Welcome to NY

Useful Information for Travelers to New York

Public Transportation: New York has one of the largest and busiest subway systems in the world; the world’s first mechanically ventilated vehicular tunnel; and an aerial tramway. New York City is home to an extensive bus system in each of the five boroughs; citywide and Staten Island ferry systems; and numerous yellow taxis and boro taxis throughout the city <source from Wikipedia>. Download the NY Subway Map here. Refer to the NY transit information here.

Electricity: In the United States, power plugs and sockets (outlets) of type A and type B are used. The standard voltage is 120 V at a frequency of 60 Hz. The United States uses two types of plugs: type A, which has two flat parallel pins, and type B, which has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin.

Climate: June temperatures warm up into the upper 70s°F to lower 80s°F (26-28°C), while overnight lows tend to be mostly in the mid-60s°F (17-20°C). Sunny or at least partly sunny skies prevail on about 20 days in June, making it a great time for outdoor activities, such as our free walking tours.

Tipping: The customary tipping rate is 15%-20% for taxi drivers and waiters. Bellhops are usually given $2 per bag in luxury hotels, and $1 per bag elsewhere. Hotel maids should be tipped $2 per day of your stay.

Tax: The New York (NY) state sales tax rate is currently 4%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 8.875%. If products are purchased, an 8.875% combined City and State tax will be charged.

WiFi Service: Free WiFi is available throughout NYC, at most hotels, coffee shops (including Starbucks), subway stations, parks, and all branches of the New York Public Library.

Travel Insurance: The organizers take no liability for personal injuries or loss or damage to property belonging to the participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before leaving their home country.