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CityTicket for weekend travel on Metro-North and LIRR

Updated Oct 17, 2021
If you’re traveling on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North Railroad within New York City on the weekends, you can get a CityTicket for $4.50.


CityTickets cost $4.50 and are good for one-way travel that begins and ends within New York City. (LIRR riders can change trains at Jamaica as long as they continue their trips in the same direction.)

On LIRR, you can use CityTicket for trips within Zone 1 or between Zones 1 and 3. (See station list below for details). On Metro-North, you can use CityTicket for trips on Hudson or Harlem line trains between the Bronx and Manhattan.

These other low fare programs remain in effect:

  • LIRR’s $4 off-peak fare for travel within Zone 3
  • MNR's $3 intermediate fare for travel within the Bronx
  • Reduced-fare programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities
  • Family Fare

How to buy a CityTicket

You can buy a CityTicket at a ticket office, a ticket machine, or on the eTix app on your phone. Not all stations have ticket windows open on weekends, but all stations have ticket machines.

You cannot buy a CityTicket onboard a train.

When purchasing your tickets at a ticket window or ticket machine, you will be asked for your starting point and destination. If your trip falls within the CityTicket area, you will have the option to purchase CityTicket.

  • CityTickets are available starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
  • CityTicket is not available on weekday holidays even if train service is operating on a weekend schedule.
  • They must be used on the day of purchase.
  • You have a grace period that allows you to travel until 4 a.m. on Sunday or Monday morning for tickets purchased on Saturdays or Sundays, respectively.

CityTicket restrictions

You can’t use a CityTicket:

  • For travel to or from Belmont Park, Elmont, or Far Rockaway stations (because these trips travel through Nassau County).
  • CityTicket is valid for direct travel only. You cannot change direction at junction points.
  • Refunds on CityTickets require a $10 fee per refund transaction.

Stations you can travel between

LIRR stations

Zone 1:

  • Penn Station
  • Woodside
  • Forest Hills
  • Kew Gardens
  • Atlantic Terminal
  • Nostrand Avenue
  • East New York
  • Mets-Willets Point (event days only)

Zone 3:

  • Jamaica
  • Hollis
  • Queens Village
  • St. Albans
  • Locust Manor
  • Laurelton
  • Rosedale
  • Flushing-Main Street
  • Murray Hill
  • Broadway
  • Auburndale
  • Bayside
  • Douglaston
  • Little Neck

Metro-North stations

All lines:

  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Harlem-125th Street

Hudson Line:

  • Yankees - 153rd Street
  • Morris Heights
  • University Heights
  • Marble Hill
  • Spuyten Duyvil
  • Riverdale

Harlem Line:

  • Melrose
  • Tremont
  • Fordham
  • Botanical Garden
  • Williams Bridge
  • Woodlawn
  • Wakefield

New Haven Line:

  • Fordham

Questions? Problems?

    If the ticket window at a station is closed and the ticket machine isn’t working, pay the full fare when you board and get a receipt.

    You can then apply by mail for a refund for the difference. Service charges will not apply.

    Mail your ticket receipt and request to:

    LIRR Ticket Refunds Department
    Jamaica Station – MC 1410
    Jamaica, New York 11435


    Metro-North Railroad, Ticket Redemption
    P.O. Box 4117
    New York, NY 10017

    Need help?

    • Call 511.
    • Call Long Island Rail Road customer service at 718-217-5477.
    • Call Metro-North Railroad customer service at 212-532-4900.