Harlem is one of the most accessible by public transportation. For example, the travel time from midtown Manhattan/Times Square to the main shopping and dining corridors along 125th Street, Frederick Douglass Blvd and Lenox Avenue in Harlem is approximately 10 – 15 minutes by the A, D, 1, 2 and 3 Uptown subway line. Many Manhattan buses run from downtown into the Harlem area and can often be a speedy way of traveling crosstown on long streets such as 125th Street.
On Saturdays and Sundays the travel time may take a bit longer as there is often work being done on the train tracks which disrupts schedule. Visitors are advised to check the NYC Mass Transit website, or Travel Planner.
The fare for transportation is $2.75 per ride on the subway or train. For longer stays or frequent trips, Unlimited Metrocards cost $31 for a week or $114 for one month. More prices and fare information are found on the MTA Website.
Alternatives to public transportation include yellow cabs and green taxis which accept both cash and major credit cards. For the tech-savvy traveler, Uber and Lyft will carry you around Harlem from the touch of your smart phone.