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Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

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

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


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

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

Write a ReviewReviews (21)

1 - 5 of 21 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cool stuff right under your nose!

Definitely would recommend this tour to native New Yorkers and visitors alike. Being from NYC, I know surprisingly little about its history and the cool buildings and artifacts I pass by every day. Our tour guide, Mandy, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and maneuvered us around the...More

Thank Catherine F
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Catherine!

Reviewed July 13, 2018
nyc subway historical tour.

Our tour guide, Jeff, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject. He explained all kinds of details to us and kept everything interesting. I learned a lot from him. He pointed out the pink marble which I would never have even noticed, the garlands,...More

Thank hallegra35
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much!

Reviewed June 26, 2018
Good for city residents and visitors

While I'd known about Untapped Cities' excellent NYC tours for years, it was thanks to a visiting parent's instigation (she'd read a novel that mentioned the 'forgotten' city subway stations) that we took the Underground Tour Of The NYC Subway. Our guide seemed to know...More

Thank eulaliana
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Thank you very much!

Reviewed May 29, 2018
A great tour!

Our tour guide, Mandy, was very personable and knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor. Despite the rain during the above-ground portion of the tour, we had a good time and I learned a lot!

Thank Violeta A
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Great to hear, thank you very much! Please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know what you think we could have done better to earn a fifth star! Thank you again

Reviewed May 22, 2018
Fascinating ....

Our guide was exceptional and extremely knowledgeable.....she was able to answer any questions without hesitation....you could tell she enjoyed her work....we loved it....eye opening experience if you like history.

Thank Diane E
Augustin P, Owner at Untapped Cities, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Thank you Diane!

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