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Which Ticket Should I Buy? - Ways To Save

Long Island Rail Road offers you several ways to save on your commute, with a choice of ticket types and purchase options. How much you save depends on how often you ride.

Which ticket type/purchase option offers me the best value? (All fares are based on the cost of a one-way peak ticket. Discounts are approximate.)

One-Way Tickets
Best for occasional riders.
 
One-Way Peak Peak travel applies to all westbound weekday morning trains scheduled to arrive western terminals between 6 AM and 10 AM and all eastbound weekday trains scheduled to depart western terminals between 4 PM and 8 PM. Valid for 60 days including date of sale.
 
One-Way Off -Peak 27% savings; not valid during peak periods. Valid for 60 days including date of sale.
 
Monthly Tickets
Valid for unlimited rides in calendar month. Best for commuters.
Savings Save 50% (based on 42 one-way rides per month).
 
Weekly Tickets
Valid for unlimited rides for 7 days, Saturday - Friday. Best for commuters who do not work a full calendar month due to
vacations or business trips.
Savings Save 30% (based on 10 one-way rides per week).
 
10-Trip Off-Peak Ticket
Valid for 10 one-way rides (5 round-trips), 7 days a week. Best for occasional riders; can be shared. Valid for 6 months
Savings Save 15% on off-peak travel to/from LIRR stations in
City Zone 1.
 
Group Tickets
Valid for groups of 30 or more traveling together. Best for large groups. See here for more information on Group Travel.
Savings Save up to 60%

Other Ticket Options
Other ticket options include Family Fare of $1 apiece each way for up to four children (age 5-11) per traveling adult (18 and over); Child Fare, with a discount of 50% off full fare; and CityTicket, which allows for weekend travel within New York City for $4.00.

Purchase Options
Monthly tickets can be purchased with Pay-Per-Ride or Monthly Unlimited Ride MetroCard and can be purchased through Mail&Ride, which provides an additional 2% savings on rail fare with the purchase of an Unlimited Ride MetroCard.

Commuter Benefit Programs
Pre-tax federal transit benefit programs can save you up to 40% in commuting costs. Contact your employer or visit www.transitsolutions.org and ask about participation that saves both you and your company money. See here for additional infomation on pre-tax federal transit benefit programs.

Buy Before Boarding
Buying onboard is a cash-only transaction and incurs an additional charge of $5.75 to $6.50. Save money by purchasing tickets at ticket offices or ticket machines.

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