New York is a huge city with so much amazing stuff to discover, but the sheer size of the place means that you’ll probably be spending a lot of time and money on travel. On an already expensive trip to New York, limiting travel costs can really make the difference. With that in mind, these are some of the cheapest ways to get around New York.

The Subway

People are often put off by the subway because it can be a little daunting. With so many lines and huge crowds running around all over the place, there’s always a danger of getting on the wrong train and ending up halfway across the city in the wrong direction. The truth is, it’s not actually that hard to work out the subway and it’s one of the best ways to get about. You can get pretty much anywhere in the city fairly quickly and if you do end up on the wrong line, it’s not difficult to just get off and jump on another train. Most of the airports have subway links as well so instead of spending somewhere in the region of $50 you can get yourself a cheap ride on the subway.


A New York taxi is going to cost you a lot, but taxis are often the most efficient way of getting around the city. Instead of using expensive local taxis, just try Uber instead. You can find a breakdown of their prices at It’s a far cheaper way of getting around the city and you’ll be able to ride around with a local. Asking your Uber driver for advice about the city and any recommendations that they have is a great way of discovering a more authentic New York outside of all of the tourist attractions.


Obviously, New York is a huge place and if you’re going halfway across the city, walking isn’t really an option for you. But if you aren’t travelling that far, you should just walk it. One of the best things about New York is walking the streets and discovering things by chance. There is loads of great street art and food trucks around every corner. If you’re getting the subway all the time, you’re missing out on all of that while you’re underground. If it’s only going to be one or two stops or a short car ride, consider walking it instead. You never know what you might find along the way.


If you don’t mind working up a sweat while you’re getting around, cycling is a great way to go. You’ll get all of the same benefits that you get from walking around but you can cover far larger distances. If you’re taking a car, you’ll have to deal with all of the traffic which can get pretty hectic during peak times. You’ll end up stuck in traffic jams and even short distances can take ages. But if you’re cycling, you can just glide right by.

Try some of these alternative travel methods and steer clear of expensive taxis and you’ll be able to cut your travel costs drastically.