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Thanks. I'm confused. I've a week there next month.
go to platform. avoid getting pushed in front of train. Get on train.
Get off train. insert ticket in ticket barriers. Climb stairs. Proceed with NY business.
One of the best things about it is that it's the same price no matter where you get on and where you get off.
then get the train from the station that goes on that line. maybe changing at some point will get you closer to your destination. it's just that they have letter names instead of things like 'northern line' but other than that it's pretty similar (almost identical) to the london underground
say for example in your guide it will say "hey YOU are reading about big joes pizza gaff. it's on 5th avenue between 17th and 18th street and the nearest tube will be the L-train"
or some shit like that
checked and it's actually Gap. not a pizza place
however when i've been it can be a bit weird because sometimes it's not clear which direction the trains are going in (often they terminate at random places) and also there are express trains and it's hard to know if they're stopping where you want to be.
in general though if you're just on manhattan it's pretty easy.
when you buy your ticket, for the special ticket for British people. They only give it to you if you say 'I'm British can I have the Special British Ticket please.' It gets you a third off at some museums and stuff. You have to say it really loud though because I don't know if you know, but they employ most of the deaf people in New York in the subway.
Underground like the back of my hand. I'm staying in Manhattan. The map just looks like it's all over the place. They should have made it less "geographical" like the London map and had straight lines and diagonals to make it easy for dumb tourists like me.
you need the British one.
and Madrid are a piece of piss to work out. NY seems a bit confusing looking at the map. I'll inevitably get lost a few times and work it out.
which is practically cuddles n hugs in comparison
key things to remember;
when on Manhattan
uptown = north
downtown = south
some of the trains are express, some local. usually they say this on the side, but most also have a light-up board inside that show where it stops
it runs 24hrs as a network but not every line does
the metrocard is the equivalent of a travelcard. you can either get an unlimited or a payg one. probably go for the unlimited.
as with London, a lot of the time it can be easier to walk. perhaps more so - the city is exciting to walk around and pretty easy to navigate because of the logical grid system.
so if where you want to go is still on that track then get any train there, but if it's after they branch off, make sure you get on a train with the letter that goes that way
and Metropolitian Lines use the same platform/track. Cheers.
Don't mix up express and local trains
very nearly missed my flight out of JFK by getting the A train (which even said it was the A train), but because it was a saturday evening it stopped EVERYWHERE.
But generally it's pretty straightforward.
As in I'll be there for a week next month... what week are you going?
I'll be flying in on 4/17 and leaving early 4/19. Any overlap?
Also I was researching this very question yesterday and found myself quite confused. Figured I'd just buy a $15 metro card at JFK and use the in-station maps to survive.
I've a hotel near Times Square. I think it's called The W New York Times. I'll have to check my Expedia itinerary to be sure. I'm looking forward to it. I've never been to The USA before. The most west I've travelled so far is Iceland. Reykjavik is nice though New York sounds like a city that deserves the hype.
Sweet location too.
There's some trains and some stations. Look at map, get on, get off, repeat till destination.
then don't give a fuck
I went for two days in January. Spent the first walking from up around Central Park to downtown and across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The next day’s sightseeing was effectively an accessory to my constant search for somewhere to sit down and take some weight off my blisters.