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Comparing Unlimited Ride
and Pay-Per-Ride (Regular) MetroCard

Unlimited Ride MetroCard

Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard

The more you ride, the less each ride costs. 11% bonus on purchase of $5.50 or more
All free transfers included. Free subway-to-bus, bus-to-subway, or bus-to-bus transfer within
2 hours of paying your fare. (Some exceptions apply)
No refills. Get a new card every time you buy one. Refill as often as you like, until card expires.
Can only be used by one person at a time. Can be used to pay for up to 4 people at a time.
Cannot be used again at the same station or same bus route for 18 minutes.  


MetroCard offers you several ways to save on your commute.  Whether you choose the Pay-Per-Ride bonus card or one of the Unlimited Ride options, how much you save depends on how often you ride.  To help you figure out which card is best for you, use this chart:

How Often Do You Ride? Get the Best Value
If you ride the subway or local bus
Fewer than 13 rides per week or 48 rides per month
Choose this option
$5.50 ($6.11 value)
Your cost per ride
$2.48 (effective fare with 11% bonus)
13 rides per week
15 rides per week
20 rides per week
7-Day Unlimited $31.00 $2.38
48 rides per month
60 rides per month
75 rides per month
30-Day Unlimited $116.50 $2.43
If you ride the express bus
Fewer than 10 rides per week
Pay-Per-Ride $6.50 ($7.22 value ) $5.86 (effective fare with 11% bonus)
10 rides per week
Express Bus 7-Day $57.25 $5.73


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