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Manhattan is perhaps the only city in the United States where owning a car is not necessary for day to day life and can actually be quite frustrating for those unaccustomed to sharing the city streets with our notorious cabbies and buses. Thanks to one of the most comprehensive mass transit systems in the world, all of the city’s business, cultural and recreational activities are a short train, bus, ferry or cab ride away.

Subway & Buses
There are numerous subway and bus routes throughout New York’s five boroughs. Most are operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and transit information including maps, fares, and schedules can be found on their website http://www.mta.info/nyct/.  For those unfamiliar, in order to ride the subway or bus one must first obtain a MetroCard (http://mta.info/metrocard/).

Tip – The price of a single ride is $2.25. Buying multiple trips in bulk entitles you discounts, but all of us daily commuters opt for the monthly. $89 gets you unlimited monthly rides on any subway line or any bus in the MTA five borough system.

Taxi

The most convenient, albeit not necessarily the fastest way around town. Wind up sitting bumper to bumper and not only will you be late for your appointment, but you’ll run up the meter. All New York Taxis are governed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (T&LC).

Tip – Be careful to make sure you didn’t leave anything in the cab as you exit. Though the city has the 311 helpline should you forget something, it is unlikely your brand new iPad is going to be turned in to lost and found.

Tip – Don’t be fooled into paying the meter when you arrive at an airport. All rides from an area airport into Manhattan are a flat fare. Make sure to wait on a taxi line, to be sure you don’t get taken for a ride.

Ferries

If no Subway or Bus stops where you need to go, or if you just want a more peaceful mode of transportation, perhaps a ferry might be the answer. New York City ferries go in virtually every direction the water does, and many times offer direct connection to land transport as well. The largest and most recognized ferry service is provided by NY Waterway , but there are others as well, such as the New York City Water Taxi , & Circle Line.

Tip – If you want to get out and visit The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island or Governors Island, the only way to get there is by ferry.

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