About railroad fares
- Peak fares are charged during business rush hours on any weekday train scheduled to arrive in NYC terminals between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. or depart NYC terminals between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Metro-North trains, peak fares also apply to travel on any weekday train that leaves Grand Central Terminal between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
- Off-peak fares are charged all other times on weekdays, all day Saturday and Sunday, and on holidays.
- Use our trip planner to find fare information. Get schedules and directions and see whether a trip is during peak or off-peak hours.
- Exact fares depend on your trip. The easiest way to see what your trip will cost is by using our trip planner or the MTA eTix app.
- If you prefer to not use an app, see our fare tables.
- Most ticket types are the same on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, but there are some exceptions.
- Each railroad station is assigned a fare zone. Tickets are valid to any station in the listed zone.
- For example, Penn Station to Hicksville can be used for Atlantic Terminal to Massapequa Park.
- Trains operate on a weekend schedule on these holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
- The easiest way to buy tickets is with the MTA eTix app on your phone. Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.
Railroad fare types
- Daily and single-ride tickets
These are valid for 60 days, including the date of sale. Off-peak tickets are subject to an additional surcharge, payable to the conductor, if used on a peak train.
For travel outside Manhattan on Metro-North, and outside Zones 1/3 on LIRR, the fare is the same on all trains. On Metro-North, look for "intermediate" tickets. On LIRR, look for peak tickets.
You do not have to pay more or buy two tickets if you have to make transfers in the same direction to complete your trip.
- On LIRR, if you have to make a transfer that involves a change of direction (for instance, traveling from Mineola to Valley Stream via Jamaica), look for a ticket "via" your transfer point when you buy.
- On Metro-North, if you make a transfer that involves a change of direction at Fordham or Harlem-125th St, you will need to buy two tickets. Travel to/from Yankee Stadium and Mets-Willets Point on game days is exempt from these rules. See the section below.
Round-trip: Any combination of two one-way tickets. These are priced according to the fares you select (peak, off-peak, etc.) You can add a two-trip MetroCard on the reverse side.
One-Way UniRail (For Metro-North only): Connecticut customers can purchase a Shore Line East one-way ticket and a Metro-North one-way ticket in one transaction at any ticket office or machine.
Extension of ride:
- LIRR one way, round trip, and peak ten trip tickets: You pay the fare difference between ticket value and value of the extended ride, rounded up to the nearest dollar.
Monthlies, weeklies, all MNR tickets, and off peak ten trip tickets: One way fare betweeen the zone on your ticket and the zone you are actually traveling to/from, rounded up to the nearest dollar. No on board surcharge.
Step up fare:
- For off peak tickets on peak trains, or senior tickets on morning peak trains, you pay the difference between full peak price and value of ticket, rounded up to the nearest dollar.
- Note: When stepping up an off peak 10 trip ticket, the discount is forfeited.
Other things to know:
- One way, round trip, and 10 trip tickets on the Harlem and Hudson lines are not accepted on the New Haven Line and vice versa.
- Weekly, monthly, and 10-trip tickets
Monthly: Good for unlimited rides during the calendar month indicated on the ticket. This is the most cost-effective ticket if you’re commuting each day.
Monthly tickets are non-transferable; the first person to use this ticket is the only person who can use it. Available for purchase starting the 25th of the prior month.
Weekly: Good for unlimited rides for a calendar week (Saturday through Friday). This is the most cost-effective for commuters traveling for a continuous seven-day period.
Weekly tickets go on sale at ticket offices and ticket machines beginning Wednesday for the following week. This ticket is not transferable.
Ten-trip: Good for 10 one-way rides to or from from City Zone 1 (LIRR) or Manhattan (Metro-North). Tickets are valid for six months from date of sale and may be used by more than one person, even when traveling together. The following ten-trip ticket types are available:
- Ten-trip peak: Sold at the price of 10 peak one-way fares.
- Ten-trip off-peak: These tickets save 15 percent off the price of 10 off-peak one-way tickets.
- Ten-Trip for seniors, Medicare recipients, or people with disabilities: These are sold at the price of 10 one-way fares at the reduced price. These are not valid on inbound morning peak trains. These can be used by more than one person, even when you are traveling together, if they are all eligible for this special fare and present the required identification.
- Ten-trip intermediate (Metro-North only): Good for 10 trips between two stations outside of Manhattan on the same line.
Notes for Metro-North riders:
Monthly and weekly tickets to/from Manhattan on the New Haven Line are accepted on the Harlem and Hudson lines where the value of the Harlem/Hudson monthly/weekly ticket is the same or less.
- Monthly school tickets
Special fares are available for students under 21 years of age attending accredited elementary or secondary schools. They provide a discount of up to one-third off the price of a regular monthly ticket.
Complete the application and bring to a ticket office. Applications must be signed by a school official and have the school seal affixed. These are non-transferable.
- Child and family fares
Children under 5 ride free.
Family fare: Except during the morning rush hour, up to four children aged 5-11 may ride for $1 each when accompanied by a fare-paying adult who is at least 18 years old.
A fifth child or more, unaccompanied children, and all children during morning rush hour pay half the adult fare (peak or off-peak) as applicable.
These tickets are valid for 60 days including date of sale. Children age 12 and over pay the full adult fare.
- Reduced fares for seniors, people with disabilities, and Medicare recipients
Seniors, people with disabilities, and Medicare recipients can save up to 50% off the full one-way peak fare. You must have proper documentation available.
You can use reduced-fare tickets at all times except weekday morning peak trains. These are valid for 60 days including the date of sale.
You can also purchase tickets on the train without paying the higher onboard price if you can show the proper documentation.
Documentation you can use:
- Government/state-issued driver’s license or non-driver ID;
- government/state-issued passport;
- NYC Department of Aging ID card;
- Reduced-Fare MetroCard or Reduced-Fare EasyPay Card;
- Birth certificate, Medicaid card, or a Medicare card issued by the Social Security Administration, if accompanied by a different photo ID.
People with disabilities can use an Access-a-Ride card, an Able-Ride card, a Para-transit card, or a Suffolk County Accessible Transportation card.
Riders pay $4.50 for travel within New York City on Saturdays and Sundays. These are valid on day of purchase only and cannot be combined with other tickets.
These tickets are sold at ticket windows or ticket machines in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Queens, and via the eTix app.
They are not valid for travel to/from Far Rockaway and Belmont Park. They are not sold onboard trains.
- Atlantic Ticket (LIRR only)
If you’re traveling between southeast Queens and Brooklyn, you might be able to save time and money with an Atlantic Ticket. You can get a one-way or a weekly ticket for rides between 10 eligible stations, including Atlantic Terminal. The weekly ticket includes a 7-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard.
- Group tickets
Special discounted one-day, round-trip group tickets may be purchased for organized groups of 30 or more. Smaller groups of 10 or more may be able to save using 10-trip tickets.
For LIRR: Group leaders should call 718-558-7419, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for reservations at least two weeks in advance. Group tickets are sold through this department in advance and at open ticket offices. (Please avoid morning rush hours.)
For Metro-North: Contact our Group Travel Department by dialing 511 (select MTA, Metro-North Railroad, More Options, Group Sales), or email us at email@example.com.
- Military tickets
You must have valid active-duty ID.
For LIRR: All active-duty military personnel will be charged off-peak fare at all times.
For Metro-North: Active-duty military personnel receive 25% off the one-way station fare. The ticket is valid for 60 days from the date of purchase for peak and off-peak travel on all Metro-North trains.
- Railroad tickets with MetroCards
You can use a MetroCard on NYC subways and buses and on the NICE bus. Some ticket options may be purchased with a MetroCard on the reverse side.
- You can buy a round-trip ticket with a $5.50 MetroCard on the reverse side.
- If you buy the MetroCard separately, you will pay an additional $1 for the card.
Monthly tickets automatically come with a MetroCard on the reverse side. You can choose to add value at a MetroCard ticket machine after purchase.
UniTickets are combination bus and rail tickets that offer special discounts for monthly and weekly travel from certain suburban LIRR and Metro-North stations on local bus routes. UniTickets are valid on certain MTA Bus and NYC Transit buses in Queens, NICE Bus routes in Nassau County, and Long Beach Bus routes. They are not valid on Westchester Bee-Line buses.
NYCT routes: Q5, Q12, Q13, Q15, Q16, Q17, Q20, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q31, Q44, Q48, Q85 (at Rosedale, Bayside & Flushing LIRR Stations only)
- Monthly: $42.75
- Weekly: $11.25
MTA Bus routes: Q19, Q25, Q34, Q50, Q65, and Q66 (at Flushing LIRR Station only.)
- Monthly: $42.75
- Weekly: $11.25
Discounted bus options are available with the purchase of LIRR monthly or weekly tickets:
- Monthly: $54.75
- Weekly: $13.25
Long Beach buses
- Monthly: $30
- Weekly: Not available
Train to the Game railroad fares
- Yankee Stadium (Metro-North)
One-way, round-trip, and 10-trip tickets between Yankee Stadium and the Harlem and New Haven Lines are only valid on game days. These cost slightly more than fares to Grand Central Terminal.
You can use these tickets via transfer at Harlem-125th St or Grand Central, or on one of our special direct Yankee Clipper trains.
You do not need a peak ticket if you are coming from the Harlem or New Haven Lines and going to an afternoon or evening game even though you may be riding a peak train from Grand Central or Harlem-125th St to Yankee Stadium.
Weekly and monthly tickets valid for travel to Grand Central can be used for Yankees travel at no additional charge.
- Mets-Willets Point (LIRR)
One-way, round-trip, and 10-trip tickets are available to/from Mets-Willets Point and cost the same as tickets to/from Penn Station.
There is no additional charge or special ticket if you need to change directions at Woodside.
If you are coming from Long Island and going to an afternoon or evening game, you do not need to buy a peak ticket even though you may be riding a peak train from Woodside to Mets-Willets Point.
Weekly and monthly tickets valid for travel to Penn Station can be used for Mets travel at no additional charge.
- MetLife Stadium (LIRR and Metro-North)
On days when NJ Transit rail shuttle service is running, LIRR and Metro-North joint tickets are available. Select "Meadowlands" at the ticket machine.
These tickets are valid for travel to/from Penn Station or Grand Central, and NJ Transit travel between Penn Station and the Meadowlands.
Note for Metro-North riders: You will have to purchase a MetroCard separately for travel between Grand Central and Penn Station, or walk.
- Belmont Park (LIRR)
Only Belmont Park tickets are valid for travel to and from Belmont Park, and these tickets are not valid elsewhere. Monthly, weekly, and 10 trip tickets are not available. Special tickets are available for travel from Long Island via Jamaica.
Note when buying these fares, they are located in the "Deals & Getaways" section of ticket machines, not in the regular ticket menu.
If you already have a monthly or weekly ticket that includes Jamaica, you can buy a ticket between Jamaica and Belmont Park and use it in conjunction with your pass.