Subway and Metro Buses in New York City

Subway and Metro Buses – New York City

Subway and Metro Buses in NYC, New York, USA

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Subway and Metro Buses in New York City

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Fares & MetroCard

The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.50. Up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare paying adult.
The best bet used to be a 1-day fun pass which offered you unlimited rides on the bus and subway for a day. However, the MTA has now discontinued the 1-day Fun Pass. If you need unlimited rides, the only option is to purchase a 7-day Unlimited MetroCard for $30 per person. When using an Unlimited Ride Metrocard, keep in mind that it cannot be used again at the same subway station or the same bus route for 18 minutes. An Unlimited Ride metrocard is not valid on express buses either. The express bus fare is $6.

Using Pay-per-ride metrocards can add up pretty fast, since you get off at different spots for sight-seeing. So we suggest the 7-day Unlimited Card if you are planning to be in New York City for at least 3 days.
Where to Buy MetroCard external link
MTA New York City Subway Map – Interactive external link
(Subway and Bus Maps are free and are available in Buses and Subway Stations)

With MetroCard your rides can cost less. You can buy MetroCard two ways:

  • Pay-Per-Ride (Regular) MetroCard: Buy as many rides as you want from $5 to $80. Put $10 or more on your card and receive a 7 percent bonus. For example, a $20 purchase gives you $21.40 on your card. Refill your card to use the balance. You get an automatic free transfer between subway and bus, or between buses.
  • Unlimited Ride MetroCard: Buy an unlimited number of subway and bus rides for a fixed price. Choose from a 7-Day, 30-Day, 7-Day Express Bus Plus, 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard accepted on JFK AirTrain only

 

How to Ride the Subway

MTA Subway train

The New York City subway has 468 stations serving 24 routes – more than any other system in the world. Routes are identified by letters, such as A B C and by numbers, such as 1 2 3, etc. These routes serve Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Staten Island is served by the Staten Island Railway (SIR). Ask for a free subway map at any subway station booth.

MTA Subway train

How to Ride the Bus

MTA Bus

Bus stops are located at street corners and have a tall, round sign with a bus emblem and route number. Some stops have bus shelters. Most stops also include a “Guide-A-Ride,” which is a rectangular box attached to the bus sign pole that displays a route map and bus schedule.
More information on MTA buses is available at http://www.mta.info/nyct/bus/howto_bus.htm

MTA Bus
Hagstrom New York City Subways Map

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