My husband and I are travelling to New York in September. We are both comfortable using public transit and though we've never been to New York we are optomistic about finding our way on public transit. We are staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel - Time Square South (341 W. 36th St. which is 36th St and 8th Ave).
I think I have the route figured out. Take the Airtran heading to Jamaica Station. At Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av station take the E train downtown. Get off at 34th St/Penn Station. Exit near intersection of W 35th St & 8th Ave. Go north on 8th Ave towards W. 36th St. Turn left on W. 36th St.
My question is we planned to purchase a 7 day unlimited Metro Card. I understand that the unlimited Metro Card doesn't cover the Airtran - is that correct? If that is the case, what is the easiest way to pay for the Airtran? I'm thinking I'll have to buy 2 7-day unlimited Metro Cards (1 for me and 1 for my hubby) and then a regular Metro Card with $20 (to also pay for return) on it to pay for the AIrtrain.