New York travel guide



New York Travel Guide

Transports in New York

New York has one of the largest public transportation systems in the USA, there are a number of excellent choices for getting in and out of the city, from renting a car to taking a train; in fact, New York by train is a great way to reach the city, Amtrak provides long-distance service from major destinations such as Baltimore, Boston and Washington DC.

Public transport in New York is quite good, extremely cheap and covers most imaginable corners of the five boroughs with its 24-hour-a-day buses and subway services. The transport system is operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Getting around New York on foot is often the most exciting method of exploring New York. Many New Yorkers walk or ride bikes to their destinations.

New York City consists of a collection of islands, making bridges and tunnels an important aspect of navigation. There are 12 major bridges or tunnels connecting the boroughs.

Information maps can be obtained at the New York City Visitors & Convention Bureau (Tel: 212 484 1200).

Other transportation means present in New York City include:

New York Airports New York Airports

Thousands of flights depart each day from/to New York to/from more than 500 destination cities around the world. The City is served by three major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and La Guardia Airport. Teterboro Airport is a smaller one which serves as a main general aviation airport. JFK airport is the main entry point for international flights, LaGuardia Airport (LGA) mostly handles domestic flights, and Newark International Airport handles both domestic and international flights.

Port Authority Bus Terminal
Address: 625 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Telephone: 212-564-8484

Kennedy International Airport 718-244-4444
Newark Liberty International Airport 973-961-6000
LaGuardia Airport 718-533-3400
Teterboro Airport 201-288-1775, Ext 220

New York Subway New York Subway

The New York subway is the longest subway in the world. Subways are by far the fastest, most efficient and safer mode of transportation between nearly all areas of New York City, around six million people rides the subway every day. For $2.00 you can get anywhere in the city, it is payable with the correct change, no bills, although purchase a MetroCard is most convenient, all subway stations and busses are now MetroCard capable, it allows you to transfer from subway to bus, bus to subway or bus to bus.

New York Buses New York Buses

The bus system is simpler than the subway, an advantage is that you can see through the window where you’re going and hop off at something interesting. In general buses stop every 2 blocks making them slow; a major disadvantage; a New York bus ticket costs a few dollars, exact fare is required; payable using either coins or a MetroCard. Bus drivers do not make change.

New York Taxis New York Taxis

Taxis are always worth considering, there are thousands of taxis operating in New York, their characteristic yellow paint has made them New York icons, and these Medallion Cabs are the only vehicles in the city permitted to be hailed from the street. They serve as a quick and easy way to get around Manhattan, a route not amply served by the subways. Fares begin at US$2.50 and increase based on the distance travelled and time spent in slow traffic, a meter is usually mounted on the front dash of the car, cabs take cash only no credit cards.

New York Ferries New York Ferries

It is a great water-based travel option; the ferry ride is a favourite of tourists as it provides excellent views of the Lower Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Major Private Companies providing transport across the waterways in New York City include:

Ferry Company
BillyBey Ferry Company and NY Waterway 1-800-53-FERRY
SeaStreak 1-800-BOATRIDE
New York Water Taxi (212) 742-1969 ext 222
Liberty Water Taxi (201) 985-8000
The Circle Line 1-866-9CLINE1
The Atlantis (212) 633-1231
World Yacht (212) 630-8100

Driving schools

Driving schools in New York

Driving schools teach driving, and road safety. In the driving schools directory you will find information about road safety, driving knowledge, vechicles and equipment. A driver training course, or hight-school driver education program approved by the provincial government can teach you the skills, and attitudes you need to be a safe, and responsible driver.

Traffic schools

Traffic schools in New York

Improve your driving skills and possibly get a ticket dismissed or your insurance premium reduced. Taking a traffic schools course can also earn you a discount on your car insurance premiums. And, of course, if your driving skills just need a tune up, you can sign up to improve your driving techniques.

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