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The New York City Public Transportation System
The fastest and most affordable way to get around the city is by taking public transportation. After all, the roughly seven million people who use New York subways and trains daily (more than 2 billion customers annually) can't be wrong. The transit system boasts the largest subway system in the world and operates 24 hours a day throughout the five boroughs.

A note of caution: those traveling late at night or alone may want to hail a cab for reasons of safety and time as service becomes infrequent. In addition, not all subway stations are equipped for disabled travelers; consult the MTA's offical subway map for a list of accessible stations.

According to the MTA, subways and buses arrive roughly every 6-8 minutes during rush hour and every 15-20 minutes at other times. After midnight, transportation arrives roughly every 30 minutes, though it can often feel like much longer.

General Fare Information:

A local ride on an MTA subway or bus is $2 per passenger, payable with MetroCards, which can be purchased inside all subway stations. Discount MetroCards are available on a weekly and monthly basis and a one-day, unlimited ride "Fun Pass" is available for $7.

Metro Transit Authority (MTA) Subways
Clickable Subway Map
Fare Information

Metro Transit Authority (MTA) Buses
Manhattan Bus Route Map (PDF)
Brooklyn Bus Route Map (PDF)
The Bronx Bus Route Map (PDF)
Queens Bus Route Map (PDF)
Fare Information

Roosevelt Island Tram