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Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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reviews: 33
Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

My wife, daughter & I are arriving via Amtrak in September and are staying at the Sheraton Times Square. Should we take a taxi to the hotel or is there a better option?

Also, can we buy one Metro Card for the subway and use it for all three of us or should we each have our own?

Thanks

Melbourne
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1. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

Yes, there is an option for up to 4 people to use the one pay per ride Metrocard.

But I think doing that will depend on how long you're staying for your trip.

You might want to get the 7 day pass - 13 trips is break even - so easy to do during a trip of fewer days.

www.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm#payper

Atlanta, Georgia
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2. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

What do you mean by upto 4 people can use one metro card? So, if I buy 7 day metro card for $30, can two people use the same card at the same time?

Melbourne
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3. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

http://www.mta.info/metrocard/compare.htm

The "Pay per Ride" Metro card is the one where it "Can be used to pay for up to 4 people at a time."

This is a different card to the 7 day card you've mentioned....that's called "Unlimited Ride MetroCard"

The table on the link above gives clear information.

Edited: 10:35 pm, July 11, 2013
Astoria, New York
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4. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

Which type of card you should buy depends upon the length of your stay. - about 13 subway or bus rides is the break even point on a 1 week unlimited, so even if you are only here for 3 or 4 days, but use the card a lot, the unlimited can be a cheaper alternative.

Saint Louis...
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5. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

Although it's a short taxi ride, you can certainly take the subway from Penn Station to your hotel. Take the uptown E and get off at 7th Avenue (& 53rd Street) and you'll be right there.

Erie, Pennsylvania
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reviews: 33
6. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

Thank you all for your input and suggestions!

Erie, Pennsylvania
posts: 14
reviews: 33
7. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

We're there from Thrusday to the following Monday.

Saint Louis...
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8. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

So you're in NYC for 5 days. If you averaged three trips per day, which would be very easy to do, you'd be better off with each of you having an unlimited Metrocard. The unlimited card also avoids the need to constantly think about whether you need to add value to the pay per ride Metrocard. And if you feel like jumping on a bus for a couple of blocks it's essentially a free ride.

Erie, Pennsylvania
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9. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

Thank you very much Auden

New York NY
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10. Re: Best option from Penn Station to 7th & 52nd?

You want to follow the clearly marked signs in Penn Station to the 7th Avenue subway lines.

You'll take the uptown 1 train from inside Penn Station to 50th Street and you'll be steps away from your hotel.

No need to waste time standing on the long line for a taxi and no need to waste the money.

Simply take an Uptown 1 train two stops from Penn Station to 50th Street. You can purchase your 7-day unlimited ride MetroCards for $30.00 per person (plus $1.00 surcharge for the card) from the booth inside Penn Station (or from the machines).