Train Travel is Easy, Affordable and Fun!
MTA Long Island Rail Road is the best way to get to the excitement in New York City and on Long Island. The LIRR offers a host of ideas for families to save money and have fun too.
There are many interesting and fun things for Senior Citizens to do in New York City and on Long Island. MTA Long Island Rail Road can take you to them and save you money as well.
The LIRR is the fast, convenient and relaxing way to travel and special fares are available for senior citizens 65 years or older, Medicare recipients and people with disabilities, regardless of age. These special fares are good at all times except on weekday morning westbound peak trains. Tickets cost about one-half of the peak one-way fare. To get the reduced fare, simply present a valid ID such as a Medicare card, birth certificate, driver's license or MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard (required for people with disabilities and available here or by calling 511, say “NYC Transit”, then at the prompt select “MetroCard Help/Reduced Fare Inquiries”).
The best way to buy tickets is to purchase them in advance. Because reduced fares are not honored on all trains, purchasing tickets on board is the most expensive option. The Long Island Rail Road makes buying tickets easy. Tickets are sold at ticket machines or staffed ticket offices. Reduced Fare Ten-Trip tickets are also sold through WebTicket.
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 Long Island Rail Road has three (3) types of ticket machines:
- 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.
Reduced Fare Ten Trip Tickets are sold online at WebTicket, using a major credit card. WebTickets are mailed to customers within 3-5 business days and postage is FREE.
If you are 65 years or older, the Long Island Rail Road offers several ticket type options for Senior Citizens. Fares are available for one way or round trip travel and are good for 60 days including date of sale. To save time, instead of buying tickets for each trip, why not try our Senior Ten-Trip Ticket. This convenience ticket to/from Zone 1 is sold at the price of 10 senior/Medicare/people with disabilities one-way fares. Senior Ten-Trip Ticket can be shared and is good for six months.
If you or your companions are under 65 years of age, the following ticket types would be most advantageous if you are traveling with friends or family members.
Good on off-peak trains to/from Zone 1 only. Offers a discount of up to 15% off the price of 10 regular off peak fares. People traveling together can share these tickets. Ticket is valid for six months from date of purchase.
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.
- The above tickets are good for travel on all LIRR trains EXCEPT morning peak trains scheduled to arrive at western terminals before 10:00 AM on weekdays. Good all other times.
Travel Planning Made Easy
Just about everything you need to plan a trip is available on our website. You can get Schedules & Fares information as well as station location and attributes. You can also find out information about our getaways and special discount offers.
Station and Branch Timetables
LIRR schedules are printed in a large version for each branch and in pocketsize for stations. They can be found in convenient timetable racks at stations and terminals. You can also get Schedule & Fare information online or by phone at 718-217-5477.
New York City Getaways
The best city in the world is just a train ride away. The Long Island Rail Road offers discount packages to many New York City attractions, such as Madame Tussauds New York and the American Museum of Natural History, that include round-trip fares and admissions for one low price.
Long Island One-Day
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 handicapped accessible.
You can also get details on all of the information above by calling our Travel Information Center. We have a voice-activated system that's easy to use by calling 511. Deaf/Hard of Hearing Customers - Use your preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay to reach 511.
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