New York City is notorious for being the most expensive state in the US for both tourists and citizens. But it doesn’t have to be. I travelled to the Big Apple earlier this year and now I’m here to tell you some tips and tricks to keep your holiday cheap and cheerful.
1) Buy a MetroCard
You won’t get a real taste of the city until you ride on the subway. New York is far too big to travel everywhere by foot and far too pricey to hail taxis every day. A MetroCard will give you unlimited access to use the subway and local buses for the duration of your holiday. The price for a seven day metro card is $31, whereas a single fare is $2.75. I used the subway at least four times a day, so I was definitely saving some cents.
2) Buy a copy of Time Out New York
This magazine has everything you need to know about what’s going on in the city, so you’ll always find something to do. There’s a page dedicated to free events ranging from art exhibitions, comedy shows and even festivals. Even some of the biggest attractions in the city don’t have an admission fee.
3) Eat on the go
Sitting down at a restaurant in New York can be expensive, particularly the ones in Times Square. If you’re a foodie, delve a little bit deeper into the city’s dining scene and you’ll find thousands of hidden gems. And if you love street food, definitely head to Midtown to discover some mouth-watering treats. Why spend $25 on a meal when you can get a delicious falafel stuffed pita wrap for a mere $4?
4) Ride the Staten Island Ferry
This is a must-see attraction in New York City. It’s free, exciting, and you don’t need to book in advance. What more could you ask for? All you need to is turn up at the terminal (located in Battery Park) and get on board. The ferries depart every 30 minutes and can hold between 1,000 and 4,000 passengers at a time, so there’s no chance of you missing out. Sit back and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Statue of Liberty and the iconic skyline.
5) Free tours on foot
Getting a tour of the city is hands down one of the best experiences I had on my holiday. Learn facts and figures about the buildings, people and businesses that you never knew before. You can head down to Lower Manhattan where you’ll find the Free Tours on Foot shop. They provide between 15 and 20 walking tours each day, ranging from exploring SoHo and Little Italy to learning about ghosts on Broadway. If tours aren’t really your thing, just take a walk around and make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps.
Do you have any top tips for fellow travellers? What’s your favourite thing about New York? Share your thoughts in the comments below.