Six Ways To Travel To New York On A Budget

Six Ways To Travel To New York On A Budget

I’m lucky enough to have made five trips to New York and every single time I’ve fallen in love with the city that little bit more and I always come back itching to go back. I know a lot of people think that New York is an expensive city but I firmly believe that it’s only as expensive as you make it, like pretty much any other city. Here are six ways to travel to New York on a budget.

Be flexible with when you can fly

Like most countries if you go in the summertime you can spend £700+ on flights to New York but if you’re pretty flexible when you can take your trip you can find flights for a steal. I always use Skyscanner and see when the best times to fly are and when I headed there this March I paid £99 for flights one way and £149 for flights back with Norwegian which is absolutely crazy. While March can be mixed weather you can still get great flights if you’re clever and look well in advance.

statue of liberty

Book your accommodation as soon as possible

Accomodation is generally one of the most expensive parts of travel but you can do New York on a budget by booking in advance. I booked our accommodation a few months before we actually booked our flights as offer £0 deposits and free cancellation on a large number of properties. The price for our accommodation when I secured it was about £350 for 4 nights which is such a great price considering we were in the centre of Manhattan just minutes from Macy’s and the Empire State Building but when we looked a few months later the same room in the hotel was about double the price. We stayed at The New Yorker which I think is one of the best prices for a hotel in Manhattan, otherwise it’s worth checking Air BnB or hostels.

Book combination tickets

One you know what attractions you want to do in the city have a look around at all the different City Passes as chances are you’ll find one for the combination of attractions you want to do. By booking your passes in advance you’ll save money, save time queuing when you arrive and also it will be paid in advance so you can save more for doughnuts and Sephora hauls! We got the Citypass as it covered six major attractions in the city with some interchangeable options as it was great value and there’s always deals out there to be had.

new york skyline

Walk as much as you can

Things might seem really spread out in Manhattan but actually walking blocks doesn’t take as long as you think. On most of the trips I’ve done I’ve walked 30+ blocks and it’s not been a crazy amount of walking, plus you see so much more when you walk than you would if you were stuck on the subway.

Buy a travel card if you’re there more than 6 days

In contrast to my above tip if you are in the city for over 6 days their travel card is such good value and will only cost you for a week about the same as what a few days in London would cost. You can use the tickets on any subway train so you can go out to Brooklyn for some pizza, over to Queens for some shopping or up to The Bronx to visit Yankee Stadium.

shake shack

Eat street food

Food can definitely add up and if you have a real sit down meal it can cost a lot of money so if you’re travelling on a budget then I suggest eating street food. There’s always loads of vendors on the street offering tasty food and plenty of places where you can take away a slice or two of pizza for just a few dollars and this can save you so much money. On my recent trip we didn’t do this as much and I dread to think how much we spent on food during the trip.

As you can see you can do New York on a budget and if you need inspiration for your New York trip check out my ultimate 4 day itinerary.

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Six Ways To Travel To New York On A Budget



  1. June 21, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Great tips and it’s made me want to go back to New York so much! Though I think it would be best to wait until our children are a bit older 🙂

  2. June 21, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Great tips, I am planning on taking my eldest to New York for a few days in a couple of years so this is super useful as I have never been before x

  3. Joanne
    June 21, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I just love New York, we took a trip 2 years ago and after reading your post I want to go back now!

  4. June 21, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    I’m really shocked at the difference in flight prices! And I think I would prefer eating street food rather then in a sit down restaurant

  5. Hannah Wood
    June 21, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    This is so good I have had so many work mates going to New York will be sure to show and share this with them.

  6. June 22, 2018 / 10:53 am

    New York can be pricey, we have been a few times and spent so much money, but well worth it though x

  7. June 22, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Great tips! Going out of peak season can save a fortune! I have a serious case of wanderlust at the moment 🙂 Polly x

  8. June 22, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    They’re all brilliant tips. We have only visited New York once (and with our son) and we’re loving to go back when he’s a bit older!

  9. June 23, 2018 / 8:40 am

    I would absolutely love to visit New York, it’s on my bucket list for sure. We would be visiting on a budget too so will keep these tips in mind, I have no problem walking lots and don’t think I’d like going on the subway anyway!xx

  10. June 23, 2018 / 11:21 am

    I would love to visit New York again. Funny enough i had a dream recently that i was shopping in Macy’s and brought a Jlo dress. haha. Don’t know what that suppose to mean. xx

  11. Jem
    June 25, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    New York is one f my favourite city’s. There is so much to do and see there. I definitely need to go again soon.

  12. Bryanna Skye
    June 25, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    heading there end of July so perfect timing for me – will definitely be walking mostly! 🙂

  13. June 27, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    I’ve never been before but it would be a amazing place to visit. I would walk everywhere so that I didn’t miss a single thing!

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