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How to get to New York City

There are a lot of ways to arrive in New York City. It depends on your location. If you live in the USA you can travel by car, by train or by plane. If not, the best choice is cruise ship or plane.

Getting by:

> plane (+ ride from airport to the city center)
> train
> auto
> cruise ship

Flying to New York City

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Want to know the price of tickets to New York? Want to book it? Use these links: Sky Scanner site, Lastminutetravel site.
Most of the planes arrive in John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). It serves more than 90 airlines being the largest and busiest airport in the US. It is located in about 15 miles (24 km) from the center of Manhattan.
You’ll have no problems to get from the airport to the city center. Don’t hesitate to buy the plane ticket. There is no need to read or plan anything else. But if you get interested we will give information on transportation options for getting from the airport to the city:

••• The cheapest way of transportation is AirTrain (fully automated/driverless rail road transport system), which can take you to the subway station "Howard Beach" (line  A ) or "Jamaica Av" (lines  E   J   Z ). Duration on the way: 10 minutes + time between terminals. Price: $7.75 (children under the age of 5 travel free). For the further ride by subway (more about the subway) you have to buy the ticket at the cost of $2.75 (or a permanent ticket). The ride will take 40 minutes. AirTrain connects the airport terminals and parking areas (map of the stations). AirTrain ride is free within the territory of the airport.
••• The fastest way of transportation (compared to rush hours in subway) is a taxi: $45 standard rate (without activating a taximeter) plus tips and bridge and tunnels toll charges totaling to about $55. Travel time: 30 - 60 minutes to the center of Manhattan. Ordering a taxi only makes sense if you are travelling in a group.
••• Taking the bus: a large number of companies organize transportation of tourists to the city center by bus. Price: $15. Duration on the way: 45-90 min. Booking online is not recommended, though you have a possibility to do so. If you book online, you will have to look and wait for your previously booked bus instead of taking the earliest one.
••• Shuttle bus and VIP transfers: Airlink NYC offers convenient transportation services. Price: from $15. They also have the largest fleet of premium cars to fit any taste. For more details visit their website.
••• Car rental: there are a lot of companies in the airports which provide the car rental services. Book online in advance to save your time and money. Main companies: Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Avis.

Taking train to New York City

USA fast train

New York City has two main railway stations: Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station. Grand Central is on the East Side, and Penn Station is on the West Side. Both are located underground and served by numerous buses and subway lines.
Search the website of Amtrak (the country's national passenger railroad) for train time and fares.

Driving to New York City

Are going to drive to New York City? Use navigator. Remember, parking in the city is not cheap and there is NO free parking. The city is notorious for its traffic jams and other road congestions, so the best way of transportation is travelling by subway.
This website provides information on parking rates and offers a printable parking coupon for the chosen parking spot. This may come in handy.
You can also rent a car. For more information visit any of these websites: Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Avis.

Travelling to New York City by cruise ship

New York City by cruise ship

Cruise and transcontinental ships start from many EU countries (England, Ireland, Iceland, France, Spain and Italy). If you don’t like planes or just want to travel by ship visit the official cruise website (choose Cruise tab) to find more detailed information. The voyage will take you a week or so and it is more expensive than travelling by air, but you will enjoy every penny of it.

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