Heading to NYC? Here’s your guide to travel.

Whether you want to visit the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, or any of the many attractions that New York City has to offer, one of the most important aspects of planning will be determining how you’ll get to the city.

Driving:

While you may be tempted to drive into the city, unless you have a need to have a car with you, this can be one of the more aggravating routes to take. Parking on Manhattan is limited, so parking for a day could cost you $30-40, plus tolls to get there and back. You’ll have to fight with traffic, especially if you arrive or leave during rush hour(s). Expect to plan for several extra hours in traffic if you’re traveling during one of these times.

Click here to show a Google Map of parking garages on Manhattan.

Metro-North from New Haven (or Stamford): (link)

Metro-North is the set of commuter rails that run north from New York City to northern New York and Connecticut. Of the rail options, this is generally the most cost-effective way to travel into the city. Driving to Stamford, rather than New Haven, can save you $5-8 per person depending on the time you go. You can save money by traveling during off-peak hours* and by purchasing your tickets online or at the ticket office before you board. You will pay a significant premium if you purchase your tickets on-board the train.

As of 2/9/15, MetroNorth from New Haven to Grand Central (or vice versa) is $21.75 during peak hours, or $16.25 during all other times. Discounts for children under 12. Up to 4 children between the ages of 5 and 11 travel for $1 each with a paying adult over the age of 18.

Click here for train schedules, click here for fares, and click here for ways to save.

*Peak fares are charged for travel to and from Grand Central Terminal (GCT) or Harlem-125th Street Station. Peak fares apply to weekday trains that arrive in GCT between 5 AM and 10 AM or that depart GCT between 4 PM and 8 PM. Peak fares are also charged for travel on any weekday train that leaves GCT between 5:30 AM and 9 AM.

Shoreline East from New London:

Shoreline East provides rail service between New London and New Haven. A one-way trip costs $9.75 (as of 1/1/15) and drops you at Union Station in New Haven, where you can pick up MetroNorth or Amtrak into New York City.

Click here for train schedules or click here for fares.

Amtrak from New London:

Amtrak provides service from New London, New Haven, and several other towns along the route to New York City, and, from there, all over the country. This is generally the most expensive way to get to New York. As of this writing (2/9/15), a one-way coach seat from New London to NYC costs approximately $50, and the same seat from New Haven to NYC costs about $40. Amtrak drops you off at Penn Station, located 14 blocks from Grand Central terminal.

Fares vary by day and time, and are generally cheaper if booked in advance.
Click here to search for a trip. New London’s station code is NLC, New Haven is NHV, and Penn Station is NYP.

Subway:

Once you’re in the city, the Subway will take you anywhere it runs for $2.50 per ride (as of 2/9/15). You’ll be charged a $1 fee to purchase a MetroCard, but given extra credit based on the value you load onto the card at once. If you know how many trips you’ll be taking, you will be better off loading fare for all of the trips at once time.

Click here for a current MTA Subway Map or click here to visit the MTA Subway site.

All information in this guide is provided for information purposes only, and is subject to change without notice. If there’s something you’d like to see here, get in touch with the MWR office.