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Getting Into New York

 

By air 

New York City is served by several airports, both international and domestic:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is located to the east of the city. By far the most convenient route into the city from JFK is a taxi, which runs a standard $45 to any Manhattan destination, not including tolls or tips. Note that the arrivals terminals are filled with drivers hawking illegal livery rides at grossly inflated prices that prey on newly-arrived tourists, so beware.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is located to the west of the city in the state of New Jersey. From Newark Airport, take the AirTrain to the Newark Airport Train Station to connect to a NJ Transit or Amtrak train running along the Northeast Corridor line to Penn Station. To get to Penn Station via NJ Transit costs $11.55 in total. Amtrak will be $20 to $30.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is a smaller, older airport providing many of the domestic services for the city including the shuttles to Boston and Washington DC. A taxi from LaGuardia can be affordable, especially if travelling in a group. The fare to Midtown will range from $20-$30. Make sure to tell the driver to take the 59th St (officially called Queensboro) Bridge to save the $4.50 toll on the other river crossing. The bridge is also more direct and usually faster coming from LGA.

By train 

New York Penn Station, located at 32nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, is the largest hub in Amtrak's east-coast system, with dozens of arrivals and departures daily. Amtrak's express train provides regular fast commuter service between major points on the east coast from Washington, DC up to Boston. Other lines provide less frequent service to points as far away as California (a 3-day sleeper trip) and Canada. (Service on the non-Acela lines can be a little haphazard, to say the least!) Beware that popular trains leaving near rush hours can fill up quickly: it's a good idea to make reservations online and pick up your ticket at one of the electronic kiosks.

By bus 

Greyhound is the largest and oldest private bus company in the US, and operates its east-coast hub out of Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal. The terminal operates on a 24-hour schedule, with regular departures to practically every city in the country. Big cities like Boston, DC, Chicago and LA will have multiple departures daily -- smaller cities may only have one or two, so be sure to check the schedules in advance! Remember that distances in the USA are large and you could be on the bus a long time - a very long time.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal also hosts a dozen or so smaller bus companies, which generally offer service along the Boston-to-DC regional axis.

Visitors should be aware that the neighborhood immediately surrounding the Port Authority is one of the last neighborhoods in Midtown that has fully resisted gentrification and while heavily policed, visitors will likely not want to linger, especially at night.

 


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