The best and most convenient way to buy tickets is by purchasing them before getting on a train. Purchasing your tickets on-board the train is more expensive. Other ways to buy your ticket include:
MTA eTix ®
The MTA eTix mobile ticketing app lets you purchase and use LIRR tickets on your smartphone or mobile device. Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download eTix for free to your compatible iOS or Android device. Set up your account and link it to a credit or debit card, then enjoy the convenience and avoid long lines. Self-service functions provide additional conveniences: refunds, receipts, account updates, and more. Learn more about eTix.
LIRR customers can choose from several types:
- Gray "Tickets" are full-service machines and sell most LIRR ticket types, pre-valued MetroCards, and UniTickets. These machines accept cash (up to $50 bills and coin, returning up to $17.75 in coin change) as well as ATM/debit cards and major credit cards. Some gray ticket machines have a Smart Card Reader.
- Red "Daily Tickets" machines sell One-Way and Round-Trip tickets and pre-valued MetroCards only. These machines accept cash (up to $50 bills and coin, returning up to $17.75 in coin change) as well as ATM/debit cards and major credit cards.
- Blue "Tickets-Credit/Debit/ATM Cards" machines sell most LIRR ticket types, pre-valued MetroCards, and UniTickets. These machines accept only ATM/debit cards and major credit cards. They do not accept cash.
- Green "Tickets-AirTrain" machines sell most LIRR ticket types and offer $5 AirTrain MetroCards. These machines accept cash (up to $50 bills and coin, returning up to $17.75 in coin change) as well as ATM/debit cards and major credit cards.
Only one payment type or card is accepted per transaction. To use Transit Benefit cards, the full value of your ticket purchase must be available on the card. Contact your provider about adding post-tax dollars to purchase tickets that exceed the pre-tax benefit amount provided on these cards.
Ticket Offices sell all LIRR ticket types and offer certain MetroCard options when purchased with LIRR tickets. Ticket Offices accept cash, ATM/debit cards, major credit cards, and certain Transit Benefit cards. Personal checks are accepted for the purchase of monthly, weekly, and Ten-Trip tickets, as well as five or more One-Way tickets. Ticket Office hours are posted at stations and on the LIRR Station page.
Our ticket-by-mail subscription service saves you 2 percent on rail travel when you purchase a joint Monthly Ticket/Monthly Unlimited MetroCard. Manage your account online and pay several easy ways.
Visit our Mail&Ride page for details or call 511, say “LIRR” – then say “Mail&Ride” at the prompt. All tickets have a MetroCard on the reverse side. Choose the MetroCard option that works best for you:
- $0 option: $0 MetroCard value and LIRR fare. MetroCard value can be added at any NYC Transit station booth.
- $127 option: Unlimited Monthly MetroCard and 2 percent discount on LIRR fare. Expires at the end of the month. MetroCard value cannot be added or transferred to another card. Unlimited MetroCard cannot be used on express buses.
Commuter Benefit Programs
Ask your Human Resources Department if your company offers a tax-free transit benefit program. You can save up to 40 percent each year by having a portion of your pre-tax salary set aside for commutation costs.
Please be advised that transit benefit providers are entirely independent of the LIRR, and each will have its own rules, regulations, and terms and conditions with respect to such matters as disbursement of remaining funds in the event of employment termination, rollover of remaining funds from year to year, and more. As funds used to buy LIRR tickets through a transit benefit program have not been taxed, if such tickets are returned to the LIRR for refund, any monies due must be applied back to the transit benefit card used to make the purchase. The LIRR cannot issue a check or apply the refund amount to another card.
While it is possible to purchase One-Way tickets on-board the train, this option can be more expensive. Only One-Way tickets may be purchased on-board trains, and they cost $5.75 to $6.50 more than tickets bought before boarding. For cash purchases, do not use bills larger than $50.
Off-Peak tickets will be "stepped up" to the Peak fare when presented on Peak trains. Step-up fares and extension-of-ride fares, which are charged for traveling beyond the stations listed on the ticket, will be rounded up to the next dollar. Round-Trip tickets are not sold on-board.