12
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 7 days from day of first use.
30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard
Cost: $76, reduced fare $38
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 30 days from day of first use. This card is insured against loss when purchased at a vending machine with a credit or debit/ATM card.
You can buy metrocards in subway stations booths, buses and street vans, subway metrocard machines.
The Subway system in New York is really fantastic! I heard it has improved a lot, but when we were there it was really splendid. They are very punctual, plenty, informative, ...
An example: we went on the train to the South of Manhattan, and had to get off at (I think) Columbus Circle. Before we got off, the speaker inside the metro told us that we could get off at the next station and immediately take the train on the same platform going downtown :-)
It might get expensive to buy one way tickets all the time (being 2 US$ per go). By far the best solution (if you're staying for a week), is to buy a seven-day card for unlimited rides; they can be bought in most subway stations and subway booths and cost 21US$. You can even go on the bus with them.
Also, the metro is just one of NY's main attractions. I loved it!
Buy a metrocard 1 day fun pass = $7 or a 7 day unlimited ride = $21 for unlimited number of subway and local bus rides.
a single fare on the nyc transit is $2.00.
thank-you kalimerahara for the up to date prices.
New York city is always $$$$$$, now their ONE-DAY Metro Card is raising to $7 usd, and a single trip to $2 usd. It depends on how long you're going to stay in Mahantan.:)
Make sure which stop you're going to, and see clearly by those signs on the entrance of Metro before you get down stairs....Or you would walk a lot...:P
The best way to get around the city is the subway. It may be dirty, rat infested and abound with questionable characters, but it is definitely the cheapest and fastest way to get from point A to point B.
Hmm, I guess it can't be avoided. I'm not a big fan of the subway, and I avoided it whenever possible, but sometimes it's the best choice. I have more than enough moan, moan stories about the subway to fill a book, but if you're visiting or living here, you'll no doubt have to use it at some stage.
Getting around New York is easy using the subway Metro system. You can buy a $4 fun pass from the machines in the subway that allows you unlimited travel on any train or bus in New York. The ticket is validated from the first time you use it up until 3am that morning. This is very good value as a single trip cost $1.50 one way.
It is very easy to use the undergound if you have a basic underground map, you can get a free one at any of the counters. As long as you know if you are going uptown or downtown you cant got wrong.
One of the best way to circulate around NY is the subway. I love it, it's quick and pretty regular, relatively safe depending of the region.
Good info found on http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm
If you're there for a week, invest in a $17 weekly metro card which gives unlimited access to subway trains and bus services.
Personally I prefer the subway. It's quick and efficient, and I've never had any problems so far with feeling unsafe or threatened. The buses are great, and obviously have the added bonus that you get to see the city whilst you're travelling, but I could never figure out the timetable so I found the trains to be more frequent/reliable.
Walk if distances are short: you'll see a lot of the city and buses are often stuck in traffic anyway. For anything further out use the subway: it's fast, not too expensive and it runs 24/7. Taxi's are a good idea when you go out at night as they're safe and cheap if you share with other people.