New York City
Travel Guide

New York City 

Getting Around

By Train (Subway)

New York City’s subway operates 24 hours a day and the much-feared subway crimes of the 1970s and 1980s are a thing of the past. It is generally safe to use the subway but remember to use common sense when traveling late at night. Try to use the heavily-traveled stations, remain visible to others, and don't display items of value. Consider using the subway, which is the fastest, cheapest, and most convenient form of transport to get around the city. Fares on the subway is $2.25 (Single Ride MetroCard cost $2.50 instead) regardless of the distance traveled. Subway maps are prominently displayed in every station and on every train.
Entering Rector Street Station, New York City

Entering Rector Street Station by Ben Franske

Every subway line is identified by a letter or number. Ignore the colors as they have little meaning outside of Midtown Manhattan. Lines marked "S" are shuttles and there are only three, namely the 42nd Street Shuttle in Manhattan, Franklin Avenue Shuttle in Brooklyn, and Rockaway Park Shuttle in Queens. Express trains skip local stations to provide faster service but there are also complementing local trains that make all the stops.
Chambers Street Station, New York City
Chambers Street Station by Kmf164

To enter the subway, you will need to swipe the MetroCard as you enter the subway entrance. Overhead signage next to each track indicates the train lines that stop at the particular track and the direction they are heading. The trains themselves are marked by signage that indicates their line. During the weekends and late nights, some lines do not operate, many express trains make local stops, and some subway entrances close.

36th Street Station, New York City

36th Street Station by David Shankbone


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