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NYC- Uber or Taxi??
« on: December 18, 2014, 04:49:17 AM »
Thank you for all of the great responses on my post- "Where to eat in NYC".

I use Uber for most of my trips but wanted to hear from those of you in NYC, or who travel there regularly, if Uber is still
the best travel method or if the traditional cab ends up being cheaper/ more efficient. Any other relevant travel tips are also welcome!


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Re: NYC- Uber or Taxi??
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 05:15:20 AM »
I've lived in NYC my entire life and can count the number of times I've taken a cab on one finger.  I use my bicycle and the subway.


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Re: NYC- Uber or Taxi??
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 06:41:09 AM »
If you're trying to be frugal subway is the way to go. There are stops all over and a cab will easily cost you 3-5x as much depending on where you're going.


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Re: NYC- Uber or Taxi??
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2014, 07:06:14 AM »
Subway all the way.  There is no place in NYC you can't reach via subway.  Also since it's flat it's a great walking city.


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Re: NYC- Uber or Taxi??
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2014, 10:55:51 AM »
NYC is a great place to bike and a horrible place to be in a car. There are only a handful of circumstances where a cab can beat a bike time-wise. Depending on where you are spending your time and how many people you are with (and their ages) a 7-day Citi-bike membership could make sense.

(It is a shame the tourist passes are so expensive relative to the annual as the annual pass is the best deal in NYC. My annual pass ($95 in year one and now 6 months into $95 for year two) has saved me at least $1,200 in the past 18 months on subway fare, personal bike maintenance, and gym membership.)

I'd also add that most tourists seem to have to see all these things that are like an hour+ apart ("Let's go to the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the Natural History Museum! they are only like 4 miles apart each!"), but Manhattan has a habit of repeating itself every couple miles so don't force going too far. Try to spend your time in the neighborhoods (pick one or two of Chelsea, West Village, East Village, Upper West Side, lower east side) and if you really like museums, I'd recommend go to the smaller ones like the Tenement or Transit museum.

Walk on the Streets and not just the Avenues. Don't try to see everything. Don't get annoyed when people bump into you and don't say sorry.