The Best Of New York City {On A Budget}

Otto I. Eovaldi

New York On A Budget
Post Last Modified – July 07, 2022

See The Best Of New York City On A Budget

I thought I would share our experience and how we were able to see the – 🗽 Best of New York City On a Budget.

One city I have been wanted to visit for years was the 🍎 Big Apple – New York City, and my wife and I finally made that happen a few seasons ago.

Living on the west coast of 🍁 Canada and with the lousy exchange rate for our 💵 dollar, we had to come up with a plan to make our one week visit affordable.

As well, without missing out on any of the major highlights and attractions the city has to offer.

So prior to traveling, I got busy searching on the 🖥 computer for helpful travel tips and suggestions, from those people actually living in the city.

I also checked out some articles online, written by those who had visited NYC previously.

Travel related forums and websites such as – TripAdvisor, can be a great resource to get you started planning any vacation or business trip.

Affordable New York City Travel

New York City Skyline

In this post, I’ve listed just a few things we did, that helped make our visit budget friendly.

I hope a few of these tips will be of help to you, should you visit this extraordinary and amazing city in – New York State, USA.


New York On A Budget #1

airbnb logoWe quickly found out when searching for accommodation that New York is an incredibly expensive place to stay. If you have plans of staying in Manhattan in a hotel, then you better be prepared to pay a pretty hefty price!

After a brief look at some of the major travel bookings websites for hotels, I quickly made the decision to check out listings on – 🛌 Airbnb.

What a great decision and choice that turned out to be!😎

If you haven’t heard of this worldwide, highly successful company and website for accommodation, then check out my article on 🛌 Airbnb.

This is a great success story, started by a few young entrepreneurs who have turned a unique idea into a huge global enterprise around the world! 🌎

Without a doubt, this is an excellent alternative to 💰 pricey hotel accommodation and especially what they are in New York City!

It’s also a great way to meet locals in the city you are visiting. You have options to rent rooms of all types in private dwellings, to actual entire house rentals.

We stayed with a lovely family in Manhattan, with our own private large bedroom and private bath. All, at a fraction of the price of a typical 🏨 hotel room.

Accommodation in New York City will be your biggest expense!


New York On A Budget #2

MTA MetroCard

Getting around New York City is easy and very affordable, using the 🚉 public transit system.

Getting to and from their two major ✈ airports is a snap, and moving most anywhere around the city can be done easily, using the – 🚆 New York Metro Transit Authority.

There are a number of options for you to help save money depending on the length of stay in the city.

First and foremost we were able to purchase a Metro Pass for $1 for our first trip.

If you do plan on using the transit and subway system a lot, then an unlimited 7 day pass is a great choice! You do have options to purchase other less amounts for savings reductions as well.

Basically, you just keep reloading your pass at kiosks in subway stations and travel away!

Using the subway and transit system the first few times can be overwhelming, but don’t be afraid to ask for directions and help from the locals. 

As well and at many major 🚉 subway stations, there are attendants on duty that will gladly assist you.

Once you get started and use the system a couple of times, it’s a great affordable choice for getting anywhere easily!

For more detailed information on the 💳 MetroCard, I have listed 🚆 MTA’s official website below for your convenience.

🚥   Fares and MetroCard New York 

Tours and Attractions

New York On A Budget #3

New York City Mounted Police

There are so many fabulous tours, attractions and sites to see in this magnificent city. We had just 5 full days, to try to see everything and on a tight budget as well.

There a few excellent money saving options, that are definitely worth taking a closer look at and that we used during our visit, saving a ton of money! 💰

We chose the New York Pass, which had come highly recommended from friends who previously visited the city. This was a wonderful way to see many of the major attractions, at greatly reduced prices.

Just swipe your prepaid pass and you’re in!

After using this pass, I can’t believe why more major cities around the globe are not using this method, for visitors to their city.

The New York City Pass

New York On A Budget #4

New York Pass

In a nutshell, you can purchase a one day or multiple day pass. This gives you access and in our case, to over 80 amazing and most popular attractions in the city.

I purchased ours online, prior to leaving home and printed out our receipt.

Upon our arrival, we attended one of their convenient offices and were given a New York Pass Credit Card, to use for admission to the many attractions.

You never have to worry about money and paying for each attraction. In many cases, you get priority entry to some of the major attractions as well.

The savings are excellent and a very convenient way to see the cities most popular and busiest attractions.

New York Hop On Hop Off Ferry

Our pass included access to the 🚌  Gray Line Hop On/Hop Off 🚍 Bus and ⛴ Ferry, which I highly recommend.

Hop On Hop Off Tour buses, are excellent for getting around, seeing the sites of the city and very affordable as well. Not just in New York City, but to many major cities you may be visiting for the first time around the world.

I have listed the New York Pass official website below to check out.

You can access much more detailed information on prices, tours and attractions included and on line purchase and limited time specials as well.

📸   The New York Pass

Grand Central Station

A few major attractions not to be missed are …

✔ Times Square – at least once a night to experience the neon signs and people;

✔ Empire State Building – A fabulous view from the 86th floor;

✔ Statue of Liberty and Battery Park;

✔ 911 Museum.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

✔ Walk the Brooklyn Bridge;

✔ Grand Central Terminal;

✔ Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and Submarine.

New York Yankees Baseball

✔ New York Yankees Baseball Game;

✔ High Line Walkway;

✔ Central Park.

Central Park New York City


New York On A Budget #5

You can virtually eat anywhere in the world, when in New York City! One of the highlights certainly includes enjoying the huge variety of food in this multi-cultural city.

Yes, you can eat well on a tight budget and in most parts of the city!

One of the great advantages of staying with a family residing in the city, is finding out where some of these excellent and affordable dining establishments are and recommended by a local.

There’s no need to dine in expensive restaurants, unless of course your heart desires.

New York City Food Carts

From hot dog and hot pretzel carts on most every corner, to grocery deli shops in every block, the choice is endless!

We found ourselves many times, entering the local grocery and purchasing healthy snacks for the day. We packed them along with us, to enjoy while riding the ferry or the hop on/hop off buses.

The choices are endless and you will be delighted with the variety.

Below, are just a couple of favorites during our stay, that offered delicious food at very affordable prices and with a little history thrown in to boot!

🍕   Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza

Grimaldi's Pizza New York City

😎   Amy Ruth’s Harlem

🥪   Chelsea Market  

🍹   John’s Pizza  

Final Thoughts Banner

With an amazing introductory special, I grabbed an ✈  Alaska Airlines from Seattle to JFK Airport.

Our week in New York City was an experience not soon to forget!

We were also able to make our time in the city surprisingly affordable as well and with just a little pre-planning!

So, yes you can visit the 🍎 Big Apple without costing you an arm and a leg. I definitely recommended seeing this massive concrete jungle, at least once in your lifetime!

I’ve also listed the Official Guide to New York City ⛓ link below to their website for your convenience. It’s filled with excellent information to assist in your travel planning, to this incredible city.

nycgo logo

📸   NYC – The Official Guide

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

signature of author and owner Robert Tellier at

✨   Did You Know …

“New York City Had Plans To Open The World’s First Underground Park That Was Named – The Lowline.”


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