Arriving in New York City.

When arriving in New York City, if you are coming in on abus or a train, you will be arriving at one of three places: Penn Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, or Grand Central Station.  All three hubs are conveniently located in Mid-town Manhattan.  If you have bags, the best way to get to your hotel is by finding a taxi.  A typical taxi ride in Manhattan will be no more than $10-15.  With bags, split among 2–4 people, this is almost as economical as taking a subway and much more convenient.  If you are arriving at an Airport – it will most likely be JFK or LaGuardia – there are a number of options, depending on your budget and time constraints.  Whatever your transportation decisions, you should call a hotel concierge or a concierge service to help you determine the best way to get into New York City.

Limousine Service.  Car service is the most time efficient way to get to your hotel, and it is also the ultimate way to cruise into New York City in style.  If you book a limousine, it will cost you anywhere from $120 - $240 on your limousine depending on the quality of the car service.  The top hotels in New York Citygo all out for their limousines, so you can expect to pay a little more for quality and service.  It is  recommended that you call ahead to ensure you get a reasonable price and have booked through a reputable, reasonably priced company.

Taxi or Town Car.  At the airport, there will be plenty of Taxis and black sedans that will offer to take you to your hotel.  This is almost as quick as using a limousine, minus the time you spend trying to find one of these cars.  A taxi will cost about $50 from the airport to your hotel and should be pickud up by standing in the Taxi line (look for the signs).  Car services (often called "Black Cars" or "Towncars") cannot pick you up from the airport with out making a reservation first.  If approached by a driver asking to take you to your destination, know that this is not a legal practice. If you decide to go with one of these drivers, make sure you get the price up front from the driver, as they have no meters.  Don’t be afraid to walk away from the deal if he quotes you anything higher than $75.  Since taking a car service can be the quickest, most comfortable way to get to your destination, be sure to book in advance directly through a reputable company, your hotel, or a service like Dial7 or Groundlink. 

Bus Service.   For about $17 per person, you can get onto a bus at the airport and be dropped off at Grand Central Station or one of the other main transportation hubs in mid-town. Depending on how far your hotel is from this hub, you will probably have a $5-8 cab ride to your hotel.  If you have more than 2 people, it is probably more efficient to take a taxi or town car.

Shuttle Service.  For about $30 per person, you can get a shuttle that will pick you and 15 other passengers up at the airport and drop you off at your hotel.  In this mode of transportation, you can spend a lot of time waiting for other passengers to get dropped off, but you do not have to worry about transferring from a bus to a taxi like you would using bus service.  Again, if you have more than 2 people, it is probably more efficient to take a taxi or town car.

Public Transportation. If you are on a tight budget and don’t mind carrying your bags on and off buses and subways, you can get to midtown Manhattan on public transportation for as little as $5-10.  This is a great way to throw yourself into New York City culture and learn the transportation system.