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NYC Guide

Welcome | Taxis | Getting Around NYC | Getting Here
Dining | Tipping | Accessibility | Sightseeing | Shopping | Entertainment

Welcome

While you're here, take the time to explore the City and discover all the reasons why NYC's five boroughs drew a record 46 million visitors last year. Experience the magic of a Broadway show and the breathtaking views of the skyline from the Staten Island ferry, visit the museums and galleries, and enjoy the countless fantastic restaurants. Whatever your taste, New York City truly offers something for everyone.

Taxis

The City's yellow fleet of taxicabs is regulated by the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). Grabbing a cab can be ideal when tired feet, heavy luggage or too many shopping bags weigh you down:

  • Taxis are available 24 hours a day.
  • Hail taxis whose numbers are illuminated on top.
  • Hotel doormen can hail a cab for you; a $1 tip is customary for this service.
  • Minimum metered fare is $2.50, which increases 40 cents every fifth of a mile; there is also a New York State tax surcharge of 50 cents per ride.
  • A $1 surcharge is added to the meter Monday–Friday, 4–8pm, and a 50-cent surcharge is added at night, 8pm–6am.
  • All taxis accept cash and most accept credit cards.
  • Tip 15–20% at the end of a trip; tolls are extra and added to the metered fare.

Getting Around New York City

Getting a MetroCard is your first step to getting around on the subway or bus. It can be purchased at subway stations from either automated machines (which accept cash, ATM bank cards and regular credit cards) or from booth attendants. A single subway or bus ride is currently $2.25. Riders have the choice of buying a pay-per-ride MetroCard or an unlimited MetroCard. Pay-per-ride cards range in value from $4.50 to $80. The unlimited MetroCard allows users to ride as often as they like within a fixed time period: one day with the Fun Pass ($8.25), seven days ($27), 14 days ($51.50) or 30 days ($89). Varying discounts are given for multiple rides, as well as for seniors (over age 65) and disabled riders. For a New York City subway map, click here.

Getting Here

For those traveling by air, the City is served by LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), both in Queens, and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in neighboring New Jersey. All three airports provide access to the City via taxis, buses, subways and trains.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Jamaica, Queens, NY 11430
718-244-4444

This airport is New York's largest, serving more than 90 primarily international airlines. It is approximately 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan.

Getting to Midtown Manhattan from JFK:

  • Taxi: $45 flat fare (non-metered), plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 30 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. 212-NYC-TAXI
  • Subway: $7.25 ($5 for the AirTrain from JFK, plus $2.25 for the subway); 60 to 75 minutes to Midtown Manhattan from the A subway line at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport station or the E, J or Z subway lines at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave./JFK Airport station.
  • Public Bus: $2.25 (or free transfer from subway); 60 to 75 minutes to Midtown Manhattan on Q10 bus.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Jackson Heights, Queens, NY 11371
718-533-3400

This is New York's second-largest airport, with more than 20 airlines serving mostly domestic destinations, Canada and the Caribbean from four passenger terminals. It is on the northern shore of Queens, directly across the East River about eight miles from Midtown Manhattan.

Getting to Manhattan from LaGuardia:

  • Taxi: Metered fare; approximately $24–$28, plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 20 to 25 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. 212-NYC-TAXI
  • Public Bus: $2.25; 60 to 75 minutes to the Upper West Side via direct service on the M60 bus; for subway connections, board the Q33 bus and disembark at the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. subway station (E, F, R and V subway lines) or the 74th St./Broadway subway station (7 subway line) in Queens; add another 15 to 20 minutes for subway into Midtown Manhattan.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark, NJ 07114
973-961-6000
Newark Airport, with more than 30 airlines (many of them international), is across the Hudson River from New York City, 16 miles and 45 to 60 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.

Getting to Midtown Manhattan from Newark Liberty:

  • Taxi: Fares to Midtown Manhattan range from $50 to $60 (not including tolls and gratuity). During weekday rush hours (6–9am and 4–7pm) and on weekends (Saturday–Sunday, noon–8pm), there is a $5 surcharge to anywhere in New York State except Staten Island. When traveling to the airport from Midtown Manhattan, the fare is metered plus $15, in addition to tolls and gratuity.

Dining

The flavors of the five boroughs take form in ways that are alternately traditional and modern, innovative and unexpected. After all, New York City's dining scene is constantly pushing the boundaries of the culinary world. Celebrity chefs showcase innovative new restaurants, while the city's ethnic eateries dish out tastes for any palate. Whether you are in the mood for foie gras or thick deli sandwiches, New York City has it all.

Check out NYC & Company's dining page for more information about where to eat.

Tipping

  • Hotel doorman: $1 for hailing a cab
  • Porters and bellhops: $1–$2 per bag
  • Maids: $1–$2 per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day
  • Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20% of total bill
  • Taxi drivers: 15–20% of total fare
  • Tips for other service personnel, such as theater ushers, tour guides and coat-check staff, are always appreciated.

One more thing: if you're having drinks at a bar, bartenders typically expect a $1 tip for every drink they serve you. Later on, when the bar gets crowded, you'll be glad that the bartender remembers you!

Accessibility

New York City is committed to ensuring accessibility for visitors with special needs, and has equipped all buses with lifts for those in wheelchairs and those who have difficulty climbing stairs. In addition, many subway stations contain elevators, ramps, visual display signs, accessible public telephones and tactile and audio features on vending machines. Passengers with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares on most trips by using their Medicare card as proof of eligibility. For more information on transportation and cultural venues and their accessibility, download NYC & Company's Official Accessibility Guide.

Sightseeing

While you are in town you'll certainly want to visit the City's most famous landmarks but don't forget to check out the historic neighborhoods and outer boroughs, too. With endless options of places to visit, you'll have no problem filling all your free time with things to do. Make sure to bring your spouse and children and take advantage of all the family friendly sights and activities.

Shopping

NYC is the ultimate shopping destination. Discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted wares on the streets of Greenwich Village and Soho savor delicious imported Italian delicacies on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx or explore Queens and Brooklyn boutiques. Head to a museum gift shop and bring home a signature piece of NYC culture. The City is the perfect place to shop 'til you drop – without dropping all of your hard-earned cash. Get more NYC Shopping details.

Check in regularly for up-to-the-minute discounts & offers on nycgo.com.

Entertainment

It's always an exciting time to be in New York City—with Broadway shows, popular concerts, glamorous clubs, a nightlife you can’t beat, and more, you won't run out of ways to entertain yourself. There's something thrilling happening in NYC every day and night.

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