Yes it’s true, New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean its off limits for someone with a small budget. There are simple tips to follow that can add up to big savings.
Depending on what time of the year you go, you can get flights for as low as £300 return from the UK. Airlines like Norwegian have started offering transatlantic budget flights.
You can obviously book an AirBnB instead of a fancy hotel, but you can also try staying in a borough other than Manhattan.
My budget advice on Times Square? Snap a few pics and then book it the opposite direction. Many of the restaurants and attractions here are chains and things you can do in other cities anyway! Olive Garden and Maddame Tussauds are all over the place so maybe the wax can wait. However, do stop at the times square ticket office and see what show you may be able to get a last minute deal on.
There are so so many attractions and things to do in NYC so if you only have a short time be sure to think about what you want out of your trip and choose activities accordingly, but of course leave some room for spontaneity! Have a look at the NYC Pass as it offers attraction packages and could be worth it if your all about the sights.
You probably don’t realise how many FREE attractions there are as well. Such as walking on the highline, exploring Central Park, walking over the Brooklyn bridge or riding the Staten Island ferry. Some museums even have certain days that are free or discounted so be sure to check that out as well.
To save money on food, cook some of your own meals if you went for that AirBnb and immerse yourself in the street food culture. Grab a slice to take away from one of the many amazing pizzerias, or nab a bagel with your choice of filling. You can always book an all you can eat/drink brunch on a Sunday or Saturday;some as low as $20. Additionally, check when restaurant week is; a 2 week stint, once is winter and once in summer when top restaurants offer a 3 course menu at a discounted rate.
If you like a tipple now and then you should become very familiar with these 2 words ‘happy’ ‘hour’. Almost every bar does some sort of happy hour deal and there are some places that do a standard offer of a can and a shot for $5- granted it wont be the tastiest thing you’ve ever had. Don’t be afraid to ask the Bartender what deals are on.
Just to give you an idea, here is the happy hour menu at a ‘dive’ spot that I like
Happy Hour at the Johnsons
Mon-Fri, 4:30pm-9pm; $2 PBR, $3 Budweiser and Bud Light, $4 well and beer, $5 call liquor
Sat-Sun, 1pm-9pm; $2 PBR, $3 Budweiser and Bud Light, $4 well and beer, $5 call liquor
Not too shabby, right?