NYC Subway Tours
Underground Tour of the NYC Subway!
Take a ride through the surprising history of the world’s largest subway system!
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 to swipe once inside the subway system.
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*Exact route may vary slightly based on the MTA’s weekend schedule
- 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.
Lots to learn about the subway even as New Yorkers Gary was an energetic, knowledgeable, funny guide. Four adults and one kid who all came in knowing a good deal about the subway and have lived in NYC for many years. We all learned a lot about the history of the system and the city and got to see things at stations we had walked by for years without noticing. Highly recommend for someone who likes history and subways. Moremegand76136
An amazing afternoon learning about the history and secrets of the NYC Subway! First off, huge shoutout to our tour guide Heather! She was so knowledgable and was able to answer every question! She also had the sweetest personality and was very funny throughout the tour! There is definitely a lecture with it but that lecture goes hand in hand with a great tour of the system! We never stayed in one place for more than 5-10 mins and you got to see old remnants of the system! I consider myself a subway expert but even I learned things that surprised me! A great afternoon and highly recommended to anyone that loves the subway!DustinG303
An amazing tour to learn about the history of the New York Subway System! We participated the tour with our 8 year old son who had been super interested in the NYC subway system. He was so excited and enjoyed every minute of the tour. Moresamxie168
professional and very informative i took the subway 6 line for 12 years in the 80's & 90's and she provided insight that was very cool. Things that were right in my face, so many objects and that i just took for granted were explained..
I reluctantly already knew about the abandoned station at worth street from my much dumber adolescent years of wanting to be a famous graffiti artist. I am sure my Tags at that station as well as the 18th street station are long gone but it was fun remembering a long time gone..
Subway tour is great Superb tour of NYC subways. Justin’s knowledge of the subways was encyclopedic and entertaining. Listening devices provided also made it enjoyable for the hearing challenged. Would recommend highlyLawrenceH835
Loved the Subway tour!! The tour was great, my friends and myself enjoyed it very much. I was great to learn the history of the subway and the amazing architecture. Our guide Heather was very knowledgeable and fun. She was great in explaining and pointing out the little details that you would normally overlook. I know the next time I ride the subway I will definitely see more.Venture62476936527
Outstanding Subway Tour Our guide was very knowledgeable and showed us so many interesting things about the NYC subway. Her passion on the subway was commendable. We’d recommend the tour to visitors & locals.Jo_Bradshaw
Subway secrets Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the NYC subway system and NYC history in general. The tour was extremely interesting and the pacing was perfect, but I don't want to give away tour details. It's much more fun to be surprised!DALonsdale
Amazing experience! The guide was fun and knowledgeable, recommend to locals and visitors alikeCharles Delmas
Riding the NYC Subway while learning about its history was so much fun! Our guide Mandy was very passionate and made sure everyone was having a great timeMichelle T.
Awesome tour! I discovered so many things I didn’t know and I am a native New YorkerRachel S.
Our guide Heather was friendly and knowledgeable. I had fun, thank you!Anonymous
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Know Before You Go
Where To Meet
The tour meets on the north side of the Jacob Mould Fountain, facing City Hall. The fountain is inside City Hall Park, located at 43 Park Row, New York, NY 10038.
How To Get There
By subway: 4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall; J, Z to Chambers St; N, R or W to City Hall
What To Bring/Wear
Bring comfortable shoes, as the tour requires walking up and down stairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How strenuous is the tour? How much walking will we do?
This tour is easy and most people can participate.
Is there an age limit or recommendation?
No age limitation.
Who will guide our tour?
One of Untapped New York's licensed NYC Tour guides.
Do you I need to bring a metrocard with me?
Yes, please bring a metrocard with you.
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