I'm Jen with The Travel Woman and todayI will be your guide sharing my 25 crucial things you need to know aboutthe New York City subway and the number one mistake both visitors and localsalike make and how to save money avoiding it.
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First of all I want to say the subway is not calledthe train, the metro, the underground; it's just the subway even when it's aboveground it's called the subway.
The subway is one of the fastest ways to get aroundNew York City, but it can be very confusing.
Both visitors and locals getlost or accidentally get on the wrong train at some point in time.
As a localwho grew up just outside the city and has now lived in Manhattan and Brooklynfor the past five years I still get on the wrong train sometimes so just knowyou are not alone.
I will also go over taking a subway with luggage which canbe tricky since many subway stations do not have elevators or escalators youmight have to carry luggage up or down stairs and use my trick to get luggageproperly through the turnstile.
Okay getting back on track here are the 25things you need to know about the NYC subway.
#1 Subways go by letters and numbers but not colors, colors just show related trains that runalong some of the same tracks.
In Boston for example they say the Green Line butif you said where's the Green Line to a New Yorker you would get a funny lookbefore you clarified the four, five or six train.
#2 There are no zonesjust one swipe and you can hop on the subway anywhere it doesn't matter howfar or how long you ride the subway the fare is the same.
A one-minute ride justone stop costs the same as a two-hour ride.
#3 there are 472 subwaystations so there are some repeat subway station names for example there are 4stations named 96 Street so be specific if you askhow to get to 96 Street Station clarify which one: is it off the 1 2 3 orB C or 6 or Q lines #4 The original New York City subway was a system of elevated trains until the Great Blizzard of 1888 showed the needfor an underground system today 60% of the subway system is underground withmany trains outside of Manhattan going above ground but no matter where it isstill called the subway.
#5 Cabs are not alwaysfaster look up directions in apps like Google Maps because often times duringrush hour taking the subway is faster than driving #6 Most subway trains go uptown or downtown in Manhattan but many do not goacross to go cross-town in Manhattan there are limited options including theL train along 14th Street to Williamsburg or the 7 or S which standsfor shuttle along 42nd Street.
There is no way to get across Central Park fromthe Upper East Side to the Upper West Side so you will need to take a bus, cabor car #7 one of the biggest mistakes that visitors and locals alike make is getting on the wrong train or going through the wrong entrance goingdowntown instead of uptown for example so make sure you pay attention to thesigns, when you see this that says downtown only you cannot go down here and change to the Uptown direction.
You have to walkacross the street to find the Uptown entrance soplease please please don't make that mistake even locals make the mistakebecause we get to confidence we're like okay this is the subway entrance we walkin we swipe but if you swipe into the wrong entrance you're gonna have to goback up again and reswipe and repay and no one wants to repay so make sureyou pay attention ahead of time make sure you're going in the right directionand another really helpful tip is that some platforms have both Local andExpress trains on the same track so make sure that you're paying attention if a 2train comes by and you're waiting for a 1 train check which train that you'regetting on to make sure it's the right train #8 Maps: since you mightnot have service below ground my best advice to visitors and locals is to knowwhere you are going before you get into the subway stop screenshot thedirections in your phone so you can show someone if you get lost and download asubway map PDF or image on your phone that you can zoom into.
There are alsomaps in the entrance of each subway station and posted in subway trains forreference #9 Check signs if a station is unusually empty and there aresigns for construction you might have to take a cab or bus depending on thesituation so pay attention to signs before swiping this is usually an issueon the weekends #10 Escalators: stand on the right pass onleft the right is right, left is wrong that's how I remember it if you haveluggage hold it on the step in front of you or on the step behind you but leavespace on the left for New Yorkers who are known for being in a rush so theycan keep moving and when you get off the escalator keep walking if you need tostop and look at a map avoid standing in the way of foot traffic stand to theside #11 Children under 44 inchesor 112 centimetres no matter what age do not need aMetroCard and can walk under the turnstile to ride the train for free ifthey are with a fare paying adult #12 Now let's talk about which MetroCardyou should buy.
Do not get a single-use MetroCard it is not cost effective thereare two main types of Metro cards: Unlimited ride cards where you add timeand the Regular MetroCards also known as pay-per-ride cards where you add value.
First try to count how many times you will need to take the subway to and fromdifferent places.
if you plan on swiping your card 12 times or to and from sixdifferent locations then get a 7-day unlimited ride MetroCard to save money.
If you are visiting for a full month there is also an unlimited monthly pass.
If you are only visiting for a few days or a weekend and you will not need asmany as 12 swipes you can add value to a pay-per ride card based on how many swipesyou think you might need, the more you add the more you save you can alsoalways add more value or money to the card if you need more swipes later ifyou want to share a metro card with family or friends a pay per ride Metrocard can be shared with up to four people but an unlimited pass cannot beshared since you must wait 18 minutes between swipes for exact costs I willrate the current prices in the description box below.
#13 Subwaycards cost one dollar this is new.
They used to be free but now you pay for themin addition to each swipe so do not lose it.
#14 you can pay for your MetroCard with credit card, ATM card orcash unless it says something like no bills accepted.
#15 there aretwo types of turnstiles if you have luggage and you have the choice find thefull height larger turnstiles or try putting your luggage near the exit doorswiping in and then opening the door or if you only see waist-high turnstileslower your luggage handle roll it in front of you with your hands still on itjust a few steps away from the metal so the metal turnstile doesn't hit yourluggage thus preventing your luggage from getting stuck in the turnstile likethis guy.
#16 Swipe slowly you can tell whois a visitor by how many times they swipe their card.
This is how not toswipe your card.
This is how to swipe your card you swipe with the yellowfront facing you, black stripe down and swipe slowly it might take a few triesto get used to it but keep trying.
#17 While waiting to board a trainplease do not block subway doors by standing right in front of the doorswith nowhere for others to exit the train stand on the side of the door tolet people off the train before getting on.
#18 Do not get on an emptytrain car if the cars next to it are full there is usually a reason it isempty like a bad smell or broken air-conditioning.
#19 Be carefulnot to hit others with your backpack take it off on the crowded train #20 Don't play music loudly on the train always remember to bring your headphones #21 if you're sitting down stand up for the elderly or pregnant or ifsomeone looks like they need a seat.
#22 Do not lean on the pole it'srude and prevents others from holding onto the pole.
#23 Don't put your feet on the seat it's technically a crime for whichyou can be arrested and please don't man spread you know when one person manages to take up two to three seats #24 you have a free transfer within twohours of a swipe which is helpful in case you need to go above ground totransfer to another subway or bus #25 Subway exits: There are often multiple subway exits to save time pay attentionto which exit is closest to your destination if you're going to 20thStreet and you get off at the 23rd Street Station exit toward 22nd insteadof 23rd Street save time walking a block.
I'm Jen withThe Travel Women thank you so much for taking this ride with me through the top25 things you need to know about the New York City subway while you're here don'tforget to check out my other helpful New York City videos and click the subscribeand bell button so you don't miss any future videos as always say yes to newadventures and I'll see you next time Bye!.