New York transportation starts with the three major airports that serve New York City. John F Kennedy International Airport is the most highly trafficked and the easiest to get to and from. The subway (Lines A to Howard Beach or Line E to Sutphin Blvd.) connect to the AirTrain, which serves all eight terminals. The cost for the subway plus AirTrain ticket is $7.25. Taxis to and from Manhattan will set you back $45, not including tolls and tip. La Guardia Airport, serving mostly domestic flights, is the most difficult to get to, but can be reached via taxi (about $40 plus tolls and tip) or bus M60 from 106th St. and Broadway. There are a few ways to get to and from Newark Liberty International Airport: the Newark Liberty Airport Express charges $15 for a one way and $25 for a round-trip ticket, leaving Penn Station and Port Authority every 15-30 minutes. Go to www.coachusa.com/olympia
for more information. Taxis to and from Newark are pricey: expect to pay about $75 plus return tolls for a one-way trip.
The ubiquitous yellow cabs are part of New York City’s permanent landscape. Or so it would seem. While taxi drivers may have a less-than-decent reputation around the globe, New York cab drivers are generally an agreeable bunch. Some are overly chatty, and some are unfair. But they always put the meter on, and it should cost around $2 per mile. There’s always a $2.50 surcharge to begin with and if you hop in a cab between 4-8PM on weekdays, expect a $1 “peak surcharge.” If you’re taking a cab between 8PM and 6AM, expect a $0.50 “night surcharge.”
With such great New York City transportation options, there’s absolutely no reason to drive in the city. In fact, you’d be crazy or downright silly to attempt it. The only reason to take a car through the city would be to drive your rental car out of the city. Otherwise, keep the car parked and take subways, busses, and taxis.
The just-over-a-century-old New York City subway system
is the chief way the city’s eight million people get around. It’s cheap and generally fast and goes 24 hours a day. It ain’t always comfortable though. Crowded, hot carriages, loud boom boxes, and egregiously marked signage on the subway platforms can make for a frustrating ride at times. In general, though, the subway is a breeze. The cost is $2.25 per ride and you can buy a ticket in the form of a reusable card at ticket machines in the subway station (the machines take credit cards and cash). And while New York and its subway system are generally safe, it’s always a good idea to keep your wallet or purse in a safe spot. Most subway lines in Manhattan go north-to-south. Which is why the busses function as an east-to-west mode of transportation. Busses cost the same as the subway and take the same tickets/cards.