New York City – The city that doesn’t sleep. New York City is world famous and is on the bucket list of many travelers. Here you will be able to experience the vibrant city life, explore zoos, parks and museums. Take a walk through Central Park, honor the victims of 9/11 at the 9/11 memorial, see the lights of Times Square and enjoy the skyline from Empire State Building. Yes, NYC has something to offer to every traveler.
- Currency: American dollar
- Capital city: Washington D.C.
- Main language: English
- Best travel time: NYC can be travelled year around, but beware that it can get really cold during winter and really hot during summer
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- ESTA/Visa Waiver Program: travellers from 38 countries does not require a visa, but have to apply for a ESTA (follow this link) in order to enter USA – this can be done here and cost US$14. This have to be done at least 72 hours before travel and will last for two years – Your trip is limited to last maximum 90 days
- Canadians, Mexicans living on the border (holding a Border Crossing Card), Bermudians, Caymanian, and Turks and Caicos Islanders (with British Overseas Territories passports) does not require a visa either
- Tourist visa: is for those who are not in the Visa Waiver Program or who wants to stay more than 90 days – the application cost US$160 and the visa cost an additionally US$30
- Note: You need a visa or a ESTA even if you only have a landing in the US – even though you aren’t leave the airport
Accommodation: Accommodation is probably going to be the most expensive part of your travel budget. New York has high accommodation prices. The quality of hostels aren’t the best compared to the price, expect to pay US$42-50 for the cheapest dorms. If you are two travelling together then Airbnb might be the cheapest way to go (get US$25 by using the Airbnb link here). I will recommend staying in Williamsburg or Dumbo in Brooklyn, where it is cheaper and less noisy compared to Manhattan. Note: all accommodation (except from Airbnb) adds on taxes of 14.75% to the price you see online.
Food: You will be able to find all sorts of food in New York City because of the high diversity in the population, so eat what you heart desires, but when you are in the US you should eat some American food! Try a doughnut, frozen yoghurt, burgers etc. If you are on a budget it might be worth considering buying two pizza slices and a soft drink for US$2.75, some fresh fruit or trying the small food stalls you will find all over Manhattan (prices from US$3-7)
Transportation: The transport system is really good in New York and it is fairly easy getting around. You will be able to find buses, metro and bicycles in most parts of New York. A ride with the bus or metro is US$2.5, but you can buy a 7 day unlimited pass for US$30 (+ US$1 for the card itself), the same price as 12 rides. Bonus information: If you are landing in JFK, then a ride with the metro to any parts of NYC is US$7.5 while a taxi cost from US$28 (Queens), US$42 (Brooklyn) or US$52 (flat rate to Manhattan + tolls and tips).
Budget for New York:
New York City is not cheap, but it can still be done on a budget. Using public transportation, eating at cheap places, drinking water/soft drinks (during summer there are free tap water all over the city), sleeping in a dorm or something equivalent, then you should be able to live for US$70. It is hard to do it much cheaper and note that tours and attractions are not included. Expect around US$90-100 for living and an occasional paid activity e.g. watching a musical, going to a museum and so on.
Money saving tip: Some museums e.g. The American Museum of National history have a suggested general admission, this mean that you can pay a lower price than the admission they are showing on the signs. So you might just pay US$10 instead of the US$22 that they suggest, but they wouldn’t allow you to pay any price (you can’t do it online though). A lot of places do also offer student discounts, so bring you student card, if you have one!