Buying Tickets for Travel on Metro-North Railroad

Onboard Trains

Buying one-way peak and off-peak tickets onboard trains costs $5.75 to $6.50 more than tickets bought before boarding. Multiple payment options can be used for onboard ticket purchases, including cash, credit cards, debit cards, and Transit Benefit cards. The higher fare does not apply to customers boarding at stations without a ticket office or machine; senior citizens; people with disabilities; or Medicare customers. Do not use bills larger than $50 for cash purchases.

Off-peak tickets are "stepped up" to the peak fare if used on peak trains. Step-up fares and extension-of-ride fares, which are charged for traveling beyond the stations listed on the ticket, are rounded up to the next dollar. Round-trip tickets are not sold onboard.

Ticket Offices and Machines

Buy a one-way ticket at a ticket machine or ticket offices before boarding the train and save $5.75 to $6.50 compared to the onboard price. Use cash, a major credit/debit card, and, when purchasing at the ticket office, personal check or transit card. All ticket types are available at our machines.

MTA eTix®

The MTA eTix mobile ticketing app lets you purchase and use Metro-North Railroad 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. See full details


Our ticket-by-mail subscription service saves you two percent on rail travel when you purchase a joint Monthly Ticket/Monthly Unlimited MetroCard. Manage your account online and pay several easy ways. Sign up here.

Mail&Ride for Students

Enroll your children in our monthly Mail&Ride student ticket program and their tickets are mailed to your home. Submit student information by the fifth of the month to receive next month's ticket.

Available for approved primary and secondary schools pursuing a course of general education approved by the Board of Regents of the State of New York or the Board of Education of the State of Connecticut. Learn more here.

Employer Transit Benefits

Ask your human resources department if your company offers tax-free transit fare programs. Save 33 percent or more a year by having a portion of your pre-tax salary set aside for commutation costs. Learn more here.