Embrace the Journey Travel recently had a team meeting in New York City and we have a few tips to share when visiting the Big Apple.

NYC Night
Flying into the City at Night

Depending on your travel style, here are a few different ways to get from the airport to your hotel:

  1. The cheapest, is riding the subway. To do this, you need to take a bus to the station. This is great if you are good with following directions and you don’t have much luggage.
    PROS – transfer price (less than $5 dollars a person) and traveling like a local
    CONS – carrying luggage up and down stairs to get on the subway and you need to be able to get around with the map on your phone
  2. Town Car or Private Car Service- This service is one of the higher costs. Starting at $55 to $100 each way, but by far the easiest and normally the fastest. You want to make sure you are getting set up with a good town car service.
    PROS – A driver is waiting for you at the luggage area with a sign with your name on it, the driver helps with your luggage and drives you directly to your hotel
    CONS – The  Price is higher
  3. A Shared Shuttle and this is a set price normally $35 to $50 round trip per person –
    PROS – Locked in Price
    CONS – It can take up to 3 hours to get from the airport to the hotel. You stop at multiple Hotels along the way
  4. Uber/Lyft or Taxi – We recommend Uber or Lyft over Taxis because you can get an estimate of what the price will be before you accept the ride. If you take a taxi from the airport try to get one that is a flat rate.
NYC Time Square
Your Hotel stay is all about Location, Location, Location. We stayed right in Time Square and staying there gave us easy walking access or Subway access to pretty much everything.

A few things to remember while traveling around the city as a tourist:

  • Carry an Umbrella or a Poncho
  • Learn to use the subway, it makes getting around so much easier.
  • Get Apple Maps or Google Maps for your phone with the Subway Map, then before you leave your hotel, look at your map of where you want to go and take a screenshot on your phone. This way if you lose service you can still look at your map.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • Use the bathroom at your hotel before you leave and if you are at a museum or eating somewhere use the restroom before you leave. I have found most stores in NYC you have to buy something to use their restroom. (I personally feel like NYC has the least amount of public restrooms out of everywhere I have traveled.)
  • If you don’t have your heart set on a seeing a certain Broadway show and you have extra time to spare, RUSH tickets are a great deal but you need to be flexible and have at least 2 hours to wait in line for tickets.  
  • Be prepared for airport-style security checks at most tourist sites and don’t carry mace or it will be taken at the security check.

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