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Beginner’s Guide to Getting Around NYC

It’s been 3 years since I moved to New York from Boston, and although the NYC natives may not agree, I would consider myself a local by now. In my time here, I’ve made plenty of transportation mistakes costing valuable time and more importantly – it’s just plain frustrating to get lost! Don’t worry, it’s really not as confusing as it seems. See below my top tips for getting around the big city.

  1. Take the subway: It may seem confusing at first, but it’s so much cheaper than cabs and Uber. Plus, most of the time it actually gets you where you need to be more quickly. Google maps is a life saver for telling you exactly what train to take so you don’t have to worry about getting on the wrong one. If you aren’t sure, ask someone! Most New Yorkers are happy to help!
  2. Walk: I’m a huge fan of walking any place I need to go. It’s a great way to explore different neighborhoods and get some exercise while getting where you need to go! New York is an extremely walkable city. As long as I have the time, I find myself walking anywhere that will take less than an hour. Again – google maps is your friend! Bonus: walking is free!
  3. Uber Pool/Lyft Ride: Although I try to refrain from taking cabs/Ubers, sometimes the shared ride option can be pretty affordable. I usually at least check my app to see how much it will cost to get from point A to B – I’ve seen it even cheaper than the subway depending on where you are going.

The exception/probably the only time I will take an Uber or cab is either if it’s really late at night (and i’ve been drinking) or if I’m going a really far distance with a lot of bags (example: home from the airport and I’m EXHAUSTED. I try to take public transport to/from airports as much as I can because it is expensive to get back into Manhattan).

Bottom line – don’t be afraid of the subway. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to walk! Enjoy all that NYC has to offer!


Lover of travel, all things fun, iced coffee, and the Oxford comma.

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