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New York prices: This is what a trip to New York costs

What costs you should expect on a New York vacation

For many, New York is on the “must see” list for city trips. Have you ever wondered how much money you need for a trip to New York? So that you have an approximate idea of ​​the budget, I have listed my expenses here.

Of course, it always depends on how you travel, what you want to see and whether you eat a lot or can even skip a meal.

Since I keep getting questions about the costs and prices in New York, I've compiled a list here so that you can get an idea of ​​how much money you can spend on yours New York trip will need.

Costs for entry into the USA: Apply for an ESTA visa

If you are entering the US for the first time, you must apply for a visa ("ESTA") prior to travel. This must be submitted 72 hours before departure and is valid for two years.

If you have applied for a new passport or your name has changed within the two years, you will have to apply for a new ESTA. (Read my instructions for the ESTA visa to the USA here).

The visa currently costs 14 $ (About 12.20 € on the official website. Make sure you don't end up on another website, because ESTA costs more there).

Cost: $ 14

Cost of flights to New York

The flights usually make up the largest part of a trip, including New York. Depending on the travel time, flights from Europe cost differently.

I researched and booked my last flight using the flight search engine Skyscanner shows the cheapest providers. Here you can choose whether you want to book a non-stop flight or whether you want to display flights with multiple stops.

I always book direct flights from Frankfurt to New York. The place of departure depends on where you live. Since I live exactly between Stuttgart and Frankfurt, I usually choose Frankfurt as the departure location.

My last flight with Singapore Airlines in the A380 from Frankfurt to New York (JFK) only cost 360 euros. Direct flights with Singapore Airlines are currently available for EUR 350-440 in March or April. Subscribe to the airlines' newsletters to be informed about offers. By the way, the cheapest month is November. The best travel time for New York however, this is not the case. Unless you like temperatures below 0 degrees.

Now we have booked flights to New York again. My flight costs 565 € with Lufthansa (booked directly via their website).

The others have Flights with Delta for € 369 booked. However, come per flight again $ 50-80 for 1 piece of baggage to. That makes in total approx. € 509. Travel period is October (week after October 3rd).

Tip: It's definitely worth it on a trip to New York. That's how I found the bargain. With Lufthansa you can actually only book in the case of an offer, since direct flights from Frankfurt almost always cost twice as much.

Costs: 360 - 570 € (depending on travel time)

The new light tariffs at Lufthansa do not include luggage (i.e. flights with hand luggage). We have therefore booked one piece of checked baggage per flight for € 50. The price is okay:

Cost of overnight accommodation in New York

Before I travel to New York, I think about a hotel or apartment on Airbnb? It always depends on how many we are and what we are up to.

When the 4th of us were in New York, an apartment on Airbnb * was worth it. It was very central. For a week the apartment has 1.209 $ cost so $ 302 (approx. 250 euros) per person. With a hotel you can never get there for this price.

For the next trip in October I booked an apartment in Brooklyn for 6 people with Airbnb. We pay 1526 €. That's 255 euros per person for a week. Unfortunately, hotels cannot keep up. Even in Brooklyn, the cheapest is € 796 for a week. In Manhattan you pay more than twice as much.

I never book hostels with dormitories and prefer well-located hotels for city trips so that everything can be reached quickly. I also value my own bathroom a lot.

Since Airbnb is getting more and more expensive, it is often no longer worth it. I book all hotels through *. Here I have the "Genius" status, which you too will receive after five bookings. As a result, when booking, you very often get discounts of up to 10% on accommodation. You can find all my hotel tips for New York here.

Costs for 1 week hotel:

  • $ 302 for Airbnb in Manhattan, € 255 in Brooklyn (1 person)
  • € 796 (2 people) at Aloft Brooklyn
  • € 779 (2 people) in Pod 51

Transportation costs in New York

In New York there are various ways to get from A to B. I always use the metro, but sometimes I also use a taxi. Even if I crossed downtown Mannhattan entirely on foot: Sometimes you take the metro or a taxi.

JFK - Manhattan airport transfer cost: $ 55

→ My tips on how to get from the airport to the center of New York on arrival.

Metro Card New York: $ 5.50 one way | 7-day unlimited pass: $ 32
(plus a deposit of $ 1 for a MetroCard)

A ride in the Yellow Cab Taxi costs a basic flat rate of $ 2.50 plus a tax of $ 0.50. There is an additional cost of $ 1 per mile.

My advice: Use the New York City Taxi Fare Finder to calculate the price, download the UBER app to your mobile phone before traveling and then compare the prices.

Take the ferry for free? Thanks to the Staten Island Ferry, that's possible. The journey takes about 25 minutes from Battery Park (southern tip of Manhattan) to Staten Island. You have a great view of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn as well as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Entrance fees for sights and tours

After the flight and the accommodation, the biggest expense is the entrance fees to sights and attractions in New York. Depending on how long you are in New York and what you want to see, there are various ways to save money.

Current admission prices for the top sights:

  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center: $ 34, without queue: $ 75 (upgrade Sun & Stars for 24h: extra $ 15)
  • Empire State Building with Observation Deck: $ 37 (VIP skip the line: $ 85)
  • One World Observatory: $ 36 (Here, too, there are various ways to pay more and get to the top faster)
  • MOMA Museum of Modern Art: $ 25
  • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off day ticket: $ 49
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: $ 25.50
  • Manhattan Boat Tour: $ 41
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum: $ 24
  • Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour: $ 32

So you can see that a lot adds up here. That's why I have Bought a New York Pass before my trip. We had the pass for a week as it was the most worthwhile. It was great. Since there are now 7 discount passes in New York, I have one here New York Pass comparison created. For the next trip I buy the New York Sightseeing Pass (Day).

1 week New York Pass: $ 272

!! We have a discount deal for the New York Pass: When booking, use this link in the discount codemuch on the go2020 one andsave 20% when buying a 3, 5, 7 and 10 day pass.

Since we already had the pass, we saw even more attractions that were included. For example Madame Tussauds New York, renting bicycles in Central Park, taking a boat trip around Manhattan, and much more.

You can read my detailed comparison and test of the New York Passes here and find out which one is worthwhile for you.

Food and drink costs

In New York, you can find something to eat on every corner. The only question is: do you want to eat fast food, hot dogs, pizza and bagles all the time?

Then you can save a lot of money.

If you have booked a hotel with breakfast, you save this point in the budget. When we had Airbnb, we always bought a "cofe-bagel combo" for $ 3.50 from the kiosk around the corner. I love fresh cinnamon raisin bagels with cream cheese. That's why I never got tired of having this combo for a week in a row.

If you have the New York Pass you can get e.g. in the Planet Hollywood in Times Square15% discount when you eat in the restaurant. We did that on the first evening because we were too tired with jet lag to look for something else to eat in Times Square.

For a healthy meal such as sushi, salad or soup you need approx. 10 – 15 $ plan on. My tip: Find out where food trucks are in New York before you go. You can also eat very well here. The prices vary depending on the dish.

Pay attention to tips! In tourist restaurants, tips are often included in the bill. So you don't have to add another 10%. If this is not the case, please do so, because the waitresses live on your tip.

I always look to Tripadvisor or Yelp to find restaurants. Here you will find the latest tips and recommendations for good restaurants in your area.


This cost point is up to you. Depending on the dollar exchange rate, some products are cheaper than in Germany. In any case, you should go to an outlet if you want to get a bargain. Check out my tips for shopping in New York.

Conclusion of my expenses for traveling to New York

My New York trips were completely different each time. Depending on who I was with and how much time we spent shopping, sightseeing or just sitting in a cafe were the expenses. For a week, I advise you to plan on a budget of at least $ 500-1000. Depending on how much you want to buy.

Depending on whether you opt for a New York Pass or not, there are additional expenses or savings through discounts.

Even if that sounds like a lot of budget at first, I advise you to save more and then be happy if there is something left than to have to turn over every penny on site.

As I said at the beginning of the article: The total cost depends on how you travel and what you do locally.

I hope I could give you a little insight into the expenses of my travels. Do you have any further questions? Then leave a comment and I'll be happy to answer you!

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