by nycgo.com staff, 10/09/2012 [Updated 11/11/2015]
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The easiest and quickest way to travel around NYC is by the public subway system. Riding the subway is also a fantastic way to feel like a local during your stay in New York.
• For $2.75 (the cost of a single ride), you can use the system citywide and transfer as many times as you need, as long as you don't exit the system through a turnstile. Also, there is a one-time fee of $1 to buy a Metrocard.
• Subway trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• You can transfer from bus to subway or vice versa within two hours and ten minutes of using your MetroCard. (The free transfer does not apply if you leave a subway station through a turnstile and want to get on another subway line.)
• Subway stations on the same line are generally about eight to 10 blocks apart.
• The subway does not travel to Staten Island. To get there, board the free Staten Island Ferry or take a bus.
You can get a free subway map from booth attendants or at any Official NYC Information Center, or download one from our Maps & Guides section. You can also visit tripplanner.mta.info for a customized route (but it's still a good idea to carry a subway map when you're out and about).
Subway lines sometimes change routes or temporarily stop running—especially late at night and on weekends. Look for bulletins posted in stations and check for up-to-date MTA service information at mta.info and on the MTA's Weekender map or by calling 718-330-1234.
Alternatively, you might want to download a smartphone app to help you navigate, such as iTransNYC (iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch) or Google Maps (Android), both of which include real-time service alerts.—Staff