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Getting Around New York City: Guide to Public Transportation

Everything you need to know to get around New York City

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The easiest, most affordable way to get around New York City is by public transportation. New York City mass transit generally falls into two categories: buses and subways. The city has 36 subway lines (that go to 472 stations) and 5,725 buses that can take you anywhere you want to go. Once you know how to use them, you'll find them efficient, reliable, and easy. The only problem is you must learn the system.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about navigating your way around New York City's public transportation. You'll feel like a local in no time, maybe even venturing to far away places you never thought you would.

Watch Now: Riding the Subway in New York City

How to ride the new york city subway.

Most visitors will find themselves wanting to get around the city by subways. Subways serve most of Manhattan and the outer boroughs very well, and they take you directly to many popular tourist destinations.

  • Before you ride the New York City subway you need to buy a MetroCard. You will swipe this card every time you enter a subway station at the turnstiles. MetroCards cost $1 to purchase. Once you buy your MetroCard you can add money to it.
  • MetroCards may be purchased and refilled at subway station booths, MetroCard vending machines, and at  other vendors . You can use cash, credit, or debit cards to make your purchase.
  • New York City subway fares are $2.75 per trip. For visitors staying more than a couple of days you can buy a one week unlimited MetroCard for $33 or an unlimited monthly MetroCard for $127.00. People who are 65 or older or who have qualifying disabilities can get a reduced fare, which is half price. You must see an attendant at a station to purchase one.
  • Because New York City has so many subway lines, it's impossible to memorize them all. Even locals have to look up directions on occasion. The best way to plan your trip is to consult Google Maps or the MTA website . There are also a variety of apps that you can download before your trip to easily look up subway directions. You simply type in your point of origin and your destination, and the app will tell you the route.
  • New York City has some subways that run express. Your trip planning app will tell you exactly which line to take. If it tells you to take the 1, for example, don't get on the 2 or 3 even though it looks like it's going in the same direction. Those trains are express and won't stop at the station you need.
  • The New York City subway operates 24 hours a day, but service is more sporadic between midnight and 6 am and on weekends. If you're traveling on the weekends or late at night, you should be aware of service interruptions that might impact your trip. Taking a few minutes to review the planned service changes can save you a ton of hassle. Trip Planning apps like Google Maps are aware of these disruptions and can help you plan your route.
  • In every station there is an information booth where you can press the green button and talk to an attendant. If you are confused or need help it's a great tool to use.
  • MTA has a list of accessible subway stations on its website.

Other Transit Options

Subways serve most of Manhattan and the outer boroughs very well, but in those areas where the subway service is not ideal there are buses, trains, bikes, and boats that can take you where you need to go.

New York City Buses

The city has around 5,000 buses, and you'll find they are particularly helpful when you need to travel to the far east or west portions of Manhattan.

New York City bus fare is $2.75 per trip. Be aware that buses only accept MetroCards or exact fare in coins—drivers cannot make change. There are also some buses along major routes in Manhattan & the Bronx that have you pay your fare before you board to speed the process of boarding. It's called "Select Bus Service" and the kiosk for pre-paying your fare is usually very obvious and easy to use.

Google Maps and MTA Trip Planner can tell you the best buses to take (and whether you should take one instead of the subway.) You can also look up New York City Bus schedules.

The NYC Ferry Service

In the past few years New York City has launched new ferry services taking commuters and visitors to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, & Bronx. Ferries are particularly advisable if you are traveling to places along the water (perhaps you are going from the South Street Seaport to Brooklyn Bridge park.)

The ferries are fun to ride because they offer incredible views and refreshments on board (even local wine and beer!) During warmer seasons you can sit on the outer decks and enjoy the sunshine. They are also relatively inexpensive at $2.75 a ticket. You can look up routes and ticket information on the website.

Railroad Services

If you need to get to the suburbs or areas around New York City you might need to take railroads. Metro North trains take you to Connecticut and Westchester. They leave from Grand Central Station.

Long Island Railroad takes you into Manhattan, and New Jersey Transit takes you to New Jersey. Both train services leave from Penn Station. Google Maps will tell you which service to take.

All train services are reliable and run frequently, but they can get crowded at rush hour. Sometimes it's standing room only during morning and evening commutes. Avoid those times (8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) if possible.

Taxis and Ride Shares

Many New Yorkers prefer to take taxis or private cars, especially late in the evening when subway service is more sporadic. Yellow taxis are the iconic New York City cars. You can flag them down when you need them. If you are in Brooklyn or another outer borough, the taxis are green.

New York City has a variety of ride-sharing apps. Uber and Lyft allow you to book a private car or share a car with passengers traveling in a similar direction. Both are reliable services and usually arrive very quickly.

One of the best ways to get around New York City is by Citi Bike, New York's bike share system. There are stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & Jersey City where you can unlock a bike with your credit card and return it when you get to your destination. Download the Citi Bike app to find the docking stations closest to your location.

While many parts of the city have bike paths, be careful when riding bikes in the city. Lanes can get congested, and sometimes bike paths are close to speeding cars. Accidents happen regularly so vigilance is key.

Rental Cars

While New York City has ample car rental places, it's not advisable. It's difficult to drive in New York City. There is usually heavy traffic, and taxis are used to swirling in and out of lanes. Parking a car can also be difficult especially in Manhattan.

Tips for Getting Around New York City

  • If you are traveling around Manhattan during the day, a subway is your best option.
  • Between midnight and 6 am and on weekends check trip planning apps to determine how to travel to your destination. Routes and lines get changed during those times.
  • Buses are your best option if you are traveling from East to West across the city.
  • If it's a pleasant day try to rent a bike or ride a NYC ferry. You will see more of the city and have fun.
  • NYC has many ride sharing options. If you are in a hurry choose a private car. If you have time and want to meet new people order a shared car. You never know who you will meet!
  • Driving is tough in the city. It's also hard to park. Avoid a rental car if possible.

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B1 Bay Ridge - Manhattan Beach

via 86th St / Ocean Pkwy

B2 Kings Hwy Station - Kings Plaza

via Avenue R / Avenue S

B3 Bensonhurst - Bergen Beach

via Avenue U

B4 Bay Ridge - Sheepshead Bay

via Bay Ridge Pkwy / 86th St / Avenue Z

B6 Bath Beach - East New York

via Bay Pkwy / Avenue J / Flatlands Av

B7 Midwood - Bedford-Stuyvesant

via Kings Hwy / Saratoga Av

B8 Dyker Heights - East Flatbush

via 18th Av / Foster Av / Avenue D

B9 Bay Ridge - Kings Plaza

via 60th St / Avenue M

B11 Sunset Park - Midwood

via 49th & 50th St / Avenue J

B12 Lefferts Gardens - East New York

via Clarkson Av / Empire Blvd / East New York Av

B13 Spring Creek - Wyckoff Hospital

via Crescent St / Jamaica Av / Wyckoff Av

B14 Spring Creek - Crown Heights

via Sutter Av / Pitkin Av

B15 Bedford Stuyvesant - JFK Airport

via Marcus Garvey Blvd / New Lots Av

B16 Bay Ridge - Lefferts Gardens

via Ft Hamilton Pkwy / 13th & 14th Av

B17 Canarsie - Crown Heights

via Remsen Av / Seaview Av

B20 Ridgewood - Spring Creek

via Pennsylvania Av / Decatur St

B24 Williamsburg - Greenpoint

via Greenpoint Av & 48th St / Meeker Av

B25 Dwntn Bklyn & DUMBO - Broadway Junction

via Fulton St

B26 Downtown Brooklyn - Ridgewood

via Halsey St / Fulton St

B31 Gerritsen Beach - Kings Hwy Station

via Gerritsen Av / Avenue R

B32 Williamsburg - Long Island City

via Kent Av / Wythe Av

B35 Brownsville - Sunset Park

via Church Av / 39th St

B36 Sheepshead Bay - Coney Island

via Avenue Z / Surf Av

B37 Downtown Brooklyn - Bay Ridge

B38 Ridgewood - Downtown Brooklyn

via DeKalb & Lafayette Av

B39 Williamsburg Bridge Plaza - Lower East Side

via Williamsburg Bridge / Delancey St

B41 Kings Plaza - Downtown Brooklyn

via Flatbush Av / Livingston St

B42 Canarsie Pier - Rockaway Parkway Station

via Rockaway Pkwy

B43 Greenpoint - Lefferts Gardens

via Manhattan Av / Graham Av / Tompkins Av / Throop Av

B44 Sheepshead Bay - Williamsburg

via Nostrand Av

B44-SBS Sheepshead Bay - Williamsburg

Select Bus Service via Nostrand Av

B45 Downtown Brooklyn - Crown Heights

via St Johns Place / Washington Av / Atlantic Av

B46 Kings Plaza - Williamsburg

via Utica Av - Malcolm X Blvd

B46-SBS Kings Plaza - Williamsburg

Select Bus Service via Utica Av - Malcolm X Blvd

B47 Kings Plaza - Bedford-Stuyvesant

via Broadway / Ralph Av / Avenue U

B48 Lefferts Gardens - Greenpoint

via Lorimer St / Franklin & Classon Av

B49 Manhattan Beach - Bedford-Stuyvesant

via Ocean Av / Bedford & Rogers Av

B52 Downtown Brooklyn - Ridgewood

via Gates Av / Greene Av / Atlantic Av

B54 Downtown Brooklyn - Ridgewood

via Myrtle Av

B57 Gowanus - Maspeth

via Flushing Av

B60 Williamsburg - Canarsie

via Wilson Av / Rockaway Av

B61 Park Slope - Downtown Brooklyn

via Van Brunt St / Columbia St / 9th St

B62 Downtown Brooklyn - Long Island City

via Bklyn Navy Yard / Manhattan Av / Jackson Av

B63 Bay Ridge - Cobble Hill

via 5th Av / Atlantic Av

B64 Bay Ridge - Coney Island

via Bay Ridge Av / Bath Av

B65 Downtown Brooklyn - Crown Heights

via Bergen St & Dean St

B67 Brooklyn Navy Yard - Kensington

via Flatbush Av / 7th Av / McDonald Av

B68 Coney Island - Windsor Terrace

via Coney Island Av / Brighton Beach Av

B69 Downtown Brooklyn - Kensington

via Vanderbilt Av / 7th Av / McDonald Av

B70 Dyker Heights - Sunset Park

via 92nd St / 3rd Av / 8th Av

B74 Sea Gate - Stillwell Av

via Mermaid Av

B82 Coney Island - Spring Creek Towers

via Bay Pkwy / Kings Hwy / Flatlands Av

B82-SBS Coney Island -spring Creek Towers

select Bus service via Bay Pkwy / Kings Hwy / Flatlands Av

B83 Spring Creek - Broadway Junction

via Van Siclen Av / Pennsylvania Av / Gateway Dr

B84 Spring Creek-New Lots

via Ashford Street/Flatlands Avenue

B90 F Shuttle Bus - Church Av - Stillwell Av

via McDonald Av

B96 2 Shuttle Bus - Flatbush Ave - Franklin Ave

via Nostrand Av/New York Av

B98 G Shuttle Bus - Bedford/Nostrand Av - Court Sq

via Jackson Av/Union Av

B100 Mill Basin - Midwood

Via Fillmore Av / Quentin Rd

B103 Canarsie - Downtown Brooklyn Ltd

Via Ave M / Ave H / 3Rd & 4Th Ave

BM1 Mill Basin - Downtown/Midtown

Via E 66 St / Ave K / Ocean Av / Cortelyou Rd

BM2 Canarsie/Spring Creek - Downtown/Midtown

Via Ave M/ Ave H / Cortelyou Rd

BM3 Sheepshead Bay - Downtown/Midtown

Via Sheepshead Bay / Ocean Ave / Cortelyou Rd

BM4 Gerritsen Beach - Downtown/Midtown

Via Gerritsen Av / Nostrand Av / Ocean Av

BM5 Spring Creek - Midtown

Via Pennsylvania Av / Linden Blvd / Woodhaven Blvd

Bx1 Riverdale - Mott Haven

via Grand Concourse / E 138th St

Bx2 Kingsbridge Heights - Mott Haven

via Grand Concourse / E 149th St

Bx3 Riverdale - George Washington Bridge

via Sedgwick Av / University Av / W 181st St

Bx4 Westchester Sq - The Hub

via Westchester Av

Bx4A Westchester Sq - Gladstone Sq

via Metropolitan Av / Westchester Av

Bx5 Pelham Bay - Gladstone Sq

via Bruckner Blvd / Story Av

Bx6 Hunts Point - Riverside Dr

via E 161st St / E 163rd St / W 155 St

Bx6-SBS Hunts Point - Riverside Dr

Select Bus Service via E 161st St / E 163rd St / W 155 St

Bx7 Riverdale - Washington Heights

via Riverdale Av / Broadway

Bx8 Williamsbridge - Locust Point

via Bronxwood Av / Williamsbridge Rd / Crosby Av

Bx9 Riverdale - West Farms Sq

via Broadway / Kingsbridge Rd / Southern Blvd

Bx10 Riverdale - Norwood

via H. Hudson Pkwy / W 231st St / Jerome Av

Bx11 George Washington Bridge - Parkchester

via E 170th St / E 174th St

Bx12 Pelham Bay - Inwood

via Pelham Pkwy / Fordham Rd

Bx12-SBS Bay Plaza - Inwood

Select Bus Service via Pelham Pkwy / Fordham Rd

Bx13 George Washington Bridge - Bronx Terminal Market

via W 181st St / Ogden Av / River Av

Bx15 Fordham Plaza - The Hub

Bx16 Pelham - Norwood

via E 233rd St / Nereid Av

Bx17 Fordham Plaza - Port Morris

via Crotona Av / Prospect Av

Bx18A Morris Heights/High Bridge Circulator

via 168 St / Undercliff Av

Bx18B Morris Heights/High Bridge Circulator

via 168 St / Sedgwick Av

Bx19 NY Botanical Garden - Riverbank Park

via Southern Bl / E 149th St

Bx20 Riverdale - Inwood

via Broadway / Henry Hudson Pkwy

Bx21 Westchester Sq - Mott Haven

via Morris Park Av / Boston Rd

Bx22 Bedford Park - Castle Hill

via Castle Hill Av / Fordham Rd

Bx23 Pelham Bay - Co-Op City

Bx24 Country Club - Hutchinson Metro Center

via Westchester Av / Country Club Loop

Bx25 Co-op City Bay Plaza - Bedford Park

via Allerton Av

Bx26 Co-op City Section 5 - Bedford Park

via Allerton Av / Co-op City Blvd

Bx27 Clasons Pt - Gladstone Sq

via Westchester Av / Soundview Av

Bx28 Co-op City Section 5 - Fordham Center

via E Gun Hill Rd / Bartow Av

Bx29 City Island - Pelham Bay

via City Island Rd / City Island Av

Bx30 Co-op City Section 5 - Pelham Parkway

via Boston Rd

Bx31 Woodlawn - Westchester Sq

via E 233 St / Eastchester Rd

Bx32 Kingsbridge VA Hospital - Mott Haven

via Morris Av / Jerome Av

Bx33 Port Morris - Harlem

via E 138th St / W 135th St

Bx34 Woodlawn - Fordham Center

via Katonah Av / Bainbridge Av / Valentine Av

Bx35 George Washington Bridge-West Farms Road

via E 167th / W 181st St

Bx36 Soundview - George Washington Bridge

via E Tremont Av / White Plains Rd

Bx38 Co-op City Bay Plaza - Norwood

via E Gun Hill Rd / Co-op City Blvd

Bx39 Wakefield - Clasons Pt

via White Plains Rd

Bx40 Throgs Neck - River Park Towers

via E Tremont Av / E 180th St / Burnside Av

Bx41 Williamsbridge - The Hub

via Webster Av

Bx41-SBS Williamsbridge - The Hub

Select Bus Service via Webster Av

Bx42 Throgs Neck - River Park Towers

Bx46 Prospect Av - Westchester Av / Hunts Point Market

via Barretto PK

BxM1 Riverdale - East Midtown

Via Riverdale / H. Hudson / Lex & 3 Av

BxM2 Riverdale - West Midtown

Via Riverdale / H. Hudson / 6Th & 7Th Av

BxM3 Yonkers - Midtown

Via Bway / Sedgwick Av / 5Th & Madison

BxM4 Woodlawn - Midtown

Via Katonah Av / Grand Concourse

BxM6 Parkchester - Midtown

Via Metropolitan Oval / 5Th & Madison

BxM7 Co-Op City - Midtown

Via Co-Op City Bl / Bartow / 5Th & Mad

BxM8 Pelham Bay/City Island - Midtown

Via Bruckner Blvd / 5Th & Madison

BxM9 Throgs Neck - Midtown

Via Edgewater Pk / Throgs Neck / Schuylerville

BxM10 Williamsbridge/Morris Park - Midtown

Via Eastchester / Morris Pk

BxM11 Wakefield - Midtown

Via White Plains Rd / 5Th & Madison Av

BxM18 Riverdale - Downtown

Via Riverdale / H. Hudsn / Bway & Trnty

D90 D Shuttle Bus - Mosholu Pkwy #4 - 205 St

via Crand Concourse

J90 J Shuttle Bus - Crescent St - Jamaica Van Wyck Station

via Jamaica Av

L90 L Shuttle Bus - Lorimer St - Myrtle Wyckoff Avs

via Wyckoff Av / Metropolitan Av

L92 L Shuttle Bus - Abingdon Sq - FDR Drive

M1 Harlem - East Village

via 5th Av / Madison Av

M2 Washington Heights - East Village

via 5th Av / Madison Av / AC Powell Blvd

M3 Fort George - East Village

via 5th Av / Madison Av / St Nicholas Av

M4 The Cloisters - 32 St

via 5th Av / Madison Av / Broadway / Ft.Washington Av

M5 George Washington Bridge - 31 St & 6 Av

via 5th Av / Av of Americas / Riverside Dr

M7 Harlem - 14th Street

via Columbus / Amsterdam / 6 & 7 Av / Bway

M8 West Village - East Village

via 8 & 9 St Crosstown

M9 Battery Park City - Kips Bay

via Avenue C / E Broadway

M10 Harlem - Columbus Circle

via Central Park West / Frederick Douglass Blvd

M11 Riverbank Park & Harlem - West Village

via 9th - Columbus Av / 10th - Amsterdam Av

M12 Midtown West - West Village

via 11 Av / 12 Av

M14A-SBS Lower East Side - Abingdon Sq

Select Bus Service via 14th St / Av A

M14D-SBS Lower East Side - Chelsea Piers

Select Bus Service via 14th St / Av D

M15 East Harlem - South Ferry

via 1st Av / 2nd Av

M15-SBS East Harlem - South Ferry

Select Bus Service via 1st Av / 2nd Av

M20 Lincoln Center - South Ferry

via 7th Av / 8th Av / Battery Park City

M21 Lower East Side - West Village

via Houston St Crosstown

M22 Lower East Side - Battery Park City

via Madison St / Chambers St

M23-SBS Chelsea Piers - East Side

Select Bus Service via 23rd St Crosstown

M31 Yorkville - Clinton

via York Av / 57th St

M34-SBS East Side - Javits Center

Select Bus Service via 34th St Crosstown

M34A-SBS Waterside - Port Authority Terminal

M35 Ward's Island - East Harlem

via Randall's Island / RFK Bridge

M42 United Nations - W 42 St Pier

via 42nd St Crosstown

M50 W 42 St Pier - East Side

via 49th St / 50th St Crosstown

M55 W 44 St - South Ferry

via 5 Av & 6 Av

M57 East Side - West Side

via 57th St Crosstown

M60-SBS West Side - LaGuardia Airport

Select Bus Service via 125th St / Astoria Blvd

M66 East Side - Lincoln Center

via 65th & 68th St (East) / 67th & 66th St (West)

M72 East Side - West Side

via 72nd St Crosstown

M79-SBS Yorkville - West Side

Select Bus Service via 79th St Crosstown

M86-SBS Yorkville - West Side

Select Bus Service via 86th St Crosstown

M90 M Shuttle Bus - Metropolitan Av - Myrtle Av

M96 East Side - West Side

via 96th St Crosstown

M98 Washington Heights - Upper East Side LTD

via Harlem River Dr / Lexington / 3rd

M100 Inwood - Harlem

via Broadway / Amsterdam Av

M101 East Village - Fort George

via Third Av / Lexington Av / Amsterdam Av

M102 Harlem - East Village

via 3rd Av / Lexington Av / Lenox Av

M103 East Harlem - City Hall

via 3rd Av / Lexington Av

M104 West Harlem - Times Square

via Broadway / 8th Av

M106 East Harlem - West Side

via 96th St / E 106th St Crosstown

M116 West Side - East Harlem

via 116th St Crosstown

M125 Manhattanville - The Hub

via 125th St / Willis Av

Q1 Queens Village / Bellerose - Jamaica

via Springfield Blvd / Braddock Av / Hillside Av

Q2 Queens Village - Jamaica

via Hollis Av / Hillside Av

Q3 Jamaica - JFK Airport

via Farmers Blvd / Hillside Av

Q4 Cambria Heights - Jamaica

via Linden Blvd / Merrick Blvd

Q5 Rosedale or Green Acres Mall - Jamaica

via Merrick Blvd / Hook Creek Blvd / Sunrise Highway

Q6 Jamaica - Sutphin Blvd - Jfk Cargo Area

Via Sutphin Blvd / Rockaway Blvd

Q7 East Ny - Rockaway Blvd - Jfk Cargo Area

Via Rockaway Blvd

Q8 Gateway Mall / East Ny - Jamaica

Via 101St Av

Q9 South Ozone Park - Jamaica

Via Van Wyck Expwy / 135Th St / Lincoln St

Q10 Kew Gardens - Jfk Airport

Q11 Elmhurst / Queens Ctr - Old Howard Bch

Via Woodhaven Blvd

Q12 Little Neck - Flushing

via Sanford Av / Northern Blvd

Q13 Fort Totten - Flushing

via Northern Blvd / Bell Blvd

Q15 Flushing - Beechhurst

via 150th St / 154th St

Q15A Flushing - Beechhurst / Whitestone

via 150th St / Whitestone

Q16 Fort Totten - Flushing

via Bayside Av / Francis Lewis Blvd / Utopia Parkway

Q17 Flushing - Jamaica

via Kissena Blvd / Horace Harding Expwy / 188th St / Hillside Av

Q18 Astoria - Maspeth

Via 30Th Av / 58Th St / 65Th Pl

Q19 Astoria - Flushing

Via Astoria Blvd

Q20A College Point - Jamaica

via 20 Av / Main St

Q20B College Point - Jamaica

via 14 Av / Main St

Q21 Elmhurst / Queens Ctr - Howard Beach

Via Woodhaven Blvd / Cross Bay Blvd / Lindenwood

Q22 Roxbury - Rockaway Pk - Far Rockaway

Via Rockaway Beach Blvd / Beach Channel Dr

Q23 East Elmhurst - Forest Hills

Via 108Th St

Q24 Broadway Junction - Jamaica

via Atlantic Av

Q25 Jamaica - Flushing - College Point

Via Parsons Blvd / Kissena Blvd / 127Th St

Q26 Fresh Meadows - Flushing (Part-time)

via Hollis Court Blvd / 46th Av / Parsons Blvd

Q27 Cambria Heights - Flushing

via Springfield Blvd / Rocky Hill Rd / 46th Av / Kissena Blvd

Q28 Bayside - Flushing

via Northern Blvd / 32nd Av / Corporal Kennedy St

Q29 Jackson Heights - Glendale

Via Dry Harbor Rd / 80Th St

Q30 Little Neck or Queensborough Community College - Jamaica

via Horace Harding Expwy / Utopia Pkwy / Homelawn St

Q31 Bayside - Jamaica

via Bell Blvd / Utopia Pkwy / Homelawn St

Q32 Jackson Heights - Penn Station

via Roosevelt Av / Queens Blvd / Fifth Av / Madison Av

Q33 Jackson Heights - East Elmhurst

Via Roosevelt Av / 82Nd & 83Rd Sts / 23Rd Av

Q34 Jamaica - Flushing - Whitestone

Via Parsons Blvd / Kissena Blvd / Mitchell Gardens

Q35 Rockaway Park - Midwood / Brooklyn Coll.

Via Flatbush Av / Newport Ave

Q36 Floral Park or Little Neck - Jamaica

via Jamaica Av / Hillside Av / Little Neck Pkwy

Q37 Kew Gardens - South Ozone Park

Via 135Th Av / 111St St / Park Ln South

Q38 Corona - Rego Park

Via Penelope Av / Eliot Av / Queens Center

Q39 Long Island City - Ridgewood

Via Forest Av / 58Th St / 48Th Av

Q40 South Ozone Park - Jamaica

Via 142Nd St / Lakewood Av / Sutphin Blvd

Q41 Jamaica - Howard Beach

Via 127 St / 109 Ave / Cross Bay Blvd / Lindenwood

Q42 Addeslieigh Park - Jamaica

via 174 St / Liberty Av / Sayres Av

Q43 Floral Park - Jamaica

via Sutphin Blvd / Hillside Av

Q44-SBS Bronx Zoo - Jamaica

Select Bus Service via Main St / Cross Bronx Svc Rd (Q20 Limited)

Q46 Glen Oaks - Kew Gardens

via Union Turnpike

Q47 Atlas Mall - Lga Marine Air Terminal

Via Atlas Mall / 80Th St / 74Th St Bus Terminal

Q48 Flushing - LaGuardia Airport

via Roosevelt Av / 108th St / Ditmars Blvd

Q49 Jackson Heights - East Elmhurst

Via 35Th Av / 89Th & 92Nd Sts / Astoria Blvd

Q50 Co-Op City/Pelham Bay - Flushing

Q52-SBS Elmhurst - Arverne

Via Woodhaven Blvd / Cross Bay Blvd

Q53-SBS Woodside - Rockaway Park

Via Broadway / Queens Blvd / Woodhaven Blvd / Cross Bay Blvd

Q54 Williamsburg - Jamaica

via Jamaica Av / Metropolitan Av

Q55 Ridgewood - Richmond Hill

Q56 Broadway Junction - Jamaica

Q58 Ridgewood - Flushing

via Fresh Pond Rd / Corona Av / College Pt Blvd

Q59 Williamsburg - Rego Park

via Grand St / Grand Av / Queens Blvd

Q60 Queens Blvd. - East Midtown

Via Queens Blvd / Sutphin Blvd

Q64 Forest Hills - Pomonok

Via Jewel Ave

Q65 Jamaica - Flushing - College Point

Via 164Th St / College Point Blvd

Q66 Flushing - Long Island City

Via Northern Blvd / 21St St / Queens Plaza

Q67 Middle Village - Long Island City

Via 69Th St / Borden Av

Q69 Long Island City - Astoria

Via 21St St / Ditmars Blvd

Q70-SBS LaGuardia Link

Woodside LIRR, Jackson Heights E F M R 7 Subway, LaGuardia Airport

Q72 LaGuardia Airport - Rego Park

Via 94Th St / Junction Blvd

Q76 College Point - Jamaica

via Francis Lewis Blvd / Hillside Av

Q77 Laurelton - Jamaica

via Springfield / Francis Lewis / Hillside Av

Q83 Cambria Heights - Jamaica

via Murdock Av / Liberty Av (Local and Limited-stop Service) Av

Q84 Laurelton - Jamaica

via Merrick Blvd / 120th Av

Q85 Rosedale or Green Acres Shopping Mall - Jamaica

via Merrick Blvd / Conduit Av

Q88 Elmhurst - Queens Village

via Horace Harding Expwy / 73rd Av / Springfield Blvd

Q90 Q Shuttle Bus - Barclays Ctr - Prospect Park

via Flatbush Av

Q92 7 Shuttle Bus - Times Square - Hudson Yards

Q93 7 Shuttle Bus - Queensboro Plz - Vernon Bl-Jackson Av

via Jackson Av

Q94 F Shuttle Bus - Roosevelt Island - Queens Plaza

Q95 F Shuttle Bus - 21 St/Queensbridge - Queens Plaza

Q96 E Shuttle Bus - 21 St/Queensbridge - Court Sq

Q100 Astoria / Rikers Isl - Long Isl City Ltd

Via 21St St / 20Th Av

Q101 Astoria - East Midtown

Via Steinway St

Q102 Astoria - Roosevelt Island

Via 30Th Av / 31St St

Q103 Astoria - Hunters Point

Via Vernon Blvd

Q104 Long Island City - Sunnyside

Via Broadway / 48Th St

Q107 7 Shuttle Bus - 74 St/Roosevelt Av - Queens Plaza

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Q108 N Shuttle Bus - 39 Av - Queens Plaza

Q110 Jamaica - Queens Village

Via Jamaica Av / Hempstead Av

Q111 Jamaica - Rosedale

Via Brewer Blvd / 147 Av

Q112 Jamaica - Ozone Park

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Q113 Jamaica - Far Rockaway Limited

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Q114 Jamaica - Far Rockaway Limited

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QM2 Bay Terrace - Midtown Via 6Th Av

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QM3 Little Neck - Midtown

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QM4 Electchester - Midtown Via 6Th Av

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QM5 Glen Oaks - Midtown Via 6Th Av

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QM8 Glen Oaks - Downtown

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QM34 Glendale - Midtown Via 3Rd Av

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QM40 Lefrak City - Midtown Via 3Rd Av

QM42 Forest Hills - Midtown Via 3Rd Av

QM44 Electchester - Midtown Via 3Rd Av

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S44 St. George - Staten Island Mall

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S46 St. George - West Shore Plaza

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S48 St. George - Mariners Harbor

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S51 St. George - Grant City

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S52 St. George - Staten Island Univ. Hospital

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S53 Port Richmond - Bay Ridge

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S54 West New Brighton - Eltingville

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S55 Rossville - Staten Island Mall

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S56 Huguenot - Staten Island Mall

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S57 Port Richmond - New Dorp

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S59 Port Richmond - Tottenville

S61 St. George - Staten Island Mall

via Victory Blvd / Bradley Av

S62 St. George - Travis

via Victory Blvd

S66 St. George - Port Richmond

via Victory Blvd / Jewett Av

S74 St. George - Bricktown Mall

via Richmond Rd / Arthur Kill Rd

S76 St. George - Oakwood

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S78 St. George - Bricktown Mall

via Hylan Blvd

S79-SBS Staten Island Mall - Bay Ridge

Select Bus Service via Verrazano-Narrows Bridge / Hylan Blvd

S81 St. George - Grant City LTD

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S84 St. George - Bricktown Mall LTD

via Richmond Rd / Arthur Kill Rd (S74 Limited)

S86 St. George - Oakwood LTD

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S89 Eltingville - Bayonne LTD

via Richmond Av (S59 Limited)

S90 St. George - Amazon

via Richmond Terrace (S40 Limited)

S91 St. George - Staten Island Mall LTD

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S92 St. George - Travis LTD

via Victory Blvd (S62 Limited)

S93 College of Staten Island - Bay Ridge LTD

via Verrazano-Narrows / Victory

S94 St. George - Staten Island Mall LTD

via Richmond Av (S44 Limited)

S96 St. George - West Shore Plaza LTD

via Castleton Av (S46 Limited)

S98 St. George - Mariners Harbor LTD

via Forest Av (S48 Limited)

SIM1 Eltingville - Lower Manhattan Express

via Hylan Bl / Richmond Av

SIM1C Eltingville - Manhattan Express

SIM2 Tottenville - Lower Manhattan Express

via Huguenot Av / Hylan Bl

SIM3 Pt. Richmond - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Watchogue Rd

SIM3C Pt. Richmond - Manhattan Express

SIM4 Eltingville - Lower Manhattan Express

SIM4C Huguenot - Manhattan Express

SIM4X S.I. Mall - Lower Manhattan Express

via Park and Ride / Church St

SIM5 Eltingville - Lower Manhattan Express

via F Capodanno / Giffords La

SIM6 Eltingville - Midtown Manhattan Express

SIM7 Eltingville - Greenwich Village Express

SIM8 Huguenot - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Richmond Av / Woodrow Rd

SIM8X S.I. Mall - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Park and Ride / 42 St

SIM9 Eltingville - Greenwich Village Express

via F Capodanno Blvd

SIM10 Eltingville - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Hylan Bl

SIM11 New Dorp - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Hylan Bl / Madison Av / Lexington Av

SIM15 Eltingville - Lower Manhattan Express

via Richmond Rd

SIM22 Eltingville - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Arthur Kill Rd / Richmond Av

SIM23 Annadale - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Arden Av

SIM24 Prince's Bay - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Huguenot Av

SIM25 Tottenville - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Rossville Av

SIM26 Tottenville - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Bloomingdale Rd

SIM30 Sunnyside - Midtown Manhattan Express

SIM31 Eltingville - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Forest Hill Rd

SIM32 Travis - Lower Manhattan Express

via N Gannon Av / Victory Bl

SIM33 Mariners Harbor - Manhattan Express

via N Gannon Av

SIM33C Mariners Harbor - Greenwich Village Express

SIM34 Mariners Harbor - Lower Manhattan Express

SIM35 Port Richmond - Lower Manhattan Express

via Clove Rd

X27 Bay Ridge - Manhattan Express

via Shore Rd

X28 Sea Gate / Bensonhurst - Manhattan Express

via Surf Av / Cropsey Av

X37 Bay Ridge - Midtown Manhattan Express

X38 Sea Gate / Bensonhurst - Midtown Manhattan Express

X63 Rosedale - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Merrick Bl / Francis Lewis Bl

X64 Cambria Heights - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Linden Bl / Farmers Bl / Liberty Av

X68 Floral Park - Midtown Manhattan Express

via Hillside Av / Queens Bl

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How To Get Around New York City: A Guide To NYC Transport Options

Last updated: June 2, 2023 . Written by Laurence Norah - 12 Comments

Heading to New York City? As you might be aware, there are several boroughs in this city, which is home to millions of people!

We teamed up with to help you navigate the large metropolis. Start off by checking out the many NYC hotel options on to decide where you want to put your feet up at night. Once you’ve figured out where you want to stay in New York, you’re going to need to know how to get around New York to all the sights you’ve come to the city to see.

Well, with our definitive guide, you’re going to learn all the different options you have for getting around New York. This will include all the major New York transport options, as well as tips for using each one.

Once you’ve read this, check out our guide to spending 2 days in New York , which has a detailed itinerary and lots of tips on what to see in the city. Now, let’s get started with our guide to getting around NYC.

How to Get around New York City

As you’ll see from this list you have a lot of options when it comes to getting around New York City. This is to be expected, after all, New York is the most populated city in the United States.

With over twenty million residents in the New York metropolitan area, which is spread across five main boroughs, it’s easy to see why there are so many ways to help them get around!

Here are some of the best ways to get around the city when you visit.

The iconic yellow taxi is certainly a popular way to get around the city with residents and visitors alike. The yellow taxi is easy to recognise, being bright yellow, and having a yellow light on the roof. These yellow taxis are the only vehicles that are allowed to pick passengers up in response to a street hail across the entire city.

How to get around New York Transport

A taxi shows it’s availability by illuminating the yellow light. An illuminated light means the taxi is available for hire. To hail a taxi, you just need to attract the drivers attention, usually by waving from the street corner.

Once the taxi sees you, they will stop somewhere safe to pick you up. Let the driver know your destination address. Taxis are metered, with fares starting at $3, and then increasing as time and distance pass – you can see the fares here . Note that tolls will also be added to your taxi fare. New York taxi Fares can be paid in cash, or with a credit or debit card.

It’s definitely worth taking a taxi in New York just for the experience. It’s not a big expense, particularly for shorter rides.

There are of course alternatives to the yellow taxi, including ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. These need to be booked in advance using their apps, and do generally work out cheaper than a yellow cab.

The New York Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) operates a fleet of almost 6,000 buses in New York, which cover over 322 routes. Suffice to say, you should be able to find a bus route to meet your needs!

Buses in New York are generally classified as local or express. Express routes have reduced stops and focus on serving commuter routes from some of the busier areas of Manhattan to the outer boroughs.

Buses only stop at marked stops, which are normally located two to three blocks apart. Bus stops are clearly marked with blue signs and sometimes with shelters. The bus stop will indicate which bus routes service the route.

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To use the public bus in New York, just stand at the stop, and as your bus approaches, just signal with your hand that you want the bus to stop. Fares are $2.75 for standard buses, and $6.75 for express buses. Fares can be paid in cash, by MetroCard or using contactless via the OMNY system . If paying in cash, you need to give exact change, and be aware that only coins are accepted as fare – no bills.

If you have a contactless payment card or smartphone device, the OMNY system is going to be the easiest way to pay for your fare. Just swipe your card or device on the reader and the fare will be deducted. OMNY also has the advantage that you only pay for the first 12 fares in a week (starting on a Monday). Rides after that are free.

The MetroCard is a alternative if you don’t have contactless. It covers a number of different transport options in the city, and you can recharge it. If paying by MetroCard, just swipe it when you board the bus.

MetroCards can be purchased at MetroCard vending machines, subway station booths, and local stores. They cost $1 to purchase, but can then be refilled.

One main advantage of paying by OMNY or MetroCard is that you can transfer for free to other bus or subway services within two hours of your first fare.

When you want to get off the bus, locate a “stop” button on the bus, which you should press to indicate to the driver that you want to stop at the next stop. You don’t need to swipe your Metrocard or contactless payment card to disembark.

One of the most popular ways to get around New York is the New York Subway. This is a great way to get around the city as you avoid any traffic.

With 472 subway stations, the New York City subway is the largest subway system in the world as measured by total number of stations. It’s also one of the oldest subway systems in the world, as well as one of the busiest. It’s operates twenty four hours a day across 36 lines, and serves four out of five of New York’s boroughs.

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Suffice to say, as a visitor to New York City, the subway is likely to be able to get you pretty much anywhere you want to go!

Riding the subway is easy. First, you need to find a nearby subway station, which will be well signposted with an entry sign. This sign will also indicate which routes are served at the subway stations, with routes denoted either by numbers or letters. The majority of subway stations will have a map of the network to help you plan your route.

As with the bus system, you can pay for your fare either with a contactless payment device using OMNY, a MetroCard, or you can purchase a single ticket.

OMNY and Metrocard fares are $2.75, whilst single tickets are $3. Fares are not distance dependent and unlike many other subway systems, there is no zone system. So you can go as far as you want on your single ticket.

Tickets and MetroCards can be bought at the vending machines at the stations, or if available, at ticket desks. The machines accept coins, bills and credit/debit cards. We definitely recommend buying a MetroCard for your New York City visit.

To access the subway, you need to scan your ticket, contactless payment device/card, or MetroCard at the turnstile, which will activate the barrier with a green “GO” sign. You will exit through similar turnstiles or doors, but the majority of these do not require you to scan a ticket – you just walk through them. Trains stop at every station, you do not need to request the stop.

As well as the subway, there are a number of passenger railway lines operating around New York city. The majority of these are commuter focused lines designed to bring people into the city from the more distant boroughs, and they include the NYC suburban train, Staten Island Railway, New Jersey Transit, Port Authority Trans-Hudson, Long Island Railroad and Metro North Railroad.

Unless you are planning on visiting one of the more distant part of the city, or have booked a hotel a long way from the main sights in New York, it’s unlikely you’re going to need to use one of these rail services.

If you do, you will most likely have to buy a ticket for the individual journey at the train station. There is also an eticketing app called eTix, available for both Android and iPhone devices, which lets you buy tickets on your phone for the Metro-North Railroad or Long Island Rail Road. Fares will vary depending on the route you take.

There’s a lot of water in New York, and as a result, there are a variety of options for using boats to get around the city, including the NYC Ferry service and Staten Island Ferry.

The NYC Ferry is a relatively recent addition to New York’s public transport system. Launched in 2017, at time of writing this offers six lines, with additional lines planned to open in the coming years. There are 21 terminals and 28 boats in operation, connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn and Queens.

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We rode this service a number of times when we visited New York in the summer of 2017. We were staying in Brooklyn, and found the ferry to be one of the best options for getting to parts of Manhattan. Services are regular and good value – it costs $2.75 for a single trip, which is the same as the subway or bus system.

NYC Ferry tickets are not a part of the MetroCard system, and must be purchased separately. All the ferry stations have ticket vending machines, which accept cash or credit cards. Tickets can also be bought on board, using the NYC Ferry app , or on the NYC Ferry website . Just show your ticket when you board.

We really liked the NYC Ferry system – it’s a good value way to get around, and the views of the Manhattan skyline and various bridges on the trip to various Brooklyn ports is really nice – it’s worth paying to ride the ferry just for this alone!

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There are a number of other passenger water services in New York City, including the NY Waterway , the well known Staten Island Ferry  and the New York Water Taxi .

The Staten Island Ferry, as the name suggests, operates between Manhattan and Staten Island. It’s totally free to use, and is a great way to get a relatively close view of the Statue of Liberty without taking a paid tour.

The NY Waterway and New York Water Taxi services service additional routes, and also need their own tickets, so depending on the routes you are taking you might find them useful as well.

New York is a big place, but don’t discount walking as an option for getting around! Just be aware that distances might be further than you imagine when looking at a map. Still, exploring different parts of the city on foot, which is for the most part fairly flat, is certainly a possibility.

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Just be aware that the locals will also be walking around, and they tend to move quickly, and can get irritated by slow moving tourists with limited situational awareness. So just be aware of your surroundings, and don’t just stop in the middle of busy sidewalks to grab a selfie or consult your map!

7. Bicycle / Pedicab

Like many cities around the world, New York has a bike hire program whereby you can get access to a large network of bikes located around the city, which you can drop off and pick off at various points.

The Citi Bike program is open to both locals and visitors. At time of writing, it’s $12 for a day pass, and $24 for a 3 day pass. These passes can be bought through the Citi Bike Mobile App , or in person at a station kiosk (see kiosks here ). Annual memberships are also available, which are more suited to residents or those staying longer term in the city, and you can sign up for those on the official website .

Passes can be bought with either a debit or credit card – cash is not accepted.

Once you have your 1 or 3 day pass you use the bike for up to 30 minutes at a time. After thirty minutes, there’s an extra fee, so if you want to ride longer, it’s best to drop off the bike and pick up another one. Annual memberships let you ride for 45 minutes without incurring additional fees.

Note that the Citi Bikes program does require you to be 16 years or older to rent and use them.

There are also other options for bike rental as well. See this service which offers bike rental for varying durations.

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If the idea of cycling yourself seems like a lot of effort, there are also pedicabs for hire in the city. These are three wheeled cycles with a driver that can either take you from one point to another, or can be booked for tours.

Pedicab operators must have a Pedicab Drivers License, and their pedicabs have to pass an inspection. Fares are time based, and must be clearly displayed on the Pedicab in a relatively large font.

Fares range from $3 – $7 per minute, and the Pedicab will be fitted with a compliant timer that all passengers can see. Drivers are not allowed to levy any other fee – you can see all the applicable laws here so you know your rights before taking a Pedicab.

8. Helicopter

Ok, so this is not exactly a budget option. But if you want to quickly get from downtown Manhattan to a wide range of destinations around New York, including the airport, then a quick ride on a helicopter is your best bet. There’s a heliport located in downtown Manhattan , which is the most popular as it is so close to Wall St. There’s also a heliport at East 34th Street.

The majority of heliport activities are around servicing busy executives, but you can also book sight-seeing helicopter tours like this one , which is a unique way to see the city, and perfect for a special occasion.

9. Aerial Tram

New York definitely has no shortage of transport options. The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tram which links Roosevelt Island with the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It’s been in operation since 1976, and was the first aerial tram of its kind in the USA.

It was primarily built as a commuter tram to link Roosevelt Island with Manhattan, but is also popular with visitors looking for a unique view of the skyline. Whilst not operated by the MTA, you do need a MetroCard to ride the tram. Prices are the same as a subway or bus ride, at $2.75 for a single.

In addition, because it is linked to the MetroCard system, you can transfer from the tram to a bus or subway service  without paying any more.

10. Hop-on Hop-Off Bus

If you’re looking for a way around New York that focuses on the attractions and also provides information, then you’ll likely want to take a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour of New York. These open-top buses follow routes around the city that stop at all the major attractions you’ll want to visit, and you can get on and off as often as you want for the duration of your ticket.

New York Transport

We find that HOHO buses are a great way to see a lot of a city in a short amount of time without trying to figure out the public transport system, plus they come with commentary which will give you lots of information about the city you are visiting, and the New York HOHO buses are no different.

You can buy HOHO bus tickets in advance here , or they are also included on many of the New York city attraction passes, such as the New York Pass , New York Explorer Pass & New York Sightseeing Pass .

You can see our review of the top New York City attraction passes here to see if they are a good option for your visit.

What is the Best Way to Get Around New York?

We think the best way to get around New York is a combination of the subway, bus system and walking. If you’re situated over in Brooklyn, we would add the NYC Ferry to that list.

If you are new to the city and want to get a feel for the layout and the sights, then we can also recommend a Hop on Hop off bus tour. These are especially worth doing if you have invested in a sightseeing pass as they are normally included.

As you can see from our list, there are lots of options to get you around the city. The best option for you is going to depend on where you are staying, where you need to go, and your needs.

Further Reading

Hopefully this post answered all your questions about public transport in New York City! Before you go, we wanted to share with you some more articles and resources to help you plan your trip to New York.

  • We have a detailed guide to spending 2 days in New York and 3 days in New York  to help you plan your time in the city
  • We have a guide to our favourite New York city attraction passes , which can save you money on sightseeing in the city
  • We have a complete guide to visiting the Empire State Building
  • If you enjoy walking tours, check out our review of some of the Take Walks New York walking tours
  • Wondering how much to budget for your trip? We have a guide to how much it costs to travel in the USA to help you plan
  • If you’re heading on from New York and thinking of hiring a car, take a look at our tips for driving in the USA
  • For more information about public transport in New York, take a look at the NYC MTA website , which has a lot of helpful information covering the major transport networks in the city
  • If you’re looking for a guide to New York, we can recommend the Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City .

And that’s it for our guide to public transport in New York! As always, if you’ve got feedback or questions, let us know in the comments below!

Visiting New York City? Check out our detailed guide to how to get around New York, which covers all the major transport options in the city, from subways and taxis through to helicopters, aerial trams and boats! Essential reading before your trip to New York!

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12th February 2020 at 12:47 pm

I was told that the HOHO bus is a very slow method of seeing the major sights. Too much time spent in slow moving traffic. We’ve never been on a subway and the thought of trying to navigate it is a little intimidating! Due to medical conditions, long walks are not an option. Any advise?

Laurence Norah says

12th February 2020 at 1:38 pm

We’ve taken the HOHO bus in New York and it is a good experience, but it is more useful as a sightseeing tour than a means of transport between the sites, as it does take a bit of time due to the traffic, and you do obviously have to wait for the next bus to come. That said, it is one of the more convenient ways to do sightseeing, as most of the stops are at places you will want to visit.

The NYC subway is not too hard to navigate. The system is well laid out and there are lots of lines to choose from. Tickets are easily purchasable at every station, although I’d recommend buying a metrocard rather than individual tickets. Then you just swipe the metrocard to go in. Unlike some cities, the subway isn’t very deep, so you don’t have to worry about hundreds of steps.

Obviously the other option is the normal bus (lots of route, metrocard also accepted), or taxi. The latter will get you where you want to go, but will definitely be the most expensive option.

I’d probably go for the subway or HOHO bus personally 🙂

Have a great trip – let me know if you have any more questions!

Louis Marotta says

29th December 2019 at 4:24 am

Every so often, making my way through the mayhemed tangle of NYC’s cracked and potholed highways and roads , I see in dimmly lighted dots, the feeble and perhaps apologetic advice to “use mass transit” . I assume “car pools” are not solely implied here. It makes me wonder though, if any of the people who were in any way connected to this NYC “public service message ” are actually sacrificing the immediate comforts of thier automobiles despite the gridlock and toll rip offs to rise perhaps one or two hours earlier, walk the filthy sidewalks to the crowded little grime encrusted bus stand or dirty, foul smelling subway and cram thier way into what is undoubtedly the most vile, unsightly, and thankless mass transportation rides in the world.

29th December 2019 at 10:04 am

I take it you are not a fan 😉

Kyle William says

1st May 2019 at 8:18 pm

These above pictures look so fascinating and I really like your post. Thanks for sharing and keep up the amazing work.

2nd May 2019 at 8:26 pm

Thanks Kyle!

Martin says

23rd March 2019 at 6:06 am

Thanks so much for the information! Leaving for NYC in 5 days and this was awesome!

23rd March 2019 at 11:11 am

Our pleasure Martin – have a great time!

18th December 2018 at 9:03 am

That’s the best article I could dream about! So much information. Thank you guys for your work

18th December 2018 at 3:21 pm

Our pleasure Jane 🙂

4th July 2018 at 5:31 am

Great information compiled into a concise article. Thank you!

4th July 2018 at 9:13 am

My pleasure!

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Despite there being hundreds of bus routes in The City, traveling by this mode of transport is as easy as getting around New York by foot . The bus network crosses the grid plan perfectly and in most cases all you'll have to do is hop on any bus to take you further down the street or avenue .

In order not to get confused and know how to move around New York by bus, it is never a bad idea to take a look at the area maps and the line maps that you will find at each stop.

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Similar to the subway , there are also normal and limited buses. The limited ones do not stop at every stop and are faster than the normal ones. Before getting on a limited bus, make sure you ask the bus driver if the bus stops at your stop. 

The price of a single bus ticket is US$ 3. If you plan to use public transportation on a regular basis, it is highly recommended that you take a look at the MetroCard , as with this the price of each journey works out at US$ 2.75.

If you are thinking of paying by cash, it is important to note that you can only pay with coins .

If you use a MetroCard , you have access to unlimited transfers between the several buses and the  subway for 120 minutes, and after this time you'll have to pay again. If you pay by cash, you have to ask the bus driver for a ticket and with that you will only be able to transfer once.

Schedules of the buses

Buses, like the subway , operate on a 24-hour basis .

Between 10 pm and 5 am you can ask the bus driver to stop where you want to get off, without it having to be a bus stop.

Great Option for Short Distances and the Elderly

Buses are the right choice on many occasions to move around New York, especially when you want to make a short trip in a certain street or avenue. For longer trips, the most sensible option is to use the subway .

This means of transport is also preferred by the elderly and the disabled , as the subway  is not as accessible.

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NYC Transportation Guide | How to Get Around NYC

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Manhattan is pretty big, and it’s just one part of New York City, so you’ll have to rely on public transportation in NYC during your trip.

That’s not a problem since New York’s transit network is expansive, efficient, and inexpensive. There are plenty of ways to get to Brooklyn and the other boroughs in NYC , including Staten Island across the harbor.

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As much as we don’t mind walking, sometimes public transportation is the best way to get around New York , and we had no trouble navigating the city’s buses and subways. I have no doubt that you’ll get the hang of it in no time!

To put your mind at ease, this guide will help you find the best way to travel through the city. Not only will you learn how to get around in NYC , but you’ll feel better prepared for your trip. That means less time worrying and getting lost, and more time visiting the most popular attractions in New York City !

Best way to get around NYC

Driving in the Big Apple is exhausting and overwhelming, so public transportation will become your best friend during your time here. So, if you’re not sure how to get around NYC without a car , don’t worry because the transit system is great.

In this guide, I’ll tell you what you need to know about each mode of transportation, including schedules, pricing, NYC transit passes , and other helpful tips.

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Without a doubt, the NYC subway system is the most popular and fastest way to get around the city. It’s also the most practical since subway lines run 24/7 and you don’t have to worry about traffic unless it’s rush hour, in which case, you should be prepared for crowds.

New York has one of the oldest and largest subway networks in the world, with over 450 subway stations connecting Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. You can get a better idea of the subway routes with this NYC MTA subway map :

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Generally, the subway runs every 2-5 minutes during peak hours (6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) and every 5-15 minutes outside those hours. Currently, the New York subway fare is $2.75 per ride and $3 if you purchase a single ticket.

If you’re going to be in the city for more than a day, it’s worth getting a Metrocard . A 7-day Metrocard costs $33 and gives you unlimited rides on the subway, New York City buses, the Roosevelt Island Tram, the Long Island and Metro-North Railroads, and the AirTrain airport shuttle. You can check our guide to the New York subway here .

While the subway is the most popular way to get around Manhattan, NYC’s bus service is more common in the other boroughs. If you plan on visiting the Bronx , Brooklyn , or Queens , you’ll probably end up taking a bus at some point.

The bus fare in NYC is $2.75 for a single ride, and you can use your Metrocard. The buses typically run every 5-15 minutes, but you can check the exact routes and schedules here .

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Remember, buses take longer than the subway, and there are often delays, so plan for extra travel time. For an express route, check out the Select Bus Service , which costs $6.50 per ride and makes fewer stops.

Also, if you want to maximize your time and see several landmarks and attractions in one day, consider taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour in NYC . These buses take you to the most popular parts of the city and they’re included in most New York city passes .

Rail service in NYC

Most people who visit New York City do just fine taking the subway or the bus, but if you want to go further out of the city, you can take the Long Island Railroad or Metro-North Railroad . These NYC train services are more popular with locals and commuters coming from or going to New Jersey or Long Island.

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You probably won’t need to use the rail service, but if you do, the price depends on which fare zone you go through. Generally, it costs $10-$15 one-way .

Bike rental in NYC

NYC isn’t very bike-friendly, but there are some great areas to enjoy a bike ride, like the Hudson River Greenway. Central Park is another beautiful place to ride, and a bike can help you see more Central Park attractions in less time.

You can rent a bike in Central Park for a couple of hours and explore the 843-acre park at your own pace. The bike rentals are included in the New York Pass .

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Outside of Central Park, you’ll find Citi Bike kiosks across the city. This bike-sharing system is perfect for cruising around the neighborhood, and it’s popular with locals and tourists. A single 45-minute session costs $3.99, although you can get a day pass with unlimited rides for $15. Simply pay with a credit card at one of the Citi Bike kiosks or on the app .

Ferries in NYC

New York is a port city, so there are several waterways, including the Hudson River, East River, and New York Harbor. Fortunately, there is water transit in New York, so you can easily cross over to Staten Island, New Jersey, and more.

The NYC Ferry runs every 30-45 minutes from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Roosevelt Island. One-way tickets cost $4, or you can get 10 trips for $27.50. The NYC Ferry doesn’t accept the Metrocard, so get your tickets at one of the landings.

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If you want to visit Staten Island or get a better view of the Statue of Liberty , I recommend the Staten Island Ferry . Not only is it one of the best free things to do in NYC , but it also passes several landmarks like Governors Island, Ellis Island, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. The Staten Island Ferry operates 24/7 and departs every 20 minutes or so from Whitehall Terminal near Battery Park.

There is also the NY Waterway and the New York Water Taxi , but these two options are more expensive, and the latter is a private charter for large groups. In other words, the best way to get around NYC ’s waterways is via the NYC Ferry or the Staten Island Ferry .


The yellow taxicabs are an icon of New York City, and while they’re popular in TV and film, they’re not the most convenient way to get around. A taxi can be useful if you’re traveling a short distance in bad weather or late at night, but otherwise, it’s not my first recommendation.

If you do want to take a taxi, you should know that fares start at $2.50 and increase the longer and further you travel. Taxis operate all day and night, and you can pay with cash or card.

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Alternatively, a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft is often a cheaper way to get around. You can also find a Lyft or Uber in NYC 24 hours a day, and the rates vary depending on where you’re going and whether you opt for a private or shared trip with other passengers.

Whether you take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft, you should tip your driver about 15% .

Walking is definitely the cheapest way to get around NYC , and while it’s not always practical, it is a great way to explore a neighborhood and experience the local culture. Best of all, it’s free!

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Another way to take advantage of walking around New York City is to take a tour. There are all kinds of walking tours in NYC , including tours through the Financial District, Central Park, and Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood .

Roosevelt Island sits in the East River, between Manhattan and Queens. There are some historic landmarks on Roosevelt Island, but the aerial view from the tram is the main reason people make the trip.

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The Roosevelt Island Tram runs every 7-15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. (3:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). It departs from 59 th Street and 2 nd Avenue on the Upper East Side and drops you off at the Tramway Plaza on Roosevelt Island.

To ride this New York tram , you’ll need a Metrocard. The price for a single ride is the same as the subway, $2.75 .

While driving in the Big Apple is a headache, a car is super useful if you want to take a weekend getaway from NYC . We’ve used Rentalcars many times and haven’t had any problems. You can rent a car or SUV for a day or two to easily get around NYC and the surrounding areas.

Renting a car is also a great idea if you want to take a road trip from NYC .

Airport transportation in New York City

Finally, if you’re flying into one of the airports near New York City, I recommend planning ahead of time, so you don’t get overwhelmed once you land. There are airport shuttles in NYC that depart from all three major airports: JFK, LaGuardia (LGA), and Newark Airport (EWR), and we tell you everything you need to know in our guide.

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City buses and taxis also depart from the airports, but if you’d rather avoid NYC’s public transport while carrying your luggage, you can opt for a private transfer . I especially recommend this option if you are traveling with small kids or large luggage.

FAQs – Transportation in NYC

Finally, here are some common questions about New York City’s transportation system:

What is the best way to get around NYC?

The best way to get around NYC as a tourist is by taking the subway or the bus since it’s cheap, efficient, and goes to most parts of the city.

How much do taxis cost in New York?

Fares start at $2.50 and increase with time and duration. If you look at NYC taxis vs. Uber or Lyft, it’s generally more expensive to take a cab.

Is the New York subway safe?

Overall, the subway is safe. Just use common sense by staying aware of your surroundings and keeping your belongings out of sight.

How late does the subway run in NYC?

The NYC subway system operates 24/7, so you can take the subway even if you’re out late at night.

What is the cheapest way to get around NYC?

Aside from walking, the bus or the subway is the cheapest way to get around NYC since a single ride costs only $2.75.

That’s it for this guide to getting around NYC ! I hope you feel better prepared to take public transportation in New York City . As you can see, it’s not as overwhelming as you might think, and if you plan ahead, you’ll have no issues exploring all the places and attractions in the Big Apple.

Before I go, I’d like to remind you to check out our tourist maps of NYC , especially if it’s your first time in the city. Of course, if you have any questions about NYC transport , feel free to leave me a comment below. Until then, have an awesome time in New York!

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One of the most iconic cities in the world, New York City is a must-visit destination for any traveler. From the towering Empire State Building to the bustling streets of Times Square, there are countless famous attractions to experience.

Take in sweeping views from the top of the Empire State Building, stroll through the leafy paths of Central Park, or immerse yourself in Times Square's bright lights and energy.

How to get to New York City

A city the size of New York has many transportation options. Visitors can fly into one of the major airports, take the bus into one of the city's many bus stations or hop on a train to Penn Station.

Bus : Taking the bus is a cost-effective option for those traveling to NYC. Many major cities have direct buses to one of the city's major stations, including Port Authority bus terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. Both bus stations are easily accessible by public transportation, making it simple to reach your final destination. If you want to arrive directly into other parts of town, the many bus companies operating in New York City offer routes to neighborhoods like Harlem, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Trains : The Amtrak train system offers multiple routes into NYC. The most popular are the Northeast Regional and Acela Express lines. These trains arrive at Penn Station, located in Midtown Manhattan and easily accessible by subway. They connect the city to many major East Coast cities, including Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and other smaller towns in between. Taking the train is a great option for those looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery during their journey to NYC.

Flying : Finally, flying into one of the city's major airports is a convenient option for those traveling farther distances. JFK and LaGuardia's airports are the main hubs for international flights, while Newark Liberty International Airport serves both domestic and international routes. From there, visitors can take a taxi or ride-share service to their destination or hop on the public transportation system, which includes buses and trains. All three airports have ample transportation options for getting into Manhattan and other parts of the city, including shuttle buses and trains.

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Depending on where you're coming from, traveling to New York by bus can be the most cost-effective option compared to flying or taking the train, especially for those traveling from nearby cities and states. Here are a few reasons why you should consider taking the bus on your next trip to NYC:

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Taking the bus to New York is not only convenient and cost-effective, but it's also the most environmentally friendly method of transportation. Buses are more fuel-efficient than passenger cars and are estimated to use 9% less energy per passenger mile, making them a very eco-friendly travel option.

By choosing to travel by bus, you are reducing carbon emissions and helping to decrease air pollution. So let's do our part for the planet and take the bus to New York! It's a win-win situation - you get to see the sights of the Big Apple while also being environmentally conscious.

2 - It's cheaper

Taking the bus is usually more affordable because you don't have to pay for gas, tolls, airport fees or transportation to a distant airport. Plus, with a bus trip, you can save even more by booking in advance or taking advantage of promotions and discounts to find the lowest prices.

3 - It's safer.

Bus travel is 50 times safer than car travel. Yes, 50 times! Buses have one of the lowest rates of fatalities compared to other modes of transportation, second only to planes.

Plus, buses are equipped with safety features like seat belts and professional drivers who have undergone extensive training.

Additionally, traveling by bus means having a designated driver is not a concern. All in all, taking the bus to New York is a safe and responsible choice.

4 - It's a chance to sit back and unwind

The bus is the most convenient method of transportation for your trip to New York because it allows you to avoid the stress and expense of flying or driving. Plus, you can sit back in your reclining seat and relax as you travel to your destination.

On top of that, by taking the bus, you can take in the beautiful scenery along the way. Just imagine watching the changing landscapes from your comfortable seat on the bus. Sit back and unwind as you make your way to the bustling city of New York!

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Make the best of your time in New York City

Top things to do.

One of the most exciting cities in the world, New York City has something for everyone.

Get off the bus and go check out some of its famous landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

For a dose of culture, visit museums like MoMA or The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can view famous works of art from all over the world.

Don't forget about the amazing food scene - there are endless options for every taste and budget, from street carts to Michelin-starred restaurants. Your trip won't be complete without trying a slice of authentic New York pizza or pastrami on rye at a deli.

Take a stroll through Central Park to see some beautiful greenery.

Catch a Broadway show for a true NYC experience. 

How to get around without a car

New York is a city that is quite easy to navigate. With the  subway  comprising different parts of the city and an extensive  bus  line system, getting around New York is easy and affordable without a car.  Walking  is another great option for getting around, as many neighborhoods have pedestrian-friendly streets and plenty of sights to see along the way.

Taxi  and ride-sharing services like  Uber  and  Lyft  are also available when you need a quick ride.  Bike-sharing  companies also offer an eco-friendly alternative for navigating the city.

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Funding Will Add 180 New Electric School Buses to New York City Streets and Quadruple Existing Electric School Bus Fleet

Will Also Create Electric Vehicle Charging Depot at Hunts Point Food Distribution Center to Charge Over 7,000 Vehicles Each Year

Mayor Adams Announces $77 Million in Federal Grants to Electrify School Buses, Build First-in-the-Nation Electric Truck Charging Depot

March 18, 2024

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Investments Will Bolster Mayor Adams’ Efforts to Grow Green Economy, Electrify Hunts Point as Announced in State of the City Address

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the city has been awarded a total of $77 million in competitive grants from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand the number of electric school buses and trucks on city streets. A $61.1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Grant Program will add 180 new electric school buses to the city’s fleet and quadruple the number of electric school buses in New York City. Additionally, a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program will help build a groundbreaking, freight-focused electric truck and vehicle charging depot at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, the busiest heavy trucking destination in New York state. Lastly, the city was awarded $1.5 million from the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation’s Ride and Drive Electric Program to support planning and coordination efforts to electrify New York City’s electric school bus fleet.

These investments will advance several efforts announced by Mayor Adams in his State of the City address earlier this year, such as the release of his administration’s plan to grow the city’s green economy and build electric vehicle charging infrastructure at the Hunts Point Produce Market as the administration creates a “Harbor of the Future” along New York City’s iconic waterways. These grants also build on the Adams administration’s successful track record of securing over $1.6 billion in federal funding to create high-quality, sustainable, and equitable infrastructure in New York City, including more than $120 million awarded to New York City last week to expand green space and improve infrastructure in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.

“I have always said that I am a five-borough mayor, and with this funding, we are building an even brighter future for the Bronx and our entire city,” said Mayor Adams . “These grants will help us put more electric school buses on our streets, turn one of the world’s largest food distribution centers into one of the world’s greenest facilities, deliver cleaner air for our children, and help undo a long history of environmental racism in the South Bronx. This is what it looks like when leaders from City Hall to the halls of Congress work together to ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New York City. My thanks to President Biden, the Environmental Protection Agency, and all our federal partners who helped secure this funding and are working to deliver a cleaner, greener city for New Yorkers.”

“Thanks to President Biden, USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and our entire congressional delegation, our city is once again taking major steps to deliver clean air for future generations through the electrification of our school bus fleet and the continued expansion of our electric charging infrastructure,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi . “We can and must do better for our kids. With these investments, we are quadrupling the number of electric school buses in our citywide fleet and supercharging our electric freight operations, both important steps to stem the tide of the climate crisis.”

"The monumental investment announced today will meaningfully accelerate the rate of emissions reductions and electrification in transportation, strengthen New York's green economy, and help create new career pathways in historically-underserved communities,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development & Workforce Maria Torres-Springer . “I want to thank the Biden administration, Senator Schumer, and the entire New York federal delegation who have worked tirelessly to advance the urgent work of facing climate change, modernizing our infrastructure, and creating good, green collar jobs. "

“Sustainability touches every part of our school system, from the lessons being taught in our classes, to the waste reduction programs in our cafeterias, to solar energy supporting our schools, and now, to electric buses bringing our kids to and from school each day,” said New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks . “It is essential that we make every effort to do right by our kids, and these generous awards from the federal government will help our city and nation transition to a more sustainable future for our young people to inherit.”

“This federal funding for electric vehicles is exactly what NYC needs to undo the decades of environmental damage and a lack of investment, especially in neighborhoods like the South Bronx,” said Mayor’s Office of Talent and Workforce Development Executive Director Abby Jo Sigal . “ This new investment in EVs will create a cleaner and healthier environment while generating green economy jobs that will advance economic mobility and shared prosperity. The Adams’ administration is committed to building robust career pathway to these opportunities, especially for New Yorkers from economically disadvantaged communities. 

“We applaud the Biden administration for its vision to provide cleaner air and protect against climate change. This federal funding will help create a first-of-its-kind electric freight truck charging depot located in the South Bronx that will support the transition to electric vehicles for the nearly 15,000 trucks that pass through the Hunts Point neighborhood each day,” said  New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez . “At the same time, these new electric school buses will improve the health of our young people. We thank our federal, state, and city partners for advocating for these critical investments and look forward to securing even more federal funding going forward to advance our comprehensive vision to decarbonize the transportation sector.”

“This significant federal funding is going to result in a breath of fresh air for countless New Yorkers, while positioning New York City as a pioneer in reaching carbon neutrality,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation ( NYCEDC) President and CEO Andrew Kimball . “We are grateful to Senator Schumer and the entire New York City congressional delegation who advocated for this crucial piece of funding, and we look forward to continuing Mayor Adams’ vision for reimagining the Hunts Point peninsula as a more equitable, healthier, and more prosperous community.”

“The pollution created by diesel-powered trucks and school buses not only creates unhealthy air that often impacts disadvantaged communities the most; it is also a significant contributor to climate change and the extreme weather that threatens public safety,” said New York City Chief Climate Officer and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala . “This is why PlaNYC, our sustainability action plan, called for seeking federal funds for the electrification of our school bus fleets and for the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to encourage freight operators to transition to electric fleets — both steps towards environmental justice and a healthier, safer New York.”

“Diesel-fueled buses and trucks harm our climate and health, and the pollutants they emit are linked to respiratory illnesses with disproportionately higher rates in Black and Brown communities, which is why we set the ambitious goal of cutting transportation emissions in half by 2030,” said Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) Executive Director Elijah Hutchinson . “Getting noisy and polluting trucks off New York City’s streets and electrifying school buses advances our PlaNYC initiatives, while offering health benefits to students and residents of East New York, Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, and more. This funding will also bring extraordinary benefits to the residents of Hunts Point, 12 percent of whom have asthma — one of the highest rates in the country.”

In partnership with DOE and MOCEJ, the $61.1 million award to electrify New York City’s school bus fleet will benefit two companies — NYC School Bus Umbrella Services and JP Bus and Truck Repair — and help the city reach its goal of an entirely zero-emission school bus fleet by 2035 through its “PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done.” NYC School Bus Umbrella Services — the city’s nonprofit school bus company — won $29.5 million for 100 electric school buses and 100 chargers to be used citywide. JP Bus and Truck Repair won $31.5 million for 80 electric school buses to serve districts 18, 19, 20, and 21 in Brooklyn — including Coney Island, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, New Lots, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Windsor Terrace.

This is the second round of Clean School Bus Program grants awarded to the city following an $18.3 million grant for 51 electric school buses last year .

Additionally, Mayor Adams today announced that DOT and NYCEDC won a $15 million grant from USDOT to build a first-in-the-nation freight-focused electric truck and vehicle charging depot at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx. The “Recharge Hub” will offer electric trucks and passenger vehicles access to both fast chargers and regular chargers, providing a convenient way for electric trucks passing through Hunts Point or the Bruckner Expressway to recharge. The grant will also support the development of an onsite, multipurpose building to host workforce development programming, community events, and a rest area for drivers.

By expanding access to electric chargers, the hub will reduce the need for fleet owners to make expensive charging upgrades at their own locations, remove a significant barrier to electrification, and encourage greater adoption of electric vehicles by trucking companies. Once fully constructed, the hub will be able to charge over 3,000 trucks and 4,000 passenger vehicles annually, eliminating an estimated 5.1 million tons of CO₂. This funding will help replace diesel trucks with electric vehicles, reducing air pollution and addressing longstanding public health inequities in Hunts Points specifically and the South Bronx more broadly, which is home to disproportionately high rates of air pollution and asthma.

The Adams administration previously secured $110 million from USDOT’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program to invest in resiliency and freight upgrades to the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market .

Finally, Mayor Adams today announced that MOCEJ has won a $1.5 million planning grant from the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation’s Ride and Drive Electric Program to help the city develop a resilient electric school bus charging infrastructure plan.

Recent federal legislation — including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act — has unlocked unprecedented amounts of federal funding for key resiliency projects across the country. To maximize funding for New York City, Mayor Adams formed the Federal Infrastructure Funding Task Force and appointed Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi as chair. The task force has helped align priorities for high-quality, sustainable, equitable infrastructure projects across the city and created aggressive and creative grant applications from a wide range of infrastructure agencies. To date, New York City has secured more than $1.6 billion in federal infrastructure funding, including over $650 million in competitive federal grants.

“Protecting our kids and tackling the climate crisis is a win-win. Transitioning away from dirty diesel and toward clean electric buses is a smart investment in our children’s future,” said Lisa F. Garcia, regional administrator, EPA Region 2 . “Cleaner air and less pollution are a net positive for the community, and thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this is just the beginning. Beyond the community, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from these bus replacement projects will help to address the outsized role of the transportation sector on climate change.”

“New York State is leading the way in providing healthier transportation for students in our communities,” said Doreen M. Harris, CEO and President, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority . “The EPA funding for electric school buses is an example of how we are working together with the Biden administration to deliver benefits from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will complement investments we are making through the state’s historic Environmental Bond Act to put more clean school buses on our roads and help school districts transition to greener fleets.”

“This $77 million federal investment for 180 clean, electric school busses, more than 180 bus chargers, and new EV charging infrastructure in Hunts Point will give our kids safer rides to school and reduce the dirty diesel particulate pollution from trucks and buses that contributes to so much asthma in our neighborhoods. It will supercharge New York City and Mayor Adams’ drive to electrifying bus transit, support the adoption of cleaner, electric vehicles, and create an emissions-free future,” said U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer . “I led the Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Law to passage so communities in New York can have the federal funding needed to combat climate change, and now these major investments will set the wheels in motion to put new electric school buses on New York City’s roads and help the city build out their network of EV chargers, curbing carbon emissions, decreasing pollution, and improving air quality for students. I am proud to deliver this tremendous environmental justice investment that will carry our students and communities to a brighter, emissions-free future.”

“I am proud to help deliver this $77 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to allow New York City to put better, cleaner school buses and trucks on our roads,” said U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler . “The 180 new electric school buses and investment in a freight-focused electric truck and vehicle charging depot will mean less pollution, reduced costs, and more jobs in manufacturing and maintenance for our city. By investing $40 billion in infrastructure funding for New York State and New York City, President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is bringing our infrastructure into the 21st century. I’m once again proud to have fought to secure this funding, and I’ll continue to work tirelessly in Congress to make sure that New York City receives the federal infrastructure investments it deserves for years to come.”

“This critical money will go a long way toward ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment for communities throughout our city, including for our children who are the future of New York,” said U.S. Representative Grace Meng . “As New York’s representative on the Regional Leadership Council — which works to promote and implement legislation signed by President Biden — I’m excited that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law I helped pass in Congress continues to improve and enhance New York City.”

“I was proud to support the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which made today’s announcement possible,” said U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat . “Together, we are revitalizing New York City’s infrastructure and combatting the climate crisis. I commend Mayor Eric Adams, Deputy Mayor Meera Joshi, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan and Regional Administrator Lisa Garcia, and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for their collective efforts to secure this remarkable $77 million investment for New York City. This federal funding will quadruple our city’s electric school bus fleet and create the nation’s first electric truck charging depot in the Bronx that will serve over 7,000 freight-focused trucks and vehicles annually. Today’s announcement is a testament to the progress we have made under the Biden administration and our ongoing commitment to safeguarding the environment and enhancing the well-being of our communities.”

“Transitioning New York City school buses to electric and low-emission vehicles is healthier for our kids, our city, and the planet,” said U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . “Particularly in the Bronx, which has some of the highest childhood asthma rates in the country, this funding will improve air quality not only for students but also for communities across the borough. We applaud the Biden administration’s commitment to environmental justice and public health with this significant award for our city.”

“The addition of 180 new electric school buses to our city’s fleet will not only increase transportation options to and from school but will help the city’s efforts to improve air pollution by removing harmful diesel fumes from our streets,” said U.S. Representative Nicole Malliotakis . “I’m proud to have voted to secure the funding that makes these improvements possible, and I look forward to ensuring New York City continues to receive its fair share of federal infrastructure dollars in the future.”

“A sustainable future is key to New York City’s very survival: sea levels may rise as much as 5.4 feet by the end of the century, threatening the 20 percent of our city lying in a floodplain,” said New York State Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar . “The first-in-the-nation electric vehicle charging depot at Hunts Point will tackle one of the worst offenders of emissions: heavy duty vehicles like trucks and school buses. They comprise 10 percent of all vehicles on the road but are responsible for 25 percent of CO2 emissions and 60 percent of particulate matter. The new depot will take thousands of dirty heavy-duty vehicles off our streets, accelerating our transition to zero-emission vehicles in both New York’s busiest trucking hub and the nation’s largest school system. This will deliver cleaner air, curbing climate change, and saving our children from developing asthma. It is a huge step forward in delivering on our goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.”

“With the expansion of our electric school buses and electric vehicle charging, we are making an investment in not just our electric vehicle infrastructure but in decreasing harmful environmental pollutants that for years have contributed to poor health outcomes for our most vulnerable residents in the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson . “As the city is working to grow our green economy with assistance from our federal partners, we will continue to work with our colleagues in government to ensure the Bronx is not left behind and that our communities also reap the benefits of this initiative after experiencing years of environmental inequities. Thank you to Mayor Adams and the federal government for their commitment to investing in our electric vehicle infrastructure and to ensuring each borough benefits.”

“It is an honor for NYCSBUS to host this event and have everyone here to celebrate the electrifying of our city’s school bus fleet with EPA funding,” said Matt Berlin, CEO, NYCSBUS . “This transition is one step closer to a healthier New York City.”

“Today, we’re celebrating the ability to provide safe, reliable, and affordable transportation to school districts across the city,” said Robert Reichenbach, president, Bird Bus Sales . “We are excited to continue to work in partnership with the EPA to reduce air quality-related illnesses and preserve the health of our city.”

“Transportation is one of the leading causes of climate and air pollution. With federal funds to triple the number of electric school buses and add electric truck charging infrastructure at one of the nation’s busiest transportation hubs, today’s announcement marks a major step forward in the city’s effort to reduce emissions from truck traffic and protect our school children from harmful pollution that has fueled the asthma epidemic, especially in communities of color,” said Julie Tighe, president, New York League of Conservation Voters . “We congratulate NYCSBUS and JP Bus and Truck Repair as well as the DOT and NYCEDC on these grants, and we salute Mayor Adams for continued leadership on vehicle electrification.”

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New York City awarded $77M in grants to electrify school buses, build first truck charging depot

New York City is turning up the power in its plan to bring more electric vehicles in the future.

The city is receiving $77 million in grants to expand the number of electric school buses and trucks on its streets, Mayor Eric Adams announced on Monday.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean School Bus Grant Program is providing $61 million and will add 180 new electric school buses to the city's fleet and quadruple the number of electric school buses.

An additional $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program will help build a groundbreaking, freight-focused electric truck and vehicle charging depot at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center,

"I have always said that I am a five-borough mayor, and with this funding, we are building an even brighter future for the Bronx and our entire city," said Adams. "These grants will help us put more electric school buses on our streets, turn one of the world's largest food distribution centers into one of the world's greenest facilities, deliver cleaner air for our children, and help undo a long history of environmental racism in the South Bronx. This is what it looks like when leaders from City Hall to the halls of Congress work together to 'Get Stuff Done' for New York City."

Other efforts to increase electric vehicles in the city began in 2021 when former Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a $75 million program . That investment included 300 electric vehicles to replace fossil fuel-powered models, 275 fast vehicle chargers, 20 portable vehicle chargers, 11 new solar charging carports, three electric buses to replace diesel models and 78 electric ambulances.

"Sustainability touches every part of our school system, from the lessons being taught in our classes, to the waste reduction programs in our cafeterias, to solar energy supporting our schools, and now, to electric buses bringing our kids to and from school each day," added New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. "It is essential that we make every effort to do right by our kids, and these generous awards from the federal government will help our city and nation transition to a more sustainable future for our young people to inherit."

The city also received $1.5 million from the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation's Ride and Drive Electric Program to support planning and coordination efforts.

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No charges filed after NYC subway rider shot as passengers took cover and screamed there were babies onboard

A 36-year-old man was shot with his own gun on a New York City subway Thursday as terrified riders took cover, screamed that there were babies onboard and begged for someone to open the train doors so they could get to safety.

While Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Oren Yaniv on Friday said the shooting “was shocking and deeply upsetting,” he added that “at this stage, evidence of self-defense precludes us from filing any criminal charges against the shooter.”

The incident on a northbound A train, which was captured on video, comes on the heels of a string of violent crimes on the city’s subway system that prompted New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to deploy a force of 1,000 , including 750 National Guard, to increase security on the transit network.

Videos posted on social media show the unidentified 36-year-old man approaching a 32-year-old passenger and getting into a verbal dispute. The footage appears to show the 36-year-old ranting and yelling and threatening to beat up the 32-year-old.

The situation escalates when the 32-year-old man stands and puts his hands up, according to one video posted on X.

One passenger is heard saying, "there's babies on here." Several riders get up and move out of the way, the video shows.

The two men get into a physical fight and during the altercation, a woman is seen appearing to stab the 36-year-old man repeatedly in the back.

At a Friday morning news conference, police said it looked like the woman had a "sharp object and cut the 36-year-old male with that sharp object."

Video shows the 36-year-old man bleeding and saying, "You stabbed me."

The 36-year-old then walks over to his jacket and pulls out a firearm, the footage shows.

"Get down, all the way down, baby," a female rider says before screaming repeatedly: "Let me out! Let me out! Let me out! Let me out!"

Other passengers scream for the train doors to be opened. As riders flee, gunshots are heard.

Michael Kemper, the NYPD's head of transit, said officers were aware of the videos circulating online.

At some point, the 36-year-old man lost control of the gun and was shot by the 32-year-old multiple times as the train pulled into the Schermerhorn Station, Kemper said Thursday.

Eyewitnesses recorded video showing a man on a stretcher being lifted into an ambulance outside the station.

Police officers were already at the station, Kemper added, and were on the scene in seconds. The 32-year-old man was questioned by detectives Thursday night, he said.

"The investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing," Yaniv said Friday after announcing the Brooklyn DA's Office doesn't have plans to prosecute the shooter at this time.

New York City Council member Lincoln Restler, who represents the area, said on X: "This is a horrible tragedy & deeply unnerving to the millions of New Yorkers who take the subway every day."

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair and CEO Janno Lieber said in the Friday news conference that the police deserved praise for a swift response

"Transit crime is 2% of the crime in the city of New York, but it has a huge disproportionate impact on people’s sense of safety because they’re in an environment where they can’t move around as easily," he said. 

The shooting came more than a month after surveillance video captured a man allegedly throwing lit containers of flammable liquid at a group of people on a New York City subway platform.

Police are still searching for the man in that incident.

To combat transit crime, more than 1,000 police officers were put in the city’s subway system in February, resulting in a 15.4% drop in crime compared to the same month last year, according to police statistics released earlier this month. 

Robbery dropped 5% and grand larceny decreased 28.6% while incidents of felony assault stayed the same, according to the data.

Meanwhile, arrests in the transit system are up about 45%.

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I took a luxury overnight bus in Thailand and got 10 hours of business-class service for $30. The US should take notes.

  • I paid $30 to take a luxury Sombat Tour bus from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
  • Boarding the bus was easy and the service on board reminded me of business class.
  • The seats were large and comfortable and our ticket even came with food. The US should take notes.

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Bus transport varies considerably from country to country, from super-slick intra-city buses in Mexico to down-at-heel Greyhounds in the US .

In my extensive journeys around the world as a travel writer, I've enjoyed some superb buses and endured some rust buckets.

On a recent visit to Thailand, I experienced my most deluxe bus ride to date.

My wife and I decided to travel between Bangkok and Chiang Mai by bus rather than plane.

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Aiming to save some money and cut down on flying during a three-week trip to Southeast Asia , my wife and I chose to take a bus between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Bangkok is just over 420 miles south of Chiang Mai by road, and I'd heard about a deluxe bus line that made the journey in 10 hours.

Seats cost less than $30 per person for services that — if the photos I saw online were to be believed — were reminiscent of business class on a plane. I booked tickets through the Thai-based travel agency 12Go and prayed the photos were accurate.

We caught the bus at Bangkok's Mo Chit bus terminal, located a few miles northeast of the city center.

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It took us about 40 minutes to get to Mo Chit in a taxi from our city-center hotel through Bangkok's bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic. The fare cost about $9.

Although the bus terminal wasn't super modern, it felt clean, safe, and convenient, particularly compared to bus stations I've frequented in North America.

A wide range of food outlets were available, offering everything from doughnuts to Thai-style buffets.

There were no queues for check-in at Mo Chit on a Wednesday evening in February.

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We arrived an hour before our scheduled departure time and picked up our reserved tickets in a matter of minutes.

We had booked a VIP 20 bus run by Thai bus company Sombat Tour.

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Our first impressions of the bus were promising. In addition to having a driver, the bus had an onboard attendant who welcomed us and explained the facilities in English.

Unlike at many budget airlines, our luggage was stored in the hold at no extra cost.

The bus was parked at the bay 15 minutes before departure, which let us to leave promptly at 7:25 p.m.

Sombat Tour's VIP 20 buses have 20 business-class-sized seats.

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The 20 large, business-class-size seats were arranged in 10 rows with an aisle down the middle.

Fewer seats meant more privacy. On VIP 20 buses, you don't have to worry about deciding who gets the armrest or getting stuck in banal conversations with overly friendly passengers in the seat next to you.

Each seat had its own flexible reading light, charging outlets, and TV monitor offering a selection of films and music.

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This being Thailand, seats also had a unique built-in massage feature that could caress our muscles electronically all the way to Chiang Mai.

The bus windows were fitted with curtains, and there was an onboard bathroom at the rear.

Several small snacks were brought around by the attendant soon after we departed.

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Snacks included water, orange juice, a muffin, and a bag of crisps.

Blankets were also provided and ultimately proved useful, with the air conditioning trying its hardest to replicate a cool spring day in Vancouver.

It would've been nice to get pillows and headphones or have high-speed WiFi, too.

Built-in seat pods meant we could recline up to 135 degrees without disturbing the person behind us.

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An electronic switch allowed us to set whichever seat angle we preferred. Other switches controlled the footrest height and massage intensity.

The bus had good suspension, and the journey was quiet and smooth — all conducive to a good night's rest.

A Thai-style buffet meal was included with our bus ticket.

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At around 11 p.m., three-and-a-half hours into our journey, we stopped at a service station for a bathroom break and a late dinner.

The bus ticket got each of us a complementary meal at a Thai buffet inside. Although the food wasn't gourmet, it was quick, authentic, and remarkably tasty.

We arrived at Chiang Mai's bus terminal excruciatingly early.

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One small downside of the journey is that we arrived in Chiang Mai between 5 a.m. and 6 am.

We got a taxi to our hotel, dumped our bags, and waited for the city's first cafés to open at 7 a.m. After coffee and croissants, we headed off to hit the main sights.

Chiang Mai, with its many beautiful gardens and temples, was well worth the journey.

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Chiang Mai is a historic city of ornate Buddhist temples, floral gardens, and courteous people that's surrounded by a moat and guarded by the remains of an ancient defensive wall.

As a destination, it surpassed our expectations.

Sombat Tour provided us an economical and comfortable way to travel — and it saved us from paying for a night in a hotel.

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If inter-city coaches of this quality existed in North America — where bus travel is often looked upon as something to be endured rather than enjoyed — public transport would be a lot more popular and widely used.

Plus, my bus ticket cost one-third the price of the cheapest plane ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Not only did we arrive in Chiang Mai fresh and relaxed, but we also got to enjoy 10 hours of business-class-standard service for just $30.

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'The Girls on the Bus' was written by a political journalist who's been there

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Melissa Benoist, Carla Gugino, Christina Elmore and Natasha Behnam star in the Max series The Girls on the Bus. Nicole Rivelli/Max hide caption

Melissa Benoist, Carla Gugino, Christina Elmore and Natasha Behnam star in the Max series The Girls on the Bus.

The first question I have for Amy Chozick, an executive producer and co-creator of the new Max series The Girls on the Bus , is a simple one.

Why is this fiction?

After all, the series is inspired by elements from Chozick's 2018 book, Chasing Hillary , which she wrote after covering Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign for The New York Times .

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In 'chasing hillary,' reporter chronicles a decade spent covering hillary clinton.

So why is the Max show, centered on four female political journalists, set in a fictional world with made-up politicians and media outlets, instead of exploring the very real challenges Clinton faced while running for president against Donald Trump in 2016?

"I felt, just as a writer, fatigue in writing about real life," says Chozick, who also covered Clinton and Barack Obama for The Wall Street Journal . "I think the country feels fatigue....[Also] politics is dark and divisive. And I think our show is a light dramedy....I almost want it to be an escape. That was sort of our goal; this alternate reality that is fun, light, kind of escapist."

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Melissa Benoist plays reporter Sadie McCarthy in The Girls on the Bus. Nicole Rivelli/Max hide caption

Melissa Benoist plays reporter Sadie McCarthy in The Girls on the Bus.

The Girls on the Bus unfolds like a mind meld between The Paper and Primary Colors , starring Supergirl alum Melissa Benoist as Sadie McCarthy, an ambitious, hard-charging young reporter covering the presidential election for the fictional New York Sentinel . Sadie befriends three other women on the campaign trail, including a newbie online influencer, a woman working for a Fox News-style cable TV outlet and a super-skilled veteran reporter played by Carla Gugino.

Chozick teamed with experienced TV producer Julie Plec ( Vampire Diaries ) to create the show, which also involved mega-producer Greg Berlanti ( Dawson's Creek, Riverdale, Supergirl ). Relaxing in a conference room at Berlanti's offices in Burbank, Chozick admits it was a long, strange trip from her life in journalism to work as a TV scribe; our Q&A below has been edited for clarity and length.

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Melissa Benoist and Carla Gugino in The Girls on the Bus. Nicole Rivelli/Max hide caption

Melissa Benoist and Carla Gugino in The Girls on the Bus.

How did you make the transition from journalism to TV writing?

I had a very long career in journalism. But when I went to write my book, a memoir of the years I spent covering Hillary Clinton, my mentor, David Carr at The New York Times — the late David Carr — said, "You have to go to a magical place where writers live. You have to get journalism out of your head." Because it was a memoir. It was very personal. And I really, really enjoyed writing in my own voice and writing just more creatively, kind of outside the confines of newsprint.

How did you decide to focus the TV project on only one chapter of your book?

We knew we didn't want to do a political show. We knew we didn't want to relive 2016 or have any real politics in it. And [Berlanti] thought the heart of the show was this chapter called "The Girls on the Bus," [which was] about how the era of The Boys on the Bus — this, like, rollicking troupe of guys covering politics in the '70s — was gone, and women had really become the campaign reporters. And so we set out to do this this show about a found family of female journalists become friends on the bus. And yes, I really enjoyed playing with my imaginary friends.

Sadie seems to really want to believe in the candidates she's covering. That may seem a little odd to some experienced journalists, but you say that's something you went through too?

There's an anecdote in my book that I think sort of epitomizes Sadie's journey. I went to my first Hillary [Clinton] rally and everybody's getting excited and they stood up and cheered. And so I cheered, too.

And all the other reporters are like, "What the hell are you doing? Sit down."

As a journalist, you eventually understand you sort of cede your ability to be this excited about candidates, because you see them as humans. You're like, "Oh, [Obama's] kind of cold and aloof with five people, but super amazing with 50,000."

So I think Sadie eventually realizes, "Oh, this person I thought I believed in is human and flawed."

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Mark Consuelos plays a presidential candidate on The Girls on the Bus. Nicole Rivelli/Max hide caption

Mark Consuelos plays a presidential candidate on The Girls on the Bus.

There is a scene where Sadie asks one candidate she's interviewing, "How are you going to break our hearts?"

I always felt, whether it was covering Hillary or Obama, it's like being in love, but there's no love. You think about the person all the time. I would have dreams about the candidates. It's all you think about. They think about you never. [Laughs] So there is this kind of relationship that is almost like a one-sided love. And that was something we really wanted to explore; her journey of realizing, "Oh, I can't be in love with these candidates."

The other things journalists often dislike about films and TV shows about journalism – especially female journalists – is storylines where a female reporter sleeps with someone they're covering. But that happens in this story.

If you keep watching, you'll see our show flips that on its head. Sadie had a relationship with a guy who was very low-level. It was not a conflict. But now, four years later, he is in a position where it could be a conflict. She gets in a lot of trouble and has to defend herself to a disciplinary committee.

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P.J. Sosko plays a vision of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who inspires Sadie McCarthy, played by Melissa Bernoist. Linda Kallerus/Max hide caption

P.J. Sosko plays a vision of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who inspires Sadie McCarthy, played by Melissa Bernoist.

It really starts her thinking about something that I also thought a lot about, which is that the "boys on the bus" were sleeping with whoever the hell they wanted. And they never got called out. And that's the fine line that women have to walk. For one, you're married to this job. It is your life. You are on the road constantly. So who are you going to meet? [Sadie] has to really come to terms with this double standard. And also, it's a TV show. There has to be some sex. But the thing that we were adamant about is, like, none of these girls sleep with someone to get the story.

People criticized you for reporting on Hillary Clinton's email server, which seemed to damage her campaign but didn't amount to serious wrongdoing. Does that kind of reporting affect the trust the public has in journalists?

I wrote pretty extensively in the book about how I felt like the email story was a significant story when a presidential candidate is under FBI investigation. I just regretted that it was the only story. You know, I think these things that tend to get a lot of attention and clicks and likes and ratings consume issues that actually matter to people's lives. I used to be very bitter that I would fly to Michigan and write a 2,000-word story about Hillary's economic plan and no one read it. Then [critics] would say, "All you write about is her emails." But now I understand that it's actually...that was my fault. The impetus is on us to make those other stories break through.

Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

You've spoken about this a bit. But what's so different about the girls on the bus, versus the boys?

This is something that that one of Obama's top aides once told me, which was: by the time women and minorities get the job, the job is vastly diminished. It is true that by the time this bus looks the way it looks — with a diverse group of women — the news industry is dying. The candidates hardly talk to them. It's impossible for anything to break through. I mean, these guys, the "boys on the bus," they could write a story for the newswires and it changed the conversation across the whole country. This isn't directly reflected in the show. But I do think that there is something to that.

It doesn't seem as if the general public even understands what journalists do.

I had a big controversial story about Elizabeth Holmes recently. (Chozick wrote this story for The New York Times last year, which was criticized by some for making Holmes, who was convicted of fraud in connection to her blood-testing company, Theranos, look too sympathetic.) I spent a lot of time on it. I'm with her in San Diego. But people assume that I was just given this access because she wanted to get out of prison. You know how hard it is to get anyone to talk to you, especially someone who doesn't talk to the media. But there's this perception [that] it's all kind of seedy and you are doing this just to promote this person or you got this so easily. But it's not true.

Do you ever miss working in journalism full time?

Yeah, I do. I miss journalism. I really miss the newsroom on big news nights, you know, like midterms [election coverage] and we're getting pizzas or there's a debate. And then my friends have told me I'm missing something that doesn't exist anymore, because after COVID, nobody goes into the office. So I feel like I am romanticizing something that doesn't exist.

Edited by Jennifer Vanasco ; web produced by Beth Novey .

Correction March 14, 2024

An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of Amy Chozick as Chozik.


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Melissa Benoist Hits the Campaign Trail in ‘The Girls on the Bus’

After six years on “Supergirl,” the actor and producer took a crash course in political journalism to prep for a new Max series.

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In a black and white photo, Melissa Benoist in a dark midriff showing sweater leans against the railing of a balcony, Los Angeles behind her

By Esther Zuckerman

Melissa Benoist has made a habit of playing journalists on television.

She spent six years as the hero of “Supergirl,” Kara Danvers, who works in media when she’s not saving the world. Now Benoist is taking on the role of a campaign reporter named Sadie McCarthy in the Max series “The Girls on the Bus,” a very loose adaptation of the former New York Times reporter Amy Chozick’s nonfiction book “Chasing Hillary.”

But Benoist does not think she’d be a good fit for the profession. Asked about the choice of some political reporters to refrain from voting in the elections they cover, she explained in a phone interview that she would be a “terrible journalist.”

“I’m too emotional,” she said. “I’d for sure be biased.”

“The Girls on the Bus,” created by Chozick and Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), is a fictional and frothy account of the lives of women chronicling a series of Democratic presidential contenders on their way to the national convention. Benoist’s Sadie works for a New York Times stand-in called The New York Sentinel, and is given an opportunity to return to the road after being publicly embarrassed during the previous election cycle when a video of her crying after her candidate lost, a journalistic no-no, went viral.

The show has a fantastical bent, and not just because Sadie has conversations with the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson (P.J. Sosko). Despite arriving in an election year and taking inspiration from Chozick’s book about covering Hillary Clinton, the political landscape of the show looks very different from our current one. Sadie and her cohorts grapple with familiar topics, but they do so in a sort of parallel universe where the bonds they form while tracking down sources is at the center of the tale.

For Benoist, the show is her first series regular role since “Supergirl” and her first venture as a producer. In an interview, she discussed her crash course in political reporting and why that word “girl” keeps following her around. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

“Supergirl” ended in 2021, and you took some time to pick your next television show. Why this one?

After “Supergirl,” I did consciously take a break to spend time with my family. There was a shift in my perspective that I really wanted to be mindful and purposeful about the kinds of stories that I was telling and what I was putting out in the world. I got a call from Julie Plec and Sarah Schechter at Berlanti Productions. I was walking my son to the park, so I was on the phone pushing a stroller in a very different mind-set. And it was one of the first sparks that I felt of, Oh wow, this is a story I really want to be a part of after “Supergirl.” It feels timely. It feels relevant. It’s a really fun way to examine a lifestyle that many people don’t know about that also is directly related to something that we all know about, because it’s in our faces every day and it’s the state of American politics.

You’ve been involved in activism related to your experiences of domestic violence in a past relationship, which you’ve been open about . Did that influence how you thought about your work?

In 2016, I think I really became more involved and informed as a citizen. With my activism about mental health and surrounding intimate partner violence and domestic abuse — that’s always at the forefront of my mind, because I recognize the platform that “Supergirl” gave me and the people that it affects. And I’ve seen firsthand, based on people that have reached out to me specifically after I told my story, that it did have an effect. That definitely informed and it still does inform the kinds of stories I want to tell.

Here you are stepping into another role as a reporter. Why do you think you’re getting typecast as a journalist?

Maybe I’m tenacious and curious and maybe that telegraphs, I don’t know. It is kind of funny. But I’ve thought a lot about it, and obviously I thought a lot about it before I agreed to do “Girls on the Bus.” But the difference could not be more stark. My friend Kevin Smith, who directed a bunch of episodes of “Supergirl,” was like, “This is a show about a girl who can fly. You got to suspend some disbelief.” So Kara Danvers’s job as a reporter, it’s the alter ego. Because Sadie McCarthy is a real, living, breathing reporter, that is her entire life, and it is everything she cares about.

How did you prepare for “The Girls on the Bus”?

I learned really quickly — and you could probably attest to this — [journalism] is a calling. Not unlike acting, you have to sacrifice a lot to do this for a living. Especially on the campaign trail, because you are giving up so much, and you’re never home, and you’re kind of living in a bubble for the entire campaign cycle. I immersed myself as much as I could. I read Amy’s book, of course, I devoured it. I read this book called “What It Takes,” that’s sort of “The Iliad” of campaign reporting, and I loved it. And I read “The Boys on the Bus” and “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72,” by Hunter S. Thompson. I read anything and everything that I could, and watched documentaries.

This is a story based in reality, but you do have Sadie talking to the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson.

That’s pretty absurd. Maybe we should be concerned about her, I don’t know.

What were your thoughts about playing those absurdist elements of the show?

I loved the absurd elements because we get to examine how journalism is changing. The double standards that women face and have always faced in journalism. How it used to be a boys club, what it looks like now. Because especially with Hunter S. Thompson as the ghost that Sadie is talking to, by today’s standards, he’d be really problematic. I think that’s a part of her discovery: What does she want to lend to journalism and being a part of the media to change it and still get to the truth? Because she is a journalist who really romanticizes that era.

Sadie has sex with a former fling before realizing he’s working for the candidate she’s covering, and that escalates. A lot of female journalists, myself included, dislike the trope of female reporters sleeping with their subjects because it is belittling and a depiction of an unethical practice not based in reality. How did the series wrestle with this cliché?

We face it head on, and we show that the trope is something that should be commented on and not told anymore because it’s just not possible. Your career would be over if you did that; you’d be a pariah. What we’ve seen, it’s like, “That’s just how female journalists get their information.” It’s not.

The way we’re approaching this is that it is a massive mistake that Sadie makes. She would never have done it if she knew that he was working for a candidate — to her mind, he is unemployed when they hook up. Then the fact that she makes the mistake and does sleep with a source, we’re going to see her face the consequences. She’s going to pay for it deeply, and I have not seen that done.

What is the significance of this show being put out in an election year?

With the state of our politics right now, I think this show is the perfect antidote. It’s funny, it’s absurd, it’s sexy, it’s aspirational. It is much more of a story about female friendships and women finding a found family in the most unlikely place. And yes, the politics are there, and it is definitely the backdrop, and they’re so passionate and care so deeply about their work. But more important, it’s a story about women supporting each other.

The title is a reference to the Timothy Crouse 1973 book “The Boys on the Bus,” but you’ve now been in two shows with “girl” in the title. Do you have any thoughts about how that word gets deployed?

They’re both from and related to intellectual property. “Supergirl” was formed in the 1950s; she was always called that. And you’re right, “The Boys on the Bus” is opposed to “The Girls on the Bus.” It’s funny because both of these stories — they’re not coming-of-age stories, but they are women discovering themselves in different ways.

In “Girls on the Bus,” we have women from all walks of life and generations finding each other and finding themselves. I felt that way in “Supergirl,” too, both personally and playing the role, that it really was a discovery of myself at that time and what it meant to be a woman. So maybe it was me graduating from girl to woman. But, yeah, that’s an examination worth taking and diving into. I don’t think it’s a bad word, but we are women.

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