How to Save Money While Traveling in New York City

Regarded as one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City is, in fact, brimming with an infectious energy that is irreplaceable. It is one place that every traveler wants to visit at least once. But a trip to New York is not that easy on the pocket. So here we are with some special tips that will help you save your money the next time you are in New York.

Planning the trip

  • Take the map out and mark the areas you want to cover in a day. This will help you save money on subways and taxis.
  • Go to residential neighborhoods such as Tribeca, Greenwich, NoHo to see the real New York and not the tourist traps where you have to shed your money unnecessarily.


  • If you are planning to go to museums then check out their websites for reduced fare or free entry days and plan accordingly.
  • Subscribe to or and get discounts on food, shopping, spas and entry tickets. You get an email with a deal every day. Accept the deal within 24 hours and enjoy!
  • Go to Central Park and enjoy watching the bands playing music and street artist putting up fantastic shows.
  • Choose Staten Island Ferry for the amazing views of the New York harbor. They’re free and worth the time.

Shows and Entertainment

  • Go to and look for events, concerts, readings and exhibitions that are taking place in different parts of the city for the day. They’re fun and inexpensive.
  • Check out TKTs booths and for discounted Broadway Tickets.
  • Check out for senior and student ID discounts at theatres.


  • If your trip is supposed to last for a long time, buy a subway pass with which you get unlimited rides for a week. It’s quite cost-efficient.
  • If you’re in New York in a group then rent a car as that will be cheaper.
  • Get a parking pass that will allow you to park the vehicle at a flat rate all day long.
  • Rent a bike and enjoy New York while riding around. You’ll also get through the traffic easily. Bike sharing is also available.
  • Go on foot to places that are nearby.


  • Skip the touristy Times Square joints and eat where the students eat. Go to eateries near universities
  • Try street joints. Food carts and trucks to enjoy the authentic New York flavor. Check for options
  • Go to places like Chinatown, Little Italy and Little India to enjoy authentic ethnic foods at affordable rates.


  • Choose to stay in boroughs such as Brooklyn, . Affordable and connected to all places, what more can you ask for?
  • Consider alternatives such as home exchange, couch surfing or hostels.
  • Stay in hotel, inns or shared bath and save a lot of money.


  • Head out to flea markets on a weekend and shop for unique items at great prices.
  • Go to Canal Street where you can bargain on prices of purses and jewelry.