How much money should you budget for a week trip to New York City?

Determining a budget for a trip to New York is quite complicated. It would help if you considered various expenses, and some are more important than others.
Anyhow, I’ll try to give you some clues. First, I will define three types of budgets (tight, average, and large) for a couple who decides to stay a week in New York (7 nights).

For each budget, I will consider the following elements:
Flight + accommodation + food + departures + visits + shopping + extras

It is an estimate based on my own experience. At least I will try to give you an idea of how much your budget should be.

Factors to think about as you prepare your budget for a trip to New York City

Firstly, you must consider when you want to go to New York City. The flights and accommodation rates vary depending on the season.
The cheapest season is from January to March.
The seasons that attract more tourists are when there are school holidays (Easter, summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year).

The accommodation is another factor to care about. The place where you will stay and the comfort and services you want. You can start at around $90 a night up to $250-300 or a few thousand dollars for high-end hotels.

The lifestyle you want in New York also matters. You may don’t mind eating sandwiches, going out at night, or shopping; your budget may be more limited than a couple who wants to dine in restaurants, see a show on Broadway, and visit many places.

The 7 factors that seem most important to me are:
– the flight (round trip)
– accommodation (hostels, hotels, apartment…)
– transportation (from the airport, taxis, metro…)
– meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– visits, attractions and shows
– shopping
– extra expenses (bars, cakes…).

How much does a flight cost to New York?

I know you read me from different countries, and I cannot easily compare the cost of a flight ticket from London, Sydney, or Berlin. For those who read me from the United States, the price categories that I will give below do not apply because domestic flights are usually much cheaper than international flights.

However, if you go on vacation outside school holidays, you will get cheaper rates. But still, you can review the fares of some airlines which propose offers throughout the year. The key is to check rates often. Sometimes it can be helpful to register for an airline’s newsletter and receive special offers notifications.

I prepared a list of airlines in this article. Do not hesitate to review it and compare the rates 😉

If you notice a promotion, you can also inform me, and I’ll publish it in this post.

I determine three types of budget:

Tight Budget
From $450 to $600 per person, or $900 to $1200 for a round trip if you go with your partner.
Average budget
The median fare for airline tickets ranges from $650 to $800 per person, or $1300 to $1600 for a couple.
Large Budget
You can spend much more in high seasons or if you want to travel in higher classes, in this case, consider a budget of about $900 to $1200 per person, or $1800- $2400 for a round trip for a couple.

How much does it cost to stay in New York?

Again, it is a bit difficult to give you a very precise cost.

New York City attracts a lot of tourists, the rates vary from month to month.

You can find a room at $150 off-season, and pay $250- $300 for the same room during the high season!

In addition, you have to take into account where you would like to stay, the number of travelers, comfort, and services.

Tight Budget
You can find a room in a house (on NY Habitat or AirbnB), stay in a hostel (see in Booking). The night costs from $45 to $50 per person per night, or $630 to $700 for a week with your partner.
Average budget
If you prefer to stay in an apartment or hotel near Manhattan (Queens, Brooklyn, Harlem Long Island City), or if you want a budget apartment in Manhattan, you can find something between $130 to $200 per night, or $910 to $1400 a week for a couple.
Large Budget
If you want a hotel well located in Manhattan, or a high-end apartment, you could spend about $250 per night in a Times Square hotel up to $8000 a night in a suite of a large hotel in the city. Let’s say, usually, prices range from $250 to $400 per night, or $1750 to $2800 per week for a couple.

How much does transportation cost in New York?

The first expense you will have in New York is the transfer between the airport and your accommodation (JFK, Newark, La Guardia). The cheapest way is public transportation with the Airtrain and subway because it is equivalent to $15.75person round trip, or $31 for a couple.

You can also book a taxi shuttle, about $ 23/person, or about $90 per couple, the round trip.

Another option is the taxi or a limousine. It can cost from $50 to $170 for a one-way trip.

Once in New York, if you stay a week, it is best to buy an Unlimited Metrocard. It costs $32 per person.

Yellow cabs can be very practical … and they are so mythical! They are available 24 hours a day in Manhattan. A trip can cost between $8 and $10, it obviously depends on the distance. There are also green taxis, I give you more information in this article. They cost the same, the difference is that they go to areas where yellow taxis do not.

I want to draw attention to those who decide to stay in New Jersey. They must add the price of the PATH (train from New Jersey to NYC), it costs $29 /person, unlimited travel for 7 days. If you don’t stay close to a PATH station, you can take a bus, rates vary depending on the distance.

Tight Budget
If you leave the airport using the Airtrain + metro, for the roundtrip, and only use the Metrocard in NYC, it will cost you $128 for the week if you go out with your partner.
Average budget
If you reserve a shuttle for the airport transfers, buy the Unlimited Metrocard for NYC, and take 2 to 3 times a taxi, count an expense of $170 to $185 for a week with your partner.
Large Budget
If you prefer to book a limousine from the airport to your hotel, then a taxi to return to the airport, the Metrocard unlimited 7 days, and take a taxi 5 to 10 times during the week, your budget would be between $400 and $524 for a week with your partner.

How much money could you spend for meals?

It is another difficult point to determine. Some may be satisfied with a $3 hot dog, and others prefer $200 meals at a good restaurant.
Breakfast at a Starbucks costs $5 to $6 per person (a simple coffee and pastry). You can spend less at a 7 Eleven, Dunkin Donuts, Prêt-à-Manger…

Eating at a fast-food restaurant varies from $8 to $10 for a main dish + drink + dessert.
There are small restaurants or Deli’s, in which the main course (pizza, pasta, meat, …) costs from $10 to $12 per person. A full meal costs $20 – $26 per person.

As for restaurants, likewise any big city, some can be very expensive. But there are many with complete menus (entrees + main dish + dessert) between $50 and $60 per person.

Note: some hotels have breakfast included in the room rate, with a large selection of food.

For three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). dinner), my estimate is:

Tight Budget
One breakfast and two fast-food, or $25 to $30/day/person, or $275 to $460 per week with your partner.
Average budget
For a breakfast, a fast-food and a small restaurant, count about $30-45 per person per day, or $460 to $650 per week with your partner.
Large Budget
If you want a good breakfast, a small restaurant for lunch and a nicer one for Dinner, consider $50-90 per person per day, or $700 to $1260 for the week with your partner.

How much do visits, attractions and shows cost in New York?

First of all, I think that for a first visit of New York, the purchase of a Pass is very useful, like the New York CityPASS since it offers the main visits and attractions in NYC.

Then, if you want to see an NBA game, whether it’s the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets, you could find tickets at $26-40. For a baseball game, it’s starting at $20-25, a football game is starting at $40-50. You can read more information here.

If you like shows and plays, you can go see a musical on Broadway, starting at $ 65-90 per person.

One of the must-see activities in New York is a helicopter flight, starting at $215 per person. It is impressive and allows you to see the whole city from an extraordinary point of view.

In short, there are thousands of things that can be done in New York, not to mention concerts, museums, bus tours, boats, guided tours…

Tight Budget
The key is to buy a visitor’s pass, such as the New York CityPASS, it costs $120 per person, or $240 for a couple, and you have 9 days to use it.
Average budget
You also could buy the New York CityPASS, add 2-3 activities as a game, a musical and a helicopter tour. It would cost between $330 and $650 per couple.
Large Budget
If you want to make a maximum of activities, in addition to the New York CityPASS, a game, a musical, a helicopter tour, one bus tour and more, it would cost you $650 or more from $1300 per couple for a week.

How much does a shopping session in New York cost?

It is one of the most difficult budgets to anticipate. Even if your not a regular shopper, the prices in New York are so attractive that one quickly falls into the shopping fever.

Most tourists buy souvenirs from $ 1 to $ 10 (key chains, I Love NY t-shirt …) but they also buy at least a pair of sneakers (Converse, New balance, Nike) from $40 to $50, a pair of jeans from $40 to $50, 2-3 t-shirts at $10 each…

You can save money going to one of the outlet stores near NYC. For nice souvenirs at “wallet friendly” prices, you can go to Cocoblues.

Tight Budget
If you do not buy much more than souvenirs, count from $30 to $65.
Average budget
With a shopping session in stores like Century 21 and common brands, count from $250 to $400 per couple for the whole week.
Large Budget
If you like the high-end clothes, or the shops of 5th Avenue, you may easily spend around $650- $1300 per couple.

What are the other expenses that can be spent in New York?

Within these expenses I include going to a bar at the end of the day, passing by a bakery during the afternoon… expenses that are not necessary but are part of the vacations.

A cupcake, muffin or cookie, can cost at least 3 to 4 dollars, a beer costs $6-10, a cocktail is from 9 to 13 dollars, if it is on a rooftop (on the terrace of a building) it is at least $ 13…

In this category you can count the administrative expenses (ESTA -$14 person- or visa, it depends on the countries in terms of price), the passport (the price depends on the countries), and are required to enter the American territory.

Tight Budget
So, if from time to time you want to eat a typical US cupcake, have a coffee and go to a rooftop at least once a week, count $50 to $65 for a week for two people.
Average budget
If you want to have an “extra” several times a week, consider a budget of $130 to $200 per couple for a week.
Large Budget
If you want to go out every day for coffee, go to a bar without forgetting a sweet treat everyday, count from $250 to $330 per couple for the whole week.

How much money should you budget for a week trip to New York City?

I prepared a table so you can better read the budgets calculated above.

Tight Budget
Average budget
Large Budget
from $900 to $ 1200
from $1300 to $1600
from $1800 to $2400
from $630 to $700
from $910 to $1400
from $1750 to $2800
aprox. $94
from $170 to $185
from $400 to $525
from $275 to $460
from $460 to $650
from $700 to $1260
aprox. $240
from $330 to $650
from $650 to $1300
from $30 to $65
from $250 to $400
from $650 to $1300
from $50 to $65
from $130 to $200
from $250 to $330
from $2199 to $2804
from $3550 to $5085
from $6200 to $9914

As you can see, you can go to New York with your partner with a little over $2000, reserving the flight and accommodation as soon as possible and limiting your expenses in the city.
However, I recommend that you go with a budget of minimum $2200 per couple, to truly enjoy your stay. I would say a minimum of $3500-$4000.

In this article, I am not talking about the agencies that offer flight-hotel packages. You can get a good deal on websites like Expedia.

To prepare your budget, you can also calculate how much money you spend per week when you are at home: meals, transportation to work, shopping, gas and electricity for example.

In conclusion, I hope I have helped you a little with this article, so you can prepare your trip to New York with ease.


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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  1. Luiz says:
    I’m planning to go New York for my birthday for 5 days in couple weeks but was wondering if $1500 is enough cuz I already got my flight and hotel booked for $575 so just gotta pay that hotel when I check in plus I’m going to New York giants game and UFC 268 at MSG but other than that wanna mainly sight seeing one night have good steakhouse for my birthday n shop a little that’s all so Jw
  2. Russell says:
    So I have met a woman from the bronx area and am planning a trip from London to go and meet her for a week we dont want to do too much outdoor activities mainly just go for meals and I am not too fussy about accommodation as long as it’s safe could you give me a rough estimate how much I may need?
    • TeamMemo says:
      It depends on when you want to see her. Hotel rates fluctuate according to the time of year. A minimum per night could be $100/$150.
      Restaurants can be expensive. You can quickly spend $50 per meal per person.
  3. Carmen says:
    Thank you for the excellent information! We are going to New York for the first time next week . July 19- 25th.
    Which restaurant do you recommend to eat fish ? I love red snapper “ huachinango “ .
    Thank you in advance !

    • TeamMemo says:
      Many thanks, Carmen.

      I know places to have lobster if you want. It will be easier for me because I don’t know any place where you could have a real “huachinango”… But you could try Mar, at Mercado Little Spain. I never tried it because it’s new, but I can’t wait to go.
  4. Jeremy Soan says:
    Hi There
    I am planning a trip to New York next year to stay with a friend for three weeks, could you advise me on how much I would need for my trip.

    Thank You
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Jeremy,

      Yes, tell me a bit more about your trip. Do you plan to rent an apartment or stay at a hotel? What kind of activities do you plan to do? When do you want to visit NYC?
      These are factors that can have an impact on your budget.
  5. Debbie says:
    Thank you. A lot of good to knows. I want to take my 16 year old son to NYC. Do you think he is too young to enjoy it?

  6. Nhan says:
    Where are the cheapest “decent” apartments that are near Manhattan? Planning on staying for 4yrs for college.
    • TeamMemo says:
      You should take a look at apartments in Queens. I’ve stayed by Sunnyside Gardens in Queens. There’s a lot of apartments in this neighborhood that seems to be pretty quiet.
  7. Trish says:
    HELLO, I am visiting New York with my autistic nephew (22) stroke victim sister and my 76 yr old mother. What would you recommend while we are there? My nephew is the one that chose New York to visit for his birthday April 13th. We will be visiting April 8-12. Any tips would help….Thank you
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hello Trish,
      The best you can do is to visit the main attraction. As you’re not staying for long, you may consider at least:
      – one observatory (One World Trade Center, Empire State, Top of the Rock, The Edge),
      – bus tour (so your mother won’t be too tired),
      – if it’s your first time, the Statue of Liberty.

      These will be the basics. What would be your budget? Have you checked with your family if there are activities they don’t want to miss?
  8. Bri says:

    I love your blogs- it’s very thorough and thoughtful 🙂 I’m planning a trip to NY in early April this year, and was wondering what you would recommend- the New York Pass or New York City Pass? I’m working on my itinerary based on the things you recommended which I really loved! Kindly advise.
    • TeamMemo says:
      Many thanks, Bri!

      First, I would like to take a look at your itinerary. From there, I will see your activities and compare the pass that will better fit your trip 🙂
  9. Steve Merry says:
    Hopefully visit January 2022. Information given will take on board. My first visit at 67 year-old my daughter will be nearly 10 year-old we can’t wait.
  10. Raechel Crawford says:
    Hey Team Memo, still hoping to travel to New York from Australia late April-May 2021, 7 to 10 days. Have planned my own itinerary and hotel options based on your very thorough info. Tell me, is all of your information still up to date at this point? I plan on Staying at a hotel in Long Island City, Queens, which is very handy for what I plan to do, which is a lot!! With Thanks, Raechel
    • TeamMemo says:
      Many thank Raechel for making my day with such a nice comment 🙂

      Yes, my info is still up to date. With the pandemic, hotel rates are a bit different. However, I don’t want to change this post because I don’t know how long it will last. During my last stay in NYC, I found excellent rates in Manhattan, cheaper than Long Island City. If you booked your hotel with a free cancellation policy, you could always look for other options.

      Don’t hesitate if you want me to check your itinerary.
      • Raechel Crawford says:
        Ahhh thanks so much!!! What would be the going nightly rate for say, a standard double or Queen room, just for myself? And I have put together my itinerary, based on mixing up all of your itineraries, presented, and of course, have added my own things, I can travel cheaply using subway, walking , taxis of course and being on the ground with the people of course!!, shows, attractions, foods etc, I find late April to May to travel most suitable for me weather wise, thank you again in advance
        • TeamMemo says:
          You’re welcome Raechel,
          Rates depend on where you’re staying, not only the hotel but the location. I noticed that hotels located north of the Queensborough bridge tend to be cheaper than the hotels located on the other side. The latter ones are also more recent and feature more modern concepts (rooftop, updated rooms…). You could spend an average of $130-$200 per night.

          Subway will be your best friend: it is cheap, fast and yes you can be sure that you’ll be on the ground with the people as you say 😉
          If you stay in Queens, consider the NY Ferry. It navigates by the East River via several routes, and it only cost $2.70/trip!!
      • Bri says:
        Would you say booking an airbnb is cheaper or a hotel for a week stay in New York do you know the average prices for each ?
  11. Ashley Rami says:
    im going to New York to celebrate my birthday on December 15th, ill be for 5 days. But I mainly want to visit places and try new food 🙂 not really looking to shop. how much do you think I need? how much do you recommend?
  12. Nishil Shah says:
    Are You Blogger ?
  13. Gatlin says:
    If I am going for a week with 3 people for everything how much would that cost
  14. Nitesh says:
    Good Day, my family an i (Myself, Wife and 2 year old) are looking at planning a trip to NYC, Orlando, Miami around July 2021, given the current Covid restrictions. i would like to find out how much to budget for 5 days in NYC, 3 in Orlando and 2 in Miami. i am from South Africa. Flights and accommodation is seperate from this
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi there 🙂

      It all depends on what you plan to do, concerning visits, shows, food, shopping… An average budget would be about 30-50 dollars per day per person. It can be less than that, and much more. It’s different when you travel with a baby, a lot of attractions are free, and they usually eat less than their parents 😉

      Let’s say you’ll need about $100/day, or $1000 for your whole trip, minimum.
  15. Makayla says:
    I know right now won’t be the best time but in the future I will definitely love to go traveling with my friends this is a good start to a plan
    Thank you!
  16. Sandra says:
    Hi Memo, I hope to go on 26th Dec, to 30th/31st maybe. My partner and daughter (15 who thinks my pockets are SO deep) I’m wondering how far €3000 ( not including flights and accommodation) will go……I’m not cheap, but not high end, and I hate budgeting, to be honest ……its my daughters first time there, And she is sports mad, so I want to splurge a little on her??
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Sandra,

      If you plan to stay 5 days in New York City, with a budget of 3000, you will have 600€ per day, or 200€/day/person. It’s a very comfy budget for a trip to NYC 🙂
  17. Paula says:
    Hi I want to take my fiancee to new York for our honeymoon after we get married next year. He won’t fly how much should we budget for train tickets round trip and everything else. Looking to get a sleeper on the Amtrak train.
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Paula,
      Tell me which town you’d leave from, so I can check Amtrak tickets.
      As far as the rest of the budget is concerned, and depending on what you’d like to do (activities, restaurants), you can get an idea of how much to spend based on the other paragraphs of the article. How long do you plan to stay in New York City? You can always spend less, but in my opinion, a minimum of $50/day/person is an average budget to enjoy New York City.
  18. David says:
    Things can be far cheaper if you’re smarter about where you’re getting things like airline tickets and shelter. The most I’ve ever spent on tickets to JFK was about $300 round-trip from across the country, and that was during peak season. I stay in a Manhattan hostel for at most $20 a night, which for 6-7 nights is around $120-140. I put $40 on my Metrocard to get around and walk wherever I can otherwise. I eat light and cheap, and the most I’ve ever spent on food there in a week is $100. All that adds up to about $580 at maximum, but I’ve spent as little as $300 for a week in NYC. Granted, that’s not including the extras because I don’t engage in tourism and don’t shop.
    • TeamMemo says:
      Thank you for your input.

      Well, the budgets I calculate are for a couple. You spend about $600 for a week, that is slightly what I indicate on my table under “Tight Budget” if you remove the tours, shopping, and extras.
      Plus, you’re lucky enough to just fly across the country; some of my readers are from Australia and Europe. Even with a low-cost company, they spend more than $300 on their tickets 😉
  19. Valentina says:
    My kids are going to New York in March for 10 days with a school tour group everything is included except lunch. They are girls so they will want to shop how much do you suggest the take for spending money?
  20. Clare razzell says:
    Hi planning a trip to NYC with my son for his 18th birthday
    Four days / 3 nights haven’t a clue how much money I would need to bring with us
    We would have a hotel with breakfast included
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Clare,
      It always depend on what you want to do and where you’re going to eat. I always count about $50/day/pers to eat and buy a souvenir. With breakfast included, you may spend less.
  21. Gabrielle Donaldson says:
    Hi going to New Yourk early March from New Zealand, 2020 4 senior adults, first mistake booked Broadway show for Phantom of the Opera we thought booking before going would be good and save hassles charged $149 + $56 American for each ticket for handling charges, do you think that we should have waited and purchased tickets there? Other than that we are all very excited about our trip as reading all your tips there is so much to do thanks.
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Gabrielle and sorry for the late answer.

      There are always charges on tickets, the American market is a bit annoying, it makes it very expensive to go to a concert or show…

      You can get tickets once in New York City with TKTS. You can always give it a try if you just want to assist to one of the shows and if you’re not a “super fan” of any of them. You can read my post about TKTS here.

      Thanks a lof for your nice comment 🙂
  22. Kathleen McC says:

    Going to New York for a week in March. Is 2500 dollar enough? Accomodation and flights paid for. Thank you.
  23. akram says:
    this looks very helpful thank you! just wanted to ask is 2100 USD enough to cover for one person for (food transportation and extras) for a 7 day period this budget doesnt include my hotel or flight ticket thank you
  24. Nerissa says:
    Hi. September – 2 adults and a teen. Budget for all the above 6500$. Feasible?
    On another note well done for the great way you split expenses into categories and levels.
    Many thanks.
    • TeamMemo says:
      Thank you so much Nerissa,
      Is that the whole budget (plane, hotel, visit) ?
      It looks feasible at a first sight. Tell me a bit more about what you plan to do, where you want to stay. I can help you in the process 😉
  25. Mr Clive Linington says:
    I am a 75 year old widower. Is a New York holiday suitable for me? How do I avoid getting “ripped off?”
    How much does it cost to rent a car?
    • TeamMemo says:
      Sorry to read that.

      As soon as you plan ahead your trip, you won’t have to pay for anything once in New York: tours, pass…
      You can rent a car but it’s not suitable in NYC. it would be better to use public transportation or yellow cabs.
  26. Peter says:
    I land in NYC on the 28th Feb 2020 few days time. All flights booked paid accommodation paid hotel in times square. Single 59 male first trip Overseas very well traveled in own country Australia don’t drink or smoke love a good time though 11 nights 8 grand enough.. I think so hey
  27. Laura says:
    HI my son is going and only needs lunch every day for 7 days and I do not know how much he should take he needs money for tipping and lunches and maybe a little shopping he is on a school trip so not paying for anything else please help advice would be great
  28. Anna Ms Cahill says:
    Hi my son is going to new York in April for a school trip, he is 16, I have never been there, so I’m just wondering what kind of spending do you think I will need to give him, it’s for 5 full days 6 nights, flights hotel paid for already, so will be for eating 3 times a day,maybe a little shopping on last day, as I no they have lots of things planned every other day with the school, thank you.
  29. Joey says:
    I’m going to NYC but i will be staying at Moonachie NJ for 22 days. I will be traveling to nyc from moonachie everyday excluding stay price how much money should i have for just Food and Transport in total?
  30. Sarah says:
    thank youuuuu
  31. Lukas says:
    How much money should I save for a three week trip (21 days)? I am staying in Los Angeles for 14 days, Las Vegas 3 days, and Nashville 4. What would be the total amount? Thank you 🙂
  32. Luke says:
    Hey I am going to take a trip from Louisville Kentucky to Los Angeles then to Las Vegas and back to Louisville. I plan to stay in Los Angeles for 12 days and 2 days in Las Vegas. How much should I save up for?
  33. Tristram Wake says:
    Hi iam travelling in new york for 3 weeks, my flight and accommodation is already paid for, i will only have around $2,500 USD for one person for 3 weeks is this an okay budget if i stick to a tight income?. Iam gonna have to be pretty tight fisted with my money.
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Tristram,
      It’s not that bad! It’s about $120/day 😉 You can easily spend only about $50/day for food.
      Then, you may need a Metrocard to use public transportation. A 7-day unlimited seems to be the best option as it will cost you $34 the first week, and then $33/week ($1 fee when you purchase a Metrocard).
      To save money on your visits, get a pass.
  34. Sheila M. Averbuch says:
    Memo, just a note to say thank you so much: am trying to put together a grant application for a writing research trip (mostly to upstate, but a few days in the city), and your info is super helpful. Thanks!

    Sheila M. Averbuch
  35. Raechel Crawford says:
    Memo, your info is great, very detailed, will be travelling to New York with Adult son April 2021, from Australia, average budget including7 days stay Long Island City Queens, flights, travel insurance visas, meals, shows all expenses covered, would $20,000 Aussie dollars be enough for shopping, shows et al, and when booking hotel, how long beforehand and do they accept credit card only? I wish to use a debit travel card for expenses as well as cash, cheers Raechel
    • TeamMemo says:
      Thanks a lot Raechel!

      To book your hotel, you can wait until June/July 2020. Book through because they let you book and cancel as many times as you want. If you find a cheaper rate, or a better located hotel, you cancel your reservation and make another one.

      Concerning flights, I found ones about $1000-$1400 AUD for April 2020. You may find cheaper fares if you book before November 2020. Let’s say you’ll spend 3000 max.

      Just to have an idea, I looked for hotels for April 18-25 in Long Island City. The average rates is $1500 AUD. You can book your hotel with a debit card.

      So 20000-3000-1500 = 15500 left for restaurants, shopping, visits. It means that you will have $2200 left per day, it’s a very decent amount of money! 😉
      A pass of visits is about $150 AUD, a helicopter flight average rate is $370 AUD, a good meal at a restaurant is about $69 AUD. but you can spend less if you just want a burger/pizza/sandwich/bagel/tacos… You can spend more too! Same with shopping 😉

      I feel like $ 20000 AUD will be a very large budget.
  36. Wendy Esrher says:
    Excelente, thanks for the información
  37. Diarmuid Sloane says:
    Great information tku
  38. Gopinath says:
    Very very thank-you bro I love newyork this schedule I am very useful bro.thankyou so much bro
    Hello ! i am single bachelor sports solo traveller. How much do i need for 5 days travel to new york city from india
  40. Eva Kalita says:
    Thank you for your response.

    I want to do some of the popular things that are done in terms of sightseeing like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, , horse and carriage ride in Central Park however I have been told about apartments that were set up in the 1900s the the 1950s and want to explore the less known about activities if there is a such a thing? If there is would you be able to point me in the right direction?

    And the shopping is a whole other issue

    Kind regards
    • TeamMemo says:
      You’re welcome!
      I think that you are talking about the Tenement Museum.

      However neither the Tenement nor the horse carriage ride are included in a pass. Be careful with scams for the carriage rides and make sure that you are going with a real guide. Check their ID and official authorization.

      For the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, you can get an “a la carte pass”, like the Go New York Pass. For these two activities, you’ll only pay $65.13.
  41. Mike Garvey says:
    Thanks for all the tips. As you may have guessed from me “tagging” my two daughters on Facebook, they are currently on holiday in New York.
    They flew out yesterday morning (Wednesday) from Ireland and are staying for a week.
    Thanks again for the tips, I’ll keep tagging as long as they are there.
    Keep up the good work
  42. Caitlin says:
    I am just starting to plan a 7-10 day trip to New York and am struggling with working out a budget. Excluding flights and accommodation, what would realistically be the lowest amount spent in a day for someone who is planning on doing all free activities/sightseeing and not eating in any restaurants only fast food and breakfast places? Also will be most likely getting the week metrocard.
  43. Lauren says:

    I am going to New York for 7 days 8 Nights in January, Hotel, Flights, etc are all paid for and sorted.

    All I need to do is work out a budget for spending money, we will have already purchased the city pass, so the budget will be for food and travel around New York. I am planning on taking £2100 for the two of us, do you think this is a tight budget? We don’t plan on doing any shopping although I may purchase the odd thing.

    Thank you
  44. Amit Patil says:
    Hello Sir,
    I am planning a solo trip to NY from India, I have gone through your article. Can you please tell me the minimum possible budget for a week trip to NY, I am interested in a NY helicopter ride and a football game in LA.
  45. Jack says:

    I am planning a birthday trip for my other half and I was wondering how much I should take for spending money. The money would be spent on attractions (most popular), food and transportation.

    How much would you recommend I take? The trip is for 7 days in the month of February.
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Jack!
      Concerning the attractions, if you want to visit the most popular, you can get a New York CityPASS. It costs $133 for 6 activities.

      For transportation, an Unlimited Metrocard costs $33.

      Then, for food and shopping, it depends on you. You can spend from $2 for a slice of pizza to hundreds of $ for a meal.
  46. Joe says:
    Hello going to NYC for 14 days. Is $1200 enough for food and transportation? excluding other things. I also want to buy $300 Gaming console. Will it be enough? i’m not really a big eater. I lost 90 pounds so i’m a toothpick and don’t eat much.
  47. Chalbern Sayson says:
    What if for a solo traveler like me. Excluding the roundtrip airfare. with a budget of $2500 or less is it enough for 4Nights 5Days?
    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi there,
      It is more than enough. Now if you want to save money on the activities, you can always get a pass.
      Depending on you itinerary, you have different options for a pass. In any case, you’ll save from 30 to 50% on the admission fees 😉
  48. Akso says:
    I am Planing a trip to New York with my two 17 years old and I am on Very Tight budget, i am considering buying The New York Pass for 3 DAYS,Which it cost around £411 What do you think?
  49. Reva says:
    So can the Subway take you to attractions
  50. Bosko says:
    Hi Memo !
    We’ll visit NYC from 2-9 April, and we would like to know where can we find best shops with mobile phones, lap tops,tablets at best price.
    Thanks in advance.

    • TeamMemo says:
      Hi Bosko,
      My favorite store is Best Buy! Chech their “open box” corner to get even more discounts 😉
      • Eva Kalita says:
        Hi Memo,
        I am in the process of planning my trip to NYC in June 2020. I have paid for my airfare and accommodation already. It will just be myself visiting nyc – how much should I be setting aside in AU dollars for my visit. I don’t want to be too extravagant but also not too frugal as this is my 40th birthday present to myself ☺️
        I look forward to hearing.
        • TeamMemo says:
          Hi Eva,
          As you’re planning your trip ahead, you may want to prepare an itinerary. From there, you’ll know the activities to do and then compare the passes to save money on your visits.
          Once in NYC, you won’t have to pay for there activities, your pass will be your admission ticket.

          That said, you just have to set aside money for food and shopping. For food you can spend a minimum of $40-50 a day (US dollars). Concerning shopping… well, it’s up to you!! 😀 😀

          For transportation, the best is to use the Metrocard, now it costs $34 for Unlimited subway and bus rides. Think about the transfer from the airport to your hotel, you can do it with public transportation or book a shuttle/private taxi. The fare depends on the confort you’re looking for.