Transportation Options in The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is one of the most connected neighborhoods in the entirety of New York City. The public transportation lines that it offers can get you virtually anywhere you may need to go in NYC. You may not even need to transfer trains or buses to get there!

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The Upper West Side is one of the most connected neighborhoods in the entirety of New York City. The public transportation lines that it offers can get you virtually anywhere you may need to go in NYC. You may not even need to transfer trains or buses to get there!

There are a number of different bus options with stops on almost every block on the Upper West Side. The MTA buses that run through the neighborhood are as follows:

BUSES TO THE UPPER EAST SIDE:

M106 – The M106 connects you to parts of the Upper East Side as well as toward East Harlem, via W 96th Street, crossing Central Park on the 97th Street Transverse.

M96 – The M96, starting at W 96th and West End, will also take you across Central Park via W 96th Street to the 97th Street Transverse. The bus continues down E 96th Street to 1st Ave, then back.

M86 – This bus route begins at W 86th and West End, heading east across the park via the 86th Street Transverse. The route takes the bus up York Ave until E 92nd street, and then back down to E 86th Street.

M79 – Beginning at Riverside Drive and W 79th Street, the bus heads east before making a quick turn north on Amsterdam Ave, then turning east on W 81st Street. The bus takes the 79th Street Transverse across Central Park and continues down E 79th street all the way to East End Avenue.

M72 – With a slightly odd route, the M72 begins at W 66th St and Freedom Place, heading north up to W 70th Street, turning east for one block until West End Ave, and going north again to W 72nd Street. The bus then turns south on Central Park West, goes all the way down to the 65th Street Transverse to cross the park. The bus ends at York Ave.

M66 – The M66 has a pretty straightforward route from west to east, through the Lincoln Center area and ending by Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center. Beginning at W 65th and West End Ave, it travels east on W 65th Street and across the park on the 65th Street Transverse. Heading north to E 68th Street via Madison Ave, the bus then goes east to York Ave.

BUSES TO MIDTOWN/LOWER MANHATTAN

M57 – Starting at 72nd and Broadway, the M57 goes south on West End Ave before turning east on 57th Street, which it follows the entire route before it ends at E 60th St and York Ave. It then circles back to 57th Street via Sutton Place, E 55th Street, and 1st Ave.

M20 – The M20 will take you from the Upper West Side all the way down to the very tip of Manhattan at Battery Park. The line starts at 62nd and Broadway, and treks south through Columbus Circle and onto 7th Ave, through Times Square. 7th Ave turns into Varick Street, which turns into W Broadway. The bus ultimately ends up at Battery Park.

M104 – Beginning in Harlem and ending in Midtown, the M104 has a tremendous amount of stops on the entire Upper West Side. Starting at W 129th Street and Amsterdam Ave, the bus journeys south on Broadway through the entire Upper West Side until it hits Columbus Circle. From there, it takes 7th Ave south until W 41st Street. There, it heads back north on 8th Ave up to Broadway.

M11 – The M11 bus starts all the way in the Upper Manhattan/Hamilton Heights area, at the Riverbank State Park. Following Riverside Drive to Amsterdam Ave via W 135th Street, the bus passes Columbia University on its way to Columbus Ave via W 110th Street. It continues down Columbus Ave through Columbus Circle, then onto 9th Ave. The route back is 10th Ave to Amsterdam Ave.

M10 – This bus makes an almost entirely straight route, from W155th St where it meets Harlem River Drive. Following Frederick Douglass Blvd south, it turns into Central Park West at the Frederick Douglass Circle Plaza. The route continues down Central Park West and ends at Columbus Circle.

M7 – Beginning at W 145th Street and Malcolm X Blvd, the M7 bus takes W 116th Street over to Manhattan Avenue, where it goes south until W 96th Street. There, it goes west to Columbus Avenue, south to 7th Ave, going through Times Square before turning east at W 14th Street and back north on 6th Ave, up to Amsterdam Ave.

M5 – The M5 route begins in Washington Heights, at W 179th Street and Broadway. It goes south on Broadway until W 135th Street, where it goes east to Riverside Drive and then south through Riverside Park. At W 72nd Street it turns back to Broadway, through Columbus Circle and down 5th Ave, to Broadway once again, and south to Battery Park.

Subways In The Upper West Side

In addition to the many MTA bus lines that run to and from the Upper West Side through every part of the city, there are also a number of subway lines to get you where you need to go. These trains run both locally and express, and have plenty of stops throughout the Upper West Side.

The primary local train is the 1 train. This route runs from South Ferry all the way up to 242nd Street, with many stops on the Upper West side. These stops include 59th Street/Columbus Circle, 66th Street/Lincoln Center, 72nd Street, Street, 79th Street, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd Street, 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway, 116th Street/Columbia University, and 125th Street. It stops at locations such as Times Square, Penn Station, Sheridan Square, and the World Trade Center – Cortlandt.

The 59th Street/Columbus Circle stop offers a transfer to the A, B, C, D, and 2 trains, and the 72nd Street and 96th Street stops both offer transfers to the 2 and 3 trains. Both the 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway and the 116th Street/Columbia University stops have shuttles to LaGuardia Airport.

The 1 train runs along Broadway, making it an incredibly accessible line from anywhere on the Upper West Side.

The 2 and 3 trains both run through the Upper West Side, though on express routes. Like the 1 train, they both run along Broadway.

The 2 train’s regular, full-time stops on the Upper West Side include 72nd Street and 96th Street at Broadway, before turning east at 103rd Street and running along Lenox Avenue in Harlem. The 2 train runs locally late night, adding stops at 59th Street/Columbus Circle, 66th Street/Lincoln Center, 79th Street, and 86th Street. The 2 train offers a transfer to the A, D, and 1 trains at 59th Street/Columbus Circle on its late-night route.

The 3 train runs similarly to the 2, also turning east at 103rd street to run on Lenox Ave. However, the 3 train’s only stops on the Upper West Side are at 72nd Street and 96th Street, and does not offer any additional part-time or late-night stops in the neighborhood.

Both the 2 and 3 trains offer transfers to the 1 train at 72nd Street and 96th Street.

The A, B, C, and D trains all offer varying degrees of service to the Upper West Side. The A train runs along 8th Avenue/Central Park West, and stops at 59th Street/Columbus Circle and 125th Street/Saint Nicholas Avenue full-time. Late-night, the A train becomes local, and also makes stops at 72nd Street, 81st Street/Museum of Natural History, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd Street, 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway, and 116th Street.

The A train offers transfers at 59t Street/Columbus Circle to the B, C, D, 1, and 2 trains, and at 125th Street to the B, C, and D trains as well as an airport shuttle to LaGuardia Airport.

The B train, while also running along Central Park West, only makes stops on weekdays, from 6 am to 11 pm. It begins neighborhood service at 59th Street/Columbus Circle, then jumps to 72nd Street, followed by 81st Street/Museum of Natural History, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd Street, 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway, 106th Street, and 125th Street. Despite only running on weekdays, the B train offers service to a number of popular locations, such as Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Herald Square, and Washington Square, as well as the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Transfers are available to the A, C, D, and 1 trains at 59th Street/Columbus Circle, as well as to the A, C, and D trains and a shuttle to LaGuardia Airport at 125th Street.

The C train runs locally through the Upper West Side. However, it does not offer late-night service, so residents should use the A train during late-night, which makes all local stops during those hours. The C train has stops along Central Park West at 59th Street/Columbus Circle, 72nd Street, 81st Street/Museum of Natural History, 86th Street, 96th Street, 103rd Street, 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway, 116th Street, and 125th Street, with transfers available at 59th Street/Columbus Circle to the A, B, D, and 1 trains and to the A, B, and D trains and a shuttle to LaGuardia Airport at 125th Street. The C train makes stops downtown such as the Port Authority, Penn Station, and Washington Square.

The D train runs through the Upper West Side full-time, but at only two stops. It stops at 59th Street/Columbus Circle and 125th Street. However, the D train runs on weekends, offering service downtown to stops that the B train doesn’t (due to being a weekday-only line), such as Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Herald Square, Washington Square, and the Barclays Center. The 59th Street/Columbus Circle stop offers transfers to the A, B, C, 1, and 2 trains, and the 125th Street stop has transfers to the A, B, and C trains as well as a shuttle to LaGuardia Airport available.

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