New York City Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane

New York City ( for all airports) is well connected by air with flights from almost every corner of the world. Three large airports, and several small ones, serve the region. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) are large international airports, while LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is a busy domestic airport. All three airports are run by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Teterboro Airport is popular for general aviation and business jet travelers out of New York City. Air taxi and air charter companies such as ElJet, The Early Air Way and Jetset Charter fly a variety of private charter aircraft and jets, from charter luxury Gulfstream's down to economical piston twins for small groups and individuals.

Inter-airport transfers:

Bus/Subway - Connections between airports using the bus/subway/PATH trains are the cheapest option, but will require many transfers. Set aside a minimum of 2 hours for travel time.
New York City Airporter Bus - Provides services between JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports for $24. Buses depart every 20–30 minutes. A bus transfer is required to the Newark Airport Express Bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal for Newark Airport to and from JFK and LaGuardia Airports"
ETS Air Shuttle - runs very infrequent shared ride van service between LGA and EWR for $32. The rides cost $10 between LGA and JFK, $32 between EWR and LGA and $29 between JFK and EWR.
All County Express - runs very infrequent shared ride van ervice between all LGA and EWR for $32.
Taxis - the fastest option when changing airports. A taxi between JFK and LGA will cost about $25–29 and should take 30 minutes. A taxi between LGA and EWR will cost about $78 + tolls and should take 60–75 minutes. A taxi between JFK and EWR will cost about $85 + tolls and should take 60–75 minutes.
John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport is New York's main airport and a major hub for American and Delta Airlines as well as other domestic and international airlines. If you are arriving into New York by plane from overseas, it is likely that JFK will be your point of entry.

As a huge and congested airport with seven terminals, it's recommended that you arrive several hours before your flight to allow you to find the right terminal, check-in and pass through security without a huge increase in blood pressure and / or a last minute dash worthy of the Olympics, but without any of the medals.

You can get into New York City by taxi for a flat fare of $52, bus for $2.50, or the 'AirTrain' - a 24h people mover system that takes passengers to nearby subway or rail stations for at least $7.50 (AirTrain + subway).

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport is situated in the state of New Jersey, west of Manhattan. It serves as New York's second major international airport and a major hub for United Airlines.

You can get into New York City by taxi for $50-70, or take the 'AirTrain Newark' to a NJ Transit train for $12.50 (AirTrain + NJ Transit).

LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport is the smallest of the New York Metropolitan Area's three major airports. Due to regulations, almost all direct flights from LGA are to destinations with 1,500 miles. Most flights are domestic; however, there are international flights from LGA to Canada, Aruba, the Bahamas and Bermuda. The Marine Air Terminal, currently used by Delta Airlines for services to Washington D.C. and Boston, is one of the oldest, still-in-use, airport terminals in the world. In 2009, LGA ranked last among major U.S. airports in both on-time arrivals and customer satisfaction.

To travel between the city and LGA:

Local Bus - costing $2.50, this is the cheapest method of transport, although the slowest to Manhattan. The buses have little room for luggage. However, they offer connections to the subway and Long Island Railroad. Note that free transfers between bus and subway are available only with a MetroCard; the single ride ticket does not allow free transfers. Coins are needed to board the buses without a MetroCard. There is a change machine in the airport terminal and MetroCards can be bought in the airport at Hudson News. The MetroCard vending machine at the airport does not accept cash. Bus to subway/LIRR transfers include:
* M60, particularly useful if you are staying in Harlem, the Upper West Side or Hostelling International New York, to:
** Astoria Blvd (15–25 minutes): "N" and "Q" Trains ( "Q" trains weekdays only)
** 125th St & Lexington Ave (30 minutes): "4", "5", "6" Trains & Metro-North Railroad Service
** 125th St & Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd (30 minutes): "2" & "3" Trains
** 125th St & 8th Ave./St. Nicholas Ave (35 minutes): "A", "B" (weekdays only), "C", and "D" Trains
** 116th St & Broadway (40 minutes): "1" Train
* Q70 LTD to:
** Roosevelt Ave./Jackson Heights (10 minutes): "E", "F", "M", "R", and "7" Trains
** Woodside (15 minutes): Long Island Railroad & "7" Train
* Q48 to:
** Mets-Willett Point (20 minutes): Long Island Railroad & "7" Train
Go Airlink Shuttle - Shared van door-to-door service. $16 to Manhattan. 10% discount for online purchase.
New York City Airporter Bus - provides services to/from Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal for $13 one-way, $23 round-trip (return ticket). Buses depart every 20–30 minutes and the trip to Grand Central Terminal can take up to 65 minutes. Note that while the schedule online shows stops at Penn Station, the bus does not go there between noon and 6 p.m.; however, SuperShuttle offers a free connecting service between Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.
Taxi - Taxis cost $21–30 to/from Manhattan plus tips, tolls, a $0.50 tax to NY, and a $1 surcharge during rush hour. You can save on tolls by asking the driver to use Queensboro Bridge for points midtown and on the Upper East Side, the Williamsburg Bridge for the Village and downtown, or Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges for points downtown. If going above 72nd Street, it is better to pay the toll ($5.50) and take the RFK Bridge (formerly called the Triboro) into Manhattan.
Private Car Service - An alternative to taxis, car services are useful for getting to the airport from the outer boroughs where taxis are harder to find, or if you prefer to have transportation reserved in advance. Typically $40+ between LGA and Manhattan. The 4 most common are:
* Moveo New York
* LimoRes Airport Car Service
* Dial7
* Carmel
* Carroll Transportation.
Other Airports

Long Island MacArthur Airport (Islip Airport) is located in Ronkonkoma (Town of Islip) on Long Island. The airport is served by Southwest Airlines, a major discount carrier in the US. US Airways has a minor presence at the airport.

To travel between the city and ISP:

A shuttle bus (10 minutes, $5) operates between the ISP and the Ronkonkoma Long Island Railroad station. From there, you can take a train to Penn Station in Manhattan. (1.5 hours, $12.75 off-peak hours or $17.50 peak hours). The Long Island Railroad offers a discount package for MacArthur Airport travelers on its website
Hampton Jitney operates bus services from Ronkonkoma to Manhattan costing $25; the bus stop is a short cab ride away from ISP. .

Westchester County Airport, near the town of White Plains, is served by 7 airlines.

To travel between the city and HPN:

Beeline Bus #12 (fare $2.25; call 914-813-7777 for details) operates service to/from the White Plains Metro-North station. From there, you can take a Metro-North train ($8.50 off-peak and $11.25 peak) to any of various points in the Bronx, or 125th St/Park Ave and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Trains run roughly every half hour for most of the day and take approximately 40 minutes.

Stewart International Airport

To travel between the city and SWF:

A shuttle bus connects the SWF with the Beacon Metro North Train Station. From there, you can take a train into Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

Teterboro Airport, in Teterboro, New Jersey, is used primarily for general aviation and receives no commercial flights.

By train

Amtrak

Amtrak, +1-800-USA-RAIL (+1-800-872-7245), operates from New York Penn Station, directly under Madison Square Garden, on 34th St between 7th & 8th Aves. Popular trains leaving during rush hours can fill up quickly; it is a good idea to make reservations online, or via phone, and pick up your ticket using a credit card or your confirmation number at one of the electronic kiosks located throughout the station. On some of the non-business routes, for example New York to Montreal, Amtrak actually takes more time and costs more money than taking the bus or renting a car. Check and compare schedules and prices before booking.

Amtrak's Acela express train provides regular fast commuter service between major points along the east coast such as Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Haven, and Providence. Amtrak services are also available to points along the East Coast down to Florida, across the southeast to New Orleans, to points between New York and Chicago, including Pittsburgh and Cleveland, to New York state including Albany, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and to Toronto and Montreal in Canada. Service to California takes 3 days and requires a change of train in Chicago.

Amtrak's ClubAcela, located near the big security desk in Penn Station, offers complimentary drinks, wi-fi access, newspapers and magazines, and clean bathrooms. Access to the club is granted to travelers with sleeper tickets, First Class Acela tickets, or Amtrak GuestRewards SelectPlus membership.

Commuter Rail

New York City is served by three commuter railroads.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) operates between New York Penn Station and Long Island with New York City stops at Jamaica Station, Long Island City, and Hunters Point in Queens as well as Atlantic Terminal station in Brooklyn. LIRR tickets can be purchased online or inside stations prior to boarding the train. Tickets are also available for purchase on the train but are significantly more expensive. The cost of the ticket varies based on the distance of the ride.
Metro-North Rail Road (Metro North) operates between Grand Central Terminal and points north and east of the city all the way to Connecticut. Trains also stop at the Harlem station on 125th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan. The New Haven line serves cities along the coast with branch lines to Danbury and Waterbury. The Hudson Line serves points along the Hudson River to Poughkeepsie. The Harlem Line serves Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties to Pawling and Wassaic. At New Haven, passengers may transfer to Amtrak or to the Shore Line East providing local service between New Haven and New London, Connecticut. Metro North tickets can be purchased online or inside stations prior to boarding the train. Tickets are also available for purchase on the train but are significantly more expensive. The cost of the ticket varies based on the distance of the ride.
New Jersey Transit operates between New York Penn Station and points in New Jersey. The Northeast corridor line goes to Princeton and Trenton. Services are also available for points along the Jersey Coast and, with a transfer in Secaucus, to points north of the city (in New Jersey and New York State west of the Hudson). Connecting service is available from Trenton to Philadelphia via SEPTA or to Camden (New Jersey) via RiverLINE. Connecting service to Newark Liberty International Airport is available from some Northeast corridor trains. NJ Transit tickets can be purchased online or inside stations prior to boarding the train. Tickets are also available for purchase on the train but are significantly more expensive. The cost of the ticket varies based on the distance of the ride.
PATH

PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) is a subway system connecting New York City to Hoboken, Newark, and various points on the New Jersey shore of the Hudson River. Two lines pass under the Hudson and enter the city, one terminating near the World Trade Center site downtown, the other at 33rd Street in midtown (see map). Note the PATH station at 33rd Street is not connected to, nor part of Penn Station.

As of January 19, 2013, PATH train fares are $2.50 per trip. An RFID-type stored value card known as the Smartlink affords PATH users discounts: $19 for 10 trips; $38 for 20 trips. However, the card itself must be purchased ($5, $24 including 10 trips). The PATH system accepts the MTA system's Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard (but not Unlimited Ride MetroCard). For the visitor traveling from New Jersey daily, it is more convenient and possibly cheaper to purchase the MetroCard to travel on both the PATH and the MTA systems. However, there is no free MetroCard transfer between PATH and MTA subways/buses.

By bus

Some buses offer wi-fi, outlets and even business-class style luxury. Buses serve New Jersey, New York suburbs west of the Hudson River, and all cities along the east coast of the U.S.

Additionally, be aware that with private buses in New York City "you get what you pay for." Most buses are safe, however, bus companies that are offering very low fares often are riskier in that their drivers are not as cautious on the roads and often speed. Also, the level of service is frequently somewhat less. If you have to transfer between buses using these discount buses for example, their drivers may speak limited English and be less able to assist you in making the transfer. Obviously there are exceptions to this, but it is a consideration of which travelers should be aware when choosing a bus company.

To/from New Jersey
New Jersey Transit operates service between destinations in New Jersey and Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Ave & 42nd St.
To/from Boston

The trip normally takes 4.5 hours, there are at least 82 buses daily in each direction.

Also see BoltBus, Greyhound, Megabus, and Peter Pan serving other locations.

Boston Deluxe, connects Chinatown to Hartford. Weekend service. $15.
Limoliner from Boston with on board attendant, food service, wifi, wide seats.
Lucky Star runs from Boston to their Chinatown office at least hourly 6AM-11PM and at 2AM. Wifi on some buses. From $1 online, $20 walk-up.
Go Buses runs from Cambridge, MA (Alewife Station) and Newton, MA (Riverside Station) to Penn Station (31st St and 8th Av). Fares start at $10.
To/from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC

Also see BoltBus, Greyhound, and Megabus serving other locations.

DC2NY service to/from Washington DC. Wifi.
Eastern Travel - several buses a day to Chinatown and/or Penn Station. Wifi on some buses. Partner with Megabus on some services.
Hola Bus
Today's Bus
The Know It Express - service between Atlantic Ave-Pacific Street subway station in Brooklyn and Washington DC.
Tripper Bus - service to/from Bethesda, MD; Arlington (Rosslyn), VA. Pickup location is at 7th Ave. & 34th st. at Penn Station & Madison Square Garden. From $1 online.
Vamoose Bus - service between New York City Penn Station (7th Ave & W 30th St) and Bethesda, MD; Arlington, VA & Lorton, VA. Fares start at $30 each way.
Washington Deluxe service to/from Washington DC. Wifi. From Washington D.C. ($21) some to Brooklyn.
To/from other locations
BoltBus offers service from Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia; fares start at $1 online, closer to the date they typically cost around $20. Wifi, electrical outlets. Buses to Boston stop at 34th Street & 8th Avenue. Buses to D.C. stop at 33rd Street & 7th Avenue as well as Canal Street & 6th Avenue. Buses to Philadelphia stop at Canal Street & 6th Avenue as well as 34th Street & 8th Avenue.
Greyhound offer connections across North America and internet-only bargain fares to the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue & 42nd Street. Wifi, electrical outlets and the works on some buses.
Megabus frequent service from Boston, Buffalo, upstate New York, Toronto, Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. Most buses arrive on the west side of 7th Avenue just south of 28th Street and depart from the south side of 34th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, across the street from the Javits Center; be warned that the departure location is a good 15 minute walk from Penn Station, where the nearest subway stations are located. Atlantic City services arrive and depart at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue & 42nd Street. Wifi and electrical outlets. From $1 online. Cash-less pre-booking only online or by phone.
NeOn is a service operated by Greyhound and partners to Toronto, buses run to the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue and 34th Street from the Royal York Hotel in Toronto and stops across New York state. Wifi, electrical outlets. Fares start at $1 if booked several months in advance, closer to the date they more typically cost around $50.
Peter Pan Bus Company operates between cities in the Northeast U.S. and the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue & 42nd Street.
Today Bus, Everyday Bus, and Tiger Bus All three operate from Chinatown in Manhattan non-stop to Virginia Beach/Norfolk Virginia (approx 6 hours; the first two go to Norfolk, while the third goes to Virginia Beach, the next town over). Price varies, but is generally around $60 round-trip or $35 one way.
By boat

New York City has always been one of the world's most important passenger sea ports, and arriving by ocean liner or cruise ship still remains an extraordinary and stylish method of arrival. In addition to passenger service from the Cunard Line, many cruise ships start or end their voyages in New York City.

The Cunard Line operates regularly scheduled passenger service between the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Southampton, England as well as Hamburg, Germany aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2, the grandest, largest ocean liner ever built. The trip takes 6–7 days and costs $800–$6,000 depending on the cabin and season.
More mundane arrivals can be had from New Jersey via NY Waterway and SeaStreak, two fast ferry services.

source: Wikivoyage

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