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New York City Airport Transportation Information Every Traveler Should Know

New York City Airport Transportation Information Every Traveler Should Know

If you’ll be taking a plane to New York in the near future, one thing you should know is that there are several different airports scattered throughout the state. John F. Kennedy (JFK) International is the largest airport in New York, while LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is situated close to Manhattan. If you’ll be staying in or close to New Jersey, you might find it more convenient to fly into the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). To get you from the airport to your hotel, you can take a JFK airport shuttle, an LGA airport shuttle or an EWR airport shuttle. Make planning for transportation a major component of mapping out your trip to NYC.

Getting the Most Out of Airport Shuttles

While NYC is well known for its army of taxis, you may not realize how much more expensive those taxis can be than economical airport shuttles. On top of the regular cab fare, there is also likely to be an airport transportation fee. When you add that to a tip, you can easily blow through half of your travel budget before you’ve even arrived at your hotel. Quite a way to start your trip, huh?

With a JFK shuttle or a shuttle from any other airport, you can book your ride before you even touch down in the city. This will not only save you time, but stress as well, since you won’t need to worry about figuring out how to get to your hotel at the last minute. What’s more is that you can save money by sharing a ride with other passengers who might also be very interesting to talk to. Even if you don’t book a shuttle in advance, they’re easy to find after you grab your luggage and head out of the airport.

A Shuttle for Every Traveler

It makes no difference if you’re looking for a standard LGA airport shuttle or something a bit more luxurious, you’ll find exactly what you need. If you prefer smaller, more luxurious transportation, luxury sedan shuttles are available. There are even private luxury SUVs for large groups of travelers who like to ride in comfort and style.

In addition to offering round-the-clock shuttle service, some shuttle services go to all three major airports in New York City. What’s more is that they travel to hotels as well as residences and cruise ship terminals. You can conveniently book your shuttle online, then print out a voucher and bring it with you on your flight. Once you arrive at your destination airport, head over to the Ground Transportation Desk and show your voucher to the agent at the desk. You will then be given instructions for how to catch your shuttle. From start to finish, getting a ride on a shuttle is as easy as it is convenient.

Book Your Shuttle Service

Be sure to explore your options for GO Airlink Shuttle services prior to your flight. With your transportation all mapped out in advance, your trip is sure to be that much more pleasurable, and your travels more convenient.

How to Use Taxis in New York

How to Use Taxis in New York City

If you’ve ever seen a movie or a TV show set in New York City, you’re familiar with the classic yellow NYC taxi. Taxis are just one way to get around the city. Whether you’re staying in New York for a long time or just visiting for the weekend, this quick guide to subways, taxis and car service can help you learn more about your transportation options.

Many people who visit New York have never hailed a cab before. No need to worry! After the first couple of times, you’ll feel like a pro. Here are the steps you should follow.

  • Look for a light on top of the taxi. If the roof light is on, the taxi is free to pick you up.
  • Step off the curb and raise your arm. Make eye contact. The driver will stop for you. (Or not. If not, don’t panic. Another taxi will come along in a minute.)
  • Remember that every NYC taxi has a limit on the number of passengers it can carry. Most standard vehicles can only carry four people. An additional small child is also okay on a grown-up’s lap.
  • Tell the driver where you’re going.
  • When you arrive, pay the amount shown on the meter. An additional tip of 10 to 20 percent is normal. Go for the higher end if the driver has gone out of their way to be helpful.

Navigating the Subway

If you’re on a budget and planning to see lots of sights in NYC, the subway can be a great transportation choice. It will get you almost anywhere in the city for just a few dollars. While the system can seem confusing at first, it’s simple to find stations (especially in midtown Manhattan), and subway maps are easily available. There are also convenient phone apps to help you navigate your way around the system.

You can pay your fare in a number of different ways, depending on the length of your stay in New York. You’ll need a ticket, called a MetroCard, to ride the subway. Single ride cards are good for a one-way journey. A pay-per-ride ticket can be pre-loaded with cash, making it more convenient for visitors. Unlimited ride cards are good for people who are spending more time in the city.

 Limo Service for a Classy Touch

Personalized car service is a classy and convenient way to get around in New York City. It can be especially useful to get to and from the airport. If you want to travel in style, especially if you’re with a group, car service can be a perfect choice. Limo services have five major advantages:

  1. The cost of car service is only slightly higher than the cost of a cab.
  2. A limo can accommodate more people than a standard taxi.
  3. Drivers will give you personalized assistance with luggage and other needs.
  4. Direct services are available from all NYC airports.
  5. Drivers are also available to give sightseeing tours and offer advice on local attractions.

There are plenty of options for getting around New York. Part of the fun of trip planning can be thinking about your transportation choices. Whether you decide on an NYC taxi, car service, a subway ride or a walk through Central Park, you can look forward to a great vacation.

Sightseeing winter in New York City

Sightseeing During the Winter in New York City

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean your sightseeing has to end! New York City has so much to offer in every season, especially in the winter. From free ice skating at Bryant Park (bring your own, or rent skates!) to taking a long leisurely stroll through the MET, there is something for everyone.

During the winter, the cities skyscrapers look especially magical; this is why we suggest checking out the Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock Observatory. The NYC skyline is one of the best views in the world. People come from all over the world to see this wonderful city light up, and with the Observatory being open until Midnight; your big city dreams can come true, 850 feet above street level. Tip: Go right before sunset. This way you can see the city during the day and night, and have photos to share for years to come.

As the snow continues to fall, and the days stay chilly, it’s always smart to have a backup sightseeing plan! Some days you may not want to be as tall as the buildings, and that’s why visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is a great alternative! The museum has over 200 wax figures resembling some of your favorite celebrities. Did you know that the artists apply each hair by hand, and celebrities often donate their own clothes for the display? Hours upon hours go into each figure; it’s a site to see for yourself!