Your Guide to Getting Around Lower Manhattan
According to the Downtown Alliance, Lower Manhattan is home to 13 subway lines, two PATH lines, 15 commuter ferry routes, 28 Citi Bike stations and more, making it “among the most easily accessible business districts in America.” There’s no better neighborhood for getting around and exploring, but for those who are just visiting, the wealth of transit options can be overwhelming. Here’s a helpful guide to navigating Lower Manhattan and accessing all the wonderful things it has to offer.
Lower Manhattan is served by the following subway lines:
♦ 1, 2, 3
♦ N, R, W
♦ A, C, E
♦ 4, 5, 6
♦ J, Z
Many subway lines also converge at major transit hubs located in Lower Manhattan. Fulton Center, at the intersection of Broadway and Fulton Street, provides access to the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z, N, R and W lines. The World Trade Center Transportation Hub and PATH station, opened in 2016, offers connections to the 2, 3, A, C, E, N, R and W subway lines, as well as PATH trains NWK–WTC and HOB–WTC to and from New Jersey.
The following bus lines serve Lower Manhattan:
♦ M15, M15 SBS (Select Bus Service)
♦ M9, M55
In addition to these bus lines, the Downtown Alliance provides a free shuttle bus service called the Downtown Connection. The bus connects the South Street Seaport to Battery Park City, with 36 stops along its route. Maps, schedules and other information can be found here.
New York City’s ferry services are largely concentrated in Lower Manhattan, with three major landings and 15 total routes. These routes provide crucial access to New Jersey, Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as attractions like Governors Island, Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
The Whitehall Terminal is the embarkation point for the Staten Island Ferry. Free of charge and passing by the Statue of Liberty, the Staten Island Ferry is popular among tourists and commuters alike.
Ferry service to Governors Island is available at the Battery Maritime Building, adjacent to the Whitehall Terminal, from May 1 through October 31 each year.
The NYC Ferry docks at Wall Street/Pier 11, with service to Governors Island; Rockaway; several points in Brooklyn; Long Island City and Astoria, Queens; Roosevelt Island and East 34th Street. This new ferry operation began in May 2017 and costs $2.75 per ride, the same fare as a subway ride.
The New York Water Taxi can be accessed at Battery Park (Slip 6), Wall Street (11 Bush Terminal Yard) and the South Street Seaport (Pier 16), with service to Brooklyn, Liberty Island and two stops on Manhattan’s West Side.
Other ferry terminals in Lower Manhattan include:
• Brookfield Place/Battery Park City (World Financial Center Terminal): New Jersey
• Battery Park City Ferry Terminal: New Jersey, Ellis Island and Liberty Island
• Wall St., NYC: New Jersey
If you’d prefer pedaling your way around Lower Manhattan, you’ve come to the right place: the neighborhood is home to 28 access points for Citi Bike, New York City’s official bike sharing system. Just insert your payment method, unlock a bike and enjoy your ride. When you’re finished, return the bike at any other Citi Bike station.
Guests of Q&A Hotel enjoy unparalleled access to all the aforementioned modes of transportation. Located within historical landmark building 70 Pine in the Financial District, Q&A is directly across the street from the Wall Street 2, 3 station and within walking distance of 4, 5, A, C, J and Z lines. For more helpful information on Lower Manhattan, check Q&A Hotel’s regularly updated blog.