All you need to know about the New York City Public Transportation

When traveling to New York, you will have to think about using public transportation as an option to reach every point in the BIG APPLE.

Before I start, let me remind you that New Yorkers use public transportation for almost any reason.
Because parking, and tolls are really expensive and THE TRAFFIC.
So knowing all those facts, I don’t recommend  using a car if you want to stay in Manhattan.
Furthermore, a lot of people living on Long Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania… Use their vehicle to make it to the city.

If you want to use public transportation from the metropolitan area of Manhattan and NY, you will see that the Buses and subway system works perfectly and helps tremendously.

The quickest transportation in New York: The subway

In Manhattan, the metro is the most effective transportation, open 24/7 and very secure. All that thanks to Rudolph Giuliani, he guaranteed the security of New York, and its visitors. Since then, NY has become one of the safest cities in the US.

The Metro has 468 stations and allows traveling from almost every point in the metropolitan area like Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens…

Subway map

Alternative transportation: The Bus

It is really pleasant to take the Bus in New York, traveling like this, will let you see the city. The inconvenience? Is not as fast as the Metro, and there’s a stop in almost every street. The great advantage of using the Bus, is that it does not travel like the Metro from North to South, but travels from east to west and vice versa. So if you want to go to Meatpacking district, the Bus is your best option.

Bus Map

Metro or Bus? The best thing to do is to buy a MetroCard.

Read my post about it here

When you think about New York City, you think: Yellow

The famous yellow cabs from NYC! I am pretty sure you heard of them, maybe you seen them in a movie, or maybe in some pictures.  The yellow taxis are all over New York. They belong to private companies licensed by the “New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission”.  The lowest starting rate for using a cab is around 3USD. And because there are yellow taxis everywhere, it will be very convenient for you to take one.

Outside Manhattan, the cabs are Green 😉 You can learn more about it in this article.

But if you are looking for a better, and private service to roll all over NYC, or just pick up you from the airport and give a big surprise to your girlfriend or boyfriend, then take a Limousine! Is not as expensive as you think (Rent a Limousine here).

The Bicycle: The most environmental friendly transportation.

Since May 27th 2013, the city of New York introduced a new way to get around town: The CITI BIKE, Like almost the most big cities all over the world, you can easily rent a CITI BIKE for a certain time, allowing another way to travel in NY.

Read my post


The nicest transportation: the ferries

In New York City you can take the Staten Island Ferry, NY Water Taxi, NYC Ferry and NY Waterway. They are part of the public transportation system of the city. They are used both by tourists and everyday commuters.
You can then take a ferry from a point to another in Manhattan, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Queens…
The NYC Ferry takes you to the beach during summer and only costs $2,75! And The Staten Island Ferry is… free!
What I like the most is the view! Don’t forget your camera and enjoy the ride.

Read my post about the ferries in NYC Staten Island Ferry

The most surprising transportation mode: the Roosevelt Island Tramway

There’s only one in New York City, it takes you from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island! You may remember it from the movie Spiderman!
The fare is included in an Unlimited Metrocard! 😉

Read my post here


The Best transportation mode: Your own feet.

It is the best and cheapest way to see most or all the things NYC offers, There is nothing better than walking  New York avenues, streets, and the museums, to see every detail.

Now, if you are in Greenwich Village and you are planning to watch a Yankees game in the Bronx, you better prepare yourself for a 2 to 3 hours long walk 😀


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. Gemma baker says:
    Hi we are looking to book a cab to pick us up from jfk airport and take us to our hotel. Do you reccomend any company’s we could contact to get this booked in.
  2. Art Mencher says:
    What transportation options are available for disabled traveling with a mobility scooter?