New York City Subway
New York City Subway
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  • 1GiantsMS
    Redwood City, California1,149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 4 June 2023
  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,010 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 27 July 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 25 August 2023
  • Mimi
    Jakarta, Indonesia3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 29 August 2023
  • Georgia J
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 17 September 2023
  • Slobodan F
    Toronto, Canada74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 7 November 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,961 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 16 November 2023
  • djlit47
    Ipswich, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 $88. Use the Metro for sightseeing at a fraction of the cost.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 November 2023
  • francine d
    Delson, Canada28 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Metrocard NYC
    DO NOT BUY A METROCARD! We purchased an unlimited card for 7 days for 34$ US. The cards are very “picky”. If you are too fast, too slow, have a hesitation when swiping: it does not work! Highly frustrating system. The attending staff are not at all stations so I ended up paying with apple pay. When there is an employee (all of them very nice and helpful) they can let you in. Better option: use your tap and go option. The maximum you will pay is 34$ for the week!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 May 2024
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francine d
Delson, Canada28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
DO NOT BUY A METROCARD!
We purchased an unlimited card for 7 days for 34$ US. The cards are very “picky”. If you are too fast, too slow, have a hesitation when swiping: it does not work!
Highly frustrating system. The attending staff are not at all stations so I ended up paying with apple pay. When there is an employee (all of them very nice and helpful) they can let you in.
Better option: use your tap and go option. The maximum you will pay is 34$ for the week!
Written 24 May 2024
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Marco P
London, UK37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I have been leaving in NYC for two months now and I have never seen a subway system so derelict, confusing, and inefficient. Trains being made 'express' all of a sudden skipping stations, impossible to hear the announcements due to old and cracking sound system, no maps of the route within the carriages (you literally have to stick your neck out to see where you are), repeated incidents along the route with trains breaking all the time, no clear distinction between local and express routes, air conditioning unreasonably set at full power in the summer (damn freezing), smell of pee, cockroaches and mice on platforms. And at about 35 dollars a week it's not cheap ... If you come from Europe, you'll be horrified. I seriously don't understand the 4/5 rating: you guys OK?
Written 23 May 2024
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KLTraveller
KLumpur60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I read a lot about the New York subway and watched videos on YOutube about it, too before embarking on my trip there in April 2024. I admit that I was concerned with what I read and watched, in particular on the safety aspects of the subway.
After 2 days of riding the trains, my fears are totally unfounded. It was totally safe. I have never at any time felt otherwise. So much was written about unsavoury characters found on the trains and to avoid eye contact with anyone at all times. While it is logical not to stare at strangers, it is absolutely alright to look around while riding. It is obvious that every passenger just wanted to get from Point A to Point B and creating trouble onboard the train was the last thing on their mind. The presence of police personnel at most of the stations was most reassuring. We had a ride at 11pm on one of the evenings and we still felt safe. The stations and trains were still quite busy with many passengers.
No doubt most of the stations and trains are old. Signages around the stations can be further improved. The lack of information definitely added some confusion to first time riders, especially the routes and directions of the train. But once you are familiar with it after the first 1 or 2 rides, it is a breeze.
Written 16 April 2024
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I have to provide the most positive review possible for the NY Subway System. We have been getting feedback that there’s an uptick in unsafe instances. I’m fairly sure it’s debatable whether the answer to fight the negative uptick is to just hire more police officers. Sure enough, it felt like there were around 5 attentive officers on every block. Coming out of Yankee Stadium at midnight and riding the subways, I felt very safe. Thanks for a job well done.
Written 10 April 2024
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Vesi V.
Burgas, Bulgaria19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 13 January 2024
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Jack B
London, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 28 December 2023
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Steve L
Hucknall, UK540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 10 December 2023
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Pauline Garnett
Finghall, UK410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 December 2023
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Judy_Hansen
Calgary, Canada22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 20 November 2023
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djlit47
Ipswich, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 20 November 2023
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