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While hitting the sidewalk in New York is surely the best way to soak up the buzz, pounding pavements all day long does get tiring. With so many cheap public transport options at your disposal, really, there’s no need to wear out those feet.
New York’s subway has come on in leaps and bounds since it first rattled through the city’s subterranean tunnels in 1904. Now running along 34 lines and serving a whopping 469 stations, it’s cheap, fast and reliable.
The subway is also in keeping with New York’s legendary around-the-clock lifestyle, running both day and night and throughout the week. Charge up your yellow-and-blue MetroCard at one of the automated machines inside any station and you’re ready to go.
If you simply can’t resist the lure of riding around in one of New York’s classic yellow taxis, make sure you flag one down when traffic isn’t at its peak. Cabbies keep the meter running even while stuck in a jam and fares rise by US$1 during peak traffic hours (weekdays 4pm to 8pm).
If you’re trying to hail a taxi on the street (almost impossible around 5pm), make sure you’re not wasting your time by first checking whether the roof light is on (meaning that the taxi is available). A tip of 15-20% is polite and you must pay for bridge and tunnel tolls.
Cycling is a fantastic transport alternative ever since new incentives to make New York more cycle friendly saw the introduction of more designated bike routes and cycle lanes than ever before.
The Citi Bike system is still wildly popular, providing 8,000 bikes and 500 docking stations across Manhattan. For US$12 you can purchase unlimited 30-minute rides for the whole day or, if you prefer, pay US$24 for three days. Perfect for cycling off all those hot dogs and bagels.
Starting a road trip in NYC? Need to access the outer boroughs with ease? Whatever your reason for rent-ing a vehicle, our New York car hire page tells you everything you need to know.