New York City

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New York is well known for its shopping, fashion, nightlife, art, food, and theater, New York is the heart of the world. Every culture is represented here, and there’s always something to do. You can spend a lifetime exploring and never really see it all. NYC is one of the most amazing places in the world (it’s why I call it home), but as a backpacker it can take a big bite out of your budget. However, a city this big is bound to have some great deals, and there are plenty of things to do that won’t cost you a few months of your savings. I’ve lived in NYC for over three years and can tell you: deals can be found.

Typical Costs You can Expect

Budget hotel prices – In NYC, even budget hotels are expensive. Expect to pay between $100-150 USD per night for something on the low end, and then go up from there. That will get you a decent, clean room with a private bathroom. Manhattan is incredibly expensive so if you want more value for your money consider staying in Brooklyn or Jersey City. Here is a good resource for cheap hotels in New York. So this is why StayHomeAway vacation rentals come into their own for space and privacy

Average cost of food – New York has food at every price range. You can eat a mid-range sit down restaurant for $15-25 USD per main course. Dinner for two with drinks usually averages around $50-70 USD. Prices just go straight up from there as NYC has some really fancy and expensive restaurants. Pizza slices can be found as little as a dollar, though typically cost about $3 USD. Sandwich shops, kebabs, salad shops, and cafe meals generally are less than $10 USD. There are plenty of street vendors with meals around $5-8 USD. If you plan to cook, expect to spend $50-70 USD per week on groceries. Here are my favorite places to eat in New York City to give you an idea as to where to eat.

Public transportation cost – The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.50 USD. The fare for an express bus ride is $6 USD. You can also buy a 7-day transit pass for $30 USD. Most cabs around the city will cost around $15 USD. The MTA charges a $1 USD fee on each metro or bus pass.