With the opening of Grand Central Madison, direct transfers between Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad trains are now possible. To make those connections easier, we're introducing a new ticket: the Combo Ticket.
The Combo Ticket makes traveling between LIRR and Metro-North stations easier, cheaper, and more accessible. You can start a trip on one railroad and transfer to the other railroad at Grand Central for a flat $8 fee. From there, you can travel anywhere in that system.
How it works: If you plan a trip that starts on Metro-North in Beacon and ends on LIRR in Long Beach, you’ll pay the off-peak fare for the first leg of the trip — Beacon to Grand Central — plus an additional $8 for the rest of your trip to Long Beach. The farther you travel, the more you’ll save.
You can buy the Combo Ticket at a ticket office, from a ticket vending machine, or in the TrainTime app on your mobile device.
Combo Ticket pricing and validity
A one-way Combo Ticket costs $8 more than an adult off-peak ticket from your origin station to Grand Central. It’s valid on both peak and off-peak trains.
You can use a Combo Ticket to travel to Grand Central and then ride any train to any station on the other railroad. You must complete your entire trip by 4 a.m. on the day after you purchase it.
How to buy a Combo Ticket
If you use a ticket vending machine, the Combo Ticket will show up as a separate ticket type. You will enter your origin station and choose Grand Central as your destination. Be sure to take your ticket with you when you leave your origin train — you’ll need to show it to the conductor on your next train. Please note that you can only buy a Combo Ticket that begins on Metro-North at Metro-North stations, and at LIRR stations for trips that begin on LIRR.
In the TrainTime app, you can buy tickets in two ways: under the “Tickets” tab, or after you’ve planned a trip.
- In the Tickets tab, enter an origin station on either LIRR or Metro-North, and a destination station on the other railroad. If the Combo Ticket is available for your trip, you will see the option to purchase it.
- In the Trips tab, plan a trip with an origin station on either LIRR or Metro-North, and a destination station on the other railroad. Select which trains you would like to take. Once you’re taken to the “Trip Details” screen, you’ll see a “Buy” button; if the Combo Ticket is the best deal for your trip, you will see the option to purchase it.
Tips for using Combo Ticket
Combo Tickets cannot be purchased in Manhattan. They also cannot be bought onboard trains.
Combo Ticket is not valid to or from Metro-North stations west of the Hudson River.
If your destination is within New York City, consider buying a CityTicket for $5 to travel from Grand Central to your destination. Each CityTicket is good for one-way travel during off-peak hours that begins and ends within New York City. You can buy a CityTicket at a ticket office, a ticket machine, or in the TrainTime app.