How to save in New York

How to save in New York

As well as reserving your flight and hotel ahead of time, there are many ways to save money in New York. Figure out how, and make the most of your budget.

Although New York has a reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world, it also offers a wide range of restaurants and accommodation where you can compare prices and choose whatever option fits your budget.

If you want to save as much as possible in the Big Apple, we recommend that you reserve your flight and hotel ahead of time and make the most of the various tourist cards available. Below you'll find some tricks and advice on how to save money in New York.

Hotels and Flights

The best way to save in New York is by reserving your flight and hotel ahead of time. Although prices change depending on the time of year, it's always possible to find great offers or more accessible flights if you're looking five or more months ahead.

With our hotel search engine, you can book with significant discounts. And in many cases, you can cancel up to the day before, and pay directly at the hotel.

Another way to find cheap accommodation in New York is to look in areas further out, such as Brooklyn, where you can find plenty of hotels and apartments.

Save on museums and monuments

On certain days of the week, the museums of New York operate on a donation system, so it's a good time to pay less, or even enter for free. Some of these museums are the MoMA (Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm) and the Guggenheim (5 pm to 8 pm).

And if you're a student, remember to bring your card with you, this often comes with a discount.

Transport

Public transport in New York is expensive, meaning the best option to save is to by getting the unlimited MetroCard. In the following link, you can compare the various different options the card offers, depending on if you're going to use the subway or the bus.

Advice

  • Tap water is drinkable - and restaurants will give it to you for free if you ask for it.
  • A good way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take the free ferry to Staten Island. It offers some incredible views of Ellis Island, the New York port and the Statue of Liberty.
  • If you're planning on catching a broadway musical, in the TKTS shop in Times Square you can find discounted tickets for the same day