Private NYC Underground Subway Tour

NYC Underground Subway Tour

Tour Highlights

  • See the architectural ghosts of the nearly forgotten and partially abandoned, Chambers Street station then nicknamed the “Grand Central of Downtown”
  • Discover the remnants of Union Square Station as you learn about a hidden art installation thousands of riders walk by everyday
  • Use the 6 train as your own time machine as you ride through abandoned subway stations that most seasoned NYC commuters don’t know exist
  • Explore the birth of the NYC subway system through amazing archival photos not available to the public
  • Learn about the comically short route of the mythical “Subway before the Subway,” Alfred Ely Beach’s Pneumatic Transit System
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Guests Love This Tour!

  • We had AJ for this tour and he was fabulous! Perfect combination of “transit geek-storyteller-actor-true New Yorker.” I know “a bit” of the history and backstory of the subway and learned a few new things today!

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    5 star ratingOne of the top walking tours in my experience Ben made the Underground Subway Tour exceed my already high expectations. His knowledge was exhaustive and he presented it with enthusiasm and animation. Ben brought out such things as Beaux Art, the fascinating history of the City Hall and City Office Building, the origins on the subway system and its political context as well as many other fascinating factoids. The tour was an adventure that got more exciting literally and figuratively at every stop. Ben was welcoming of comments from all the tour group. He also welcomed information about other subway systems, such as Boston and Montreal. This experience makes me look forward to doing future NYC tours.

  • 5 star ratingGreat tour for history buffs or those new to the subway system We absolutely loved this tour! AJ was a fantastic guide - so enthusiastic and engaging - he was an absolute delight. Loved hearing the history of the subway system itself and all the little things he pointed out to look for as we continued to use the subway during our NYC trip. Riding through the remnants of City Hall station at the end was the coolest!


    4 star ratingInteresting tour to understand how NY became an accessible hub The level of detail is quite amazing, and the story is quite interesting, particularly to understand the subway in connection to the city (like how transportation hubs emerged, other trials like the vacuum train, etc.). The tour spends quite some time above ground, but there's really a lot of explaining to do, and it's a pity that the actual City Hall station is closed for visits. Plus, the New York subway is so incredibly noisy (more modern systems are way quieter) that it's difficult to follow the guide when in the station. It one could ask for the moon, I'd suggest using headphones for that part of the tour. Other than that, it was very nice!
    Plus Justin was a super engaged person who stayed talking with us after the tour, and walked some of us to town afterwards. These little things also make a great difference!

  • 5 star ratingThe Abandoned Subway tour was terrific! Our guide was fun, informative and interesting. Loved the beginning at City Hall, and some history before we went underground. The details in the stations were beautiful and the art was clever. Great to see and learn.


    5 star ratingFun, passionate and informative tour for those that want a little more Our guide, AJ, was passionate about the subject which was rather infectious. Very informative and has made us look at the New York subway in a new light.

  • While Justin didn’t come for the tour, the guide was amazing with a passion towards subways and metro systems across the globe. He was funny and witty. I enjoyed the tour and learned new things about the NYC subway system. I will definitely recommend

    Danish Avatar

    This was such an interesting and informational tour! Our tour guide, Rain, was very passionate about sharing the secrets and history. He was kind, witty, and inclusive of all attendees. I enjoyed learning about Old City Hall and getting a quick glimpse! If you’re fascinated by the NYC subway system this is the perfect experience for you. I highly recommend this tour!

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  • 5 star ratingGreat tour! Rayn knows so much. It's really incredible to learn about all the history and details that you miss every day in the subways!

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    Max H

    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.

    Ciera Avatar

    5 star ratingBROOKLYN SUBWAY STATIONS Interesting and informative tour of Brooklyn subway stations..both active and hidden. Rayn is an expert on the history of the NYC subways both in Brooklyn and throughout the city

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  • 5 star ratingDiscover Brooklyn Subway History Overall a great Brooklyn subway tour, very knowledgeable tour guide Rayn was so sweet to answer all of our questions. Definitely would recommend!

    iana_loveyou Avatar

    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 ratingGreat And Detailed Brooklyn Subway Tour Rayn is extremely knowledgeable about the subway system, having previously worked for the MTA. He is also an engaging speaker, making him the ideal tour guide. The best part of the tour (in my opinion) is looking down from the Smith-9 St station to the Gowanus Canal. You also ride many different train lines including the 4/5, D, G, F, and R, representing all three former subway companies, the IRT, BMT, and IND. You see some abandoned stations and tunnels, including Nevins St lower level. I look forward to joining another one of Rayn's tours!

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    Zachary L

    5 star ratingPerfect city adventure for having fun while learning a ton This is an excellent tour and a great experience for both locals and visitors alike. As a lifelong Brooklynite, I learned a ton about the subway, the city, and the role of public infrastructure in our ever-changing society. Our tour guide, Rayn, did a fantastic job — he was engaging, informative, and fun. His extensive and insightful knowledge really shined through as he adapted the route in real-time to the train schedule and participant questions/interests. My friends and I didn’t want the tour to end and will definitely be looking to join more of Rayn’s tours in the future.

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    T C
  • 5 star ratingIntriguing subway tour with Rayn -- 5 stars! The Brooklyn subway tour was super informative and interesting, even for a local. Rayn was a great guide. Knowledgeable, funny, and very interactive with the whole group. I recommend.

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    Jayden Duran

    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.


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.

Please note that although you will see abandoned subway stations from the train, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) does not grant public access into them under any circumstances.

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

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