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 TrainTime 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.
- Save money with CityTicket and Combo Ticket.
- If you're traveling within New York City on the LIRR or Metro-North, you can get a CityTicket for $5 during off-peak hours or $7 during peak hours.
- If you're transferring between the LIRR and Metro-North, you can start a trip on one railroad and transfer to the other railroad at Grand Central for a flat $8 fee with Combo Ticket.
- The easiest way to buy tickets is with the TrainTime app on your phone.
Railroad fare types
One-way and round-trip 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 the LIRR, the fare is the same on all trains. On Metro-North, look for "intermediate" tickets. On the 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 the 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.).
Note for Metro-North riders:
- One-way and round-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 3 or more days a week.
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).
Weekly tickets go on sale at ticket offices and ticket machines beginning Wednesday for the following week. This ticket is not transferable.
10-Trip: Good for 10 one-way rides to or 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:
- 10-Trip peak: Sold at the price of 10 peak one-way fares.
- 10-Trip off-peak: These tickets save 15 percent off the price of 10 off-peak one-way tickets.
- 10-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.
- 10-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.
- 10-Trip tickets on the Harlem and Hudson lines are not accepted on the New Haven Line and vice versa.
Riders pay $5 for travel within New York City during all off-peak hours and $7 during peak hours. These are valid on day of purchase only.
These tickets are sold at ticket windows or ticket machines in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Queens, and via the TrainTime app.
They are not valid for travel to/from Belmont Park, Elmont or Far Rockaway. They can be purchased onboard a train only if you are a senior citizen or a person with a disability.
Far Rockaway Ticket (LIRR only)
Riders pay $5 during all off-peak hours and $7 during peak hours. These are valid on day of purchase only.
The Far Rockaway Ticket can only be purchased at Far Rockaway station. It can be used for travel between Far Rockaway and stations in LIRR Zone 1, with some exceptions.
- Far Rockaway Ticket cannot be purchased at other LIRR stations.
- It can only be purchased in the TrainTime app if you share your location with the app to confirm you are near the station.
- It can be purchased onboard a train only if you are a senior citizen or a person with a disability.
These stations are valid destinations with the Far Rockaway Ticket:
- Penn Station
- Grand Central
- Forest Hills
- Kew Gardens
- Atlantic Terminal
- Nostrand Avenue
- East New York
- Long Island City
- Hunterspoint Avenue
- Mets-Willets Point
Far Rockaway Ticket can also be used for travel to Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, and Jamaica. You must buy the ticket with a destination within Zone 1 (any of the above stations).
The Combo Ticket makes traveling between LIRR and Metro-North stations easier, cheaper, and more accessible. You will be able to start a trip with 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.
UniRail and UniTicket
UniRail and UniTicket are joint tickets offering special discounts for travel from certain suburban LIRR and Metro-North stations on connecting services.
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 inbound 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 or 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.
Child and family fares
Children under 5 ride free.
Family fare: Except on morning rush hour trains toward Manhattan, 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 on morning rush hour trains toward Manhattan 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.
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.
For LIRR: Learn more about LIRR Mail&Ride for Schools or log in. Or, complete the school ticket application and bring it to a ticket office. Applications must be signed by a school official and have the school seal affixed, and are non-transferable.
For Metro-North: Learn more about Metro-North Mail&Ride for Schools or log in.
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.
Active-duty U.S. military personnel will be charged off-peak fare on LIRR and Metro-North, including on peak trains.
You must have valid active-duty ID from the U.S. Armed Forces.
Railroad tickets with MetroCards
MetroCards are no longer available on round-trip Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North tickets at ticket machines.
A standalone $29 MetroCard (+$1 fee) will be available for purchase at ticket machines and ticket offices.
Ticket offices will also sell round-trip ($5.80) MetroCards either with a round-trip railroad ticket (no fee) or standalone (+$1 fee).
You can also tap and go with OMNY using your contactless debit or credit card, smartphone, or smart device at all NYCT subway stations.
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.
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 Manhattan.
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 Manhattan 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.
The joint ticket does not include the subway fare between Grand Central and Penn Station.
Other things to know
Holiday fare information
- Trains operate on a weekend schedule on these holidays: New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Off-peak fares are valid all day on these holidays.
- On Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the day after Thanksgiving, the LIRR will run a weekday schedule and Metro-North will run a Saturday schedule, with off peak fares valid on all trains.
- On three additional holidays–Columbus Day, Election Day and Veterans Day–we will run weekday service, but Reduced-Fare tickets will be accepted on LIRR a.m. peak trains.
Extension of ride and step-up fares
Extension of ride:
- LIRR one way, round trip, and peak 10-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 10-Trip tickets: One way fare between the zone on your ticket and the zone you are actually traveling to/from, rounded up to the nearest dollar. No on board surcharge.
- 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.