Transportation and travel New York

Transportation and travel New York

There are 3 main modes of transportation in New York: the Metro, L 'bus and taxi, but the boat is gaining ground and the feet are also in high demand! You can also get around by bike (more and more cycle paths) and rollerblades.
However, the car is to be avoided; you can neither drive nor park, and parking lots and tickets cost the eyes of the head! Hence the relatively fluid traffic for such a large city.

New York subway

New Yorkers spend a lot of time on transportation, especially on the subway, very safe and quiet. The network is very extensive and efficient because it works 24 hours a day. Only small complaint: the stations are sometimes far from each other, especially in Queen or Brooklyn. Okay, don't expect an ultramodern metro either.

How it works ? With some magnetic cards (MetroCard) that we pass through automatic turnstiles. There is talk that this system will soon be replaced by a more modern device, to be continued.
In the meantime, we buy MetroCards inside metro stations, in ATMs dedicated (or at the counter).

We buy them that there is one).

The base fare for one trip is $ 2,75, regardless of the distance. Children under 1,10 m (44 inches precisely) travel free on the bus and metro (up to three for a paying adult).

Here are the 3 types of packages to mêPer-Ride and 7-Day Unlimited Ride are different, make a choice when purchasing):

- Single Ride: $ 3 per metro ticket possible for the same price, within 2 hours.

- Pay-Per-Ride: these are rechargeable packages, valid for 1 year, with a value ranging from approximately $ 5 to $ 80, which can be used in the metro and on the bus. More practical and more advantageous than the single ticket. The journeys are debited each time the turnstile passes and the same card can be used for up to four people.

- 7-Day Unlimited: weekly pass allowing you to take the metro and bus as many times as you want for 7 days, and costs $ 33. Interesting even with only two trips per day.

The metro in practice

Not so obvious at first ...
Start by request a paper plan of the network at the counter (when there is). Or download the app New York Subway MTA Map.
When an oar goes uptown, she is heading north. If the indicated direction is downtown, she goes south. Many entrances only allow access to trains going either downtown or uptown. They are most often found on one side and the other of the same street or avenue. Check the indication carefully before committing to it. Check the letter or number of the line on the metro train because, from the same platform, oars can go to different places.

Also be careful: on a line of the same color circulate 2 kinds of trains, local (omnibus stopping at all stations, indicated by black dots on the metro map) and theExpress (main stations only, indicated in white).

The names of the stations are not always visible from the train, so watch out for them to get off at the right time!

From 22 p.m., all subways become local, to switch back to "express" at 6h.

The metro, like the bus, runs 24 hours a day. - rush hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 17 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.

  • All information on New York public transport on the website of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The bus

See card information above Metrocard, also valid for the bus. It is also possible to pay for the trip in coins but have exact change. Please note, more and more bus lines require you to validate your MetroCard at the terminals next to the stops, before getting on board (proof of validation of the ticket).

Get the bus map, separate from that of the metro.

The buses work like the memidi (traffic jams). At night, from 22 p.m. to 5 a.m., you can in principle ask the driver to drop you off outside the stops indicated as long as it is on his journey.

Correspondence with another bus (in a transfer.


An increasingly popular means of transport2018, serving the Lower East Side and Upper East Side (Manhattan), Rockaway Beach and Astoria (Queens) and South Brooklyn. You know it long before.

  • Le Staten island ferry, free, offers one of the most beautiful views of Manhattan, with the added bonus of a relatively close view of Miss Liberty. Departures every 30 minutes (24 hours a day) from Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan.
  • East River Ferry : this river shuttle serves Brooklyn (DUMBO, South and North Williamsburg and Greenpoint) and Queens (Long Island City) from Lower Manhattan (Wall St-Pier 11) and Midtown (E 34th St). Original, nice and not very nice.
  • New York Water Taxi : yellow like their cousins ​​the taxis, these are small return boats between the off-store (up and down at will) which circles the island in both directions, with the possibility of taking the boat back at each stage and in n 'any meaning. 2 day package: $ 1; $ 31 children.


They are yellows in Manhattan and green apple in Harlemn and in the other boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. There are very many to turn, you will have no trouble finding them, except from 16 p.m. to 18 p.m. (rush hours, peak hours) and worse still from 16 p.m. to 16 p.m., a time slot corresponding to the change of service of the drivers.

When the taxi number is lit on the roof of his car, it means that he is free; if it is off, it is already taken.

The price

Amounts to a little more than the metro at 2 to cover a distance of 20 streets. Interesting the first few days to get used to New York.

Support of $ 2,50, then 50 cents per quarter mile traveled (400 m) and another 25 cents / min in case of traffic jam or stop. Prices are increased by $ 1 from 16 p.m. to 20 p.m. on weekdays and 50 cents daily from 20 p.m. to 6 a.m.

All taxis are now equipped with payment card terminals. Very convenient. At the end of the race, you just have to select your payment method on the screen (cash or credit card) and follow the instructions.
Please note, the minimum default tip is 20%, enter the amount manually if you want to leave only 15% (below that, you will be frowned upon!).

The car

The car is really not recommended in New York. Street parking is permitted, but often limited to 1 hour.

Very important: it is strictly forbidden to park in front of a fire hydrant (fire hydrant). Guaranteed fine in case of infringement!
There are many private multi-storey car parks. Easily count $ 30 to $ 50 per day.

Un urban toll should be implemented in Manhattan, during 2020. It will concern the southern part of Central Park, the most congested. Estimated cost: approximately $ 12 per car.

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