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
Make this tour private, for your group only. Starts at $280

Guests Love This Tour!

  • 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.

    floppypoppy26
    9/26/2022

    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.

    enidpend2
    9/20/2022
  • 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

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    Danish
    8/06/2022

    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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    Jennifer
    8/06/2022
  • 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
    7/20/2022

    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.

    11ko11
    7/17/2022
  • 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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    Ciera
    7/16/2022

    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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    janicemcguire
    7/10/2022
  • 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!

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    iana_loveyou
    7/08/2022

    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!

    dianesK6238LQ
    7/05/2022
  • 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
    7/01/2022

    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
    7/01/2022
  • 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
    7/01/2022

    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
    6/26/2022
  • 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.

    RayBannon
    6/23/2022

    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.

    Passenger640792
    6/23/2022
  • 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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    Wayne
    6/18/2022

    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
    6/13/2022
  • 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.

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    Christian
    6/11/2022

    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!

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    Emy
    5/28/2022

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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