Leisure Travel Guide
Have Fun & Save Money Too!
MTA Long Island Rail Road is the best way to see the exciting sights in New York City and on Long Island. The LIRR offers a host of ideas to save money and have fun too.
There are many exciting, fun things to do in New York City and on Long Island, and the MTA Long Island Rail Road can take you to them. The LIRR is the fast, convenient and relaxing way to travel and our special fares save you money as well.
For schedule information, visit http://lirr42.mta.info/, download the LIRR TrainTime App, or contact the LIRR’s Customer Service Center by calling 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477). Automated schedule information is available 24/7. Agents are available to assist customers daily from 6 AM until 10 PM. To speak with an LIRR employee, say the word “Representative” when the prompts begin.
To save money, buy LIRR tickets before boarding the train. Purchasing tickets onboard the train is the most expensive option, costing up to $6.50 more per ticket. The LIRR makes buying tickets easy. Tickets are sold at Ticket Machines, staffed Ticket Windows (where available) and through the MTA eTix® mobile app.
Ticket Offices sell all ticket types and offer certain values of MetroCard when purchased with LIRR tickets. Ticket offices accept cash, checks, ATM/debit and major credit cards. Ticket office hours are posted at stations or on the web.
The LIRR has a variety of ticket machines, including:
- Gray, full-service ticket machines, which sell most ticket types and pre-valued MetroCards, accept cash, ATM/debit cards and credit cards.
- Blue ticket machines also sell most ticket types and pre-valued MetroCards, but accept ATM/debit or credit cards only.
- Red, daily ticket machines sell One-Way and Round-Trip tickets as well as some types of pre-valued Metrocards. These machines accept cash, ATM/debit or credit cards.
MTA eTix is a mobile ticketing app that lets customers purchase and use LIRR tickets directly on smartphones and mobile devices. For more information visit: mta.info/eTix.
Travel "Off-Peak" to Save
Save about 27% when you travel on Off-Peak trains. Off-Peak fares are in effect all day on weekends and major holidays and on all trains EXCEPT AM Peak trains scheduled to arrive at western terminals between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM on weekday mornings and scheduled to depart western terminals between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM weekdays.
Good on Off-Peak trains to/from Fare Zone 1 only. Discounted by up to 15% off the price of 10 regular Off-Peak tickets. People traveling together can share this ticket. Ticket is valid for six months from date of sale.
Up to four children (ages 5-11) ride for the fare of $1.00 each when accompanied by a fare-paying adult (18 years or older). Children under 5 ride free. Valid for 60 days (including date of sale). Not valid on AM Peak trains (trains scheduled to arrive at western terminals between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM on weekday mornings). Please see “Child Ticket” for AM Peak travel.
For individuals 65 years of age or older, people with disabilities, and Medicare card-holders. Cost is about one-half of the Peak One-Way fare. Available for One-Way or Round-Trip travel and valid for 60 days (including date of sale).
Valid forms of ID are as follows:
- Senior citizens (65 years of age or older): Government/state-issued driver’s license or non-driver ID; Government/state-issued passport; NYC Department of Aging ID Card; MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard; MTA Reduced-Fare Easy Pay Card; and, if accompanied by another form of identification that contains a photo of the customer, a Medicare Card issued by the Social Security Administration or a birth certificate.
- Medicare Recipients (under age 65): MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard; MTA Reduced-Fare Easy Pay Card; Medicare Card issued by the Social Security Administration (if accompanied by another form of identification that contains a photo of the customer).
- People with Disabilities: MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard; MTA Reduced-Fare Easy Pay Card; Access-a-Ride Card; Able-Ride Card; Para-transit Card; Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) Card. Customers who qualify to use Reduced-Fare tickets can purchase them on the train without paying the higher on-board price, if they can show the proper documentation. Applications for the MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard are processed by NYC Transit (call 511 or visit mta.info/nyct).
This convenience ticket is sold at the price of 10 Reduced-Fare One-Way fares. Ticket can be shared and is valid for six months from date of sale. Valid ID is required.
Reduced-Fare tickets are good for travel on all LIRR trains EXCEPT AM Peak trains (trains scheduled to arrive at western terminals between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM on weekday mornings). Good all other times.
Organized groups of 30 or more traveling together can save up to 60% off regular Round-Trip rail fare. Please reserve tickets at least two weeks in advance. For reservations, call 718-558-7419.
When traveling on Peak (rush-hour) trains, children ages 5-11 require a Child Fare ticket, which costs about half the price of an adult Peak ticket.
Individuals age 12 and over pay the adult fare at all times.
Buy Before Boarding
You'll save money if you allow enough time to buy LIRR tickets at a ticket machine or ticket window, before boarding the train. LIRR tickets cost between $5.75 and $6.50 more if bought onboard the train.
Travel Planning Made Easy
Train Schedules & More
Just about everything you need to plan a fun trip on the rails is available on our website.
Click on "Schedules" to get personalized train and fare information, or select the "All Train Schedules" button on this page to see it all. Get "Stations" information for directions, parking and other services. Check out our "Getaways & Packages" section monthly to get information about our special discount offers. LIRR schedules are printed in a large version for each branch and in pocket-size for stations, and can be found in timetable racks at stations. If your printed schedule is out of date, please check Schedules & Fares or call 511 to confirm times.
Broadway "Free Rail" and Other Discount Packages
Throughout the year special packages are offered that include either free rail or discount packages to top Broadway shows, NY Mets, NY Liberty, LI Beaches, Splish Splash and many more. Check Getaways & Packages monthly for new offers.
New York City Getaways
Save up to 43% on discount packages to many New York City attractions, such as Madame Tussauds NY, Museum of Natural History, and more. Packages are sold at ticket offices and gray or blue full-service ticket machines (press Getaways & Packages button). They include discounted Round-Trip rail and venue admission for one low price. Some offer Child Fares too.
Long Island One-Day Getaways
Discover some of the most beautiful and interesting spots on Long Island with an enjoyable One-Day Escorted Tour or Package. Our One-Day Getaways are offered from May through November and include discounted Round-Trip rail fare, sightseeing and admission to attractions. Some Getaways even include tastings or meals.
Restrooms are usually available in open station waiting rooms; hours of availability are posted. On trains, cars with odd numbers are restroom-equipped. Restrooms on our newer trains are accessible for people with disabilities.
You can also get details on all of the information above by calling our Customer Service Center. We have a voice-activated system that's easy to use by calling 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477). Automated schedule and fare information is available by phone 24/7. If necessary, representatives are available to help you daily between 6 AM and 10 PM. To speak with an LIRR employee, just say the word “Representative” after the prompts begin. Deaf/Hard of Hearing Customers – Use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach 511.
LIRR Branch Timetables can be found in timetable racks at stations and terminals, or online here.
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