(DM) – This is a guide to attending New York Comic-Con (NYCC). This primer is assembled from years of actual attendance and experience. Let’s jump right in.
Have you bought your tickets? Download the Comic-Con app. It’s a huge help in planning what you want to see and do at the event. Seriously. Get it. You can use it year-after-year. What can it do? Think of it as a planner, it knows when all the events take place AND can remind you of events at Comic-Con as they approach so you don't miss them. It does much more, just consider it a must have.
COSTS - A COMPREHENSIVE RUNDOWN
- COMIC-CON: Passes will run $50 per day ($10 kids) to $115 for the full four.
- TRAIN: Average $90 each way depending on distance.
- CAB: Run a $2.50 base fare and .40 cents every 1/5 mile. During peak hours add another $1 surcharge and .50 cents every 1/5 mile. However Taxi's actually charge by the mile when moving and by the minute when idling. It can get complicated. Think $15 a trip on average if you are lucky.
- UBER: Uber's charge by mile and minute regardless of if they are idle so don't figure on an Uber saving you money. Research shows Uber's in NYC cost more.
- BUSES: Are prone to many time sinks, so unless you need one east to west only, and know the route, they don't fit most comic-con visitors needs. Still the rate is friendly, just $2.75 per fare (ride). Children ride free. Single ride tickets are available. The Metrocard (think pre-paid card) is used for bus rides. To use it, just dip it into the fare box and remove it. Don't drop it in! Dip and remove! It will deduct money from your card and display what remains.
- SUBWAY: The subway doesn't run anywhere near the Javits, but in general it's a single fare rate (trip) of $2.50. You can buy Metrocards within the subways outside the gates and the minimum you can put on a card is $5. When you swipe your Metrocard at the turnstile, the balance is displayed.
- HOTEL: Hotels average $330 per night.
- AIRBNB: AirBnB's are anywhere from $120 to $400.
- FOOD: Food inside Comic-Con is usually $10 for a food and drink item on average.
- STORAGE: There is super limited storage on site for bags.
- METROCARD: Used for both Bus and Subway. Cost to own one, $1. Available at ATM style vending machines in subways outside the gates. A minimum purchase is $5. You can add more as needed. Once on the subway you can transfer from train-to-train for free. Once you exit the station (leave through the stalls), you must pay again to enter. Metrocards also allow you a free transfer between bus and subway within a two hour period. Do NOT confuse a metrocard with a New York Pass. If you don't know how much is left on a Metrocard, remember using it display's what is left but you can check the balance at any Metrocard vending machine.
DAY PASS VISITOR OR MULTI-DAY PASS
Will you be doing cosplay (dressing up in costume), will you be attending one day or more than one? Each angle changes how you dress and what you can carry.
Have you been to New York Before? Sure it’s a big place but unless you intend to participate in activities away from the Con, you don’t need to worry about too much as long as you get a hotel or airBNB near the Con.
LOCATION AND TRAVEL TO NEW YORK COMIC-CON
WHERE IS NEW YORK COMIC-CON?
The Javits Center plays home annually to the New York Comic-Con which is located just off the Hudson River, west of Mid-Town (Times Square) Manhattan.
Why the Javits Center each year? It’s the only convention center which can house such an enormous event. And the Javits truly is sizeable. We’ll get to that.
WHERE TO STAY FOR NEW YORK COMIC-CON
A Hotel near the Javits makes the most sense if you want to save additional money on travel. The Javits convention center straddles Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen....Read more...