48 hour guide to New York

 In Travel Guide, Trip Planning

48 hours is barely enough time to taste the Big Apple, but you can at least take a big juicy bite.

Grand Central Terminal, New York City

How to Get Into the City

If you are arriving at JFK airport, the largest and busiest of all the airports in NYC, you can take the AirTrain to Manhattan. It is surprisingly easy and cheap and runs 24 hours per day.

You can choose between the Jamaica Station AirTrain line that will connect you to the Long Island Railroad and the E, J and Z subway lines. Or, you can choose the Howard Beach line where you can connect to the A Subway Line. It will cost $7.75 and you will need to buy a refillable MetroCard.

It is also possible to find shuttle buses from the airport to Manhattan. It will cost around $20-$25 per person, but you will be able to go directly to your hotel without having to navigate public transit.

If you are flying into LaGuardia airport in Queens, you can take the public bus and the subway to any location in New York city for only $2.75. It is possible to take a taxi from any of the airports, but this will cost you upwards of $50-$70.

Top Things To Check Out

  • Take the Staten Island Ferry for a great view of the Statue of Liberty, one of the most famous icons of the USA.
  • Admire the world-class art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the world’s largest art galleries, it is home to more than two million works spanning 5,000 years of history.
  • Wander through the frenetic energy of Times Square and be dazzled by the sensory overload of the enormous flashing screens.
  • Have a picnic in Central Park, a green oasis in the middle of the city great for relaxing and people-watching.

Where to Eat

There are so many restaurants, cafes and food stalls in New York that you could eat at a different one every night of the year and still barely scratch the surface. Here are some ideas for where to eat during your time in NYC:

  • Sip cocktails and eat yummy snacks while gazing at the skyline from the Art-Deco open air terrace of the Ides Bar in the Wythe Hotel.
  • Speedy Romeo Pizza in Brooklyn is a great choice for a classic New York slice.
  • New Yorkers love brunch. Try the delicious pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and pear at Prune Restaurant in the East Village.

Must-Do Activity

The Empire State Building is an iconic symbol of New York, recognisable worldwide. Take a journey up to the viewing deck on the 102nd floor for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city.

Then, take a trip to Ellis Island, where you can view the galleries of historic photos and artefacts and learn about the story of immigration to New York from the colonial era up to the present day.

If you feel like stretching your legs, take a walk around the High Line – a 2.5km stretch of elevated freight tracks that were last used by trains in the 1980s. You’ll get to see striking murals and views of the Statue of Liberty.

What would you include on a 48 hour trip to New York? Let us know in the comments.

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