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 January 14, 2021

Alternatives to subway service

  • The Essential Connector for-hire-vehicle program ended on August 30. You can use our expanded overnight bus service or other alternatives instead.
  • The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad are cross-honoring MetroCards between some stations while subway service isn’t running.

Overnight bus service

  • All overnight buses from 1-5 am, including the express routes in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, will be $2.75. (The usual fare is in place for SIM buses.)
  • We launched three new bus routes to help you travel between boroughs when the subway isn’t running.
  • If your bus trip requires more than one transfer between midnight and 6 a.m., you can travel on a single fare by requesting a paper transfer from the bus operator on each leg of your trip.

Use our trip planner

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

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

New overnight bus routes

We have launched three new overnight interborough bus routes: the Bx99, the M99, and the B99. These new routes operate every 20 minutes from 1-6 a.m.


This route connects Midwood in Brooklyn to the west side of Manhattan, following a route similar to the 2 line.

See the full stop list.

See full schedule.


The Bx99 connects Woodlawn in the Bronx and the West Village in Manhattan. The route travels on Jerome Avenue and down the east side, similar to the 4 subway line, then crosses west at 57th Street and down to the West Village.

See the bus route.

See the stop list.

See full schedule.


The new M99 runs between East New York in Brooklyn and Hell’s Kitchen, across 14th Street in Manhattan and along the west side.

See the route map.

See the stop list.

See full schedule.

Changes to overnight bus service

To make the most effective use of our limited resources and ensure consistent reliability on routes with higher ridership demands, we are making changes to service on some overnight routes currently experiencing very low ridership. These new changes will go into effect the morning of Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Routes with discontinued overnight service

The following routes will no longer provide service between 1 AM and 5 AM. This will return them to their pre-pandemic overnight schedules.

  • M34/M34A SBS, M20, B39, B45, QM17

Routes with reduced overnight frequencies

The following routes will run at reduced frequencies between 1 AM and 5 AM. This will return them to their pre-pandemic overnight schedules.

  • B15, B25, B62, B82, Bx9, Bx28, Bx40, M60, Q4, Q43, Q56

Get detailed information on service frequencies for affected routes and  alternative service options here.

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.

Essential Connector

Given our significant financial challenges and the lack of additional relief from Congress thus far, unfortunately we are no longer able to provide this service. Effective 5 a.m. August 30, we will no longer operate the Essential Connector program.

Plan your overnight travel with our overnight bus network using our trip planner