New Yorkers have no patience for tourists and stragglers who clog the sidewalks with their open-mouthed, picture-taking awe. Carve a unique path through New York City’s streets with your own bus and avoid the hassle of filling and refilling your individual MTA cards.
Though a perfect mode of transportation otherwise, NYC’s subway system could prove a challenge for your group. Those doors don’t wait for just anyone–one moment you’re on the A train heading downtown, the next you look around and realize half your group is still on 145th Street.
Here are the 3 must-do’s when planning an NYC group trip.
1. Make a list of everyone’s points of interest.
New York: the city of endless wonders–and never-ending attractions. With tourism hubs virtually everywhere in the five boroughs, your group will have an endless amount of things to do. But you won’t be able to do everything, so create a list beforehand and narrow it down to the activities everyone wants to do.
Pro-tip: arrange a few hours of free time so members of your group can explore nearby attractions by foot. Then ride your private minibus to your next stop; despite New York’s infamous traffic, the average trip across the city is roughly thirty minutes.
2. Rent a bus that will comfortably accommodate everyone.
With options for 18, 20, 25, and even 56 passengers, you’ll be sure to find a bus that can get your group wherever it needs to go. Without dealing with the traffic yourself or searching for the address on your GPS, you’ll be able to look out the window, rest, and enjoy the sights.
Pro-tip: Be sure to ask for an ADA-approved option if needed.
3. Instead of a hotel or even a private rental, stay at a hostel.
A hostel will not only be cheaper, but it will allow your group to mingle with other travelers. You’ll meet people who hail from different places and engage with others who ache to see NYC’s wonders as much as you.
Pro-tip: Buy small locks to secure the zippers of your luggage or backpack when you leave.
When making travel plans to New York with a group of 15 or more, you might find it daunting to draft the perfect itinerary, book the right transportation, and ensure the trip goes smoothly–especially with nearly 20 people on board. But with a few tips and advance planning, you’ll be sure to create a trip that’s memorable for all members of your party.
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