Depending on where you’re staying, which airport you need and how heavy your bags are, you might want to travel to the airport with public transport. If not, you should check out the NYC Airporter buses. To JFK for $18 or LaGuardia for $15, and with departures every 30 minutes, they leave from major interchanges like Grand Central and Penn Station.
for a $2 discount!
New York uses the US Dollar. Do be aware though that NYC prices on goods and services typically DON’T include sales tax (although SANDEMANs New York’s paid tours do!), which is 8.875%. However, there are no taxes on clothing or footwear under $110, food items purchased at grocery stores, or on prescription drugs.
The quintessential yellow cab is iconic, but not the fastest and definitely not the cheapest form of transport. Uber is huge in NYC, so you won’t be waiting long for a ride, while the subway is climate controlled (yes!) with some lines running 24 hours a day. An unlimited travel MetroCard covers subways and local buses, and is a bargain at $32 for a week.
THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY ...is free! And used by locals and visitors alike! With great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan, this is an easy activity that won’t break the bank.
Those old myths about New York being a dangerous city firmly belong back in the ‘80s. In fact, NYC is now ranked as one of the safest big cities in the entire US of A. While you’ll still want to use the common sense techniques you’d use in any city – not making yourself or your belongings an easy target for pick-pockets, avoiding panhandlers, and not walking alone by yourself in unlit areas at night – safety need not be one of your main concerns while you’re planning your trip.
For those not familiar with the US tipping culture, it can be hard to figure out when you’re being overly generous, or accidentally stingy. Here are the generally accepted NYC tipping rules:
Porters and bellhops – $1-$2 per bag
Doormen hailing cabs – $1
Housekeeping – $1-$5 per day of your visit
BARS AND RESTAURANTS:
Waiters – 15-20% of your total bill Bartenders (if you’re sitting at the bar) – at least $1 per drink
Taxi drivers – 15-20% of your total fare
Hairdressers – 15-20% of your total
Theater ushers, coat check staff etcetera will also appreciate a dollar or two