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  • MTA Unlimited Ride Passes

    by agroshong Updated Oct 24, 2002

    In a large, metropolitan area like Manhattan, it pays to have the flexibility to get on and off either the subway or metro whenever you like without the hassle of buying another fare.

    The MTA system provides two types of Metro cards that pay for fares on the subway and bus system. Cards are available in pay-per-ride (with a free ride for every $15 on the card) or unlimited. The unlimited pass comes in one day, seven day, or monthly. For unlimited cards, the readers in the subway station turn-stiles (but not the buses!) will tell you the day your card will expire. All cards expire at midnight on the expiration date. That means if you buy a one day pass (also called Fun Day Pass) at noon, you only have until midnight to use it.

    With the unlimited card, you do not need to worry about the 2 1/2 hour time limit on transfers from subway to bus.

    Subways are excellent for quick and easy north-south (uptown, downtown) movement in the city. Buses are more convenient for east-west (crosstown) movement.. Buses that follow the major north-south thouroughfares are likely to get caught in the daily congestion and can add significant time to your travels.

    Metrocards can be purchased at any Metro station from the booth teller or from the many automated kiosks. The kiosks are available in several languages and take credit cards or cash.

    For maps, there are full-size subway maps often posted in the station before you need to pass through the turn-stile. There are also full-size maps on every station platform. Streetwise's laminated map of Manhattan is an excellent resource and is also available in a credit card size version.

    While New York subways are notorious for poor sound quality and cramped spaces, new trains on the 6 line (Eastside north-south) are more like London tube trains. They are brightly lit, more spacious in seating arrangements, automated messages, and clear station indicator boards within each car.

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    New York Transportation

    by jaybird199 Updated Oct 15, 2002

    New York can be intimidating. But getting around it can be a cinch. The Subway(or metro) is the quickest and cheapest way to get around the City. There are many lines that connect the 5 boroughs of New York. At $1.50, its great for tourists and residents alike. To ride, you need to purchase a Metrocard. They are available at machines in every station and also at various stores/bodegas in NYC. You can get a card and put as much money on it as you want, or you can get monthly, weekly, or fun-day passes which gives you unlimited rides for a set price. If you are here for 1-3 days, I reccomend a Fun-day pass wich costs a meager $4USD. If you are here for a week, I would reccomend buying a weekly pass, which costs $17USD. Metrocards also work on NYC buses and you get a free transfer between both modes of transportation! The trains(as New Yorkers call them) run frequently, especially in Manhattan. All over the city, trains run either express or local. Express trains stop ONLY at the stations indicated by a clear or white circle and local trains stop at both black and clear stations. Obviously local trains take longer and Express trains are used to cover large distances quickly. Most tourist destinations are served by local/express service. If you have any questions, just ask a New Yorker! They are friendly and will explain how the trains work and help you find your way!

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    We bought a Metro card which...

    by bugalugs Written Sep 12, 2002

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    We bought a Metro card which can be used for the subway trains and the local buses as many times as you wish. A 1 day pass costs $4, a 7 day pass costs $17 dollars, but extremely good value for money. They can be bought at Times Square Visitors Centre, Grand Central Station, or from vending machines in the subweay using either cash or your credit/debit card.

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    The best way to get to NYC is...

    by Easty Updated Aug 31, 2002

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    Typical NYC Subway Station

    The best way to get to NYC is mass transit. Driving in this city is challanging in the best of times. Parking fees in Midtown are outrageous. The subway system is a great way to get around the city.
    Walking or Subway

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    depends where u going from...i...

    by javed Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    depends where u going from...i travelled from connecticut to newyork by train.
    the subway is the best way to travel around town. i thought it was a bit different to travel where u have train nos. rather than train lines. a subway map is always handy. buses and cabs are also available at not a very expensive charge.

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    We flew Iceland Air from...

    by AndrewOZ Written Aug 25, 2002

    We flew Iceland Air from Glasgow, and found the service wonderful, and the fares were great value too! On the way home, the plane was half empty, in July, and we actually got a couple of seats each.

    As for travelling within the US, we took the train from New York to Boston to continue our trip and it was a great experience. I can recommend the trip the other way too!
    The Subway of course! Once we'd managed to find a shop that sold the multi-ride tickets we were set. If you prefer the fresh air, and have a bit more time, you can also walk Manhattan with a fair amount of ease.

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    I took the subway, walked a...

    by PartyRambo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I took the subway, walked a lot, couldn't pay for a private helicopter, grabbed one taxi who took me WAY out of the way & claimed I told him something different.

    Walking was enough for me, as I never got out of Manhattan.

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    Talking about the MetroCard,...

    by szabolcs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Talking about the MetroCard, let me show you how it actually looks (see photo). So it's 17USD for one week of unlimited travel on NYC's subways and buses.
    It's also available for one day for 4USD (another great bargain).

    Ha mar a MetroCardrol beszelunk, akkor hadd mutassam meg, hogyan nez ki (lasd a fotot). Szoval 17USD-be kerul egy hetre korlatlan metro es buszutra. Egy napra is megveheted, akkor 4USD-t kell erte fizetned (eleg jo uzlet).

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  • First of all make sure you...

    by KristinaLMF Written Aug 24, 2002

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    First of all make sure you bring a great pair of tennis shoes to walk in because that is how you will travel around town. If iyour destination is not within walking distance you will probably take the subway or even better a taxi.

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    MTA Seven Day pass

    by esterspain Written May 10, 2004

    Buy the seven day passit is really economic $21 if you stay for a week. You can take metro bus with this pass. You can buy in any Metro Station

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    The best to move you around...

    by Zoe_bcn Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The best to move you around hte big apple is the subway. It's seems difficult but in fact is easy.

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