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How to Get Around in New York City

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How to Get Around in New York City
New York City is a bustling metropolis with a well-designed public transit system that is quite easy to navigate. Taxi cabs tend to be pricey, and bike lanes only run through limited areas of the city, which means walking tours, bus tours, and subway travel are the best ways to get around. Here are your options.

Public Transit
The New York public transit system includes buses and subway trains covering all five of the city's boroughs. Both services use the same fare-payment system—the MetroCard. You can buy a MetroCard at most subway stations, from clearly marked kiosks that accept credit and debit cards. To pay with cash, you need to see a station agent. Fare payment is simple: One swipe gets you one ride, wherever you're going, day or night. 

Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tours
One of the easiest ways to get around New York City is by hop-on-hop-off-bus tour. Tours typically offer optional multi-day access and may have optional upgrades, such as visits to must-see attractions including the Empire State Building.
 
Walking and Biking Tours
Because New York is such a large city, walking tours tend to stick to specific neighborhoods, such as Midtown or the Lower East Side, while tours that cover several neighborhoods typically travel between locations via the subway. Thematic walking tours are also popular, including food tours, history tours, and traditional sightseeing tours. And though bike tours are widely available, particularly in Central Park, getting around the city by bike can be challenging because of limited bike lanes. 

Regional Trains
Many New Yorker's take regional trains to commute in and out of the city. The Metro-North Commuter Railroad runs to points north, the Long Island Railroad runs to points east, and the Port Authority Trans-Hudson—or PATH train—operates to New Jersey. The Metro-North is the best option for traveling to the Bronx.  

Ferry Travel
Travel by ferry is your only option if you want to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and several tours offer package deals, providing a great value. City ferry service is also available, offering a scenic way to get between coastal neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn. To get to Staten Island, the ferry is your best bet, and the service is free for everyone. 
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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New York Double-Decker Bus Night TourBus Tours

New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

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See New York City shine in all its glory on this illuminating night tour. From aboard an open-top double-decker bus, see the lights and evening activity of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. Savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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See New York City’s highlights on a 5-hour tour by luxury bus and harbor cruise, and experience the Big Apple in style and comfort. Cruise through Wall Street’s soaring concrete canyons, capture moving images of the 9/11 memorial, then continue to the elegant avenues that line Central Park. Pause to explore Grand Central Terminal and the Met, and board a sightseeing cruise across the New York Harbor. Enjoy sweeping views of the city from the water, where the Statue of Liberty gazes across to the unforgettable Manhattan skyline.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal PhotographerCity Packages

Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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Group tours of New York City can sometimes pass sights too fast, or not even stop at attractions you’re most interested in. This private New York City tour with a professional photographer lets you customize the tour stops to suit your interests. Select from any number of popular locations, like Times Square and the Theatre District, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 2 hours
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New York Tour by Subway and Bus with Private GuideHalf-day Tours

New York Tour by Subway and Bus with Private Guide

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Avoid group excursions packed with tourists and instead discover New York City like a local on a private tour by subway and bus. While the city can be intimidating to explore on your own, on this tour a personal guide leads the way to top attractions and historic landmarks. That way, you don’t have to worry about navigating the public transportation systems and hectic streets.
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  • 5 hours
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9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero Tour with Optional One World Observatory TicketAttraction Tickets

9/11 Memorial, Ground Zero Tour with Optional One World Observatory Ticket

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Get a better understanding of the September 11 attacks on New York City on this guided walking tour. With a guide by your side, visit the National September 11 Memorial and Ground Zero, and hear stories about the event that changed a country and the world. See the impromptu memorials that sprang up in St Paul’s Chapel, and visit the incredible reflecting pools and Fireman’s Memorial. There’s also an optional upgrade to visit One World Observatory, where you can admire the NYC skyline.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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New York City: Brooklyn Bridge & Waterfront Bike Tour (2 Hours)Mountain Bike Tours

New York City: Brooklyn Bridge & Waterfront Bike Tour (2 Hours)

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See New York City’s iconic attractions and diverse neighborhoods on a guided 2-wheeled tour. Cycle past skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty on a tour of Battery Park and Wall Street, and enjoy the urban scenery along the Hudson River path. Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge for a quintessential Big Apple experience, and take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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NYC Central Park Bike RentalBike Rentals

NYC Central Park Bike Rental

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Experience Central Park by bike with this convenient bike rental, perfect for everyone from first-time visitors to NYC regulars. Traveling by bike enables you to see more than you can on foot. With a provided map and staff recommendations, you can explore the bike-friendly paths at your own pace and stop to admire sites along the way. Book ahead, as bike rentals often sell out for this classic New York adventure.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
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  • 1 to 12 hours
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Pizza Walking Tour of ManhattanCity Packages

Pizza Walking Tour of Manhattan

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Pizza is a huge NYC go-to for locals, and only a local knows the best places to grab the tastiest pizza. During this pizza walking tour of Manhattan, follow a guide, and stop in at three unique and highly rated pizzerias to sample different slices, from Neapolitan to Sicilian. Along the way, learn about the fascinating history and culture of the neighborhoods you walk through.
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Inside Central Park Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Inside Central Park Bike Tour

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Pedal the shady paths and boulevards of Central Park on a guided bike tour with a small group of cyclists. Enjoy a leisurely pace as you trace a route to landmarks and hidden gems, from the Bethesda Fountain to the memorial at Strawberry Fields. See the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived, then loop around Cleopatra’s Needle and visit Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. Take in the natural side of life in New York City with an experience that’s suitable for all fitness levels and experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park: Skip-the-Line TourHalf-day Tours

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park: Skip-the-Line Tour

You can explore Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty—without the trouble of planning or navigating on your own—with this hassle-free half-day tour. Start your adventure exploring Battery Park, before you're whisked past the lines for a scenic ferry ride in New York Harbor. Take your time admiring Lady Liberty with an audio tour and prebooked admission tickets, and even upgrade your experience and to visit the Pedestal for to make the most of your day.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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