How to Travel in New York City

New York City is a truly marvelous place in that it’s managed to get practically everything you could possibly need or want into a very small space. The island of Manhattan is just 13 miles long! However, you’re not going to want to spend the whole time in just one place. When it comes to traveling here, you have several options.


Walking and biking are probably two of the best ways to get around because everything is set so close together. Plus, the whole city is on a grid system, so you basically just have to follow the numbers up or down as you head in the cardinal directions. You don’t have to worry about parking or how much a cab will cost, you don’t have to map out each subway stop so that you’re not stuck waiting around. Plus, you burn calories along the way! However, both types of transport can be fairly dangerous with all the cross-traffic, so you may want to be especially on your guard regardless of where you are. But if you think you can hack it, all you should do is get those feet moving and you’ll be a traveling man (or woman!)


Driving in New York City can be a challenge, but if you picture yourself in a video game it might get a little easier. All those obstacles in front of you just give you extra points for getting past them safely. It’s all part of New York defensive driving, and it takes a person who’s skilled in street smarts to do it. No matter how good you are at operating a vehicle though, some pedestrians, bikers, and fellow drivers can seem like they have a death wish! Don’t cause an accident just because they’re distracted (or angry, stressed, etc.) by taking a defensive driving course. Not only can these classes help in the case of a ticket, but it can also save you money on your auto insurance. You may find yourself saving 10% for the next three years. Talk about adding a little bit of incentive to the drive!

Public Transportation

The subway system is New York City is legendary…if a little complicated. The same with the many, many public busses that supplement the subway, and make it possible for people to get to work, school, and back home again. It takes a little while to navigate your way through it all, and all the different lines, time tables and schedules can confuse even the more oriented person. However, if you’re planning to spend any amount of time in the city, it’s often worth it just to learn it. Just maybe don’t expect a lot of support from the people of New York City if you have questions or concerns. It’s not that they want you to get lost, it’s more that they have other stuff going on that happens to be more important to them. Don’t take it personally.


Cabs are no doubt more expensive, but they’re also convenient. There are many benefits of driving for the TLC. Plus, they can end up giving you a delightful story if your driver happens to be on the talkative side. With all the many stories and conversations that are happening all around the city, this is your time to be in on the action. The enclosed space and the shared destination gives you something to talk about. Plus, when it starts raining or you realize your boots weren’t quite made for walking, this can be what saves you from a truly miserable situation.