If there is something we know about New York is that travelling by car is not the most effective way to get around the city. Nor renting a car and driving around town is the way to fix things because traffic is a nightmare, legal parking spaces are insufficient and on top of that they are very expensive. But there are other ways to get around the city:
Public transport is the main means of transportation in New York and is based primarily on the subway and the urban buses.
New York's subway operates 24 hours a day and is the largest subway system in the world with its 1062 km of roads and 468 active stations. More than 4.3 million people ride the subway every day, more than one billion people per year. There are two types of trains, local ones that stop at all stations and express ones that stop at the major stations. The primary method of payment is the Metrocard. All underground and bus stations accept Metrocard. A trip costs $ 2.00.
Urban buses – city buses
Just as the subway, the bus runs throughout the whole year, 24 hours a day, carrying more than 200 routes across the five boroughs. The fleet of buses in the city, with its 4373 buses, is the largest in the United States. You have to pay the exact amount of $ 2.25 for a trip. Transfers to connecting buses are free. The magnetic stripe Metrocards are also available on the city bus lines.
The taxis are part of the image of New York. The legally accredited by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission are yellow and they may be taken from any official stands or anywhere in the city by raising your hand. On the roof of the vehicle there is a warning light indicating whether the taxi is free (enlightened) or busy (off). Taxis serve as an easy and rapid way of transportation through New York. On the streets of New York are more than 12000 taxis. The trouble with having such a large number of taxis is the traffic that results.
Trains and the train station
Also the railway network in New York is the largest in the United States. This railway network has 250 stations and 20 railroads. The entire system is directed towards the most popular station in New York: Grand Central Terminal or Grand Central Station. Grand Central Terminal is the world’s largest train station by number of railroads.
The Staten Island Ferry is the main mode of transportation between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan. During the 25-minute trip, you can see spectacular views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Best of all, the ferry is now free.
Planes and airports
New York is the main gateway for international air travelers. In the area there are 3 major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia National Airport (LGA). JFK Airport is located in Queens, at the southern end of the Van Wyck Expressway and primarily handles international flights. Newark Airport is located in Newark, New Jersey and handles both domestic flights and international flights. It is a little further away from the city than the other 2 airports, but is generally less visited and has more modern facilities. LaGuardia Airport is located in Queens too, in Grand Central Parkway and serves mostly domestic flights.
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