NYC Underground Subway Walking Tour

4.5 (288)
New York, US
4.5 (288)
New York, US
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Experience the hidden wonders of New York City's underground subway system on this thrilling walking tour. Discover the secrets of the city that never sleeps as you explore the architectural ghosts of the nearly forgotten Chambers Street station and the remnants of the Union Square Station's hidden art installation. Ride through abandoned subway stations that even seasoned commuters don't know exist, using the 6 train as your own time machine. Dive into the birth of the NYC subway system through rare archival photos not available to the public. Plus, learn about the comically short route of the mythical "Subway before the Subway" with Alfred Ely Beach's Pneumatic Transit System. This two-hour adventure is packed with fascinating history and hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Join the tour and uncover the secrets of NYC's underground.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience & Audio Guided
  • Explore the world's largest subway system
  • Discover hidden art installations in Union Square Station
  • Ride through abandoned subway stations
  • Learn about the birth of the NYC subway system through archival photos
  • Discover the comically short route of Alfred Ely Beach's Pneumatic Transit System
  • Ear pieces provided to each guests ensuring everyone hears the guide perfectly
  • Guided walking tour with a native new yorker!
  • Gratuities
  • Metro card (1 swipe)

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Experience the bustling metropolis of New York City like never before with the NYC Underground Subway Walking Tour. Delve into the fascinating history and secrets of the world's largest subway system, which serves as the pulsating heartbeat of this city that never sleeps. Step into the underbelly of New York and uncover hidden gems that even seasoned commuters may not be aware of.

What to expect?

During this 120-minute tour, you can anticipate a thrilling adventure through the abandoned and lesser-known underground subway stations that make up an important part of NYC's history. Marvel at the architectural ghosts of the nearly forgotten Chambers Street station, known as the "Grand Central of Downtown." Discover the hidden art installation at Union Square Station, a secret that thousands of riders walk by every day. Ride the 6 train through abandoned stations, granting you a unique experience that few have had the chance to explore. Learn about the birth of the NYC subway system through captivating archival photos that are not available to the general public.

Who is this for?

The NYC Underground Subway Walking Tour is perfect for curious travelers and history enthusiasts alike. Whether you're a first-time visitor to New York or a seasoned explorer, this tour offers a one-of-a-kind experience that will deepen your understanding of the city. From architecture aficionados to subway enthusiasts, this tour appeals to a wide range of interests.

Why book this?

This tour presents a unique opportunity to traverse the underbelly of New York City's iconic subway system, exploring hidden gems that are off the beaten path. Gain access to the secrets of the underground, discovering remnants of forgotten subway stations and unraveling the mysteries that lie beneath the city streets. With an experienced guide leading the way, you'll gain insider knowledge and unique insights into the history, culture, and artistry of the New York subway system. This immersive journey is a chance to see New York from a fresh perspective and an extraordinary way to explore the city's rich heritage.

Good to know

Please note that while you'll catch glimpses of abandoned subway stations from the train, unfortunately, public access is not permitted under any circumstances. However, this should not deter you from embarking on this thrilling adventure. To join the tour, you will simply need one MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap to enter the subway. Remember to meet your guide outside 200 Broadway, New York, NY 10038, on the southeast corner of Broadway and Fulton Street. Look out for the "Untapped New York" sign held by your knowledgeable guide.


Previous participants have raved about the engaging and immersive nature of the NYC Underground Subway Walking Tour. Travelers praised the fascinating stories behind the abandoned subway stations, the architectural wonders they encountered, and the chance to experience the city's history firsthand. Many appreciated the knowledgeable and friendly guides who brought the underground world to life, making it a standout experience in their New York City itinerary. Discover the hidden secrets of the NYC subway system and embark on an unforgettable journey through its fascinating past.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

City Hall Park

You will learn about the creation of the very first NYC subway station while looking at visible remnants from City Hall park!

Brooklyn Bridge

(Pass by)

We will see the Brooklyn at the beginning of the tour

The Municipal Building

Learn about the importance of this building in the creation of the NYC subway system!

Union Square

Explore the Union Square subway station and its surprising Art installation



4.5 (288)


We had a great time with AJ. He is a native NY-er who is personable and funny. I learned so much about the city where I have spent significant time but never really saw some of the details he pointed out. Definitely worth the money!


AJ was a very knowledgeable tour guide. We got on and off several subway trains and he spoke at each station about the history of that station. He showed us old tile that was covered up and as we went past some old abandoned stations he shined his flashlight so we could see them. I would recommend this tour but if you are in a wheelchair or on a scooter or have difficulty with stairsit is not for you.


We're sure the information would have been interesting if we could have heard it. A substantial portion of the tour was conducted in the subway. The provided earphones were of such poor quality we couldn't hear the tour guide over the roar of the trains for most of the tour. We should have been provided noise cancelling headphones. In addition, our guide seemed to be more concerned with getting to his next appt than in communicating clearly. Basically, we didn't get the tour we paid for.


My guide was Justin He was excellent in every way .He made tour exceptional and he excelled with his knowledge of underground and transportation


A GREAT tour that showcased the history of the subway systems and architectural details. Loved seeing the abandoned stations along the ride. Cullen was top-notch in every way. We never felt rushed, but he kept a nice pace to allow seeing a lot. He was personable, professional, and so knowledgeable. I loved the small group setting and cannot wait to book other tours with Untapped NYC.


The tour guide was fun, entertaining and very knowledgeable. He provided of interesting information about the history of the subway


I was always a little afraid of the subway, but Alexis immediately put me at ease. She was personable and genuinely interested in the people in her group, making sure we were together and safely getting on and off the cars. She was knowledgeable and when she didn’t know an answer, she googled it and found out in a second. Finally, after the tour was over, she walked my family to the entrance we needed to go to Penn Station. Not everyone would do that. She’s awesome, and we loved her tour.


Such an interesting tour with sights you wouldn't know existed. Really informative and interesting. Very knowledgeable host too.


This is a better tour for visitors NYC. Locals in particular older ones will find it less than inspiring. Nevertheless I enjoyed this. Nice review of the history


AJ our guide was incredible! His knowledge of the history of the NY subway and the city in general. It was fascinating and I learned so much more about NYC. They packed a lot into the two hours! Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to really understand how New York grew the way it did.
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