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1. Posted by analiaramirezc (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I'm planning to travel to NYC for around 2 weeks and I'd like to know how much money I'd need to take for daily spending, including meals and tours. I know it's quite difficult to tell since it depends on what you're planning to do there. But mainly, I'm planning to visit all the famous buildings and landmarks. I'd also like to see NY's nightlife and do some shopping.


2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

The usual advice here is take as much as you caFor that trip, n (credit cards are handy as back ups) and make sure it does not get stolen. I would like $100 a day on top of accommodation costs.

What does help is have say $60-$100 in notes and change handy for normal spending and in the unlikely event that you are held up (stay where people and lights are and be careful of being out at night), hand over that sum of money and don't do anything stupid.

Try not to have any notes above $100. They might be difficult to change, and even hundreds can be difficult (forgeries).

3. Posted by analiaramirezc (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks!! What's the taxi fare in NYC? To go out at night I don't think it's safe to take the bus.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Everyone uses the subway in NYC to get around at all hours - quite safe. New York has changed in the last few years - now one of the safest cities in the States.

Cabs are fine, but expensive, and what really makes it expensive are the tips. The Staten Island Ferry is 100% free by the way. Most foreigners are shocked that one needs to pay 18% of the restaurant bill for tips (so is this American!)

If you do take cabs, and like to eat well, I'd estimate more like $175. a day. Yes, you can do it on $100. too (subway, pizza and take out food).

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2011, at 10:20 by Daawgon ]

5. Posted by analiaramirezc (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks! I
didn't know the subway in NYC worked at all hours. I'm from Buenos Aires, and here, it doesn't work at night and besides, it's quite dangerous to travel at night by any transport other than a cab.

6. Posted by Elkins (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Cab fares will add up quickly. Take the subway instead. I lived in New York City for many years (and this was before it was "cleaned up" - even back then, it was not that dangerous a city), took the subway at all hours of the day and night, alone, as a young woman, and never had any problems at all. The subway is dirty and often smells bad, especially in the summer, but it is inexpensive, convenient, runs 24-hours every day, and can take you anywhere you will want to go. It's the USA's best public transportation system, and now that I live elsewhere, I miss it. :(

While the subway is safe, there are a few precautions you should take if you will be traveling very late at night, especially if you will be alone. Try not to sit in an empty car, if you can avoid it. If the train is very empty, choose the car nearest the conductor. If for any reason you start to feel uncomfortable (if some guy starts giving you the eye, for example, or if for any other reason you no longer feel comfortable with the people who are sitting near you), get up and move to a different car. Again, the subway is generally safe, and I never had any problems, but it doesn't hurt to be a little vigilant when coming home from a club or a show late at night.

Edited to add: the one time I would recommend taking a cab instead of the subway is if you have been doing a lot of drinking. Intoxicated people are unusually vulnerable, and the wrong people have a sense for that. If you're drunk, take a cab instead.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jul-2011, at 08:27 by Elkins ]

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Personally, I know the NYC subway is usually quite safe and convenient, but I'm not sure that referring to it "the USA's best public transportation system" is accurate.

Traveling by commercial air is much the safer mode of transportation (there hasn't been a single commercial air fatal accident in the US by a major air carrier in over five years). (The last fatalities were in August, 2006, although we all know about the landing in the Hudson River in 2009, where the pilot performed a minor miracle in preventing any injuries at all.) There were only 2 major injuries in that time, both as a result of a landing in a major snowstorm in Denver in December, 2008 of a Continental Airlines flight.

8. Posted by analiaramirezc (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks a lot!

I'm not planning to get drunk. haha. In fact, I'm going to travel alone so I'll have to be cautious. Anyway, it's quite reassuring to know that it's a very safe city. Especially because it'll be my first time there and I'll be go around on my own.

9. Posted by Elkins (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Calcruzer, that's fair enough. I was thinking of urban ground transport - buses and urban train systems. I live in Portland now, which is known for its commitment to public transport and does have a really good public bus system, but it still doesn't match the NY subway. I've lived in a number of different American cities, and I've yet to see one with a public transport system as all-ranging and convenient. Often times they're fast and clean, but don't go to the poorer areas of town. Sometimes they're fairly complete in their coverage, but stop running late at night. And so forth. I'd be happy to be proven wrong, but I honestly don't think there's a better urban transit system in the US.

You are absolutely correct, however, that our commercial air travel network is very safe.

Anyway, sorry for the digression. I hope you have a great trip, analiaramirezc!