How to Ride the New York City Subway


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how to ride NYC subway, I’m Chris, this is Yellow
Productions, how to travel guides that are fun and formed of entertaining. This is part of my series of
travel guides on New York, in this one I’m going to
be telling you everything you need to know to ride this subway. I’m breaking it down
into nine different tips, give you some general
information first, then I’ll talk about buying tickets, finding the station, getting in the station,
getting on the train, getting off the train, exiting the station and then some concluding remarks. If you wanna watch some of
my other videos from New York you can click one of these cards up here, find the link in the description
below, or you’ll find the link to my New York City playlist
at the end of this video. Let me first start out with
some general information about New York City Subway, it
is a very big subway system it has 472 stations serving 27 lines, and it operates 24 hours a day. The routes are typically
numbered or lettered, so one, two, three, A, B, C. There’s a few different types of trains, there’s rapid trains they
call them express trains, and then there’s local trains. The local trains stop at
every stop, the express trains stop every few stops, they skip some. If you’re looking at the map
of the subway, you will find the white the white circles
are the express and the local stops, the block circles
are only the local trains. You should pay attention
to directions when you see things like Uptown if you’re in Manhattan, that’s typically North Manhattan. If you see Downtown that’s
typically South Manhattan. Also, you really want to pay
attention to the stations and the directions that they
go because sometimes a certain station entrance will only
be going a certain direction, and if you go in the subway you
can’t often just exit again, and you don’t wanna have to
make a costly $2.75 mistake because you went in the wrong entrance. The second tip for riding
the New York City subway is to plan your trip, and
for planning your trip, don’t be old school don’t use
a paper map, or don’t just try to get to the station,
figure out where you’re going, but use an app, come into
the 21st century, Google Maps will do it in pinch but
one of the best ones I think is called City Mapper. One of the great things about City Mapper, it’s much more detailed
then Google Maps is, you put in where you
want to go, you hit go, it’ll give your route, but
in addition to giving you the route, it’ll tell you things
like you walk a little bit it’ll give you the times for
the trains, and then it’ll even tell you things like what’s
the best section of the train to be in to transfer, it’ll
tell you how long it is to transfer, it’ll tell
you how many stops to go, and it’ll all work while
you’re on the train too, and it’ll show you where
you’re going on the connection so definitely get the City Mapper app, it’s for Android and iPhone. The third thing to know
is about buying tickets, and there will be these
types of ticket machines at the subway stations. These accept credit card
only, these big ones accept credit cards or cash. Simply put, you don’t really
wanna buy single ride tickets, you wanna buy one of
the re-loadable cards, you can do a single ride if
you’re only gonna be here for one ride, and it is
$3 for a single ride, it is good for only two hours of purchase, but what you wanna do is
you wanna get a Metro card, and then you can say get
new card, it costs a dollar to buy the card, you can
either get a regular metro card that you fill up with a certain
amount of money, every ride is $2.75, so this one will
give you two rides for example, or you could get the unlimited ride card, depends how long you’ll be
here, you can see seven days is $32, a month is $121,
if you wanna add buses that is a little bit more
for the express buses. Once you’re done with the
machine out will come a shiny new metro card like
this, I’ll point out this is not an ICE card, it’s
a magnetic stripe card, the magnetic stripe is right
here, once you’ve got this you’ll swipe this through the turnstiles over there to get in. If you ever wanna know how much
money is on your metro card, you can use these machines
too, you just say MetroCard, get card info, there’s a
little thing over here, you put the card in, and then it
will tell you how much money you have on your card. Now that you’ve planned your
route, you know what station you wanna go to, and
you got your metro card it’s time to get in. Make sure the station you’re
getting into you get in for the correct route or
line, you’ll see the numbers, the letters, the colors, and so make sure also going in the right direction. If it’s a staircase entrance
it’ll typically have some lights on the top, if you
see green lights on the top that means it’s a 24 hour
entrance, if you see red lights that means it’s an exit only,
or a part time entrance. Once you’re in the station,
to get in the part where you’d actually get on the
train, you have to swipe your metro card at the turnstile, it’ll either be a waist-high turnstile, or a full height turnstile. Swipe your metro card with
the mag stripe facing you at kind of a medium speed,
you just have to get the hang of it I don’t have
a better description for the speed other than that, too fast
or too slow, it won’t work. Now that you’re in the station,
you need to find your train, look for the route, the letter or number, and the direction up
on the overhead signs. In big stations you may be
walking up to 15 minutes to find the platform for your
train, and also make sure it’s the correct direction. Uptown is typically North in Manhattan, and Downtown again is typically South. Okay so you’ve found the
platform, now just get on your train when it gets
here, make sure you get on the correct local or express train. But when you’re riding the
train, seriously don’t bother listening to the
announcements, the speakers are usually lousy, the
microphones are lousy from the train operators,
they’ve got thick New York accents, the best way
is just to count your stops, if you use the City Mapper
app that I told you about earlier, you’ll know how
many stops, five stops, you just get off at that stop. Also can be worthwhile knowing
the stop before your stop, so you can see the station just
outside when you get there, and you’ll know your stop is the next one. Also, when you’re riding the
train don’t stare at the people on the train, don’t get
on an empty car, there’s a reason why people aren’t in it, it is either hot or it smells. If you’re wearing a backpack,
remove it so you don’t bump into people or stuff doesn’t
get stolen out of it. Stay awake, don’t fall asleep
cause otherwise people might steal your stuff or you
might miss your stop, but yes there are pickpockets on
the New York City subway, so do be careful. If you’re standing, make sure
to hold on to the railing because the trains do stop and
rock, and restart suddenly. Locals might not be holding
on, but they are used to it, and if you’re watching
this video chances are you are not used to it. Now that you’re at your stop,
you need to exit the station. If you use the City Mapper
app, and it has a few stations, it’ll tell you what exit to
go out of, so take a look at the overhead signs to
find the correct exit. When you get to the turnstile, you don’t need to swipe
out, just push out. Your metro card is valid for
transfers up to two hours after you swiped it into the subway. You can go from the subway to
the bus, or bus to a subway, but not subway to a subway,
for a transfer to work in New York City, you
basically have to ride a bus at some point. And finally, when you’re
all done, go wash your hands or use some hand sanitizer
when you leave the subway, it can be kind of germy,
definitely don’t eat anything until your hands are clean. Thanks for watching, if you
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