1. Home
  2. Everything you need to know about fares and tolls in New York
  3. Student MetroCards

Student MetroCards

Updated Sep 24, 2020

About Student MetroCards

We’re happy to work with the NYC Department of Education to help New York City students get an education.

Student MetroCards are:

  • Distributed by your school. You can’t get a student MetroCard directly from the MTA.
  • Good for three free rides each school day, between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
    • This includes a free transfer between the subway and local, limited, and Select bus service, or a free transfer between buses.
  • Valid for one semester. You’ll get a new one each semester.

There is also a four-trip student MetroCard for students whose trip to school requires more than one transfer each way. Request this type of card at your school.

Your Student MetroCard is for you and you only! Don’t share or you could lose your card.

Remember to always swipe in. That helps us know how many people are riding each line so we can plan service accordingly.

Welcome to your Student MetroCard

Where to get your card, how to use it, how to get help, and more

How to get a student MetroCard

Ask at your school. (The NYC Department of Administration works with schools to distribute the cards.)

Getting help with student MetroCards

If your card is lost or stolen, let your school know right away. They’ll deactivate your old card and get you a replacement.

If your card isn’t working when you try to use it, talk to a station agent or bus driver for help. If your card still doesn’t work, return it to your school for a replacement.