I normally do not take buses in the City but did so when I was here a weekend or so ago. After seeing what happened at least four times during the half hour ride I thought I could help with this post. We New Yorkers already know this but tourists do not – NYC buses do not take dollar bills. They only take coins or Metrocards and after seeing the horrified looks on some faces (I actually let someone buy two trips on my Metrocard) I thought I’d share this little tidbit.
My advice to anyone visiting New York is to purchase a Metrocard (you can do so at any subway station – either at a booth or at one of the machines). You can add as little or as much money as you want (a one way fare is $2.50) and if you take a train/bus and have to transfer to a train/bus in Manhattan or one of the boroughs you get a “free” transfer. Otherwise, it would cost you another $2.50.
Hope this helps!