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Guided Private Underground New York Subway Tour

New York, United States
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Learn the secrets of New York’s subway on a 2.5-hour underground tour with a private guide. Hear stories about the engineering, technology and people behind the subway’s construction. Discover legends and secrets about abandoned levels, hidden stations and fake houses that disguise escape routes around the city. See official and unofficial art as you follow the 1904 line from Bowling Green to Grand Central Terminal, and get a surprising look at places that every New Yorker sees—but few notice.
  • 2.5-hour private tour of the New York City subway
  • Discover NYC history and culture
  • Explore the subways secrets with a local guide
  • Perfect for visitors—or life long residents
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
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What is the maximum group size during Guided Private Underground New York Subway Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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A Trip Through the Decades
, Jan 2020
As born and bred New Yorkers, and users of the NYC subway system, we were excited and amazed to learn so much about its history, from the 19th Century to present time. Gary, our guide, made the tour fun and informative. He talked about: how it got started, who were the men behind it all, how the NYC government played a part in it, what countries and states influenced them, and the different types of engines and materials used to make the train cars throughout the decades. Plus, other interesting tidbits and newsworthy facts about the subway stations and tunnels. This tour brought back fond memories of us traveling the different trains and subway lines of our youth. Gary instructed us to look up, down and around the subway stations to see the beautiful craftsmanship, murals, art and tiles that is and has been part of its history. Which is easily missed when you are rushing to get to your train. Whether you are a born New Yorker or new to the city, this amazing tour is one that shouldn't be missed. The time just "speeds" and you don't want it to end. Thank you Gary for an enjoyable experience! by R. Festa
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you so much, you guys were an amazing group and so great to be with. Please send my best to the others.
Subway tour
, Jan 2020
Gary deserves more than five stars. He gave us the background and rich history of what has lied below our feet and what we had taken for granted for so long. the tour was great value.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for your kind words. I am very glad that you had a good time.
, Dec 2019
Best tour with the best tour guide! Gary was a wealth of knowledge on the NY subway system, it's history and workings.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you so much. You two were wonderful.
Great history lession on the city and the subway
, Dec 2019
This tour was excellent. If you are interested in the history of New York City and/or the history of the elevated/subways of New York, this is the tour to take. Gary is a wealth of knowledge on both and is able to tie them together so you understand the progression of both the city starting at the tip of the island and moving uptown and how the transportation system grew as the city did – along with all of the problems and obstacles that were put on the companies building the elevates and the subway. Gary spent nearly 3 hours with us and I wish that we could have stayed with him for another 3 hours as he knows so much and you want to know it all.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
I am so blushing right now. Thank you so much for your kind words.
Private Underground New York subway tour
, Dec 2019
This tour was EXCELLENT!!!! And so reasonably priced. Gary is just a wealth of information on the New York City subway system and he loves to share it . He talked nonstop for three hours and gave us such a history of the subway system . He was personable , pleasant and answered all of our questions and listened to.our comments . I would highly recommend this tour to anyone . There were a group of six of us and the only issue we had is that at the beginning , because he had to give us so much history , we stood in one spot for about 40 minutes , which was very tiring . It might it may have been easier if we were walking around a bit instead of standing in one spot . Once we started touring the subway system itself it was easier.
You can still teach a Native NewYorker a few things
, Nov 2019
We were a group of four on a Saturday morning and we grew up, lived, worked and have played in NYC, yet this tour still taught us things we didn’t know about what is right under our noses. Informative, entertaining, and hilariously funny, Gary, our tour guide, made three hours disappear! The tour starts in front of City Hall downtown and ends in Grand Central terminal. You do need a metro card for getting on the subway, which you can buy in any subway station. I highly recommend this tour, even for locals.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you so much for your very kind words. The tour flew by for me as your were a terrific group.
Down under
Carol C
, Oct 2019
Interesting tour. Gary, our tour guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the history of the subway system. Loved that we ended up in Grand Central Station.
Gary knows his stuff
, Sep 2019
enjoyed it. nice small (private) tour. Gary knows his stuff and was feeding information for a full 3 hours. If you want a history of the subway system including the political gossip as to the "how" or "why" this is the tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you, you 2 were a pleasure to take around.
Frank R
, Jul 2019
This tour was one the best things we did in New York. It was entertaining, informative and interesting and our guide Gary was fantastic! I cannot recommend this tour enough!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
WOW!! Thank you for your kind words. I am very happy that you had a good time. Best to you, Gary
So much better than we expected!
, Feb 2019
Our guide Gary was terrific - so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the NYC underground! It was so interesting. We could have spent another 1/2 day learning more!

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