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With an Unlimited Ride MetroCard, you can hop-on hop-off New York city transit subways and local buses as many times as you like, all day long. It's the fastest, least expensive way to see all the attractions.

MTA MetroCard


The MetroCard is the payment method on all MTA New York City Transit subways, NYC Transit local buses, and express buses. Today, more than 90 percent of trips taken on New York City Subways and Buses are made with MetroCard.


Tokens are no longer used to enter the subway platform. You must buy a MetroCard to ride the New York Subway system. MetroCards can be purchased from MetroCard vending machines or staffed sales booths at MTA New York City Transit subway stations, at any MTA Metro-North Railroad station ticket vending machine or staffed ticket window and many neighborhood stores and newstands.


MetroCard Vending Machines located at subway stations will issue new cards and refill old ones. These vending machines will accept cash, debit, and credit cards. Your MetroCard can be used interchangeably on both subways and buses.


General Information


Base Fare
Cash or Pay-per-Ride MetroCard $2.50

Single-Ride Ticket $2.75

Express Bus Fare $6


7-Day Unlimited Ride Pass $30.00
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 7 days from day of first use.

30-Day Unlimited Ride Pass $112.00
Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight, 30 days from day of first use. This card is protected against loss of theft when purchased at a vending machine with a creditor debit/ATM card.


7-Day Express Bus Plus Pass $55.00
Good for unlimited express bus, local bus, and subway rides until midnight, 7 days from first use. This card is protected against loss of theft when purchased at a vending machine with a creditor debit/ATM card.

JFK-AirTrain 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard: $40
Good for unlimited JFK-AirTrain trips until midnight, 30 days from first use.

JFK-AirTrain 10-Trip MetroCard: $25
Good for 10 JFK Air-Train trips until midnight six months after first use. 1 trip is deducted for each use. Only accepted for AirTrain trips. On sale at AirTrain vending machines, JFK airport, and local merchants.


New York City Subway Map


** Up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare paying adult.


MTA MetroCard


New York MetroCard A MetroCard must be purchased for access to a subway station platform. MetroCards can be purchased with cash from any subway station with a manned booth or at an ATM style vending machine located in nearly every subway station with cash, debit or credit card. They are also sold at newstands, and convinent stores throughout the city.


MetroCard is accepted by all MTA New York City Transit trains which include subways and Staten Island Railway and on all local buses, including Limited-Stop and +SelectBusService buses.


Free Transfers

Unlimited-Ride MetroCard – permits free transfers to all but the express buses (between subway and local bus, local bus and local bus etc.)

Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard – allows one free transfer of equal or lesser value if you complete your transfer within 2 hours of the time you pay your full fare with the same MetroCard.

If you pay your local bus fare with coins, ask for a free electronic paper transfer to use on another local bus.



Up to three children, 44 inches tall and under can ride free on the subway, SIR, local, Limited-Stop, and +SelectBusService when accompanied by an adult paying full fare.


Reduced-Fare for Seniors and the Disabled

Seniors 65 years of age or riders with qualifying disability are eligible for reduced-fare benefits. Benefits are available (except on peak-hour express buses) with proper identification, including
Reduced-Fare MetroCard or Medicare card (Medicaid cards do not qualify).


Note: Smoking is banned in public places throughout the City, including bars, restaurants, subways and taxis.


*** Buses also accept exact change.


Note: Your MetroCard can hold any combination of unlimited rides and dollar value.


Use the chart to help you figure out which Metrocard is best for you:

Number of Rides Buy This Card Cost Your Cost Per Ride
Occasional $10 Pay-Per-Ride** $10 $2.38
13 per week
7-Day Unlimited $30 $2.31
20 per week 7-Day Unlimited
$30 $1.50
50 per month 30-Day Unlimited $112 $2.24
60 per month 30-Day Unlimited $112 $1.87
Express Bus Rider
5 days per week (10 rides)
7-Day Express Bus Plus $55 $5.50
Occasional Express Bus Rider $10 Pay-Per-Ride** $10 $5.71

** ($10.50 value with 5% bonus)


Do you know?

The New York City Subway, is the largest subway system in the world by track mileage and the largest by number of stations.




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