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Travel New York For Cheap: Guide to Cheap Broadway Tickets, Attractions And More

Updated on March 8, 2013

Travel New York on the Cheap

As a first time visitor to New York, I enjoyed it so much about it that I would like to share with you how to get the best discounts on travel, food, broadway tickets, and attractions. If you are going to be a first time visitor to New York, I hope you go through this lens and you will be to save a few hundred bucks by following my advice.

HOW TO GET CHEAP BROADWAY TICKETS

TKTS the best kept secret for cheap Broadway Tickets

TKTS BOOTH

If you go to New York and did NOT have time to purchase tickets in advance, the best way to get discounted tickets is to go to a place called TKTS. They have three of these booths in New York. You can get up to 50% off Broadway tickets by going here. They are usually very good seats, although you do not have the opportunity to pick. This was created by the Theater Development Fund to help support theater and to enable more audiences to be able to afford theater tickets.

Here are the locations (SEE GOOGLE MAP BELOW):

Times Square

Monday - Saturday: 3pm - 8pm

Sundays: 3pm until one-half hour before the latest curtain time being sold.

For matinee performances: Wednesdays and Saturdays: 10am - 2pm Please note: no evening tickets are sold from 10am to 2 pm at Times Square.

West 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue

South Street Seaport

For same-day evening and next day matinee performances:

Monday - Friday: 11am - 6pm

Saturday: - 11am - 6pm

Sunday: 11am - 4pm

At the corner of Front and John Streets,

Downtown Brooklyn

For same-day evening and next day matinee performances:

Monday - Friday: 11am - 6pm

Jay Street and Myrtle Street Promenade.

One bad thing is that most of the time, you have to watch these plays the same day or the next day.

The only other BAD thing about this is that most of the time they DO NOT have discounted tickets for Disney plays like the Lion King or Little Mermaid. I guess these are very high in demand. On occassion you may get such tickets if you are lucky. I would highly recommend you sign up for their newsletter and it will list you what's available in the TKTS South Street Seaport and TKTS Brooklyn

TKTS LOCATIONS

A markerTimes Square Location for TKTS -
West 46th Street and 8th Avenue, New York
get directions

TKTS South Seaport Location Video

Get the best discount on Broadway tickets last minute through TKTS. A lot of New Yorkers are aware of this place but many visitors ARE NOT!

DISCOUNT BROADWAY TICKETS WEBSITES

Playbill has most recent news on Broadway plays, you can also join their newsletter to get deals and discounted ticket information. Playbill Club discounts range from 10% - 50% off on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Opera, and even some Restaurants and Hotels. You can print the tickets and take them directly to the box office.

Theatermania and its discount club TM Insider is another website to look out for when you try to purchase discount broadway tickets. Tickets are usually same day performances and you may be able to receive up to 40% discount. You print out the reservation confirmation for the tickets and go to the box office two hours in advance to pick up the

tickets.

Hitshowclub is another website with discount tickets and free membership.

Try all three services above, they are free to join. They may offer different discounts or promotions at different times.

YET ANOTHER WAY TO WATCH BROADWAY FOR CHEAP

If you don't mind taking chances, you may try to apply for standing room only or Rush tickets. Rush tickets are usually for students and they usually two can be purchased with one ID (If you are not a student, just grab one from the streets :).

Standing room only tickets is exactly that, you will have to stand during the play.

Usually these tickets need to be purchased with cash, so come prepared. Here is a listing of all the broadway plays that offer standing room or student rush tickets.

HARD TO FIND TICKETS

Sometimes Broadway tickets are hard to find, and the only alternative may be trying to get legit tickets from someone else who already bought them but want to sell them. Stubhub is owned by Ebay and one of the more popular places to purchase tickets. You can check if there is a Stubhub fan promo code or Stubhub promotional code to get additional discounts. Webcouponcodes is a coupon code site that has lots of promotional codes from top retailers.

TRAVEL CHEAPER USE THE SUBWAY

New York has one of the most efficient modes of getting around if only you use it! There are many reasons you should be using their subway system. IT is fast, cheap and can take you almost anywhere! You can get a ONE DAY Fun Pass and is is good for unlimited subway and local bus rides from first use until 3 a.m. the following day. If you plan to be in New York for a while, there is also a 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard for $25 that lets you take unlimited rides for 7 days.

When I visited New York, I had some hesitation using the subway since I was so unfamiliar with it. The best advice I can give you is to purchase the map I list below (only about $8). I found that this map was really great because not only does it fit in your pocket, but it will show you all the subway stations, all the street names and all the great attractions. I really could not do without it. You will eventually find out that although there are many different subway trains, they have very similar routes (the N and the W for example).

Why not take a taxi?

Although a taxi can be extremely convenient, it can also get very expensive. For example, if you take a taxi around Times Square, the taxi will move at a snail's pace. You will be charged for every minute that taxi stays idle. You can just imagine how much money you are losing. If you do elect to take a taxi, remember to always know your destination cross streets. New York taxi drivers may drop you very far off if you are not aware of the cross streets (that's what happened to me). Knowing the cross streets makes it easier for taxi drivers to find the intended location as well as it shows them that you are not an ignorant tourist ready to get taken in circles.

My Recommended Map For New York

This map really helped me ride the subways and see all of the attractions! Pages are laminated so it won't get crumbled in your pocket or purse. It came very handy for my Manhattan adventure.

CHEAP EATS IN NEW YORK

There are tons of places to eat in New York, just try to avoid the most popular touristy places such as midtown Manhattan, otherwise you'll come out broke. Here are a few recommendations

Corner Bistro - 331 W 4th St , New York , NY , 10014 (Jane Street and 8th Avenue) - People swear by these burgers.

Pinche Taqueria - 227 Mott St , New York , NY , 10012 (Mott street Prince Street and Spring Street) - Yummy Mexican Food.

Crif Dogs - 113 Saint Marks Pl , New York , NY , 10009-5161 (Can't go wrong with hot dogs)

Westville - 210 W 10th St , New York , NY , 10014-6411 W (10th St and Bleecker Street) - organic hot dogs, charred corn, grilled salmon on mixed greens are some specialties

Pukk - 71 first Avenue between 4th and 5th street - Very filling Vegan food for about $6.

Greenwich Village - where college students hang out and get cheap meals.

For more of the best cheap eats in New York you can visit citysearch.

CHEAP SHOPPING - TRY CHINATOWN

You can get a great bargain for souveniers in Chinatown, where you can haggle for just about anything. Your money will go a long way here. You can even purchase good quality imitation designer handbags here. I am not much of a shopper, but with tons of shops, I hope you are not a shopaholic or your wallet will be really light soon.

New York Chinatown

Come and explore what you can find in Chinatown

Chinatown Shopping - Fake Purses

CHEAP NEW YORK ATTRACTIONS

To visit all the New York Attractions for cheap, there is only one thing I would recommend: The New York pass. This is all that you get with the new york pass:

1. Entry to the most popular attractions including:

Statue of Liberty, Emprire State Building, Madison Square Garden Tour, Madame Tussaud's, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and many more.

2. You get a guide book describing all the attractions, shops and restaurants. This itself is a great bonus. No need to purchase a separate guide book.

3. Skip the lines, you can get in the attractions faster.

4. Normally it would cost you $450 to see all the attractions without the new York Pass. With it you can get it for about $150.

In addition if you use coupon code nyp5pc2007, you will get an additional 5% OFF. It's a great bargain and well worth the money.

TRAVEL ON THE CHEAP

Save with coupons from webcouponcodes

If you plan to travel to New York, and plan to use online services such as travelocity, expedia or cheaptickets, then consider searching for coupon codes and/or deals first. Online booking travel services know that New York is one of the most traveled destinations in the United States and therefore will often post great deals. Travelocity often has Travelocity New York coupon codes from sites like webcouponcodes.com that may be able to cut down your cost. In cheaptickets you may also find a cheaptickets coupon code from cheap-buys.com for discount travel. In addition you can also try searching these places for broadway tickets. Remember also that the best way to save on travel is if you book a package. By booking a package you will get the best deals from the travel sites.

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    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds like some good ideas. I will be looking to go to New York next spring, and will need all the discounts I can manage. Good Lens. 5*****

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      Zee7 9 years ago

      Wow, great lens! You sure do have a lot of lenses but I picked this one since I've been wanting to go to New York =) Thank you for visiting my lens, I will be reading your other lenses as well, I just don't know where to start, haha

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I agree... TKTS is great for last-minute tickets. I've seen wonderful plays I wouldn't ordinarily have been interested in. Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      annetteghallowe1 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens! We are hoping to make a trip up to the city in the fall and this will be explored intimately before then. I have a daughter who is starting college and will be in theater with and emphasis on music and dance. I will love being able to take her to more than one musical without taking out a second mortgage!

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      I'm coming over to Florida for a year & have thought aboyut a trip to NY while I'm there...great info on here to help me out. Thank you!

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      TopStyleTravel 9 years ago

      This lens is great. I did not know about this before. Many great tips to keep the public traveling for less. Which is needed in these economic times. My cheap tip for NY travel and anywhere in the world is to get paid for travel and entertainment you / friends book. It is one of the biggest secrets of the 21st century. See my lenses.

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      bigjimj 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining the Squidoo City Guide.