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New York City Subway

Getting Around New York City

Looking at the map of New York subway system for the first time will intimidate many first-time visitors to the city. In reality the New York city subway system is easy to navigate and continues to be the fastest and most reliable way to travel around New York City and is the chosen form of transportation for over three million New Yorkers.

New York subway trains run 24 hours 7 days a week and will take you to within walking distance of just about any place in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx.

The cost is $2.50 for a single ride anywhere in the system, and transfers are free as long as you stay in the system and do not exit from the station.

Avoid traffic, parking hassles and the high cost of taxis, rental cars and bridge tolls by taking the New York city subway system.

New York Subway Fares

Subway and Local Bus Fare $2.75
(11% bonus added when you buy or add $5.50 or more to your MetroCard®)
Reduced-Fare $1.35
Unlimited Ride MetroCard:
30-Day $116.50 (Reduced-Fare MetroCard $58.25)
7-Day $31.00 (Reduced-Fare MetroCard $15.50)
Single Ride Ticket (sold at subway vending machines only) $3.00
Express Bus Fare $6.50
(11% bonus added when you buy or add $5.50 or more to your MetroCard)
Reduced-Fare (off-peak only) $3.25
Express Bus 7-Day (also valid on subway and local bus) $57.25

New MetroCard Purchases In-System $1.00

Note: Your MetroCard can hold any combination of unlimited rides and dollar value.

Note: The unlimited one-day Fun Pass has been discountined

You can plan your route out in advance and get a customized map at

New York Subway Map

New York Subway Routes:

Numbered routes include the 1  Line icon 2  Line icon 3  Line icon 4 Line icon 5 Line icon 6 Line icon 7  Line icon

Lettered routes include A  Line icon B Line icon C  Line icon D Line icon E Line icon F Line icon G Line icon J Line icon L Line icon M Line icon N Line icon Q Line icon R Line icon S Line icon Z Line icon

10 Busiest New York Subway Stations

1. Times Sq-42 St
2. Grand Central-42 St
3. 34 St-Herald Sq
4. 14 St-Union Sq
5. 34 St-Penn Station
6. 34 St-Penn Station
7. 59 St-Columbus Circle
8. Lexington Av / 59 St
9. 86 St
10.Flushing-Main St

Other New York metro train fares

The links below show you the base fares and tolls and available discounts and guide you to the best deal based on your travel patterns.

Fares, Tolls, and Discounts:

New York City Attractions
Subway/Bus (New York City Transit, MTA Bus, Long Island Bus) Base Fares & Values
Long Island Rail Road Which ticket to buy
Metro-North Railroad Which ticket to buy
Bridge and Tunnel Tolls

Which MetroCard should you purchase?

You can save significantly if you know the best purchase options. How much you save depends on how often you ride. Use the table below to guide you to the best deal based on your travel patterns.

Number of Rides Buy This Card Cost Your Cost Per Ride
Occasional $10 Pay-Per-Ride** $10 $2.38
13 per week
7-Day Unlimited $30 $2.31
20 per week 7-Day Unlimited
$30 $1.50
50 per month 30-Day Unlimited $112 $2.24
60 per month 30-Day Unlimited $112 $1.87
Express Bus Rider
5 days per week (10 rides)
7-Day Express Bus Plus $55 $5.50
Occasional Express Bus Rider $10 Pay-Per-Ride** $10 $5.71

** ($10.50 value with 5% bonus)

View MTA Subway Map
View MTA Manhattan Bus Map
View PATH Train Map & Schedule
View New York Waterway Schedule

MTA MetroCard

New York MetroCard A MetroCard must be purchased for access to a subway station platform. MetroCards can be purchased with cash from any subway station with a manned booth or at an ATM style vending machine located in nearly every subway station with a credit card.

MetroCard is accepted by all MTA New York City Transit trains which include subways and Staten Island Railway

Using your MetroCard is easy. At subway stations, all you have to do is swipe your card with the MetroCard name facing toward you and through when the turnstile screen says "GO."

To check how much time or money is left on your MetroCard, use a MetroCard Reader in any station. The reader also tells you the card's expiration date and how much money is left on it.

Note: Smoking is banned in all public places throughout the City, including buses, subways, taxis bars, and restaurants.

Do you know?

The New York City Subway, the largest subway system in the world by track mileage and the largest by number of stations,

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