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Getting around (and to) New York
The city is connected well by various mode of transportation
like bus service, train and metro services providing fast, easy,
and inexpensive way to get around the city.
Trains run 24 hours a day, with waiting time between trains
normally just a few minutes, depending on the time of day. All Amtrak
trains depart from Pennsylvania Station on 33rd Street, between
Seventh and Eight Aves. The Long Island Rail Road operates from
this station, as well as the Metro liner train to Princeton, NJ,
Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Grand Central Terminal on 42nd
Street and Park Ave serve the Metro-North line to Connecticut and
other NY suburbs.
Getting around New York by buses is a great way to explore. NYC’s
3,700 buses operate throughout the five boroughs on more than 200
routes. Bus stops have a tall, round sign with a bus emblem and
route number. Most also include a "Guide-A-Ride," which
is a rectangular box attached to the bus sign pole that displays
a route map and bus schedule.
A bus ride cost about $2 per ride, no matter the distance. You can
pay your fare with a Metro Card or a token. Metro Cards can save
you money on multiple rides. In addition, Metro Card includes all
transfers, at no charge; you can transfer free from bus to subway,
subway to bus.
The Manhattan Island is home to an extensive ferry system, which
can get you uptown and downtown, and across the rivers to Staten
Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and New Jersey. The Staten
Island Ferry is one of New York City’s transportation and
sightseeing treasures. It has been a municipal service since 1905,
and although primarily a commuter route between Staten Island and
lower Manhattan, it is a glorious, 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise
with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and
lower Manhattan….and it’s free!
The yellow taxis also called “cabs”; short for “taxicab”
serves as one of the best alternatives to comfortable transport
around the city. They may be hailed on the street or found at taxi
stands at major hotels and transportation hubs.
All taxis have meters and the total cost may vary from distance
to distance. Taxi fares are $2.50 for the first 1/3 mile, then 40¢
each 1/5 of a mile thereafter, and 40¢ per 120 seconds when
cab is not moving; a 50¢ night surcharge is in effect between
8pm and 6am; a $1 surcharge is in effect 4-8pm weekdays (not including
Subways are a fast, easy, way to get around the city. Trains
run 24 hours a day. The 714-mile New York City subway system has
468 stations serving 24 routes - more than any other system in the
world. Subways traverse Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx;
The SIR trains run 24/7; the fare is the same as for bus/subway.
Routes are identified by letters, such as A B C and by numbers,
such as 1 2 3. The different lines are different colors. Free subway
maps are available in the Official NYC Guide, at NYC's Official
Visitor Information Center, and at any subway station booth.