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Getting Around New York City

Trans City Guide

For a city the size of New York, getting around is easy. One of New York's best kept secret is the efficiency and success of it's public transportation system. In the city, you can get just about anywhere using public transit. The subway and bus networks are extensive and getting around New York city on the subway, train and bus lines is a unique adventure and a great way to get to know the city.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority or MTA as it's known locally operates subways, trains, and buses to just about every corner of the Greater New York area. The system covers a staggering 322 square miles, with more than 4,373 public buses.

Below is a list of options available to you while you are in New York City

New York City Bus
New York Bus

New York City has a very extensive bus system serving the five boroughs. Taking a bus in the city is an easy way to get around, cover a lot of ground and do some sightseeing of the city.

New York City Taxi
New York Taxi

There's no shortage of taxis in New York. When you can flag down a cab anywhere in the city. Available cabs will have an illuminated white light on the roof to identify them.

New York Subway
New York Subway

Serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island through MTA Staten Island Railway (SIR), the New York Subway is the fastest and one of the least expensive way to get around the city.

NYC Car Rental
New York Car Rental

Renting a car in New York city is not a necessity, but if you must, there are lots of places to pickup a rental. Here are tips and things you need to know before renting.

NYC Airport Shuttle
New York City Shuttle

Shuttle vans operated by off-airport companies are a popular and convenient transportation option at any of the New York city area airports.

Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Ferry

Enjoy postcard views of New York's great landmarks and skyline as you board one of the best free attractions in New York city, the Staten Island Ferry

Taking a walk in NYC
Walking in New York

Avoid gridlock traffic, subway delays and fighting for parking. Take a walk to get a closer look at all the landmarks and attractions.

New York Water Taxi
New York  Water Taxi

Enjoy the comfort of a climate-controlled New York water taxi. This is a great way to take in the spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and other New York city neighborhood.

NYC MetroCard
New York MetroCard

Accepted by all MTA New York City Transit trains which include subways and local buses, the MetroCard is the payment method for the New York City rapid transit system.

New York City Attractions

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The New York City Subway, is the largest subway system in the world by track mileage and the largest by number of stations.

Note: A double-decker bus tour of Manhattan is a good way to get a quick orientation. The bus line tours allow visitors to get off the bus at areas of interest and reboard a later bus to continue their exploration.

View MTA Subway Map

View MTA Manhattan Bus Map

View PATH Train Map & Schedule

View New York Waterway Schedule

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