Money Saving Tips for Visiting NYC

If you want to visit the city that never sleeps, you may find yourself spending a pretty penny. Never fear! You can save and enjoy all the Big Apple has to offer without breaking the bank. Here are some money-saving tips for visiting NYC.

Take a Tour

Get an education about the city while having a lot of fun. Although there are bus, helicopter, and even walking tours that can eat into your budget, New York Tours offer Pay-What-You-Wish Walking Tours! Free Tours by Foot offers more than 35 tours in NYC, and you only pay for your own admissions or refreshments (with food tours, for example), but the guides will give you an experience you’ll never forget. Learn about the history of Harlem’s music, food, architecture, and people. On this tour you’ll visit the Apollo Theater and have a chance to try some soul food! Hit Midtown Manhattan and tour Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and more! With any of the tours, tipping is encouraged. Pay what you think it was worth, and leave happy and delighted!

Check Groupon

Groupon not only often has killer hotel deals – sometimes hotels in Manhattan for as little as $100/night – but it also has tickets for bus and boat tours, museums, broadway shows and more! Start checking a month or two before you plan to be in NYC and start scoring deals!

Buy a New York Pass

If you want to make the most of your trip, the New York Pass gives you access to more than 90 attractions for one low price! The cost depends on the length of the pass (one to 10 days from $109-$329 when you buy online and save). All the attractions are a value of more than $2000. Even if you just get to several, you’ll save money visiting places like the Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall, the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln Center, and more! The Pass also includes Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tours and Hop-on Hop-off water taxis. You can visit attractions multiple times during the length of your pass. It’s worth every penny and will help you budget and save on your trip to NYC!

Ride the Subway

Instead of shelling out big bucks for a cab, take a subway ride for $2.75 or buy an extended 7-day (or longer) pass to save a lot of money. Check out a map, and ask questions at your hotel or before you travel. Riding the train isn’t scary if you have a plan, and it’s really easy to get almost anywhere in New York without spending tons of money on cab fare and tips!

Check out an Off-Broadway Show

New York City is a theater-goers dream, but Broadway shows can be quite expensive. Check out an off-Broadway production like Avenue Q, a sensational long-running puppet show for adults and winner of the 2004 Tony® “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. Get dancing with Stomp where you’ll see everyday objects integrated into a dancing, theater, and musical performance that will have you tapping your feet. Off-Broadway shows are full of talent and flair, especially when the Broadway tickets cost hundreds and are hard to snag!

New York City can be an expensive destination, but you can save a lot of money if you know these helpful tips. Whether you are heading to the Big Apple with your family, taking a trip with your sweetheart, or flying solo, New York is the place to be when you have these out-of-this-world money-saving tips for visiting NYC.

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. We love NYC! Thanks for sharing all these helpful tips.