5 tips to save money where it counts in New York

A trip to the ‘Big Apple’ doesn’t have to break the bank, if you know how to stretch your pound and get more bang for your buck. New York is a notoriously expensive city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience all that’s on offer in ‘the city that never sleeps.’

We have teamed up with Eric from NewYork.co.uk to share some of his local insider tips to help you make the most of your budget in New York. Only one click away, you can directly contact Eric at Facebook.com/NewYork or via e-mail - eric@newyork.co.uk with any questions to help make it a memorable trip with the best tips and advice!

1. Getting Around the City

The subway system in New York is not only the most efficient way to get around the city, but it’s also the cheapest. If you’re flying into JFK Airport, you can avoid the heavy traffic by jumping onto the AirTrain and transferring onto the subway, which will bring you directly into the heart of Manhattan. 

Only in the city for a few days? Buy the Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard that gives you 12 trips that can be shared with another person. Spending one week in the city? Buy the 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard to have unlimited access to the subway and all local buses for 7 consecutive days.

2 .Discounted Sightseeing

There are numerous attractions and must-see landmarks to visit in New York, but it can become costly very quickly. Investing in a discount pass, such as the New York Explorer Pass is the most cost effective way to maximise your sightseeing wishlist, instead of paying per attraction. 

The New York Explorer Pass is perfect to skip the long queues and visit iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. 

3. Best of Broadway

Going to see a show on Broadway is another must-do in New York. Book your Broadway show tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, but more importantly to get the best deals without the hefty booking fees. 

Broadway is a popular attraction 365 days per year, which means tickets are always in high demand. Go see Broadway’s longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera or other classics such as The Lion King and Pretty Woman; there is something to suit everyone’s taste. Don’t be that tourist who arrives on the day only to find the most expensive seats available!

4. Bargain Shopping

You cannot go to this fashion capital without paying a visit to Woodbury Common Outlet. With 220 outlet stores on offer, it’s your one stop shop for the best discounts on designer brands. A day trip to Woodbury Common is also included in the New York Explorer Pass, which makes it even better value for money. Hop on the bus, sit back and relax for an hour until you reach the ‘Disneyland’ of shopping. Don’t forget to bring a suitcase for all your shopping treasures! 

If you’re stuck for time, pop into New York’s most iconic department store, Macy’s. Spread across 11 floors, there is something for everyone, including 10% off on purchases when you show Eric’s New York App at the checkout. Download available on both iOS and Android. 

5. Cheap and Tasty Eats

Experiencing New York’s authentic culinary delights doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Do as the New Yorkers do - grab a slice of pizza for as little as $2.75 from Joe’s Pizza (7 Carmine Street). This little hole-in-the-wall pizzeria is often a hotspot for famous faces. In the mood for an all-American dining experience? Head to Shake Shack at Madison Square Park for a juicy burger and a milkshake with an affordable price tag starting from only $5.50. 

After a good feed, make your way to New York’s newest neighbourhood, Hudson Yards. Pay a visit to the Vessel, the latest architectural structure on everyone’s itinerary. Best of all is that entrance is free! Get your free ticket online in advance to avoid the queues.