• Explore City Hall Park as the birthplace of the NYC subway system, including elements of the famed, decommissioned City Hall Station you can see right in the park
  • Learn about the comically short route of the mythical “Subway before the Subway,” Alfred Ely Beach’s Pneumatic Transit System
  • See the architectural ghosts of the now nearly forgotten, and partially abandoned, Chambers Street station then nicknamed the “Grand Central of Downtown”
  • Use the 6 train as your own time machine as you ride through abandoned subway stations
  • Discover the remnants of Union Station as you learn about a hidden art installation thousands of riders walk by everyday


Private Tour Price: $350 (+ fees) for up to 10 guests, $35 for each additional guest. Interested in joining our next public tour instead? Click here.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes.
What to know: The tour is 2-hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes. NOTE: While this tour will cover the history of several abandoned subway stations, including the famed City Hall station, we will not stop inside these stations as they are not opened to the public and it would therefore be illegal.

Private Underground Tour of the NYC Subway


“An amazing tour! I learned so much about the history of the NYC subway system. Our guide knew so much information on not only the subway system but of historical NYC. Can’t wait to take another tour with Untapped Cities.” — 73Becky, Trip Advisor

“Tour guide for locals? Yes please! I’ve done the City Hall Subway tour, Justin was AMAZING! I felt like a tourist in my own city.” — Uri K, Trip Advisor

“Subway Tour was amazing!! Did a tour of the NYC subway system. As a person who is interested in the past of NYC, I thought I already knew a fair bit about the subject, but the tour was so in depth that I learned a lot, but so well narrated and paced that I genuinely enjoyed the entire tour and did not feel bogged down by the details. Highly recommended!” — minimierno, Trip Advisor

“This was an awesome, well organized tour that included lots of great history and terrific details. The tour guide was prepared and displayed excitement for the topic.” — Ilene R, Trip Advisor

“As a lover of NYC History and infrastructure this tour was so much fun! Justin was such an excellent tour guide and we really did get to experience the past present and future of our beloved (and begrudged) subway system.” — Reid B, Trip Advisor

Private Underground Tour of the NYC Subway


Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan. This unique tour is designed to give a comprehensive history of the NYC Subway system, from its groundbreaking in 1901 up through the creation of the three different proprietary lines which were unified into the system we know today. We’ll uncover information and learn about spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about.


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1-Subway Tour- Past, Present and Future of the NYC Subway-Untapped Cities-Fulton Street Mural-Hotel McAlpinjpgThe story behind the art in the Fulton Street station

3-Subway Tour-NYC-Untapped Cities_2Remnants of the original subway lines

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Photograph by Jochen Enderlin

Photograph by Jochen Enderlin

Photograph by Jochen Enderlin

Private Underground Tour of the NYC Subway