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How to Ride the New York City Subway

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A DETAILED guide on how to ride the subway in New York City. Topics include: General New York City Subway Information, planning your trip, tickets, getting in the station, finding your train, riding the train, exiting the station, transfers, and wash your hands! The NYC Subway has 472 stations serving 27 subway lines and runs 24 hours a day. Routes are identified by letters (A,B,C), or numbers (1, 2, 3). In many stations you can’t simply get out of the train and go the other direction. You have to exit the station and re-enter. Make sure you are going the correct direction. Uptown is typically “North” Downtown is typically “South” Express vs Local Trains: Local trains stop at every stop Express trains skip stops The map will show white circles, which are express AND local stops. Black circle only local trains. New to the subway? Just take the local trains. Planning your trip: Get an app: Citymapper Google Maps works too Or look at the subway map -- free printed ones are available Tickets: Buy a metro-card for $1, and load it up. Each subway ride is $2.75. Or a single ride ticket is $3. You can buy or load the metro-card at any subway ticket machine with cash or credit card. Cash machines are big, but only return $9 in change. Credit/debit machines are small. There is no “daily” card, but a weekly unlimited ride card is $32 Getting In the Station Entrance that are always open have green lights Exit only or part time entrances have red lights or no lights Be careful of single direction entrances To get in the station you’ll swipe your metro-card on the turnstile. Either waist high, or full height turnstile. Swipe at a medium speed, then push the turnstile. Wheelchair, stroller ask the station attendant to open the gate. Finding your train Look for the route (letter or number) and direction. In big stations you may be walking for up to 15 minutes. Make sure its the correct direction, Uptown/Brooklyn is typically “up” (North), Downtown/Brooklyn is “down” (South) Riding the train Don’t bother listening to the announcements, think new york accents, lousy microphones, and lousy speakers make it hard to hear. It’s best to count your stops. Know the name of the stop just before yours. Don’t stare at people Don’t get on an empty car. It either smells, or the AC is broken. Remove your backpack, if you’re sitting put in on our lap. Stay awake… you might miss your stuff, and your stuff might get stolen. Yes, pickpockets operate on the NYC subway. If you’re standing, hold on to the railing. Locals might not be, but they are used to the motion. Exiting the station Simply push on the turnstile, you don’t need to swipe out Transfers Your Metrocard swipe is valid for two hours for transfers to buses from the subway, bus to bus, OR bus to subway. But not SUBWAY to SUBWAY. You need to take a “bus” to make this work. Finally Wash your hands or use some hand sanitizer when you leave the subway. Definitely don’t eat anything until your hands are clean. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/yellowwsub You might enjoy watching some of these other videos: Click here to watch my playlist of 10+ other New York City videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOVadUHX1B-Lz1jCrYEnaoFpon0MwO9JJ 10 Things to Know Before You Go to NYC: https://youtu.be/4Gm5EyzOoU4 10 WEIRD Things to do in NYC: https://youtu.be/8uUdiiB7W8U Roosevelt Island Travel Guide: https://youtu.be/AxC1B7izYkE Yellow Productions on Social Media: FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/YellowProductionsTravel INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/yellowwproductions/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/chrisraney GOOGLE+: https://google.com/+yellowwproductions Check out my blog: http://yelloww.net My video gear: Sony FDR-AX53 4K Handycam: http://amzn.to/2hYePVc Sony ECMW1M Wireless Microphone: http://amzn.to/2gQKDGG Samsung Gear 360 Camera: http://amzn.to/2hKKyGE LensPen Lens Cleaner: http://amzn.to/2hPYui1 Pacsafe LS250 Anti-theft Shoulder Bag: http://amzn.to/2h0YCNt Manfroto Pixi Mini Tripod: http://amzn.to/2ilJms6 Manfrotto Twist Grip Clamp: http://amzn.to/2hYEnyN Music: Easy Lemon Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) UPM_NYB119_11_The_Tiptoe_Strut_Main_Track_Kron_915645 (killertracks.com)
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Jose Ramos (6 месяцев назад)
5:20 don't bother listening to the announcements? Actually it's good to keep an ear open as sometimes sudden changes occur (might skips stops or next stop might be last stop) while on the train. Some trains use automated voices while others have a live person saying what stop is next. Depends on the train. No app will tell you in real-time if there's a delay up ahead,whether that be a police investigation or the always fun "sick passenger" announcement. If you're a tourist, you should pay even more attention. The Wifi also works only when the train pulls up to the station. It dies when it goes inside the tunnel. All stations are Wifi enabled. If anything,ask an MTA attendant or the train conductor before boarding,if you have any questions.
Andy Vasvari (4 месяца назад)
Wish never having a more complicated trouble.Government outta issue L train bonds, and the profit should buy temporary bus transportations during the rejuvenation of L line .
That's What "i" Said (6 месяцев назад)
Jose Ramos Totally agree. I was in NYC for 3 months a few years ago and I found the announcements super important!
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Good point! Pinned to the top!
Tacit Dionysus (3 дня назад)
Don't look at people. Don't talk to anyone. Beware of thieves. Hardly any toilets. Use sanitiser. Don't eat. No coverage in tunnels. No location indicators in carriages. Yikes; makes Sydney's trains (176 stations, 506 miles) and integrated light rail, ferries and buses sound like heaven, even with a cost of up to $15.80 (about US$11.00) a day.
John Lupo (13 дней назад)
Often NOT ofTen (silent "T")
Mysterious sister 1 (18 дней назад)
We had to look up how to use new York subway 101 for dummies
John Lupo (19 дней назад)
Often NOT ofTen (silent T)
Daniel olsen (25 дней назад)
And say u won't get raped or shot in between then wat? Bad here in Australia lol
Matthew Parker (1 месяц назад)
Fantastic video. I so wish I had seen this before I went to NYC last week. I wasn't aware that you couldn't change platforms within the stations like you can in London and got caught out a couple of times, having to pay an extra 2.75 for the privilege! D'oh!
Yellow Productions (1 месяц назад)
Dawn Catlin-Strait (1 месяц назад)
It would be worth it to pay some college student to show you how to do this crap if like me you are just visiting for a week. I’ve never had to ride a bus or take a train and December in NYC May not be the time to start.
Jan Zachariáš (1 месяц назад)
Hi, great video. Can I use Metrocard also for PATH ride? We will stay in hotel in Jersey City for 8 days. Thank you.
cynterslave (1 месяц назад)
Yes, the MetroCard also works for the PATH train, except for the unlimited MetroCard.
Hunter (1 месяц назад)
5:46 Don't stare at the people on the train. I love people watching but I will try not to stare.
VanMedia (1 месяц назад)
I from NYC, but i never heard of citymapper..just checked and it's awesome! thanks or the recommendation
Steve Harrison (2 месяца назад)
lol some of these videos are of the PATH train
420California (2 месяца назад)
Why not just buy a car
Crafty Hulk (4 дня назад)
If you want to get to your destination on time, car isn't best choice because of the heavy NY traffic. Plus you'll find fnding a parking space is very hard. Many in NY have cars and still use the subway to get to work or school.
Creator Hernandez (2 месяца назад)
Tips #2 from a native NYCer- Please please please, DO NOT HOLD THE DOORS. You are stopping the train from leaving and holding up the one behind it. That makes you seem like a huge jerk and people might be pretty pissed at you.
Creator Hernandez (2 месяца назад)
Tips for those who ride the R- I’ve been going there constantly for years and I can say that they’ll get re-rerouted to either Queensbridge (To Manhattan-bound) or Roosevelt-Avenue (To Queens-bound) it has happened so much times I’ve lost count
NIjay Oatman (2 месяца назад)
im from nyc and I know to look on the app or call the mta
Pixoo (2 месяца назад)
2:12 It says Chambers St lol we all know it.
nina cawthorne (2 месяца назад)
REAL New Yorkers actually know how do this
TransitWireless (2 месяца назад)
Don’t forget that free WiFfi and cell service is available in all 282 underground subway stations! For Wi-Fi access, just log on to the TransitWirelessWifi through your network settings. We’d love to see a video about how to access free Wi-Fi while traveling in New York!”
Robbie Hackett (2 месяца назад)
This is really helpful. (Thanks from Ireland)
Yellow Productions (2 месяца назад)
Thanks Robbie!
Michael Lee (2 месяца назад)
MTA is falling apart, enjoy the fare hike next year.
slidadog (3 месяца назад)
Grab a seat, don't matter if u gotta sandwich between fat people. Don't play with your iPhone, get that shit snatched. Pay attention tile signs and do not engage.
Bárbara Andrea (3 месяца назад)
This is sooo useful!!! Thank you so much!!
Orrling (3 месяца назад)
What's the thing about avoiding looking at people while riding the metro? Why not? I'm not from NY.
jakevader93 (18 дней назад)
It's usually a respect of personal space. It will seem very creepy and unsettling when you have someone you don' know staring at you for no reason.
hatednyc (3 месяца назад)
Hey! Thick New York Accents?!
Yellow Productions (3 месяца назад)
Yes.. nothing wrong with it.. but you know there is a New York accent :). I've been told I have a Southern California accent
Jero Paulo Centeno (3 месяца назад)
Thank you for the guide. I'll be spending my vacation in New Jersey and will explore Manhattan
wolfboy20 (3 месяца назад)
Another Tip: WAIT until ppl get off the train 1st then go in
Alan Powell (3 месяца назад)
Orrling (3 месяца назад)
For what reason, actually? If it's ok to ask. I'm not from New York.
err0r (3 месяца назад)
If I can navigate all those lines and remember those stations, you can too. No hate as these tips are great but if you're gonna stay longer than a few weeks, you might as well learn the ropes.
Leonardo Swarchz (3 месяца назад)
Hi friend, I really like your videos.
Yellow Productions (3 месяца назад)
Thanks Leonardo!
Jeff Hill (3 месяца назад)
Cool, thanks for the info. Getting ready to go for a few days and hopefully with this video, it goes smoothly!
Yellow Productions (3 месяца назад)
Awesome. Enjoy NYC Jeff!
Larry Brennan (3 месяца назад)
Apps are good. Use them. Paper maps always work, don't need to be charged, and don't break if dropped. Learn to use both.
Yellow Productions (3 месяца назад)
That's true :)
James P (3 месяца назад)
Another good tip for tourists— Do not start talking to people. You look like a maniac. Nobody wants to meet you or hear why you are in NY—- Zip it and mind your own..:)
Fibonacci Sequence (22 дня назад)
+Dawn Catlin-Strait It's really not that bad. I'm from WNY and I went to NYC for the first time and rode around in the subways for the first time. People can be rude for a reason. It's a fast paced environment and there is not much time to really slow down for many people. Many folks depend on these trains to get to work. People have places that they need to be at a certain time. People are focused on want they need to do and where they need to go. They don't want the stress of dealing with random strangers added on to what's on their minds. A lot of NY'ers are approachable and somewhat friendly to a point, but just be straight forward and get to the point. Don't blab on and on with small talk and you'll be fine. When you get on and off the trains, hurry up and keep up with the pace of the other people, or else they will get pissed, and rightfully so. You'll be fine. Just observe what others are doing and try to blend in with them. I personally loved NYC.
Thomas Kwiatkowski (1 месяц назад)
+Dawn Catlin-Strait Don't worry, Miss, it will be OK. Just don't ride the subways during the rush hours and, like this video said, do not go into empty (or one person) cars - the smell alone will kill you. And if you need to ask for directions while underground, trust me, you will pretty quickly learn whom to ask and whom to stay away from.
Dawn Catlin-Strait (1 месяц назад)
My gosh! This is extremely over whelming. Maybe I will not be riding the subway after all. I hope I don’t regret spending the holidays in NYC, I’m from the south and we are way too friendly but these comments make NYers sound rude.
Thomas Kwiatkowski (2 месяца назад)
Unless you're a black person and you are on the A train. In that situation if you don't talk with other passengers you're the odd man.
Joe Williston (3 месяца назад)
That is how they know to rob you.
Nyc Subway guy (3 месяца назад)
Pretty good for such a straphanger
Yellow Productions (3 месяца назад)
I think that's a compliment :)
Ada Esther Quintana (3 месяца назад)
Bryan Greenwood (3 месяца назад)
Thank you for the tip to use Citymapper, it was a life saver during our trip!
Yellow Productions (3 месяца назад)
Awesome Bryan! Glad it was useful!
Miracle A (3 месяца назад)
Make more videos please
hot wheels TBM (3 месяца назад)
world shitty worst metro system ever !
Yellow Productions (3 месяца назад)
I think there are probably worst ones.. but it's close :)
Kevin O (4 месяца назад)
Don’t stare at anyone = Truth. Invest in head phones as well.
joe stewart (3 месяца назад)
Open a paperback or a newspaper and keep your eyes on it. That way nobody will even THINK you are looking at them.
Andy Vasvari (4 месяца назад)
The subway cars are overcooled meanwhile bare passenger traffic, during the hot of summer take a swetter on by the entry of a car.
Tristan Jay (4 месяца назад)
thank you for this!
Yellow Productions (4 месяца назад)
My pleasure Tristan!
Satya Ranjan Mishra (4 месяца назад)
Marty Jewell (4 месяца назад)
A very lucid description of subway travel in NYC. I grew up and lived in NYC for almost 40 years, moving in 1988. I remember when the trains (tokens) cost 15 cents for a ride. Seems the subway ran better and was cleaner in those days, but don't get me started. That app/ i phone thingy is soooo 21st century and I guess it's probably a good idea. Don't talk to strangers (basically anyone) unless you need directions and a thick NYC accent will insure that the information is correct. Remember poor english equals lousy directions. Personally, I hate the metro card, tokens were a hell-of-a-lot simpler. One ride one token, ya can't screw that up unless you're a freakin' idiot. Yeah a pocket full of tokens is a pain but you could always sell them back at any token booth. FYI, the guy or gal's title selling metro cards in the booth is "railroad clerk". Well done video, Chris. Informative and fun.
Yellow Productions (4 месяца назад)
Thanks Marty!
Res Sabau (4 месяца назад)
Great tips, thanks. We travel to NY in couple of weeks and have 2 children under 44 inches which I understand ride for free.... how you get pass with children?
Roy Rogers (3 месяца назад)
Go through the emergency gate or let them crawl under the turnstile.
LATONYA DOWELL (4 месяца назад)
Is the metro card per person or can I purchase one for the whole family
LATONYA DOWELL (4 месяца назад)
Yellow Productions gracias
Yellow Productions (4 месяца назад)
I think you can swipe a metro card up to 4 times at a single turnstile
Vishvajith Jyothish (4 месяца назад)
Thanks for the helpful tips
Yellow Productions (4 месяца назад)
My pleasure!
tobias souza (4 месяца назад)
Yellow Productions (4 месяца назад)
My pleasure tobias!
Stuart Roach (5 месяцев назад)
Great video. Enjoyed it and certainly learnt from it. This might sound silly, but i'll say it anyway.....i've watched a few youtube videos on riding the subway. It might be different when I'm actually there, however inside a station, there seems to be multiple signs giving directions to trains. Some mention rush hour times, when its an express, weekend, late nights....would like some more detail on interpreting the signs (like I said, might sound a bit silly, but.....). Cheers
Yellow Productions (5 месяцев назад)
Hmmm.. the signs are pretty inconsistent among stations.. probably why you've heard no mention of them. I'm sure they'll make sense when you are there in person!
Llamalord 94 (5 месяцев назад)
Thank you for making this! Very helpful
Yellow Productions (5 месяцев назад)
My pleasure Llamalord! Great name by the way! I love Llamas! :)
Daniel Powers (5 месяцев назад)
not many will do it, but you can do bus-to-bus transfer, the only free subway-to-subway transfer you can do while walking from station-to-station is between the Lexington Av-59th St station (4, 5, 6, N, R & W trains) and Lexington Av-63rd St station (F & Q trains) because those two stations are too important to not have a free out-of-station transfer
Daniel Powers (5 месяцев назад)
your welcome!
Yellow Productions (5 месяцев назад)
Thanks for the advanced transfer tips!
Tou Lee Yang (6 месяцев назад)
Your channel deserves more subscribers!
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Aww.. thanks Tou!
I Chaudhri (6 месяцев назад)
6:46 is that a new type of turnstile? No manual swiping? Also I see there is a place to touch a card on it - which card would that be ?
Patchy (5 месяцев назад)
That's for the PATH SmartLink card. That place is actually not an NYC subway station. Its the WTC path station (which hosts trains that go between Manhattan and Jersey). The path trains support both path card and pay-per-ride metrocard that's why he could use metrocard there.
That's What "i" Said (6 месяцев назад)
Hubby and I are going: heard you can use one card and swipe for each person up to 4 people?
rm brooklyn (5 месяцев назад)
To swipe more than one person you have a metro card with money loaded on it ($2.75 per swipe) you can't reuse an unlimited card for a couple of hours.
Shannon Gross (5 месяцев назад)
Is that for a single ride card? We have 4 ppl going for 4 days and it will be our first time in NYC. What metrocard would you suggest?
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Yup. One card can work for up to 4 riders. Just swipe once each
Jack Howden (6 месяцев назад)
Great guide Chris, have you ever visited Toronto? We’re thinking of going end of this year and looked to see if you’d done a video guide
Nicolás Campos (6 месяцев назад)
You're the best!
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Thanks Nicolas!
Jugaluf (6 месяцев назад)
Great video. I’ve lived in nyc for 20 years. I never noticed the green and red lights outside the stations=)
andy gogogo (17 часов назад)
Yellow Productions waht does it mean?
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Glad I could share something new! :)
sinistralwing (6 месяцев назад)
As a native NYer who watched this for the lulz, I have to agree with Jose. Not listening to announcements is why I see dazed and confused tourists constantly wondering why they ended up in X when they were trying to go to Y. The 4/5/6 and 1/2/3 lines are the biggest culprit for changing up which line they're using or suddenly a local train is going express because of signal problems, etc. And the thing about terrible speakers really only applies to the older trains. The newer trains with electronic boards all have good speakers and you had best pay attention. In general the biggest piece of advice I have for tourists coming here period is pay attention. Especially during rush hour. You're here on vacation but we're trying to get to work or go home--please step to the side if you need to look at your phone, not deadass in the middle of the platform. And don't be afraid to ask somebody if you need help, seriously. Contrary to what you've seen on tv and in movies, we're not rude folks--it's just that etiquette rules work differently in a densely populated city of 8 million people. Most of us don't mind helping. I'm damn near 40 and been riding the trains my whole life. I know the system like the back of my hand, and I know it can be intimidating or confusing for people who aren't used to its quirks. I work near the WTC and whenever I see people looking lost I offer help. Most of the time they're shocked, lol. But you've not had a real NYC experience until you get 3 people arguing over the best way to get to somewhere after a tourist asks somebody how. We all think we know everything about this town and we don't mind showing it, lol.
O G (3 месяца назад)
I agree, and well put pay attention to the announcements. Also, we are trying to get to and from work, and are not rude just get the F××× out the way. LOL
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Thanks for the correction and being a helpful New Yorker! And I hope you got a few lulz out of the video :)
Yippie (6 месяцев назад)
I like #9 :)... So true. Not like Tokyo.
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
#9 is key! :)
Scottman895 Travel (6 месяцев назад)
These are some very helpful tips about riding the subway in NYC! I still need to make a trip over there someday. I'll have to remember that Citymapper app as I know that will be very helpful!
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
That app is a great tool! I used it quite a bit in London recently too... definitely beats google maps for public transit
Just Swell - A Surf Channel (6 месяцев назад)
Great video as always. Subway surfer 🏄‍♀️
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Thanks Just Swell! Subway Surfer... I like it! :)
Jose Juarez (6 месяцев назад)
Very accurate !! Keep up the good work !
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Thanks Jose!
John Dunbar (6 месяцев назад)
Thanks for another great video
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
My pleasure John!
Bilingual Minimalist (6 месяцев назад)
if you ever watch old clips of the new york subway it looked really filthy. it looks way better now and a little cleaner. also whenever i think of the new york subway, i think of Seinfeld when Kramer is on the train fighting for a seat and fighting for that newspaper.
Bilingual Minimalist (6 месяцев назад)
oh yeah the rats. summer is the worst. you walk around all day. then you go down to the subway and its worse. you feel dirty then you also see the rats crawling under there. those are the moments when i wished i was back in the tokyo subway where they its still cool and clean in the subway.
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
I think it's only "a little" cleaner than before. Still lots of rats running around the stations! :)
Bilingual Minimalist (6 месяцев назад)
dammit now i wanna go back to new york again.
David Chen (6 месяцев назад)
Thank you Chris, this is really helpful. David and Ann.
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
My pleasure! Thanks for the note David and Ann!
Richard McCarley (6 месяцев назад)
$2.75 for a trip to hell! What a bargain lol
alwaysmylove (3 месяца назад)
Nigredo Kukai  No subway system is better than the NYC subway system. Moving 500k people a day is a joke compared to NYC.
Nigredo Kukai (3 месяца назад)
Seriously? Dude, try visiting Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, etc. and you'll see how ridiculously outdated the NYC subway is. Most European cities do a lot better, too. $2.75 is outrageous considering the low standards.
alwaysmylove (3 месяца назад)
Actually they should charge more. After all, you are in the center of the universe.Hey Rich, why dont you tell us all where you live so we can all get a good laugh.
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Theme Park Elf 🧝🏿‍♀️ (6 месяцев назад)
I’ve been to NYC
Theme Park Elf 🧝🏿‍♀️ (6 месяцев назад)
Yellow Productions nYC is awesome 😎
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Gabe Blomkamp (6 месяцев назад)
love you and your videos mate! keep it up
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Thanks Gabe!
wesker562 (6 месяцев назад)
Hello ! This is Felix 😃
Yellow Productions (6 месяцев назад)
Hi Felix! :)

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