When we first started visiting New York we struggled with how best to get around. With so many transportation options it was daunting to decide. Each option had their own set of pros and cons, whether it was traveling via the New York City subway, using buses, taxis, or just plain walking.
Since our son was still in a stroller we started off walking everywhere. We enjoyed exploring the city while our son was napping in the stroller, but we were limited in how far we could go. At the time, the New York City subway seemed overwhelming. Taxis with their dare devil drivers were even more scary! When it was pouring rain we hesitantly joined the Indy Race and hopped into a cab against our better judgement. Although it was quick and easy, we weren’t comfortable with the overall experience.
After a quick overview of the bus system we decided to give that option a try. It turned out that it wasn’t half bad, but not ideal. Bus stops weren’t overly easy to locate. Since we typically needed to be somewhere at a certain time we didn’t have time for trail and error. The added time waiting for the correct bus ended up taking a lot longer than we would have liked.
We knew we had to learn the New York City subway system to truly appreciate the big city. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to get around. Our son thought it was very cool which was key to our success on the subway!
The New York City subway system ended up being fast, cheap, efficient and not so hard to follow once we got the hang of it.