NYC Underground Subway Private Walking Tour

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From $140.00

5 reviews   (3.60)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: New York, New York

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Explore the world’s largest subway system, the beating heart of the city that never sleeps. On this guided NYC subway tour you will discover the fascinating beginnings of the NYC subway, and explore spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about.

- Explore City Hall Park as the birthplace of the NYC subway system
- 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

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

All the stops on this tour are in stations which are publicly accessible.

What's Included

Guided walking tour with a native New Yorker!

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Metro Card (1 swipe)

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 0 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • We provide ear pieces to each participants so guests can hear the guides perfectly, even from a distance while maintaining social distancing.
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Woolworth Building
We meet at the foot of what was once the world's tallest building

• Admission Ticket Free

City Hall Park
You will learn about the creation of the very first NYC subway station while looking at visible remnants from City Hall park!

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

New York City Hall
We will see New York City Hall from City Hall Park and discuss its importance in the creation of the NYC Subway system

• Admission Ticket Free

Brooklyn Bridge
We will see the Brooklyn at the beginning of the tour

• Admission Ticket Free

Tweed Courthouse
We will walk by the famous Tweed Courthouse

• Admission Ticket Free

The Municipal Building
Learn about the importance of this building in the creation of the NYC subway system!

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Union Square
Explore the 14th St Union Square Subway Station

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

We will most most of our time riding the 6 train while learning about subway history!

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Underground Subway Tour
mscott2969, 28-08-2022
Justin did a great tour, explained the history and walk us through all city hall and explain from the beginning how it all began. It was great tour, definitely booking another tour. Keep up the great work! It was awesome. I am a native New Yorker and it is always great to learn about the history of New York.
Great Experience!
X6887ERpilarv, 04-04-2022
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.
Great intro to the NY Subway system.
RayBannon, 23-06-2022
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.

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