We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

From US$35.00
  • New York City subway tour
  • Walk and ride through a piece of New York’s living history on this guided tour of the subway system
  • Subway stops visited are all open to the public, but only tour riders will “see” abandoned ghost stations
Underground Tour of the NYC Subway
From US$35.00
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Tour options (2)
Most Popular
2pm departure
From US$35.00
Explore the history of the NYC's subway system!
From US$35.00
Lowest Price Guaranteed
Two swipes of a MetroCard is all it takes to experience the New York subway, the beating heart of the City That Never Sleeps. This guided walking tour showcases the history of the 113-year-old underground transit system, from gilded ghost stations—complete with Jazz Age chandeliers—to the most modern station: the Oculus at the recently completed World Trade Center station. With a maximum of 12 passengers, this small-group tour gets you close enough to hear every comment and historical detail, whether you’re an inquisitive subway buff or a quiet historian.
What to Expect

This tour will stop in stations that are all open to the public. Using the 6 train as a ten-car time machine, ride through and see three abandoned ghost stations that 4, 5, and 6 riders unknowingly pass through everyday: Worth Street, 18th Street and the famed City Hall Station. The tour does not stop inside these stations.


  • City Hall Park as the birthplace of the subway system including the parts of the famed City Hall Station you can see right in the park
  • The comically short route of the mythical “Subway before the Subway,” Alfred Eli Beach’s Pneumatic Transit System
  • The architectural ghosts of the now nearly forgotten Chambers Street station which was originally a terminal built in 1915 to rival Grand Central
  • Ride through the very first 9 stations in the original 1904 system, armed with a scavenger hunt checklist to find historical and architectural treasures in these stations
  • Ending in one of NYC’s newest and controversial transit hubs: The World Trade Center Oculus to learn about the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle and how the complex is built like a modern-day, multi-billion dollar Stonehenge

What to know: The tour is 2 hours long, requires 2 metro card swipes and is happening rain or shine! Please note the route might change slightly depending on the MTA schedule.
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes, as the tour requires walking up and down stairs

Reviews (27)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
BEWARE: Read the description carefully

Look the tour guide was brilliant. He was funny (dad jokes and sarcasm), knowledgeable and engaging. What you need to make sure you understand is that it is mostly a combination of riding the train and listening to him speak. You are not taken anywhere...More

Thank juliasA3397UB
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Julias, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am glad you thought the tour guide was brilliant, knowledgeable, informative and engaging! Reading through your review I thought this was a five stars review because you seemed to have enjoyed the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience

Our tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and skillful in presenting the information. It was interesting to learn about the origins of the subway and its history while riding the subway or standing in a station. It was a well-spent Saturday afternoon. We look forward to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 204IreneS
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much!

Reviewed 21 October 2018

So worthwhile a tour- plenty of rich history of old NY, its politics, culture and infrastructure. Mandy is an entertaining, knowledgeable educator and historian. Learned many facts and anecdotes. Enjoyed learning a new way of observing our underground tunnels and platforms, and now inspired to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank YingMei
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Thank you so much!

Reviewed 18 October 2018
"Stand clear of the closing doors, please!"

WOW! Mandy is a fantastic tour guide! From the beginning, you could see she is very warm an welcoming. She texted everyone in the group to make sure we were going to find her. We started out with some history of the subway and you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Safari197743
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

How amazing you got to meet the voice of the NYC subway! Thank you so much for your review!

Reviewed 5 September 2018
The tour was great and Mandy was AMAZING!!!!

I took my father on the subway tour and we both loved it. Having lived in the city for 10 years, we take for granted what we walk by every day. Mandy was so knowledgeable and very personable. She peaked our curiosity for more. I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank aaronthegirl
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Underground Tour of the NYC Subway staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines