9 Pieces of Advice for the NYC Subway

by ryan on September 5, 2017


9 Pieces of Advice for the NYC Subway


New York offers a quick and easy way to get around – its subway. Check out these tips to make the journey even better:

Where to get in:

Finding an entrance to the subway is not so hard – they’re usually on a street corner with a staircase up into the street. If there’s a green ball above it, you can get a Metro Card there, if not…you can’t!


Free Transfers:

The Metro Card permits one transfer at no cost within a two hour period of first using the card. This means you can get on a bus from the subway or vice versa, or subway to subway etc once. So you can take the subway in one direction and the bus back for just one ticket, though you can’t do this just on buses alone.


One of the best features of the NY subway is the abundance of maps in its stations. They are usually near to the entrance as you walk in and often include a local area map so you can figure out where you are on street level. Whenever you’re near a station, it’s good to know you can nip inside to get a better idea of your location.

Think before you swipe:

At many stations, there are different entrances for trains which go uptown as opposed to downtown. Make sure you are going the right way because if you’ve already swiped, you won’t be able to get a refund.

Hang on:

If you can’t sit down on the train, make sure to grab a hold of a pole, as it is not easy to keep your balance on a moving train otherwise. Falling over can not only be embarrassing but also dangerous to yourself and others around you.

Don’t lean over:

If you lean on the pole, no one else can hold onto it properly! This is clearly not a good way to make friends.

Don’t use up more seats than your own:

Putting your feet on another seat is very unpleasant for other passengers, and if you leave your bag on a seat next to you, it can mean someone else has to stand.

Move down the car:

If the train is filling up with people, it’s best to move into the centre of the car so that there is more room for people to get on. Staying next to the door makes things much harder for everyone.


If there is an emergency, the safest place you can be is in the car itself. If you are required to leave you will be advised by the driver or station attendants. Inside the subway network, the blue lights are for points which have a telephone and a fire extinguisher, as well as a power off switch. White lights in a group of 5, mark the point when you can exit to street level.

Subway 2017 Large Maps:


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