You are spending 2 days in New York and don’t really know where to begin? This 2 Day New York Itinerary will help you make the most out of your short trip to the Big Apple!
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Our Budget Tip for One Weekend in New York
The New York Sightseeing Pass is one of the best deals you can find out there! If you want to visit NYC attractions on a budget, look no further. Once purchased, the pass allows gives you the opportunity to explore freely without having to worry about the costs of individual attractions! You can also visit any attraction without reservations. Simply present the pass at the ticket counter and you’ll be handed your attraction ticket.
Moritz: We saved $60 with the pass – and that’s per person!
Based off this 2 Day New York itinerary, it makes sense to purchase the Sightseeing Pass Flex for 4 Attractions. Compared to standard admission fees, you will save $60 per person!
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Day 1 in New York – Midtown Manhattan & Central Park
On day 1 you’ll be visiting:
Day 1 – Morning
The best way to start your visit Hop-on Hop-off. During the Uptown Loop, simply sit back, relax and learn about New York’s most iconic landmarks. Among others, the bus will drive you past the Museum Mile and other sights. All in all, the tour allows you to get a great overview during your 2 days in New York. You can get off the bus at any stop and explore more before you hop back on. Download a free map here.
Our lunch recommendations:
- UrbanSpace Food Market (E 45th & Vanderbilt Ave) – Food court $$
- Dining Concourse at Grand Central Terminal (89 E 42nd St) – Food court $$
Day 1 – Afternoon
Our team agrees that, it will not be enough to see the iconic Grand Central Terminal from the outside only – you have to get inside! On your way you will also be able to get a great view of the Chrysler Building. You can walk up 5th Ave all the way to Central Park to stroll around.
Our dinner recommendations:
- Bill’s Bar & Burger (16 W 51st St) – Burger $$
- Don Antonio (309 W 50th St) – Italian Cuisine $$
Day 1 – Evening
During your weekend in New York City, it’s mandatory to visit a viewing platform. Top of the Rock will give you the most amazing view of the city. To perfectly end day 1 of your 2 Day New York Itinerary, you should see Times Square at night. If you’re not yet exhausted, you can end the night by visiting a rooftop bar with mesmerizing views of Midtown.
Our rooftop bar recommendations:
- Refinery Rooftop Bar (63 W 38th St) – Amazing view of the Empire State Building $$
- SkyRoom Rooftop Bar (330 W 40th St) – Great view of the Empire State Building $$
Day 2 in New York – Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn
Day 1 you’ll be visiting:
- Circle Line Landmarks Cruise
- Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- Ground Zero with One World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
Day 2 – Morning
Day 2 of your weekend in New York starts off with a cruise around Manhattan. This way, you’ll get to see the city from a different perspective. It’s also a great way to see the Statue of Liberty as you’ll be cruising very close past it. Especially during the summer, cruises are extremely popular. Make sure to get the first one in the morning to avoid long lines! You should plan on being on the boat for about 2 hours.
Our lunch recommendations:
- 12 Chairs (56 Macdougal St) – Middle Eastern Cuisine $$
- BoCaphe (222 Lafayette St) – Vietnamese & French Cuisine $$
Day 2 – Afternoon
After the cruise, get back to Midtown to catch the Downtown Bus. You will see many different neighborhoods along the way (see complete map). Eventually, the bus will take you to Lower Manhattan where you can continue exploring on your own. Get off at South Street Seaport, walk through the Financial District all the way to Ground Zero with One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. They simply cannot be missed during your trip.
Our dinner recommendations:
- Blue Smoke (255 Vesey St) – BBQ $$
- Juliana’s (19 Old Fulton St) – Pizza $$
Day 2 – Evening
Walking over Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect way to end your adventurous 2 days in New York. From Brooklyn Bridge Park you can enjoy even more spectacular views of the bridge and Lower Manhattan’s fascinating skyline.
FAQ about spending 2 days in NYC
How much does one week in New York cost?
Our readers often ask: How much does one week in New York cost us? Well, we can’t tell you for sure, but here is an estimate of expenses you should expect:
- $300-$700 per person for the flight
- $40 per person for the airport transfer
- $150 per day for a double room in a hotel
- $1oo per day for food & drink
Altogether, it comes to roughly $1,080 per person. The price for a flight & hotel also depends on where you are coming from, how far you book in advance and where your hotel is located.
Are 2 days in New York enough?
If you only have one weekend in New York City, you can still get a great first taste of the city. 2 days will absolutely be enough to make you fall in love with the city and want to come back soon! We designed the itinerary above, so you can see as much as possible during your stay.
Is a sightseeing pass worth it for 2 days in New York?
Yes! You surely save more money the more attractions you visit, but a sightseeing pass often pays off with as little as two attractions. If you follow our itinerary for one weekend in New York, then we recommend you buy the Sightseeing Pass Flex for 4 Attractions at $110. Compared to regular entrance fees, you will save $60.
Which MetroCard makes sense for 2 days in NYC?
With only 2 days in New York, you probably won’t need a 7 Day Unlimited MetroCard. You are better off using a Pay-per-Ride MetroCard. You can purchase the MetroCard at any vending machine and top up your credit any time. In our MetroCard video you can see how simple it is! A single ride with the Pay-per-Ride MetroCard will always cost you $2.75. Click here to see the full MTA subway map.