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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 25, 2020

As New York City reopens, 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.)
  • On August 5, we're launching two new overnight interborough bus routes: the Bx99, between Woodlawn in the Bronx and the West Village in Manhattan, and the M99 between East New York in Brooklyn and Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan. These two routes, along with the previously launched B99, will operate every 20 minutes from approximately 1-6 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”

New bus routes coming August 5

Bx99

Starting August 5, the Bx99 will run between Woodlawn in the Bronx and the West Village in Manhattan. The route will travel on Jerome Avenue and down the east side, similar to the 4 subway line, then will cross west at 57th St and down to the West Village. Buses will operate about every 20 minutes from 1-6 a.m.

See the bus route.

See the stop list.

 

M99

Starting August 5, the new M99 will run between East New York in Brooklyn and Hell’s Kitchen, across 14th St in Manhattan and along the west side. Buses will operate about every 20 minutes from 1-6 a.m.

See the route map.

See the stop list.

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

B99 Manhattan/Brooklyn Route

On June 28, we launched the new B99 overnight-only route.  It connects Midwood in Brooklyn to the west side of Manhattan, following a route similar to the 2 line. It operates 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.

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

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.