New York City transit fares: Wikis

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The fares for services operated under the brands of MTA Regional Bus Operations (Regional Bus) (NYC Bus, LI Bus, MTA Bus, and operators providing service under contract to Regional Bus) and the Westchester County Bee-Line System (Bee-Line) are listed below.

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Fares

Dollar bills and half-dollar coins are not accepted for fare payment on any Regional Bus (or contractor to Regional Bus) or Bee-Line System buses, or in fare payment stations for Bx12 Select Bus Service buses. All fare payments must be made using MetroCard or coins (excluding half-dollars).[1]

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Base fares

All fares are in US dollars.

Local, limited stop, Select Bus Service, New York City Subway, and Staten Island Railway Express bus
(X, BxM, QM, and BM routes)
Student fare AirTrain JFK Access-A-Ride
(New York City paratransit)
Able-Ride
(Nassau paratransit)
Full fare Reduced fare Full fare Reduced fare
(off-peak only)
Student Free MetroCard Student Half-Fare MetroCard Long Island Bus
$2.25 $1.10 $5.50 $2.75 Free $1.10 $2.00 $5.00 $2.25 $3.75
($75.00 for a book of 20 tickets)
Transfer rules:
  • All transfers are good for 2 hours.
  • MetroCard transfers are good for one connecting trip on any other local or express bus service, New York City Subway, or Bee-Line buses (restrictions apply).
    • EXCEPTIONS: Two transfers are available with MetroCard for the following transfers. The transfers must be made in order or in reverse order, and the 2-hour rule applies.
      1. Between bus routes crossing the Staten Island Railway south of the Staten Island Expressway, the Staten Island Railway through St. George Ferry Terminal, and then any MTA local bus or subway service below Chambers Street in lower Manhattan.
      2. Between the E or J/Z train at the Jamaica Center - Parsons/Archer subway stations the Q83, and the Q27.
      3. Between the B61, B62, and any bus route connecting with the B62.
  • Transfers with coins are good for use on one connecting local bus route (restrictions apply).
  • Customers transferring from a connecting system with a lower base fare must pay a "step-up" charge equivalent to the difference between the fare on the first bus and $2.25.
Other notes:
  • Peak travel periods for express buses are 6:00 AM-10:00 AM and 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
  • All Bee-Line service (including services signed as express) are local services for purposes of the fare except for the BxM4C.
  • Staten Island Railway fares are only collected at Ballpark (except for trips to St. George), St. George, and Tompkinsville stations.
  • Student MetroCards (issued by the New York City Office of Pupil Transportation) are valid only for travel on New York City Transit or MTA Bus local or subway services within the City of New York, subject to additional terms and restrictions on use.

Unlimited ride MetroCard fares

Fares on the New York City Subway can only be paid with a MetroCard. Regional Bus and Bee-Line buses accept MetroCard or exact fare in change. Paper currency is not accepted on Regional Bus or Bee-Line buses.[1]

All fares are in US dollars.

1-Day Unlimited 7-Day Unlimited 7-Day Express Bus Plus 10-Trip AirTrain JFK 14-Day Unlimited 30-Day Unlimited 30-Day AirTrain JFK
Full fare $8.25 $27.00 $45.00 $25.00 $51.50 $89.00 $40.00
Reduced fare $13.50 $25.75 $44.50
Notes:
  • The 7 Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard is the only Unlimited-Ride MetroCard accepted on Atlantic Express and MTA express buses and the BxM4C.
  • The 30-Day AirTrain JFK MetroCard is the only Unlimited-Ride MetroCard accepted on AirTrain JFK. This MetroCard is not valid for use on any MTA, Bee-Line, or Atlantic Express services.

Transfers

All transfers with MetroCard are free from bus to subway, local bus to local bus and subway to local bus. For transfers to express buses from local buses, an additional US$3.25 is deducted from a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard ($3.50 for transfers from Bee-Line local buses to an MTA express bus). With coins, transfers are available to different local buses only, with some restrictions. All transfers are good for two hours. Transfers are available upon request when boarding only.

On Bx12 Select Bus Service buses, customers paying with coins requiring a transfer must board via the front door and request a transfer from the operator. All other customers may board via the front or rear door on the Bx12 Select Bus Service only.

Bee-Line customers needing to transfer to Connecticut Transit, Transport of Rockland, Putnam Transit, or Housatonic Area Regional Transit services must ask for a transfer, even if paying with MetroCard.

Long Island Bus customers needing to transfer to non-MTA services City of Long Beach N69, Suffolk County Transit, or Huntington Area Rapid Transit services must ask for a transfer, even if paying with MetroCard.

Transfer restrictions

Subway

There are no out-of-system subway-to-subway transfers (i.e. exiting the turnstile and entering again), with two MetroCard exceptions:

Bus

For those with an Unlimited Ride MetroCard, there is an eighteen minute restriction between transferring between these routes. For all other customers, there is no free transfer available.

  • Manhattan:
    • M1, M2, M3, M4: No transfer between uptown Madison Avenue and downtown 5 Avenue buses.
    • M27 and M50: No transfer between westbound 49 Street buses and eastbound 50 Street buses.
    • M31 and M57: No transfer between eastbound and westbound buses along 57 Street.
    • M96 and M106: No transfer between eastbound and westbound buses along 96 Street.
    • M101, M102, M103: No transfer between uptown 3 Avenue and downtown Lexington Avenue buses.
  • The Bronx:
    • Bx1 and Bx2: No transfer between southbound and northbound buses on the Grand Concourse.
    • Bx40 and Bx42: No transfer between eastbound and westbound buses along Tremont Avenue.
  • Queens:
    • Q9 and Q89: No transfer between southbound and northbound buses along Lincoln Street.
    • Q111 and Q113: No transfer between southbound and northbound buses along Guy R. Brewer Boulevard.
  • Nassau County, New York:
    • N20 and N21: No transfer between eastbound and westbound buses along Northern Boulevard.
    • N31 and N32: No transfer between southbound and northbound buses along Central or Hempstead Avenues.
    • N40 and N41: No transfer between southbound and northbound buses along Nassau Road or Franklin Street.
    • N54 and N55: No transfer between eastbound and westbound buses along Jerusalem Avenue.
    • N70, N71, and N72: No transfer between eastbound and westbound buses along Hempstead Turnpike.
  • Westchester County, New York:
    • Bee-Line routes 20 and 21: No transfer between southbound and northbound buses along Central Park Avenue.
    • Bee-Line routes 40 and 41: No transfer between southbound and northbound buses along Hillside Avenue or White Plains Road.

SingleRide MetroCards are valid for one ride within two hours after purchase on local buses and the subway, with one transfer available from bus to bus only.

Subway-to-bus

There are no-subway-to-bus or bus-to-subway transfers without a MetroCard, with one exception:

  • B42 customers traveling from south of Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn to the Rockaway Parkway subway station are transported directly into the subway system without having to pass through turnstiles. Likewise, the B42 Rockaway Parkway Line departs the Rockaway Parkway subway station within subway fare control.

Fare History

Below are the fares charged for single boardings on NYCTA transit lines (and its predecessors). Different combinations of transfer privileges have altered these fares from time to time and massively increased transfer privileges and pass discounts have lowered the average real fare significantly since 1997. According to MTA figures, only 2.1% of rides are single-ride fares.[2]

On November 23, 2005, a US$1.00 holiday fare promotion was instituted by the MTA on behalf of riders until January 2, 2006. Express Buses continued to require the regular fare. On Christmas Day and New Years Day the local bus rides were free.

  • $0.05 (1904 – 1948)
  • $0.10 (1948 – 1953)
  • $0.15 (1953 – 1966)
  • $0.20 (1966 – December 31, 1969)
  • $0.30 (January 1, 1970 – December 31, 1971)
  • $0.35 (January 1, 1972 – August 31, 1975) (MSBA/Long Island Bus from 1973)
  • $0.50 (September 1, 1975 – June 28, 1980)
  • $0.60 (June 29, 1980 – July 3, 1981)
  • $0.75 (July 4, 1981 – December 31, 1983)
  • $0.90 (January 1, 1984 – December 31, 1985)
  • $1.00 (January 1, 1986 – December 31, 1989)
  • $1.15 (January 1, 1990 – December 31, 1991)
  • $1.25 (January 1, 1992 – November 11, 1995)
  • $1.50 (November 12, 1995 – May 3, 2003)
  • $2.00 (May 4, 2003 – June 27, 2009)
  • $2.25 (June 28, 2009 – present)

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For the history of the various multiple-ride Metrocard fares, see Metrocard.

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