Warnings and Dangers in New York City Subway at Night
Even though you must always keep in mind that you’re in a huge city and subject to the risks that exist in every similar city around the world, NYC seems to be a safer place each year, and the subway has become safer too.
Late Night Tips
The subway is generally safe most hours, however it can become unsafe in the late hours of the night or wee hours of the morning when usage drops off. Still, riding the subway alone at 3 am without being harmed is possible. If you’re taking the subway late at night, make sure you know your route exactly, and try to stay at the front of the train where the conductor is or the middle cars where there are more people. Don’t get caught alone in an empty car at the back.
Consult a subway map and study it well before going. Not all New Yorkers even know what bus/subway goes to a certain destination. It’s kind of confusing sometimes and you might find yourself in Harlem when you wanted to go to the Village.
Catch a cab at night instead of taking the subway. It’s really cheap, especially if there are two or more friends with you. Cab fare is very inexpensive to get from, say, Midtown Manhattan to the Lower East side during the evening and even less if you stay out until 4 am. Know the address of where you’re going. Cab drivers know the shortcuts and avoid traffic. When you see a cab, make eye contact with the driver and make sure the service light is turned on. As soon as people get out of the cab, get in quickly before someone else takes your cab!
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about the subway at night in New York City.