Traveling in NYC can be a little confusing, especially if you’re not from around here. Let’s face it, even I, a born and raised New Yorker get confused sometimes.
Last week I had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Open with my fellow Top Blogueras from the LATISM conference held at the Waldorf Astoria. The whole experience was fun and it inspired me to write this post.
Here are some tips to make your commute by subway around the city a little smoother. And I don’t know if you know this yet but riding the subway is an adventure all on its own!
First things first. You need a metrocard to get around. It’s the underground hall pass. Without it, you’re in trouble. A metrocard costs $1. (New fee! Can you believe that they were free just last year?)
A one-way trip costs $2.50. Depending on how many trips you’re planning on making, you have a choice of purchasing a single ride or a few.
Metrocards work on buses too. Keep in mind that express buses are not $2.50 per ride. Last I checked, one ride was $6.50. You’re better off taking the subway anyway. Although I hear bus riders are much nicer than train riders. Ha! You tell me.
Maps are everywhere but there are also some cool apps that will surely get you to where you need to go smoothly and on-time.
Citymapper – This award-winning app originates from the U.K. It provides users with real-time information on subways, buses, and bikes across all five boroughs. It also gives you a heads up on traffic, construction and other delays. Its coolest feature would be the ability to give you local weather info. Have fun with this app, personalization is also available.
SubCulture.FM – Remember when I mentioned that riding on the subway is an adventure? Well be prepared to see and hear some very talented musicians on your commute. This app gives you the ability to identify subway musicians using QR codes. This way you can take the music wherever you go.
Transit App – I’ve used apps like this before and it really comes in handy, especially for frequent riders. This app gives you real-time arrival and departure times. Great if you’re planning on being on-time. 😉
AccessWay – Ok – this app is amazing… This app finds a way for those who are blind and visually impaired in finding the way around the subway system. AccessWay uses Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Sensor technology and WiFi technology to deliver messages regarding their surroundings, arrival and departure times, and current location to a user’s device. Incredible, right?
Bus NYC – I like to call this app the Matrix of the bus system. Bus NYC provides users full timetables of live departure and arrivals of selected routes, service advisories, special bus route features, maps and trip planners. The best thing about this app is that it doesn’t need WiFi to access all of its features. Plan your next trip underground.
Moovit – Get real-time arrival times, planning information and navigation. With this app you can let other users know of your MTA experience. Sharing is caring!
Are you a New Yorker aka professional subway rider? What are your tips for traveling underground?