Even if you’ve never been to New York City, chances are you’ve seen photos or movies that show the streets filled with taxis or someone using the subway system. With the rise of Uber and other ride-sharing apps, people that visit often wonder what’s the best way to get around the city.
In terms of cities in the United States, New York has one of the best public transportation systems in the country. Not only is the subway sprawling across all the bureaus, the bus system is excellent for getting around to locations the subway doesn’t stop at. If you’re in New York for a visit, riding the bus will give you great views of the city. Unlike taxis and ridesharing programs, the busses in the city are more environmentally friendly and are often hybrid.
Arguably the most iconic ways of getting around the city is by hailing a taxi in the streets. If you’re in the city and just need a break from walking or are in a rush to get to your destination, taxis are definitely the quickest and easiest ways to get there, but you will pay for the convenience. The starting charge is $2.50 and it goes up $0.50 for every one-fifth of a mile or every minute. There could also be additional surcharges depending on whether you’re riding during rush hour or not, making taxi rides more expensive than the public transportation options like the bus or subway. Please also remember to tip your drivers between 15 and 20 percent.
If you’re in New York for any extended periods of time, the subway system is going to be your new mode of transportation. The pricing is more in line with the bus option and there are many stops throughout the New York area. Unfortunately, the subway isn’t necessarily the most reliable system. Every resident New Yorker has been late to a meeting or two because their line broke down or their ride was late.
The newest and most misunderstood means of transportation is by Uber or another ride-sharing app. If you have a smartphone, you have the ability to use Uber and other ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Juno. The price of your ride could potentially be cheaper than taking a taxi, but it could also be much more expensive. Before using Uber, check to make sure they aren’t relying on surge pricing when you’re trying to call for one. Price surging allows Uber to charge up to four times the normal price and this typically happens when it’s a major holiday or a celebration is taking place.
If you’re a bad driver that wants to take their life into your own hands, or are a good driver that wants to destroy their driving record, then driving in New York could be a great options. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a lot of experience in driving in highly congested areas, this will not be a great choice for you.