This section of InsideTransit will help you to understand how the New York City Subway/Bus system (MTA) works, pricing, routings, tips, and more.
Allen’s System Overview:
Arguably the best transit system in the world, New York City has a great system of subways and buses. You can practically go anywhere in the 5 boroughs for just one fare! Another big benefit over most other transit systems is that NYC has “express” trains. For my travel from work to home, the express can cut 15 minutes or more from the trip.
- Lettered lines (A-Z) run wider, larger trains, while numbered lines (1-9) run narrower, shorter trains. To me, this makes a difference when I am traveling with luggage in rush hour; I always try to take a lettered line whenever possible.
- A basic fare is $2.25 and includes a bus-subway, subway-bus, bus-bus transfer. Buses do not take bills! Find out more about pricing here.
- Trains and buses are air-conditioned and many of the new buses offer excellent cooling.
- The NYC Bus system is excellent and will take you basically anywhere in the 5 boroughs. I highly suggest you give it a try on your next trip to NYC. If you want to go past 8th Avenue to the west or Lexington Avenue to the east, the bus is the way to go! Read my blog entry about taking the bus.