The best way to come to Times Square is via public transportation. To get to Times Square, the # 1, 2, 3, 7, A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, Q, R, W, and S shuttle trains all service the Times Square area. Note that certain trains do not run on weekends. Please note that the MTA has advised revelers not to use the 42nd Street Subway Station on New Year's Eve due to crowding conditions — you are advised to exit at one of the surrounding stations and enter Times Square on foot.
It is expected that the MTA will keep all subway stations open on New Year's Eve. Some entrances and exits may be closed as crowd conditions require. Trains may also bypass some stations, depending on how the crowds build. Based on the timeline from previous years the following service disruptions should be expected:
TIMES SQUARE-42 ST STATION:
The 42nd Street entrances close at approximately noon. Riders can use the 41st Street entrances to access this station.
49 ST STATION N/R/W:
This station will be bypassed beginning at about noon, Tuesday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 1st.
The northbound 47th Street Exit/Entrance is closed for construction. It has been requested that the southbound 47th Street Exit/Entrance be closed at 7am. Passengers will be directed to the 49th Street Exit/Entrance.
50 ST STATION 1:
This Northbound station will be bypassed beginning at noon, Monday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, January 1st.
These entrance closings are based on the arrival of the revelers for the New Year’s Eve celebration and are approximate. The most up-to-date transit information is always available by calling the MTA at 511 or visiting www.mta.info.
Other useful sources of information:
Port Authority Bus Terminal (212) 564-8484
New York City Transit Authority (Local Bus Service) (718) 330-1234
Amtrak (800) 523-8720
Metro North (212) 532-4900
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) (718) 217- LIRR
For questions about access on New Year's Eve, please contact the NYPD sub-station at (212) 239-9803 or the Times Square Alliance Dispatch Office at (212) 452-5218. Please call ONLY on New Year's Eve.