If you are lucky enough to live in the tri-state area, commuting to New York City can be a breeze. You get the joy of having a bit more space to live, but still can get to the big city for work or play whenever you wish. However, if you commute regularly it can become a dreaded part of your day if not prepared. Here are some of our top tips for commuting into New York City to guarantee that you always have a smooth and comfortable commute.

1. Bring Something to Keep You Busy

The first rule of commuting is having something to make the trip more fun, especially if you have a longer commute. We recommend bringing along items such as a book, your phone, earphones to listen to music or a podcast, or any sort of easy hobby that is portable. Always remember to come with a fully charged device, and bring your charger, too! If you are taking a Martz bus, you will be able to plug in and enjoy wifi on your commute. With something to keep you busy, the commute will fly by in no time at all!

2. Wear the Right Shoes

Nothing can make your commute within New York City worse than an uncomfortable pair of shoes. Leave the heels at home when commuting to the city, and instead opt for a sensible pair of shoes that offer some sort of support. This will make all of the walking much more comfortable. Many people in New York City choose to carry more fashionable shoes in their bag, and then change into those when they get to their destination. Sore feet is the last thing you want when exploring the city, so choose wisely!

3. Don’t Forget Your Umbrella

If you are traveling to New York City pretty much any time of the year, you should be on the lookout for a surprise rainstorm. Most New Yorkers keep an umbrella nearby for these situations, as a surprise storm can really dampen one’s plans. Keep a small, easily compacted umbrella with you during your commute to be prepared once you get to your final destination.

4. Have a Plan

When commuting into New York City, make sure you develop a plan for what you want to do upon arrival. Is your bus stop your final destination? Probably not. Decide if you are going to take a taxi, the subway, a rideshare or some other method of transportation to your destination. New York City is a very, very big city, so this ensures you are ready to go once you arrive there and you don’t have to spend a ton of time trying to figure out where you are going. Get your plan on paper, and have a great and relaxing time getting from point A to point B to point C!

5. Book Through Martz Trailways

Want to know our last hot tip for commuting into New York City? Book your bus through us! Martz Trailways offers affordable options for commuting into the city, including regular commuter service. Our commuter fares are extremely affordable, and you get on the bus with a reserved seat, wifi, outlets and smooth service. We can’t wait to help you have a smooth commute into New York City, whether you are going weekdays for work or are planning the perfect vacation in NYC. We’ll see you soon!