First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:06
Hello fellow travelers,
I’m a new traveler heading to New York City seeking advice and guidance.. Myself and my girlfriend are off to New York at the end of January for 7 days. We’re staying in a lovely hotel just off time square and are curious about how much dollars should we need to take with us. We’ve heard conflicting stories from online forums, and various friends and family members who have been to the big Apple about how much we should take and wanted to open it up to the world of trip advisor for advice.
Our hotel includeds bed and breakfast, and we already have a New York City pass to all the mega attractions, so that’s paid for. But was curious how much eating out, travelling around the city and expenses would be?
As well as any handy tips anyone can offer so we can get the most out of our trip.
Thank you for any help and advice, it’s much appreciated.
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1. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:11
What is your approximate daily budget?
2. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:25
Not sure at the moment it all depends on what people suggestions are and the advice they give, we’re thinking about how much dollars overal should we take and then we shall determine our daily budget. We’ve been told from friends and family for a week to take anything from $400-$1000 but have so many conflicting stories. We are going 7 days but will be travelling two of them as we’re from England
3. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:28
Everyone's spending habits & tolerance to prices are different. What is usually suggested is that you bring $50-$100 US for small expenses like housekeeping fees & street snacks & then put everything else on credit cards. Taxis & fast food places, among others, all take credit cards & I just read an article that some places in NYC are beginning to be credit card or electronic transfers only just like in Japan.
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4. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:40
I would say for 5 full days - 10 meals x 2 plan on $25 per meal =500 + metro cards/airline trips 100 + a couple of off Broadway or comedy shows 200. l Not much less than $800. You could do it for less, and many do, but it would take work and leave you less evening options and require more fast food and food cart eating. If you are nondrinkers that would help. Some top attractions are not on the pass.
5. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:43
TAKE $50-$100 with you as the best exchange rate you will find will be from an ATM in NYC....use credit cards for most of your purchases (except for the small ones that you can use your stash for) and if you happen to need more money, replenish through ATM withdrawals (from a debit or checking card, just watch out for fees)
6. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:45
Once your hotel is covered, your spending needs really depend on you - your travel style, your interests, your tastes, etc. You can eat extremely cheaply here if you’re into street food and hole-in-the-wall places (particularly if you venture outside the main tourist areas); or you can pay $100s for a meal at luxury restaurants.
How much you intend to shop (since that seems to be a big thing for many visitors), and for what...what paid attractions you visit, vs. the many that are free...will you be using public transportation ($32/person for a 7-day unlimited pass) or opting for cabs...what kind of evening entertainment are you looking at - these are all under your control.
So, honestly, aside from lodging, your budget can be pretty much whatever you want it to be.
7. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:57
If you're familiar with prices on the London Underground you'll find the NYC subway less expensive. Buy a weekly unlimited MetroCard for $32 for each of you. Covers buses as well.
8. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:57
$400 for meals and incidentals for one week for two is not nearly enough. As mentioned above, put meals on a credit card and don't forget to tip 15-20% at least, also on the card slip. Get a weekly Metro pass ($32 per person, pay by credit card at a machine) and use the subway and buses to get around the city. You will definitely be money ahead with a weekly pass for 5 days. If the weather is too cold you won't mind hopping a subway or bus for just a few blocks since your pass gives you unlimited rides.
Tip the hotel maid $3-5 cash per day, leave one dollar notes each day on a desk or dresser when you leave in the morning. Don't wait until the last day to tip the housekeeper, tip each day.
One way to save in NYC is to have your main meal at lunch time and a small meal or sandwich for dinner. To give you an idea, one glass of wine at a restaurant will be at least $10-20 per person at dinner. Drinks at bars later in the evenings are expensive. Do your research on cafes and restaurants located near where you're spending each day, group activities in the same neighborhood day by day to save transport time.
Don't get cash before you leave home, use an ATM card at machines to get cash. Make sure you have enough in your bank accounts to cover up to $1,200 in withdrawals. Use ATM machines that are located at an actual bank, if you have any problem with the ATM card you can go inside to get the issue sorted out. Check with your bank for fees and corresponding banks (partners where fees would be lower) before you leave home. DO NOT change money at Travex or any other money-changing service, the rates are terrible. Make sure both of you have your own ATM cards and at least 2 credit cards. Notify your banks and credit card companies of your travel so your cards won't be declined.
You're coming at a great time of year with low hotel rates and sales everywhere. The Metropolitan Museum gift shops have great sales, they have locations in several places. My favorites are the main museum (multiple shops with different merchandise in each) and the Rockefeller Center location.
9. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 19:59
Thank you all for the handy advice and especially the tip about credit cards and electronic transfers in restaurants. We’re hoping to also go and see the broadway show Wicked which is approx $120 per a person.
Is the $32 per a person 7-day transport fee for the subway or buses?
10. Re: First time to New York - How expensive is the city?
30 December 2017, 20:06
The $32 covers both the subway *and* buses (as well as the Roosevelt Island Tram) - that’s why it’s such a great deal.Edited: 30 December 2017, 20:07
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