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Tips for Visiting New York on a Budget

NYC can be an expensive city to explore, but it does not need to be.

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NYC can be an expensive city to explore, but it does not need to be. You can save on money by choosing New York guided tours, as they offer cheap packages. Here are more tips that are helpful if you want to see New York on a budget:


Find Discounts before Arriving

You can save money by buying a tourist pass, which allows you to have free entry to several tourist destinations such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. However, these passes are not for everyone; it depends on how much time you have and the sights that you want to see.

Before paying full price for anything, you should look at discount sites for reduced prices on hotels, tours, attractions, and restaurants.

Traveling to and Getting Around NYC

You should check travel sites online if you want to save money on flights. The savings should not stop there, because you can always check out bus tours that show you the sights at low costs. However, if you want to save more, you can take advantage of the subway system, which is cheap and extensive.

If you want to see the Statue of Liberty, you can get on the Staten Island ferry for a river cruise at no cost. You should also learn how to hail a cab in NYC if you want to get to your destination faster. However, you should avoid cabs during rush hour because you will spend most of your time in traffic and the meter will keep running.  

Cheap and Free Attractions

If you want to see the city on a budget, you should check out free museums and pay-what-you-wish attractions, which have suggested donations – this means that you only have to pay what you can afford or not at all. The Brooklyn Bridge is another famous bridge that you can see for free. Moreover, shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are free to attend.

Save Money on Sightseeing Tours

If you want to see NYC on a budget, you should opt for pay-what-you-wish tours. If you want to buy a tourist pass, you should know that participating in many sightseeing tours will be included in the prepaid price. There are many tourist passes available for visitors in NYC, so you can choose one depending on your interests, travel plans, and budget.

Having an idea of what you want to see or how much time you have in the Big Apple will help you to choose a good tourist pass.

Eating in New York

You can eat a great meal in New York without breaking the bank. In fact, most of the food in this city is known for being inexpensive. If you want to find a cheap, but tasty dish, you should experiment at different eateries. If you do not want to visit multiple restaurants, you should consider visiting restaurants.com in search of great deals.

Another concept that you should try is having a meal at a resident’s apartment. Up and coming websites such as mealsharing.com let tourists eat at local’s houses, which is the best way to eat a tasty meal at little to no cost.

Save Money on Hotels

You might think that finding a cheap hotel in NYC is not possible. However, you need to know that you can find an $80 per night room in a good location. If you do not want to waste money on hotel rooms, you should consider staying in hostels for a cheaper and more immersive experience. You can also always crash on a friend’s couch.

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