Guide to Local Transportation in new York City

Have MetroCard in hand, will travel! In New York that is. Enjoy the freedom of choice at your pace. Manhattan is effortless to navigate on your own. If you want to get to a destination fast, nothing beats the subway. But on holiday, what better way to get to know the sites and people of New York City than by bus. Just one word of advise; do not travel rush hour on either the buses, subways or taxis, which is before 9AM and after 4PM 6PM.. Plan your activities without getting caught up in traffic.

You can download and print a free bus and subway map prior to your arrival at After reviewing, you will find that the transit system is straightforward, as the maps also indicate museums, places of interest and locality.
The daily MetroCard will cost: $7 a day and it is good for unlimited subway and local bus rides for that day until 3AM. A 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard costs $24, which is a savings of $25 for 7 days.

Some routes can take you to an attraction but also give you a different feel of the area you are passing by. It is amazing how you can go from steel and concert and in 5 minutes be in neighborhood relatively unchanged from when the Dutch settlers lived there in New Amsterdam (Manhattan’s original name).

Try some of the following routes:

M20 going south Lincoln Center to Battery Park ( Broadway to Times Square, continues along 7th Ave to Macy’s, West Village, Soho, Tribeca and Battery Park where the Trade Center once stood).

M15 going north – Pier 5 Whitehall Street at the Battery up 1st Ave. (Staten Island Ferry, Wall St. Financial area, South St Seaport, East Village, Murray Hill, United Nations, 59th Street bridge until East Harlem).

M4 going north Madison Ave. (Catch this bus uptown to the Met, Guggenheim, Whitney or all the way to Ft. Tyron Park at the Cloisters. On your return the bus goes downtown via Fifth Ave.).

To get cross town, the buses are numbered by the streets they ride on from river to river. That is a bus on 79th Street going cross-town is called the M79. On 57th Street it is the M57.

Have a great time exploring New York; you never know what you will discover.