Comprehensive Guide to How to Reach New York and Get Around

New York is the most populous city in the country and houses one of the largest transportation systems. 

The city has an extensive bus system in all five boroughs, the largest subway system in the world and busy airports. 

You can reach here through various means of transportation like by bus, flight, and train.

By Flight

By Flight
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New York City is one of the top gateways for international passengers into the United States. 

There are three airports from which you can access New York City – John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.  

JFK International Airport and the LaGuardia Airport are in Queens, while the Newark Liberty International Airport is in neighboring New Jersey.

LaGuardia is a domestic airport, while the other two offer domestic and international flights. 

All three airports can be accessed using taxis, subways and buses.

LaGuardia Airport is the closest airport to Manhattan, the heart of New York City.

But, the most accessible airport to access is JFK International Airport. 

JFK is the only airport that gives a flat-rate trip from anywhere in Manhattan. You also get direct subway and taxi access between both destinations.

John F. Kennedy International Airport is the best New York airport to fly to. This is for three reasons:

  • Easy access to Subway (through the A and E lines and the AirTrain)
  • You get a lot of flight options, both domestic and international
  • Good connectivity to almost all the major cities, airports and airlines across the world

But remember, JFK International is one of the busiest airports in the entire country.

However, it is maintained well enough to accommodate those crowds!

(Also, if you are going to New York, you should be ready to travel amongst crowds because you’ll find them almost everywhere)

Note:  During the winter, heavy snowfall and rains pour over New York. This usually causes delays and disruptions in flight timings and related logistics. 

By Bus

By Bus
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If you’re living in the United States, many bus services are available to bring you to the Big Apple.

You can access these services from various cities like Boston, Philadelphia etc. 

Travel becomes very smooth because of the many interstate highways connecting New York to the rest of the country. 

Some of the prominent bus operators include

  • Eastern Travel
  • Hola Bus
  • BoltBus
  • Executive Coach 
  • Boston Deluxe
  • Greyhound
  • And many more! (include more if possible)

Note: While traveling and planning your itinerary, remember that NYC faces exhausting traffic jams.

By Train

By Train
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Several train routes and services can access New York.

The train network connects New York with several cities across the country, like Washington D.C, Boston, Cleveland, Baltimore etc. 

The network goes all the way to Toronto and Montreal in Canada. 

The two major stations that service New York are the Grand Central Terminal and the New York Penn Station.  

There is access to many subway and bus services from both stations. 

You can avail of the following rail services to reach and commute in New York City: 

  • Amtrak
  • Long Island Rail Road
  • Metro-North Railroad
  • NJ Transit
  • PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson)

By Car

By Car
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There is a well-connected road system to aid your driving to New York City. 

The roads cover many US areas and also connect to Canada. 

With such a network in place, you can easily make it to the Big Apple by your car with minimal fuss. But make sure you know the right spots to park your vehicle.

Don’t forget to ask Google Maps for help during your journey!

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