Guide New York - Maps and Transports
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Public Transports in New York
In New York one can end up walking a lot, but it is the best way to discover the city. The subway is comfortable, fast and like the rest of the city, safe. It is very effective when travelling North-South, but much less when going East-West. The buses are generally quite slow, but they’ll get you anywhere. They become especially practical if you need to go East-West. The alternative is the yellow cabs and you can find them everywhere. You can also call in to use private taxis and limousine services.
Subways and buses work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Metro in New York
The subway system has two types of stops: local and express. The term “local service” is used when the train stops in each and every station. The term “express service” is used when the train stops only in the stations considered express stops. In all subway maps one can distinguish the local stops (black dot) from the express ones (white dots).
Even though the subway map may give the impression that subway lines are classified by colors the truth is that they are identified by numbers or letters. For example, trains 4, 5 and 6 travel through the green track, but 4 and 5 are express services while train 6 is a local one.
The New York Subway system is a complex one but it is well designed and it is easy to grasp.
The MetroCard is the ticket you purchase to use subways and local buses and the same MetroCard is good for both. There are three types of fares with the MetroCard: single ride, unlimited ride, prepaid.
The fare for a subway or local bus single ride is $2.25.
You can prepay a MetroCard, anywhere from $4.50 to $80 (put $8 or more on your card and receive a 15% bonus). Refill your card to use the balance.
The fare for unlimited depends on the number of days:
- 1-Day Fun Pass:$8.25
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides from first use until 3 a.m. the following day.
- 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard: $27
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 7 days from day of first use.
- 14-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard: $51.50
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 14 days from day of first use. This card is protected against loss of theft when purchased at a vending machine with a creditor debit/ATM card.
- 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard: $89
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 30 days from day of first use. This card is protected against loss of theft when purchased at a vending machine with a creditor debit/ATM card.
- Free Transfers
Unlimited-Ride MetroCard permits free transfers between subway and local bus, local bus and local bus etc. Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard allows one free transfer if you complete your transfer within two hours. If you pay your local bus fare with coins, ask for a free electronic paper transfer to use on another local bus.
Up to three children, 44 inches (1.10 meters) tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
Subway General Information
The same MetroCard that is used for the subway works for the bus. In the bus you can also pay with coins, exact change ONLY, no dollar bills, pennies, or half-dollars. No credit/debit cards.
Like in the subway system there are two kinds of stops: local and express.
Fares - The same fares that relate to the subway apply to the bus.
Free Transfers – Unlimited-Ride MetroCard permits free transfers between subway and local bus, local bus and local bus etc. Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard allows one free transfer if you complete your transfer within two hours. If you pay your local bus fare with coins, ask for a free electronic paper transfer to use on another local bus.
Children - Up to three children, 44 inches (1.10 meters) tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
Bus General Information
Taxis in New York
New York City taxis are yellow and are commonly known as “Yellow Cabs”. There are a lot of them and they are everywhere. If you want to know whether the cab is available, the trick is in the lights atop the cab. When just the number in the center is lit, the cab is available. When the number as well as the side lamps are lit, the cab is off-duty. When no lights are lit, the cab has already passengers in it. A maximum of four passengers can ride in a cab. New York taxi fares are metered except when going to JFK airport when the fare anywhere from Manhattan is flat. Taxi drivers rarely have change so they generally round up the fare.
FAQ about Taxis
Private taxis and limos in New York
If you need a taxi service at a particular time, the best option is to make a reservation using one of the private services. Following are some choices:
Prices for Dial 7 : (212) 777-7777
Prices for Carmel Limo : (212)666-6666
Prices for Regal Car : (212) 244-1919
Prices for Limores : (888)-546-6794
Prices for All State Limo Car Services : (212) 924-1919
Prices for Automotive Luxury Car Service : (212) 966-6400
Prices for Yellow Cab NYC Taxi : (845) 877-7222
Airports in New York: JFK, Newark, LaGuardia
New York City has three major airports: JFK, Newark y La Guardia.
Located: On Jamaica Bay in the southeastern section of Queens County, New York City. The airport is located 15 miles (24.1 km) by highway from midtown Manhattan.
Metro: Metro ($2.50) + Air Train ($5) one way.
Bus: $15 one way, $27 two ways.
Taxi: $45 flat rate anywhere in Manhattan + bridge tools + $0.50-$1 tax, one way.
JFK by Subway
JFK by Bus
JFK by Taxi
Located: On the New Jersey Turnpike, Newark Liberty is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Newark Airport is 16 miles (25.7 km)from midtown Manhattan.
Metro: There is NO subway to Newark.
Bus: $15 one way.
Taxi: $69-$75 + $15 surcharge + $0.50-$1 tax, one way.
Newark by Bus
Newark by Taxi
- LaGuardia (LGA)
Located: Located in Queens, LGA is 8 miles (12.8 km) from midtown Manhattan and located on Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay.
Metro: There is NO subway to LGA.
Bus: $12 one way, $21 two ways.
Taxi: $24-$28 + $0.50-$1 tax, one way.
LGA by Bus
LGA by Taxi
Share a ride from/to the airport:
Airlink New York : (212) 812-9000
All County Express : (800) 914-4223
Connecticut Limousine : (800) 472-5466
ETS Air Shuttle : (718) 221-5341
Prime Time Shuttle : (800) 377-8745
State Shuttle : (800) 427-3207
SuperShuttle Manhattan : (866) 472-4497