Planning a trip to New York City soon? Do you want to attend some Broadway performances and still remain on a budget? Here are some great tips to get you into New York City where you can see some plays without spending a fortune.
Getting To New York City
Trying to decide which airport to choose to fly into? Instead of flying directly into New York City, consider flying to Newark, New Jersey, instead. Why? The NJ Transit train will take you directly from the Newark Airport to Penn Station in New York City in 30 minutes for $13.00 one way. This is much cheaper and quicker than trying to take a cab from one of the New York airports to downtown Manhattan.
Exit the train at Penn Station in New York City. While you’re at the station, purchase the 7-day unlimited metrocard. The card is $31.00 and can be used to get you around the city for 7 days of your stay. This will come in handy as you’re planning your sightseeing itinerary.
Head Over To Times Square
As you leave Penn Station, head over to Times Square and take a look at all of plays performing while you’re in town. As you stand in the middle of Times Square, look up at all of the billboards. There are performances both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. There is so much to choose from!
As you look around, you’ll notice under the “red steps” at Broadway and 47th, the TKTS ticket booth. It opens at 3:00 pm each day except Tuesday, when it opens an hour earlier at 2:00 pm. How will you know you’ve found it? Look for the hundreds of people lining up to purchase theatre tickets up to 50% off. What a deal! Near the ticket window, you will see which plays they’re selling tickets for as well as the prices of the tickets. Are you ready to get in line and grab a ticket for tonight’s performance? These lines move fast, but expect to be in line for about an hour. Do you want to spend an hour of your vacation standing in line each day?
Use Your Metrocard And Head Out Of Times Square
There may be a better way. These same tickets are also sold in two other locations:
South Street Seaport
Corner of Front and John Streets
1 MetroTech Center, corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade
These locations typically open up 4 hours before the ticket booth in Times Square. They both open at 11:00 am each morning except the Brooklyn location is closed on Sunday and Monday each week. Getting your tickets in one of these other locations, allows you to have a better seat selection for that night’s performance, since they open earlier than the Times Square location. The best part, usually you can walk right up to the window without the long wait!
Use your metrocard to zip you out of the city to one of these other locations. I would recommend getting your tickets in Brooklyn one day, where you can stop for lunch and enjoy a pizza. After lunch, consider a walk back across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views of the city are worth the walk! Time to go get your tickets and enjoy the show!