NYC Underground Subway Walking Tour

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160 reviews   (4.53)

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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


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
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • 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
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

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

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

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

• 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 Union Square subway station and its surprising Art installation

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


A wealth of interesting knowledge - learned alot!!
lrs918, 13-12-2022
Ben was an amazing guide and kept our attention with fascinating facts even on a VERY cold and windy day. Highly recommend this tour to locals and out of towners alike!
brismith64, 08-12-2022
Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable.Very informative!Would highly recommend to anyone that’s looking for an interesting tour.
An Exceptional Tour
A2672GBjudithw, 29-11-2022
The New York City Subway tour examines the subway system in a whole new way. As you walk through the streets of New York you will uncover the origins, scandals, and significance of the subway system as it relates to today. As you ride the train, you may encounter interesting subway characters who will make your journey of learning even more exciting. AJ is an excellent tour guide who provides a unique insight into the subway system. AJ also gives you a clear and concise details about New York and complex subway system. This tour is exceptional and shouldn't be missed.
Good thing to do
Venture19859625823, 06-12-2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and polite. It was so much information that it was hard to keep up at times. No fault to him because he does this all the time and maybe my brain just wasn’t keeping up, but he used a lot of acronyms, and I guess I missed what they stood for. I loved the information about the various artwork that makes each station different. I wish we’d gotten to see more of that and the stories behind those more than the history of the subway. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it was still a good use of time.
Subway tour for the real fans!
AnnaJane_D, 04-12-2022
AJ, our guide, had an exceptional knowledge of the subway world and did a great job.
The major disappointment was that the area we had really signed up for to visit was closed and we - as well as the other 3 ladies in our group - had no previous knowledge. The beginning of the tour was standing for about 20 minutes as AJ explained the birth of the subway - sitting on a bench would have been much more preferable. My friend’s back did not do well…
I would suggest the tour for the real subway fans who want to learn more about previous routes and technical details.

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