New York City Subway
New York City Subway
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Top ways to experience New York City Subway and nearby attractions

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Downtown Brooklyn
How to get there
  • Borough Hall • 3 min walk
  • Jay St – MetroTech • 3 min walk
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  • Alessio M
    Verona, Italy457 contributions
    excellent
    Fantastic work always. Two things to know express only the most important stop local all stops. Downtown is the center of the city uptown is the other area. the sigle ride is 2,75 the unlimited card for a week is 33 dollar
    Visited October 2022
    Written April 10, 2023
  • 1GiantsMS
    Redwood City, California1,217 contributions
    Convenient
    Used the subway multiple times to get around New York. Was very convenient to get to the 9/11 Memorial and Yankee Stadium. Lots of signage available to help make your way to your location. Was surprising clean. People were generally friendly on the train car and willing to share information. Certainly a New York experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,036 contributions
    Excellent form of transport for us whilst visiting Manhattan
    Not wanting to take a car directly into Manhattan from New Jersey my son & I used a combination of the PATH train and the New York City Subway to get about from the Statan Island ferry terminal down at the southernmost point of Manhattan up to Central Park and everywhere in between. Getting tickets was easy and the trains came regularly and were clean. Certainly no complaints from our side. All good, even quite late in the evening.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom134 contributions
    NYC Subway Experience!
    Fabulous way to travel around NYC. As a first time user of the subway whilst on holiday in NYC I was pleasantly surprised. Fast, efficient and economical way to travel from one end of NYC to the other and back again. We googled timetables so knew which stop went where and at what times. Only used them during the day and felt very safe whilst travelling on them but can't comment on night time journey's. The carriages we went on were very clean but the stair wells and platforms were dirty and smelt of urine! Having said that I would definitely use them again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Mimi
    Jakarta, Indonesia3 contributions
    Disgusting Illegal sellers
    Subway is always dirty and depending where you go. Now, I see many illegal sellers inside any stations to sell fruits etc. It reminded me of Mayor Guiliani’s era when he kicked and cleaned up the criminal and fake product sellers everywhere. I think NY need another Giuliani to make NY cleaner from poor and illegals people!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Georgia J
    14 contributions
    The NYC Subway 🚇🗽
    I did use Uber from and to JFK airport for reliability, but I was able to visit many cities in a few days (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Harlem…… just to name a few) by just hopping on the Subway though. It is by far the cheapest, easiest & fastest way to get around NYC if you need to go anywhere! Bring cash and a debit card to get a metro card for single trips at one of the machines at the station. The cards only cost maybe $3 and some change. Pay close attention to the signs. You might think you’re going ~uptown~ when you were supposed to be going ~downtown~ like me. 🤦🏽‍♀️ But an operator let me get back on the train after letting them know what had happened, thankfully. They probably experience that all the time with travelers. Good Luck!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Slobodan F
    Toronto, Canada69 contributions
    Best way to go around the city.
    When entering subway, in the city, do know first exactly where are you going, direction, train number... we thought all stations have underground connection to the other direction, like in Toronto... Assuming so, we payed the ticket and went in the wrong direction entrance. When returning to JFK, by subway, get off from the subway on the second to the last stop, to transfer to the airport train. Not at the very last stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,704 contributions
    Better than I Feared!
    I had heard some real horror stories about the New York Subway so it was with a little trepidation that I boarded my first Subway train from 59th Street Columbus. Fortunately I had done a bit of homework beforehand by looking at various videos on Youtube to give me an idea of what to expect and potential pitfalls. You can buy a Metrocard from a vending machine and this will cost $1 on top of whatever credit you put onto the card. You can also check your metrocard balance by putting it in machines which is useful. Alternatively you can pay for your fare by tapping your credit or debit card. One of the top tips I found was to look for the chequered band on the wall opposite the platform as this is where the conductor is located on the train. This is really helpful as if you are unfamiliar you can ask someone who will be able to help you when the train arrives. Whilst I was in New York I used the subway a few times to go to different destinations in Brooklyn, Queens and getting around Manhattan. As long as you keep your wits about you and mind your own business then travelling on the subway is just the same as travelling in many other cities like Paris, London or Toronto.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 16, 2023
  • djlit47
    Ipswich, United Kingdom98 contributions
    An experience not to be missed
    We were a little bit nervous about travelling on the Metro,but having used it for two days whilst in NYC would definitely recommend it for getting round the city and seeing the various sights. For 2.75 dollars per trip, value for money.We used our debit cards all the time. The cost remains as $2.75 as long as you do not exit barriers.This allows you to connect to different routes without having to pay again. A one day 'hop on hop off bus would cost us $88. Use the Metro for sightseeing at a fraction of the cost.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 20, 2023
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Vesi V.
Burgas, Bulgaria16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Extremely dirty and to be honest felt kind of unsafe even though I wasn't alone. There were rats at the station and suspicious people in the train...
Written January 13, 2024
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Jack B
London, UK30 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Quite dirty but fine - a tad confusing but got there in the end. Announcers need to be clearer. Good internet connection underneath.
Written December 28, 2023
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Steve L
Hucknall, UK558 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Easy to use the contactless card to pay for the ride and better than buying a week ticket and having trips left over.
Written December 10, 2023
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Pauline Garnett
Finghall, UK419 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Very clean and cheap to use. You can tap and pay as you enter using any card or Apple Pay etc if doing lots of trips get a metro card
Staff are helpful
It is very safe and easy to use. We took the number 4 from grand Central to 9/11 memorial and back
Written December 8, 2023
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Judy_Hansen
Calgary, Canada25 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Complex but efficient. Felt safe. People from all walks of life seem to use the subway. People were comfortable in brining children on the subway.
Written November 20, 2023
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djlit47
Ipswich, UK98 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We were a little bit nervous about travelling on the Metro,but having used it for two days whilst in NYC would definitely recommend it for getting round the city and seeing the various sights. For 2.75 dollars per trip, value for money.We used our debit cards all the time. The cost remains as $2.75 as long as you do not exit barriers.This allows you to connect to different routes without having to pay again. A one day 'hop on hop off bus would cost us $88. Use the Metro for sightseeing at a fraction of the cost.
Written November 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had heard some real horror stories about the New York Subway so it was with a little trepidation that I boarded my first Subway train from 59th Street Columbus.

Fortunately I had done a bit of homework beforehand by looking at various videos on Youtube to give me an idea of what to expect and potential pitfalls.

You can buy a Metrocard from a vending machine and this will cost $1 on top of whatever credit you put onto the card. You can also check your metrocard balance by putting it in machines which is useful. Alternatively you can pay for your fare by tapping your credit or debit card.

One of the top tips I found was to look for the chequered band on the wall opposite the platform as this is where the conductor is located on the train. This is really helpful as if you are unfamiliar you can ask someone who will be able to help you when the train arrives.

Whilst I was in New York I used the subway a few times to go to different destinations in Brooklyn, Queens and getting around Manhattan. As long as you keep your wits about you and mind your own business then travelling on the subway is just the same as travelling in many other cities like Paris, London or Toronto.
Written November 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Slobodan F
Toronto, Canada69 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
When entering subway, in the city, do know first exactly where are you going, direction, train number... we thought all stations have underground connection to the other direction, like in Toronto... Assuming so, we payed the ticket and went in the wrong direction entrance.

When returning to JFK, by subway, get off from the subway on the second to the last stop, to transfer to the airport train. Not at the very last stop.
Written November 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

brist0lcelt
Portishead, UK211 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Why is it so difficult to pay for a trip on the NY subway? We couldn’t pay for more than one ticket at the ticket machines - kept getting a limit exceeded message - and we had the same problem when we tried to tap our credit card to get through the barrier. Had to rely on a kind NYPD officer to take pity on us and let us through the barrier. Also, what zip code is a visitor from outside USA supposed to enter and why do you need it anyway? Put us off using the subway.
Written October 21, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Georgia J
14 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
I did use Uber from and to JFK airport for reliability, but I was able to visit many cities in a few days (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Harlem…… just to name a few) by just hopping on the Subway though. It is by far the cheapest, easiest & fastest way to get around NYC if you need to go anywhere! Bring cash and a debit card to get a metro card for single trips at one of the machines at the station. The cards only cost maybe $3 and some change. Pay close attention to the signs. You might think you’re going ~uptown~ when you were supposed to be going ~downtown~ like me. 🤦🏽‍♀️ But an operator let me get back on the train after letting them know what had happened, thankfully. They probably experience that all the time with travelers. Good Luck!
Written September 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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