New York City, United States Price Guide Last Updated: Dec 2021

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$129.5
1 USD = 1 USD
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New York City Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar56.00 - 150.00
starstarstarstarstar152.00 - 344.00
starstarstarstarstar206.00 - 510.00
starstarstarstarstar313.00 - 435.00
starstarstarstarstar461.00 - 730.00

New York City Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed40.00 - 66.50

New York City Attractions Prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Metropolitan Art MuseumNYC's biggest and most famous museum asks for these "suggested donations" but you can pay less if you are broke or cheap.
adults
65+
students
25.00
17.00
12.00
Empire State BuildingThe building's observation deck has long lines and complicated pricing for extras, so you'll want to research a bit before you go.
adults
62+
6-12
38.00
36.00
32.00
Circle Line 2.5-hour harbor tourThis highly recommended tour is worth the money, and if the weather is nice the 3-hour version for a few dollars more is even better.
adults
child
38.00
31.00
2-hour city bus tourThese bus tours are a fast way to see the city, but not as nice as the Circle Line. Buy tickets online for these prices.
adults
3-11
94.00
70.00
Statue of Liberty/Ellis IslandThe statue and Ellis Island are free but you have to take this ferry to get there, and lines are usually long so go early or buy online.
adults
62+
4-12
25.50
21.00
16.00
Guggenheim MuseumSome people say the building exterior is the main attraction here.
adults
students
seniors
25.00
18.00
18.00
Museum of Modern ArtOne of the best modern-art museums in the world.
adults
65+
25.00
18.00
Whitney Museum of American ArtThis popular museum mixes modern and classical American art. Pay what you want on (crowded) Friday evenings.
adults
62+
19-25
25.00
18.00
18.00
Madam Tussauds MuseumThese impressive wax museums are usually crowded, and expensive. Save 20% by buying tickets online.
adults
29.95

New York City Food and drink prices

Food Type Description Price(USD)
Budget breakfastHotels in NYC rarely include breakfast, but it's always easy to find a deli or bagel shop for a fast and cheap meal.4.00 - 7.00
Budget lunchBig slices of cheese pizza are around $3 each, and filling sandwiches start around $4. 7.00 - 10.00
Budget dinnerCheaper and faster options are available, but a budget restaurant meal in this range is easy to find.12.00 - 20.00
coffee (cup)Coffee is cheap in a deli, and quality and prices are higher elsewhere. 1.50 - 2.50
Pint of beerEspecially in Manhattan, getting drunk is expensive. Self-catering cans start around $2 each if you look around.6.00 - 9.00

transportation prices

Type Price(USD)
AirTrain from JFK to Manhattan16.00
Taxi from JFK to Manhattan52.50
Shuttle bus JFK to Manhattan22.00
Subway ride with unlimited transfers2.75 - 3.00
Shuttle bus LaGuardia to Manhattan12.00 - 16.00
Taxi from LaGuardia to Manhattan26.00 - 35.00
3km taxi ride in Manhattan4.00 - 10.00
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