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Where can I purchase cheap Subway/metro passes in NYC?

I'm going to be Visiting NYC later this month and was wondering where I can purchase the cheapest Subway/bus passes?

6 Answers

answered by
Hoyt from New York City

Only place is at the subway stations - no discounts (legally).

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answered by
bee from Mission Viejo

Subway and bus passes are not really available at discounted rates anywhere.  There are, however, multi-day passes which are less expensive than buying single ride metrocards.

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answered by
Ava from New York City

Depends on how long you are staying?

Over a week consistently using the train for more than one round trip several days buy an unlimited for a flat fee of $31.

Base Fare – $2.75 
Subway and Local Bus (Reduced-Fare $1.35) 

Express Bus – $6.50 

(Reduced-Fare $3.00 off-peak only)7-Day Unlimited – $31

7-Day Express Bus Plus – $57.2530-Day Unlimited – $116.50Pay-Per-Ride Bonus
An additional 11% is added to your MetroCard with the purchase or addition of $5.50 or more. 
Note: PATH, AirTrain, and Express buses do not accept 7- and 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard.

Single Ride ticket – $3.00
(No Reduced-Fare) 
Sold at vending machines only.
Must be used within 2 hours; 
no transfers included.

Fee for purchase of a new MetroCard – $1 
Fee applies to each new MetroCard purchased at station booth, vending machine or commuter rail station.

About the $1 New Card Fee

The MTA charges a $1.00 "new card fee" for each new MetroCard purchased at a MetroCard Vending Machine or station booth, or commuter rail station.

You can email or call MTA (mass transit authority) via the link provided below: (go straight to the source Molly!)

All the best, Ava

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answered by
jami from New York City

Unless you are a child or a senior citizen you can't really get discount subway fares. Its usually cheaper to buy an unlimited rather than pay per ride. Pay per is now $2.75, so..for example: If you ride back and forth 6 times somewhere you'll pay out $33 but a week long unlimited is only $31. Its a pain, most of NYC'ers hate it. Also pay close attention to closings and delays, especially on a weekend!!! :)

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answered first by
Grace from New York City

If you are 65 years of age or older, you are in luck and eligible for a reduced-fare MetroCard. You can find more information here:

If you are not quite 65 years old yet, you can go to a subway station and purchase a Metrocard with Cash/Credit. You can save money by purchasing more than one ride, there is a great chart breaking down your options here:

MetroCards can be used for both the subway and bus, happy riding!

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answered by
Dan from Cambridge (Massachusetts)

I wouldn't trust purchasing subway/bus tix from anyone other than the MTA - you can pick them up in most stations via machines or a person behind a counter.

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