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New York City is an expensive city to live in or travel to, so your NYC trip can quickly add up. Fortunately, there are ways to save money traveling in NY without ruining your vacation. It just takes a bit of planning and a bit of compromise. Here are some tips on how to save money traveling in NYC.

Book Your Room Outside Manhattan

The first and biggest money-saver is booking your stay. If you are booking a hotel room, you will want to book outside of downtown Manhattan, NYC. There aren’t a lot of good options for accommodations in the middle of downtown New York, and each of those options is very expensive. When you book your stay further outside of downtown NYC, you save a lot of money. Yes, it takes you further from the action, but it’s a quick drive or train ride to reinsert yourself, and worth the savings.

Share A Bathroom

As well as booking a hotel room outside of Manhattan, you may want to consider booking a room with a shared bathroom. This is a common quirk for NYC hotels and accommodations: many will not include a washroom in your private room and instead have a washroom that is shared between several hotel guests. It is not ideal if you prefer the privacy of your own washroom, but if you are flexible, you can save even more money.

Crash On A Couch

The least expensive NYC travel option, of course, is staying with a friend. This is not an option for many people, but if it is for you, it is good to take advantage of it to save money (and get your own local tour guide).

Use Discount Books & Coupons

You can save a lot of money by using discounts regularly available to tourists and travelers. Check out discount passes online and pick up coupon books at information stations. Doing a bit of research about where and how you can save money will help your pockets a lot. Attractions even commonly have free days or hours, so make sure you know these times and plan your visit around them.

See Less “Touristy” Attractions

There are lots of attractions you will want to see that every tourist will want to see. These attractions tend to be more pricey in terms of admission and require the additional cost of a guide to help you make the most of your visit. If you want to save money, limit the amount of “tourist” attractions you see and check out some of the local attractions that tend to cost little to no money.

Group Sightseeing Locations

A lot of the NYC attractions you will want to see tend to be in the same area as each other. You can save money on transportation if you see all that you can in one area at a time. If you want to know more about where to find the best attractions, check out our page of nearby attractions here.