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Visiting Manhattan, New York

Getting There

As with most major cities, the airport is located a little outside of the center where you will be visiting. The same applies to New York. JFK is the city’s main airport, and there are various ways to get to Manhattan from here. Taxi tends to be the most convenient option and will pick you up directly from the airport and drop you to the door of wherever you want to be dropped off. However, this comes at a price. With toll charges and a tip, the price of your taxi trip will skyrocket. If you’re looking to save a little money, there are other options available.

You just need to be a little more organized and ensure you know what you’re looking for before you arrive at JFK. The first option is the A-train. The ride will take around 70 minutes to lower Manhattan, but it’s one stop and simple. It’s also ridiculously cheap at just $2 a ticket. An alternative option is trans-bridge, a Pennsylvania based bus service. This will cost more, isn’t much more comfortable or convenient, and there are only three trips daily, so we’d generally recommend simply catching the A-train.


Manhattan is bustling and a huge tourist hotspot, so it’s not all too surprising that there are seemingly endless accommodation options available. While this is better than having nothing to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming, and you may be unsure as to which form of accommodation to choose. Generally speaking, well-known hotels are a good bet. Take the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, New York City as an example. Opting for this world-renowned brand will ensure that you have high-quality living quarters and service, as they have a reputation to upkeep. It’s located in the heart of midtown, which means you’ll be close to most of the things that you want to see and experience, which means you also save on long-distance transport from one place to another: everything is on your doorstep!

Things to Do

Once you’ve arrived and settled in, you’ll want to get out and about to start experiencing Manhattan for yourself. Of course, there are so many things to do that you couldn’t possibly expect to do everything on your list in one trip. So make a note of the things that you want to do in order of priority. You can work your way down the list until you’re out of time! Crowd favorites tend to be Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square. Consider booking tickets to specific attractions in advance, as this can significantly reduce your waiting time and you are also likely to be able to secure a lower price by paying up front.

So, there you have it! A quick run through of getting to Manhattan, where to stay and what you should consider getting up to while you are there. Remember that planning and organization are key for a comfortable and enjoyable trip, so start creating your itinerary now!

Have you ever been to NYC? What are your favorites things to do while there?

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