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Overnight Travel Options for When the Subway Isn’t Running

Plan transit alternatives for subway service from 1 a.m.-5 a.m. and find other resources to help you get where you’re going during the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated July 5, 2020

As New York City enters Phase 3 of reopening, we’re doing everything we can to help you ride safely.

Updates as NYC reopens

  • Wear a mask or face covering. They’re required when you ride with us.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands at your destination.
  • Travel at less busy times if you can.
  • The subway will continue to close from 1 a.m.-5 a.m. each day. Overnight local and express buses are free. (The Staten Island Railway will continue to operate during this time, and fares on Staten Island buses remain in effect.)
  • We'll be making some changes to overnight Express bus service, beginning June 28. 

Last scheduled departures for subways

You may still see trains running between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Those trains will be moving essential crews to where they need to be so we can resume service promptly at 5 a.m.

Bus alternatives to subway service

Express and local buses are free of charge between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

(The Staten Island Railway will continue to operate, and fares on Staten Island buses remain in effect.)

Use our trip planner

Our trip planner has the most up-to-date route information about enhanced bus service.

  • Set the time for your planned commute
  • Under Travel Preferences, select “bus” and “express bus”

Overnight express bus routes

These routes will be operating about every 30 minutes or better tonight:

  • BxM4: Woodlawn, Bronx, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • BxM7: Co-op City, Bronx, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • BM2: Canarsie, Brooklyn, and Midtown/Downtown, Manhattan
  • QM17 Far Rockaway, Woodhaven, Queens, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • X68: (begins operating Manhattan bound at 4 a.m.) Floral Park, Queens, and Midtown, Manhattan
  • B99: Midwood, Brooklyn and Midtown, Manhattan

New Manhattan/Brooklyn Route

On June 28, we launched the new B99 overnight-only route.  It will connect Midwood in Brooklyn to the West Side of Manhattan, following a route similar to the 2 line. It will operate every 20 minutes between 1-6 a.m. only. 

See the full stop list.

See full schedule.

Use our trip planner or the MYmta app for the most up-to-date route information.

Changes to overnight bus service

Beginning June 28, we’ll be discontinuing 1-5 a.m. service on the BM3, BxM1, BxM2, BxM11, QM6, X28, X68, because ridership is low. 

During that time you can use other bus service or book a for-hire ride with our Essential Connector app.

These bus routes will operate as usual during normal weekday hours. 

The X68 will begin operating at 4 a.m.

Here are routes you can use overnight instead:

  • BM3: B68,BM2   
  • BxM1: Bx10   
  • BxM2: Bx10   
  • BxM11: Bx39   
  • QM6: Q46, Q60   
  • X28: B1,B6, B36, B82   
  • X68 Manhattan bound (not operating from 1-4 a.m.): Q1,Q2, Q3 Q17, Q36, Q43, and Q60  
  • X68 Queens bound (not operating 1-5 a.m.): Q1,Q2,Q3 Q17, Q36, Q43, and Q60 

Essential Connector

Essential workers are eligible for one free trip in a for-hire vehicle per night if:

  • A bus trip would take more than 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • A bus trip requires more than two transfers, or
  • The walk to or from a bus stop is more than 1/2 mile (10 minutes)

Request a ride or pre-book a trip

Use the Essential Connector page to request a ride between 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., or schedule a ride in advance.

Questions? Call 718-330-1234.

Use the Essential Connector app

Download the Essential Connector app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. You can plan a trip using our enhanced bus service while subway service is suspended. You can also request a ride on-demand between 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.

Note for Staten Island riders

Beginning Wednesday, July 1, at 1 a.m., we will no longer be providing for-hire vehicle service on Staten Island through the Essential Connector program.

You can plan a trip to South Ferry at 4 Whitehall Street, New York, NY, 10004, instead. The Staten Island Railway and Staten Island Ferry will continue to operate all night.