I'm going to be Visiting NYC later this month and was wondering where I can purchase the cheapest Subway/bus passes?
Only place is at the subway stations - no discounts (legally).
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.
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
Single Ride ticket – $3.00
Sold at vending machines only.
Must be used within 2 hours;
no transfers included.
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
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!!! :)
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: http://web.mta.info/nyct/fare/rfindex.htm
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: http://web.mta.info/nyct/fare/FaresatAGlance.htm#save
MetroCards can be used for both the subway and bus, happy riding!
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.