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How to Save Money on Your Next Trip to NYC

Tonya Prater, Owner

A visit to the City Of New York is a popular bucket list item for many people but it can be an expensive city to visit.

We’re sharing a few saving tips for travel to NYC that will stretch your budget and hopefully allow you to see a bit more of what the city of New York has to offer.

These tips can easily save 25% or more on your next NYC vacation!

The City of New York is one of our favorite vacation destinations, and since it is, I have some amazing savings tips to help you make the most of your travel to NYC on a budget.  

Even in the city that never sleeps, you can manage to enjoy tremendous attractions and stays without spending a fortune.

New York City – beautiful colorful sunset over manhattan fit sunbeams between buildings

City Of New York Savings Tips For Travel

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New York City offers a ton of activities for visitors of all ages but it’s not inexpensive. Here are a few of our best tips to help you save money on your trip.

Use the City Of New York CityPASS®:  If you haven’t heard of the CityPASS® ticket yet, this is one of the best deals to help save money on attractions in the city.  

There are two different CityPASS®ticket options for NYC, and they save from 25% to 41% off the overall cost if you had purchased these attraction tickets separately.  

The following is a list that shows some of the great popular options with the CityPASS®pass.  

You are able to pick and choose 5 attractions depending on the option you buy.

  • The Empire State Building
  • American Museum of Natural History

Choose three of the following attractions:

  • Top of the Rock® Observation Deck
  • Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Edge at Hudson Yards

Check out apartment rentals instead of hotels

Hotels in the city of New York can be extremely expensive.  You can find some deals that are affordable, but they are often in areas you prefer not to stay, or in smaller accommodations that aren’t comfortable. While it’s popular to rent apartments or houses on platforms like AirBnB or VRBO, you’ll want to make sure you are renting them legally in NYC as the city has strict rules governing who can and who can’t rent out rooms and in what circumstance.

You can check prices and book directly from our map below:

Book theater tickets in advance:

Last-minute tickets to theater performances often cost much more than if you plan in advance and buy tickets before your stay in the city of New York.  Take the time to look and research the various options off-Broadway and pick your top choices.  Compare prices and choose a few performances that you want to see the most and purchase from there.

Choose the Unlimited Metrocard:

NEW YORK CITY – JUNE, 2018: Crowds of diverse people cross the busy intersection on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan with rush hour traffic in the background.

 The city of New York has amazing Metrocard options, but one of those is to pay a flat fee for unlimited use.  If you are going to be going all over the city for attractions and to and from lodging, this is a must.  They offer a 7-day unlimited pass that works ideally for those on vacation.

New York City is one of the most iconic travel destinations you will find.  With tons of beautiful architecture, great hotels, musicals, and plays, as well as amazing food you’ll find something for everyone in your family to enjoy.  These tips will help you and your family save money while also enjoying your favorite picks of attractions in the city of New York.

Save Money with our City of New York Tips for Travel

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Sara Broers

Friday 4th of November 2016

Great tips on saving $$$- Looks like there is no time for boredom when visiting NYC!

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