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New York City public bus network

Despite there being hundreds of bus routes in The City, traveling by this mode of transport is as easy as getting around New York by foot. The bus network crosses the grid plan perfectly and in most cases all you'll have to do is hop on any bus to take you further down the street or avenue.

It is always a good idea to check the bus maps available at each stop to make sure the bus takes you to your destination.

Routes

New York City bus
New York City bus

All buses in New York have a letter and a number. The letter indicates the borough where the bus travels: Manhattan (M), Brooklyn (B), Queens (Q), Bronx (BX) and Staten Island (S).

If you would like to find out more about the public bus network before getting to NYC, you can check out MTA's official website:

Similar to the Subway, there are also normal and limited buses. The limited ones do not stop at every stop and are faster than the normal ones. Before getting on a limited bus, make sure you ask the bus driver if the bus stops at your stop. 

Fares

A single ride for a bus is $2.50. If you’re thinking of using the public transport regularly, we recommend getting a MetroCard.

If you are thinking of paying by cash, it is important to note that you can only pay with coins.

If you use a MetroCard, you have access to unlimited transfers between the several buses and the Subway for 120 minutes, and after this time you'll have to pay again. If you pay by cash, you have to ask the bus driver for a ticket and with that you will only be able to transfer once.

Schedules

Buses, like the Subway, operate on a 24-hour basis.

Between 10 pm and 5 am you can ask the bus driver to stop where you want to get off, without it having to be a bus stop.

Great option for short distances and the elderly

Traveling by bus is a great idea, especially when the route is short. For longer journeys, the most sensible option is  the Subway.

This means of transport is also preferred by the elderly and the disabled, as the Subway is not as accessible.