Visiting New York City on a budget? New York City has the reputation of being an expensive city, however if you know where to look you are sure to find some great deals! Here are six ways to save on your next trip to NYC. Be sure to follow our blog and subscribe to our newsletter for even more tips and recommendations.
Consider staying outside of Manhattan
First things first you will need to find a place to stay during your New York City visit. Manhattan is the center point of New York City but it can be a bit costly to stay here. However, hotels in the outer boroughs such as Brooklyn or Queens can be a better deal and often a very quick subway ride away to Manhattan.
Take the subway
The subway can be a bit tricky to master at first, but with a little research and a map, the subway is always a cheaper option to get around the city. If you are staying for a week or longer and plan on exploring quite a bit, you should get an unlimited MetroCard, if staying less than a week it still is a bargain to load a MetroCard with multiple fares vs. buying a single ride ticket every time you travel. Lastly, another option, if you are familiar with the New York City streets is to rent a Citi Bike.
Take advantage of the free attractions in New York City
There are such things as free things to do in NYC, some examples include, riding the Staten Island ferry, exploring the High Line, Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge. Also be on the lookout for free nights for some of the most popular museums in New York City such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum. Finally, you can look into something like the New York Pass or the CityPass to save on admissions for all the other attractions and more.
Look into TKTS for cheaper Broadway tickets
If you are like us then a show on Broadway is a must! If you have some flexibility, you can frequently save 40% or more on some of the most popular Broadway shows if you buy the tickets from a TKTS booths (Duffy Square & Other Locations). The catch is that you have to buy these tickets the day of (or the day before for matinee shows) and sometimes they may not have tickets to the Broadway show you really want. But it is an unbeatable deal.
Explore the city for exciting dining options
Dining in neighborhoods like SoHo, Midtown or Times Square can cost a pretty penny but if you explore other neighborhoods like Chinatown or Little Italy you can find a ton of delicious dining options and cheap eats spots that won’t break the bank. Some of our favorite cheap eats spots include Tasty Dumpling (42 Mulberry St), Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli (369 Broome St) and 2 Bros Pizza (31 W 46th St & Other Locations). Be sure to check out our blog for even more restaurant recommendations!
Shop around for the best deals
Finally New York City is a mecca for shopping so you can find great deals including souvenirs if you shop around. Some shops and stores we highly recommend are Century 21 (21 Dey St) and Macy’s (151 West 34th St).