About MetroCard

Use your MetroCard® to ride NYC Transit subways, local buses, select buses, and express buses, as well as Staten Island Railway. MetroCard is also accepted by our regional transit partners.

MetroCards may be purchased and refilled at subway Station Booths, MetroCard Vending Machines, and at other vendors.

The cost of a standard ride is $2.75. You can buy as many rides as you want on a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard, from $5.50 to $80. Or you can buy an Unlimited Ride MetroCard for a seven-day or 30-day period.

There is a $1 fee for each new card. By refilling and reusing your MetroCard, you avoid the $1 fee and help reduce waste.

Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard

Buy as many rides as you want. Buy or refill your card at a Station Booth or a MetroCard Vending Machine, from $5.50 up to $80.

Each ride includes an automatic free transfer (within two hours) between subway and bus, bus and subway, or between buses.

There is a $1 fee for each new card. By refilling and reusing your MetroCard, you avoid the $1 fee and help reduce waste.

Note: A MetroCard with a single ride costs $3 and is sold at vending machines only.

You can also add Unlimited Ride periods to your Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard.

Unlimited Ride MetroCard

Buy an unlimited number of subway and bus rides for a fixed price. Choose from a 7-Day, 30-Day, or 7-Day Express Bus Plus card. 

Note: PATH, AirTrain, and Express buses do not accept 7-Day or 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards.

7-Day Unlimited MetroCard

Cost: $33 (Reduced Fare  $16.50)  

Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight seven days from day of first use.

30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard

Cost: $127 (Reduced Fare $63.50)

Good for unlimited subway and local bus rides until midnight 30 days from day of first use. This card is protected against loss or theft when purchased at a vending machine with a credit or debit/ATM card.

7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard

Cost: $62.00 (No Reduced Fare)

Good for unlimited express bus, local bus, and subway rides until midnight 7 days from first use. This card is protected against loss or theft when purchased at a vending machine with a credit or debit/ATM card. 

You can also add single rides to Unlimited Ride MetroCard.

Note: First activate your Unlimited Ride MetroCard by swiping once. As long as your card is activated, you can add value. Time will be used first, then any added value.  

JFK AirTrain MetroCards

The JFK AirTrain accepts Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard, a JFK AirTrain 30-Day MetroCard, or a JFK AirTrain 10-Trip MetroCard. It does not accept Unlimited Fare MetroCards.

JFK AirTrain 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard

Cost: $40 (No Reduced Fare)

Good for unlimited JFK AirTrain trips until midnight, 30 days from first use.

JFK AirTrain 10-Trip MetroCard

Cost: $25 (No Reduced Fare)

Good for 10 JFK AirTrain trips within 31 days after first use. One trip is deducted for each use. Only accepted for AirTrain trips. On sale at AirTrain vending machines, JFK airport, and local merchants.

Combining Pay-Per-Ride and Unlimited Ride

Your MetroCard can hold any combination of unlimited rides and dollar value. By using the same card, you avoid the $1 fee for each new MetroCard.

Here's how it works:

  • Using a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard? Now you can add unlimited rides to it.
  • Using an Unlimited Ride MetroCard? Now you can also add a dollar value to it.
  • Just bought an Unlimited Ride MetroCard and want to add more time to it? Just make sure you activate your Unlimited Ride MetroCard by using it at least once; then you can refill it.
  • Whether you choose to add time or value, just bring your MetroCard to any MetroCard Vending Machine or Station Booth to make your transaction.
  • The MTA charges a $1 fee for each new MetroCard purchased at a MetroCard Vending Machine, Station Booth, or commuter rail station.

Important things to know:

  • Time on your MetroCard will always be used first for paying your fare.
  • Value on your MetroCard will become available for use only when all time runs out on your card. For example, if you have $7 in value remaining on your card and you decide to add a 7-day Unlimited Ride pass, the next time you use your card, it will activate the Unlimited rides, and the value will only become available to you when the 7-day time period expires. Note: On PATH, AirTrain and Express buses, a MetroCard with both time and value will deduct the value based portion of your card (as these services do not accept 7-day or 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCards).
  • Your MetroCard can only hold one Unlimited Ride refill at a time. Remember, your refill is activated on the first swipe only after your current Unlimited Ride period ends. Once you’ve activated it again, you can refill it again.
  • Your MetroCard can be refilled with time and value for about one year. The MetroCard Vending Machine will tell you when the card expiration date is coming up, and will issue you a new MetroCard at no charge with all your remaining value.

A New Way to Pay

The pilot of our new fare payment system, OMNY, begins soon. OMNY uses contactless technology to make it easier to pay your fare using your contactless credit or debit card, digital wallet, or reloadable prepaid card. To learn more about OMNY, where it's available now, and how you can register, visit OMNY.info.