New York, New York – so good they named it twice. It’s a city that’s a must on people’s travel bucket lists. However, like its transatlantic cousins; Paris, London, and Milan, New York is arguably one of the most expensive cities to visit. With its reputation for excellent shopping, bars, broadway shows, expensive and exclusive eateries – it could easily cost thousands to visit. So, here are a few tips on how to save money when visiting the Big Apple.
Book Smart & Be Flexible
We all know flights are expensive, and being flexible could potentially save you tons of money. Did you know that a person sitting in the same row as you could have paid hundreds of dollars less, simply because of the time of day they booked their ticket? Yup.
If you have a good idea of when you want to go, keep an eye on flight prices by signing up with alerts– but make sure you clear your browser history, as some flight booking websites are sneaky and use your computer to increase pricing for you.
Want to experience the magic of Christmas and the excitement of the season by taking a visit to the lights of Broadway and the Rockerfeller Christmas tree? Prices will skyrocket the closer you get to the holiday, but keep in mind that you can still experience those magical sights and moments in early December. Think of it as a way to jumpstart your countdown to the holidays.
The same goes for the summer- if you want to lounge around Central Park catching rays, New York has glorious warm weather around early June, again, with flights at a fraction of the cost.
As tempting as it is to jump into a yellow cab, the costs of those rides will soon add up. New York has one of the most advanced public transit links in the world. With Metro stations at every corner, you can zip from one borough to another in less than an hour, for a small price. A weekly metro card can be bought at the metro station for around $30–the same cost for a single taxi.
Save money on tour buses, too- much of the city is walkable, earning you the right to indulge in that world-renowned New York pizza you’ve been craving, which, by the way, is pretty cheap by the slice if you want a no-frills experience. If you’re set on driving, take an uber instead. Carpool costs are reasonable if you can’t take public transportation.
Live Like a Local
There’s really no reason to stay in central New York City. There are luxe Airbnbs that are just a short subway ride away from the action so take that into consideration instead of a pricy hotel. Many New Yorkers have caught onto this idea and have converted rooms in their houses to tiny apartments to rent for travelers. These will often come with a small kitchen, too, giving you the option to shop locally and eat back at the apartment saving even more cash!
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