I'm coming to NYC for labor day with a friend and am on a really tight budget. I'm finding that there are not any affordable rooms in NYC other than places which seem to have bad reviews on this site.
I'm looking at staying at a hotel in Union City, NJ which is within my price range (82/night) and has a "shuttle" service that runs from the hotel to the PABT every 10 minutes (i'm assuming it's a NJ Transit bus) for a cost of 2 bucks per ride per person. Unfortunately, the shuttle service ends at 10:30pm from what the hotel has told me, so the best way i've found to get back to the hotel after 10:30 is to take a PATH from 23rd and 6th (the area i'll be in) to Hoboken and then a cab from Hoboken to the hotel which is about 3.5 miles. I don't know anything about cab rates in NJ, but i'm guessing that ride would be about 10-15 bucks.
So I'm estimating that transportation to and from the city would run us about 20-25 bucks a day. Is this my best option?