Ditch the Car: The Best Ways to Navigate the City As a NYC Tourist

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Did you know that over 8.3 million people live in New York City?

New York City is filled with culture and character, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to so many people. Even those who prefer life outside the city enjoy a visit every now and then.

If you’re planning a trip of your own to NYC, you might be wondering the best way to get around. Is it possible to navigate without a car?

We’re here to fill you in! Check out our guide below to learn how to travel as an NYC tourist without your car!

1. Hailing a Cab and Using Rideshare Apps

You don’t have to be behind the wheel to travel around NYC by car! New York City is famous for its bright yellow taxis, so you’ll find them just about everywhere. The base rate for a cab ride is $2.50, and it typically costs $0.50 for every 1/5 mile.

If you don’t want to flag down a taxi, pull out your phone and download an app like Uber or Lyft. All you have to do at that point is input your current location and your desired destination, and the app will match you up with a nearby driver.

2. Renting Bikes

NYC is filled with parks and waterfronts, and these are easy to explore by bike. Bike rentals allow you to “unlock” a bike at one station, ride around, then return at either the same station or another compatible station.

There are many bike rental services around the city, and they’re all relatively cheap. Most bike rental services charge by the hour, but many also offer flat-rate day passes.

3. Walking the City as an NYC Tourist

One of the easiest ways to enjoy your time as an NYC tourist is by taking to the streets on foot! New York is very walkable, and you’ll have no trouble getting around if you brush up on the pedestrian traffic laws before setting off.

If you want to take a purposeful walk, lead yourself on a self-guided walking tour. From walking tours that show off the city’s art scene to more historic and scenic walks, there’s no shortage of interesting sites to see on foot.

4. Taking the Bus

New York City Transit operates nearly 6,000 buses. No matter where you’re traveling around the city, you’ll have no trouble finding a nearby bus station.

Bus fare is $2.75 per ride, but it must be paid either with only coins (no pennies, though!) or a MetroCard, which can be used for both the buses and subways.

Fare for one ride also gives you the option for a transfer within 2 hours of paying your fare. Just make sure, if you’re paying with cash, to ask your driver for a transfer.

5. Using the Subway

If you want to feel like a local, taking the subway is a must. It’s an easy way to get around the city, and you can use a MetroCard to easily pay for each ride.

The fare amount is the same as the bus fare, $2.75. The subway can be intimidating, so make sure you know exactly where you are going before you step into a train car. Mobile apps, such as Transit and Google Maps, can be lifesavers as you navigate NYC by subway.

Enjoy Your Stay

It’s exciting to become an NYC tourist, and you’ll get the full tourist experience by ditching the car. The guide above will get you started on your journey around one of the world’s most beloved cities.

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