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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 at 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 Save 27%; not valid during Peak periods. Valid for 60 days (including date of sale).
Monthly Tickets
Valid for unlimited rides in calendar month. Best for daily commuters.
Savings Save approximately 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 approximately 30% (based on 10 One-Way rides per week).
Ten-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 (including date of sale).
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: Includes Family Fare of $1 apiece each way (on Off-Peak and PM Peak trains) for up to four children (age 5-11) per traveling adult (18 and over); Child Fare (for AM Peak trains), with a discount of 50% off full fare; CityTicket, which allows for weekend travel within New York City for $4.50, and Atlantic Ticket, which offers discounted fares for customers traveling between Brooklyn and seven stations in Queens

Purchase Options: Purchase a combined LIRR monthly ticket/Monthly Unlimited Ride MetroCard through Mail&Ride and save an additional 2% on rail fare.

Commuter Benefit Programs: Pre-tax federal transit benefit programs can help you save on commuting costs. Contact your employer or visit and ask about participation that saves both you and your company money.

Buy Before Boarding: Buying on-board incurs an additional charge of $5.75 to $6.50. Save money by purchasing tickets at Ticket Offices, Ticket Machines or via MTA eTix®.

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

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