New York: Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the essential papers to go to New York?

To enter the United States, you will need a valid biometric or electronic passport, or a valid individual optical reader passport issued before the date of October 26, 2005, even for children. A return ticket if possible. Don't forget to complete the ESTA on the internet (it will cost you $ 14 and is valid for a period of 2 years). If you are staying for more than 3 months (90 days), you will absolutely need a Visa.



How long can you stay in the United States without a visa?

Without a specific visa, you can only stay for 3 months ...

Is life expensive in New York?


Having lived in New York and Paris, I can tell you that life is relatively more expensive in New York. Housing prices are extremely high especially in the Manhattan neighborhood and some places on the Brooklyn side. Remember that for each purchase, add taxes (from 8 to 14% depending on the purchase) and for each service add tips (15 to 20%). In the end, it numbers quickly! For a little more information, you can consult the article "All about taxes and tips" 

 New York is a dangerous city?

 I can tell you that New York has become one of the safest cities in the United States. You can walk safely in most neighborhoods (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens even in the Bronx). In Manhattan, on every street corner, you will find police officers.



What is the time difference in New York?

There is a 6 hour difference between France and New York. When it's 16 p.m. in Paris, it's 10 a.m. in New York.

What is the best season to travel to New York for tourists?

The summer is hot and the winter is freezing, for my part I advise you the Spring or the autumn are the most pleasant. For those who want to save money and are motivated, you can go to New York in January or February are the two months where ticket prices are the cheapest of the year, but you have to be prepared for the cold. For more information, you can read the article "When to go to New York?" 

 How to get around New York?

The metro and the bus are safe, practical and economical means of transport. The famous yellow cab (taxi) can be advantageous and interesting if there are several of you. The boat is a means of transport that is becoming more and more important and is developing quite a bit on the Manhattan side. For the most motivated, they always have your feet !!!


PS: The car is useless I strongly advise against it, if you find that in Paris it is difficult to park in New York, it is even worse.

How to buy tickets for a musical?

 You can buy tickets directly on site the same day at a reduced price (you can win up to 50% on some shows) at TKTS or book your seats before departure on the internet on the superbillet.com site.


As a tourist, how long do you have to stay there to see the main tours?

10 days or more if possible is the perfect amount of time to see New York's must-see places and really have some fun. The less one remains a little on his hunger after that is only my opinion.

 

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