New York New York, the most economically powerful city and also the one of the expensive city to living but how about as a tourist or visitors? Is it possible as a backpacker or budget traveller to explore New York?

Here is my NYC Budget, 5Days 4Nights Travel Guide.

1. Budget

Visiting New York for first time means you must see the obligatory places, and i recommend you to buy City Pass before you reach NYC, and for acommodation i highly recommend you using AirBnb and search for a room in Elmhurst or Queens area

, the main reason is their rent is cheaper and also there’s so much cheap restaurants.

After landing and when you reach Jamaica Station, check the newspaper stall and buy the MTA 7 Days Unlimited Pass (Check Here).

Expenses :

New York City Pass $117 (Updated now cost $122)

Airbnb $50/Room/Night – I shared the room so it’s cost me $25/Room/Night (Total $100)

JFK AirTrain $5/One Way (Express train from and to JFK Airport, so total $10)

MTA 7 Days Unlimited Pass $21 (Updated now $22) – Free Subway and Bus for 7 Days

2. Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in the early morning and i thought about just drop my luggage and hunt for breakfast, but thankfully our host is super nice and allowed me to check in early. So instead hunting for breakfast, i prefer take a shower and nap for few hours.


After recharge my energy i decide to strolling around SOHO just for window shopping, explore the Italy Town  and try Dominique Ansel Bakery for the first time and having lunch here (Yup! i skipped breakfast). At night we went to Times Square and ending our day by dinner at Upi Jaya (Indonesian Food)(Price range $8-15) around Elmhurst.


Dominique Ansel
Upi Jaya
Times Square

Day 2

We woke up at 9.00am, having breakfast at Taste Good (Price range $10-20) near from our airbnb. And so we went to DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge, we spent around 2 hours in here. Next we visit Empire State and change our confirmation from City Pass into Booklet.

Top of The Rock Sunset

We took bus to our next location, Top Of The Rock at Rockfeller Centre and waiting till sun goes down. Since we got 2 ticket from Empire State (Day Visit and Night Visit) so we came back to Empire State to see night light of NYC.

Again we went to Times Square since it’s only 15 minutes away by walk from Empire State. I suggest you to visit Brooklyn Bridge at night rather than come back to Times Square.

Day 3

We woke up at 8.00am and went to Battery Park where the Entrance to take a cruise to Liberty Island. Beware : There is a lot of scam around battery park, they will insist you to follow them or even saying that those not the entrance of Liberty and etc. Just walk through and follow the sign around pier, ignore those guy and don’t reply their conversations. You will see a line where tourist change their coupon into Liberty Ground Ticket (City Pass only allowed us to visit Liberty on ground which is we able to explore Liberty Statue Park and Ellis Island but we can’t go inside the statue or go up to The Crown, you need extra fee and booking at least 1 month in advanced. Check this link if you want to book Liberty Ticket), since Ferry Ticket is include from City Pass so you don’t have to pay extra to go to Statue of Liberty. City Pass also allowed us to explore Ellis Island and Museum.

Since we don’t take breakfast so we decided to having brunch at Crown Cafe in State of Liberty Park (Price range $10-20). Don’t forget to see the Charging Bull Statue near Battery Park, also check the Federal Hall and Trinity Church (There is a service when we came, so taking picture isn’t allowed).

I think 9/11 Memorial or 9/11 Ground Zero is the most emotional museum i ever seen. Inside the museum you can hear all victim’s family sounding how sad they are regarding the horrible attack, also you can see the last column, victim’s photo and the ruins.

Day 4

We start the day with visiting American Museum of Natural History, the museum is huge and everything is super cool and seriously awesome, i think mostly people needed around 2-3 hours to explore this place. We starving so end up having brunch in the museum food court (i’m not recommend this place, obviously pricey. The price range around $15-$30).

After fuel up we starting walk and explore Central Park (across the road of museum),visiting Bow Bridge as an icon of Central Park and also we found Bathsheba Terrace where’s a lot of choir practicing.

End up the park there is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, if you someone who loves art then you must freaking love this place, even i’m not an artsy person but i still in awe when seeing all the Art and i need 2 hours to explore all rooms.

We are too exhausted so decided to go back home and take a rest, if you still has energy then try visit The High Line, i heard that’s place is perfect for watching sunset.

Day 5

It’s time to go home! Having breakfast at Coco Restaurant (Asian Restaurant and price range $8-20), we don’t have energy left to explore another place lol.

Note :

We bought water bottle at walgreens around elmhurst, actually tap water is safe to drink but i’m quite sceptical about it. If you want to saving more on meal budget then you can cook by yourself, as you know that mostly in airbnb they allow you to using their kitchen and seasoning.

You don’t have to buy data plan since in New York there is a lot of wifi, especially at Museum and airbnb. For google map just download an offline map, you don’t have to be scared to get lost in NYC, their subway map and bus is easy to read.

Always check their scam method before visiting New York, it’s better to be prepare rather than knowing nothing, and the last is just enjoy your trip!



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