• 2.25 flat. Various Unlimited Cards available
  • Cash or Credit card at Vending Machine or Booth

MetroCards can also be used on city busses ($2.25 for regular, $5.50 for express).The unlimited tickets have to be used for a minimum of four rides per day to be worth it. You have to have one card per person for unlimited ride cards. You can share a stored value card by handing it to the person behind you over the turnstile. Still, why not buy multiple cards? Rarely, you need to swipe the card again mid-journey for an 'above ground transfer' but typically you just don't exit the subway for transfers.



Swipe to enter. The card is not needed to exit the station. If your card does not let you through right away and the turnstile doesn't read it and makes you swipe again or say 'swipe card again at this turnstile' and you switch turnstiles at this point, you may pay two fares. If you try to swipe an unlimited card twice at one station within about 20 minutes, it will not work.If your card just won't work for any reason, find the agent.You may need to exit the station, cross the street, and re-enter on the other side of the tracks.


Subway maps show express stops as white circles, local stops as filled in circles. Not all trains stop at all local stops. Some stations allow you to go from one side of the tracks to the others inside the fare gates, but many do not.If a subway entrance at street level mentions "uptown" or "downtown" on the sign, or other directional information beyond the lines that service that station, you need to make sure you go below ground at the correct entrance. The other entrance is typically across the street.


MetroCards can also be used for Path trains to New Jersey. (no Amtrak or NJ transit). The PATH fare ($1.75) is separate. The colors do not determine which line. Pay attention to the train letter or number. A few lines have the same letter or number in a circle or a diamond --the diamond denotes an express train that skips some stops.The subway runs 24/7, but not all lines run all the time. Rarely, night/weekend trains stop at different tracks than normal, but there is good signage. When transiting through Penn Station, look at the ceiling for subway signs. The convention for stations is that signs parallel to the tracks tell you where trains on that platform are going, and signs for how to go to other lines or to exit are perpendicular to the tracks. You can get a big ticket if you take up more than one seat, so don't put your feet up (even if the train car is empty.) Many stations do not have elevators. Call 511 inside NY state for more info.


  • JFK: It is $5 for the airtrain to/from JFK (so $7.25 for a subway plus airtrain ride).
  • Newark: If you are going to/from Newark Airport, you buy a NJ Transit ticket between the Newark Airport Station and New York Penn Station (not Newark Penn Station). You cannot use a metrocard. You have to swipe this ticket on entering/exiting the airport station, and you have to show it on the train to the conductor.
  • Laguardia: If you are going to Laguardia you have to take surface transportation. There is no subway or train to Laguardia. The M60 bus will take you to the subway in Manhattan, and there is no transfer charge if you use a Metrocard. The M60 does not run all night though (begins around 5am, ends around 1am).