Getting around New York City might seem like a daunting task. Traffic and crowds, combined with the fear of getting lost can make it seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be that way! The information below will help you navigate the city's subway and buses like a native New Yorker.
Introduction to the New York Subway and Bus System
New York City mass transit generally falls into two categories: buses and subways. For most visitors, the New York City Subway will make getting around easy, efficient and inexpensive. Subways serve most of Manhattan and the outer boroughs very well, but in those areas where the subway service is not ideal there are buses that can get you where you need to go.
New York City Subway and Bus Fares
New York City subway and bus fares are $2.50 per trip (single trip tickets are $2.75). (Express buses, which primarily serve commuters from the outer boroughs, run directly into the city for $6 each way.) The MTA has discontinued the one-day "Fun Pass" that offered unlimited subway and bus rides. For visitors staying more than a couple of days, you can buy a one week unlimited MetroCard for $30 or an unlimited monthly MetroCard for $112. The 7-day, or 30-day unlimited MetroCards run out at midnight on 7th or 30th day of use. You can buy MetroCards at subway stations with cash, credit or ATM/debit cards. Buying a new MetroCard (whether unlimited or pay-per-ride) also requires an additional $1 fee. Be aware that buses only accept MetroCards or exact fare in coins -- drivers cannot make change.
New York City Subway Maps and Routes
In general, New York City subways run every 2-5 minutes during rush hour, every 5-15 minutes during the day and approximately every 20 minutes from midnight until 5 a.m.