Private NYC Underground Subway Tour

NYC Underground Subway Tour

Tour Highlights

  • 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
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Guests Love This Tour!

  • 5 star ratingFantastic tour for locals and tourists alike! My 10 year old and I had a fabulous time uncovering the secrets and incredible history of the subway. I’m a native New Yorker and my son is obsessed with the subway and we both learned so much! Our tour guide’s energy and passion were infectious. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, even locals.


    The tour was very informational. I learned a lot about the history of the nyc subway, and the unique, preserved architecture and tiling in certain stations that I had never noticed before even after living here for 8 years. The hidden city half station at the end of the tour was pretty cool too.

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  • 5 star ratingGreat tour for tourists and locals alike Our family (made up of born and raised New Yorkers + family visiting from abroad) enjoyed learning about the history of the subway and art references in various subway stations - we saw details we've missed on our commute. Our guide AJ was extremely knowledgable and friendly!


    5 star ratingVery informative Great tour. AJ our tour guide was full of info about the history of the building of the subway system. It’s long, predominantly underground (and very hot if in the summer) so prepare with water and a bathroom break before you get going.

    Amy H
  • 4 star ratingGreat intro to the NY Subway system. The tour guide was knowledgeable and personable; he remembered the names of the people in the tour group. There is a lot of standing around at first, which might be bothersome to some people. The tour also focussed primarily on the part of the subway around City Hall/Chambers Street - I was left wondering what exists in other parts of the system. I knew the City Hall station was off-limits, but the glimpse of it (unfortunately, with the "artistry" of the graffiti artists) was pretty cool.


    5 star ratingIf you love history and trains- great [email protected] Our tour guide AJ was wonderful. Great tour. Really makes you think about your surroundings more ....things you casually walk by on a daily basis and don't pay attention to. If you like history or trains/subway -DEFINITEL Y take the tour.

  • Great tour - AJ was informative and knew a lot about the subway. Also great so see some of the hidden gems

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    4 star ratingGood to know the history Very knowledgeable guide who knew the history of the subway. Managed well despite his audio system not working. Apart from the history, the subway system does not have any attractive features like other city subway systems. It is dated and very hot in the stations. Trains are nice and cool.

    Richard T
  • We had a great time with Gabby. She shared a ton of interesting facts and history with us. Great story telling. Finally understood why some trains have letters and some have numbers. Definitely walking through the subway now with different eyes. The tour was even longer than expected and our guide showed us how to take the loop and see the old City Hall Station. Can only recommend this tour.

    Christian Avatar

    aj was extremely knowledgeable and he delivered the information in an amazing and interesting way. I would recommend that future guests read about the subway before going on he tour to understand the lingo a little better, but other than that the tour was awesome!

    Emy Avatar
  • Thanks to Alexis for a really informative tour. Had a lot of interesting facts about the origins of the Subway system as well as highlighting the changes made to it over the years.

    Kylearan Avatar

    5 star ratingWhat a great tour! Alexis did a great job showing us all about the subways - the origins, the ghost stations anbd art work we may have missed.

  • 5 star ratingSubway tour Fun, informative and interesting. Our guide was full of fun details and photos - we rode the subway and got to see the closed City Hall stop. Our group was fun and I’d highly recommend doing the tour.

    Jody N

    5 star ratingGreat Tour Such an interesting tour. Our guide (unfortunately I forgot his name) was great and incredibly knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to know more about the history of one of the oldest subway systems in the country and for transportation buffs.

  • 5 star ratingMust do for transit and history fans There is always something new to learn in NYC and this tour was a great addition. I enjoyed both being outside with a small group (ours was 14) and underground, amid everyday passengers. AJ was full of humor, knowledge, and commentary - very relaxing and social while being informative and engaging. Having ear pieces was clutch as they allowed us to move as a group and not fear we were missing a fun part of the conversation. I also appreciated the visual aids and historical pictures. Not too long or too short but just right at 120 minutes.


    Our guide Richard was a great storyteller and knew quite a lot about the subway system. He first gave us a historical overview of the system, then took us down to ride the subway to several stations. He showed us art installations at the stations and even a closed down station. I highly recommend the tour.

    Sam Avatar
  • 5 star ratingWonderful STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS!

    Amazing experience! AJ was a wonderfully educated (and fun!) guide who had us all geeking out on NYC's subway system. As a native New Yorker (who thinks he knows it all, as most of us NY'ers do), he surprised us with tons of cool little known facts that I had no idea I needed to know. Totally recommended!! You will not be disappointed. Robert V.


    5 star ratingSubway trip through time Richard was a great guide for our family of railfans. Recommend reading about the early NYC subway history before the trip to enrich this experience.

  • 5 star ratingGreat Experience! I've lived in New York for ten years and I was looking to do something fun and different. The experience was a lot of fun and instructive. I got to see the subway in a new way. the tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.


    The tour was super informative. I had no idea all the intricate details of the subway system from its start to its finish and then some of its demise. Our tour guide was very informative and kept a nice pace within the tour. I really loved that we were provided with an ear piece. Sometimes I go on tours and I struggle to hear the guide. I enjoyed this very much.

    Kelly Avatar

About This Tour:

Explore the world’s largest subway system, the beating heart of the city that never sleeps. On this guided New York subway walking tour you will discover the fascinating beginnings of the New York City subway, and explore spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about. We will discover the story of the very first subway which was built illegally under the cover of night and many other surprising stories. Using the 6 train as our own ten-car time machine, we will also ride through and see abandoned stations that riders unknowingly pass by everyday, including the famed City Hall Station. The subway tour will end in one of the latest transportation hubs of lower Manhattan where we will discuss of mass transit in NYC. All the stops on this tour are in stations which are publicly accessible.

Guests will need one MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap to enter the subway.

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