Public transport in New York represented by. The widest network of subways, buses, trains, ferries. There is a cable car in New York. Most of the public transport operated by the MTA.
Neither the tourist nor the locals can do. Without using public transport in New York. The city buried in traffic jams. There are a few parking spaces. Most times. The NYC subway is the only way to get to work.

New York Buses

Bus lines in New York are a well-developed transfers network. That runs even to remote corners of the city. It should be borne in mind that legends can made about New York’s traffic jams. So buses are far from the first place in the ranking of the most accurate. And best transport in the city, during rush hours (from 06:00 to 10:00 and from 15:00 to 19: 00). The city’s bus service regulated by MTA.

Bus lines categorized by letter and number codes. The letters denote the area the line passes through. (M for Manhattan; Bx for Bronx; B for Brooklyn. Q for Queens; S for Staten Island).

As of 2020, the Bronx has 44 regular routes and 11 express lines (codes BxM):

There are 41 bus lines in Manhattan:

There are 31 routes and 28 express lines in the Staten Island area (with a SIM code):

Brooklyn has 58 bus routes and 8 express lines (codes BM and X):

In the Queens area there are as many as 80 bus routes and 30 express lines (codes QM and X):

New York Metro

New York, like other major cities in the world. It has introduced a universal payment system for public transport. A special travel card can purchased. To pay for metro, bus and rail travel in Staten Island.

MetroCard is a rechargeable contactless card for travel on. Buses, subways and trains of Staten Island, etc. The cost of the card itself is $1. The card can renewed from $5.50to $80 as many trips as you want to make. You can change from metro to bus or from bus to bus free of charge within two hours.

It is possible to purchase a paper Single Ride ticket for one ride. It is valid for two hours. The paper pass has a magnetic black stripe on the back. Single Ride ticket costs $3 and sold only in vending machines.

You can purchase an unlimited card for 7 or 30 days. It should be borne in mind that 7 and 30 days. Unlimited cards are not valid for travel on the PATH *. Air Train and express buses.

The 7-Day Unlimited Pass can be used until midnight. For seven consecutive days from the first day of use. Unlimited MetroCard can be topped up with single trip tickets.

Rates for Metro Card:

The cost of the Metro Card itself is $1 ;
The basic cost of one trip is $2.75 ;
Single Ride with one ride on the balance. Cost $3 when purchased through the ticket machine;
Unlimited for 7 days – $33 ;
Unlimited for 30 days – $127 ;
The cost of one express bus ride is $6.75 ;
Unlimited 7 days by express bus – $62 ;
Unlimited JFK Air Train for 10 trips – $25 (no reduced fare);
JFK Air Train for 30 days – $40 (no reduced rate).
There is a preferential rate for pensioners and disabled people:

Ride by metro and by bus – $1.35 ;
Unlimited for 7 days – $16.50 ;
Unlimited for 30 days – $63.50 ;
The cost of one trip by express bus (except rush hours) is $3.35.

Railway connection

New York served by three commuter railways as well as the PATH Underground Railroad.

Long Island Railroad
The Long Island Railroad. One of the busiest. The LIRR network operates 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. Including holidays. Movement intervals vary depending on the lines. And the time of day. The “heart” of the entire railway network is Jamaica station. There are 11 passenger lines:

  • Long beach
  • Far Rockaway
  • City terminal zone
  • West Hempstead
  • Hempstead
  • Babylon
  • Port Washington
  • Oyster Bay
  • Ronkonkoma
  • Port Jefferson
  • Montauk

A special mobile application LIRR TrainTime for. iOS and Android. Allows you to find the desired train. Build a route. Use a map. Buy tickets. Etc. 

Metro North Railroad

The Metro-North (or MNR) commuter rail operates. From Central Station to settlements north and east of the metropolis. In total, there are 5 major passenger lines. (Port Jervis, Pascack Valley, Harlem, Hudson and New Haven).

New Jersey Railroad Transit

New Jersey Transit Corporation * or NJ Transit (NJT) serves New Jersey. Parts of New York State and Pennsylvania. NJT owns buses, light rail and commuter trains. The entire NJT network is one of the largest in the country. Light rail lines include Hudson-Bergen, Newark and River Line. At least 6 electric train routes. Connecting New York with neighboring states leave from Penn Station.

New Jersey Transit Railroad Scheme

Water Transport

The most famous are the ferry Staten Island Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry is free of charge. There have been cases when fraudsters tried. To sell ferry tickets to tourists before entering. You should be vigilant. Ferries operate around the clock and seven days a week.

The interval of movement is 30 minutes. And during rush hours every 15 – 20 minutes. On weekends. The interval is 30 minutes at any time.

Taxi in New York

Over the decades. Yellow taxis in New York. It has become not only part of the public transfer system. But cult objects of art. They become heroes of films, literary works and even songs.
They transport passengers between five main areas. Bright green taxis or “Boro taxis” run between district. These known as car booking services or registered taxis. Limousines are useful when you need to get to the airport from such areas. As yellow taxis are difficult to reach outside areas.

Registered taxis can stop on the street. This is illegal in principle. It can be useful in Upper Manhattan. And the outskirts and is common practice.


Taxi rates in New York fixed. The counter starts at $2.50 and adds 50¢ for every next 320 meters when driving over 19 km / h. There is a 50¢ night surcharge from 20:00 to 06:00. And a peak hour surcharge of $1 on weekdays from 16:00 to 20:00, etc.

Cable car

Roosevelt Island cable car route. (The Roosevelt Island Tramway). Passes over the East River. And connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan in 1976 c.
You can only pay for travel with a Metro Card. Children up to 111 cm (44 inches) are entitled to free travel. (up to 3 children can be transported with an adult). Please note that passengers are required to disembark at both stations. And re-pay for the return journey. One way fare is $2.75.

New York City Cable Car Hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday – 06:00 to 02:00;
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 06:00 to 03:30.


During the workweek, morning rush hours are from 07:00 to 10:00. And evening rush hours are from 15:00 to 20:00. On the island, the “Red Bus” bus departs from the funicular. The bus runs on Roosevelt Island free.

Bicycle rental in New York

You can quick and inexpensive ride around New York on two-wheeled vehicles. There are a great many rental offices in the city. The largest is Citi Bike. With over 13,000 bicycles and 800 bike stations at its disposal.

To rent a bike, you need to issue a special card for 24 or 72 hours. The card for 24 hours will cost $12, for 72 hours – $24. The cost of the card includes a half-hour trip. If, after 30 minutes. You decide to continue your trip, then for every additional 15 minutes. You will charge $4.

By purchasing a special Citi Bike card. You can ride at no extra charge if you return the bike every 30 minutes. And take a new one. Loss or theft of a bike will result in a $1200 fine (+ taxes).

You can rent a bike, not for 24 hours. But for one ride, which will cost only $3 for the first 30 minutes. All the next 30 minutes will cost $3.