Save Money on LIRR or Metro North with CityTicket
Recently, I realized a lot of people did not know they could save money when riding the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) or Metro North by buying a CityTicket. When I told them I pay just $4 one-way between Penn Station and many popular stops, such as Flushing or Jamaica for JFK International Airport, they were often surprised. A normal off peak ticket from Penn Station to Jamaica, for example, costs $7 so a CityTicket can result in quite a big discount.
LIRR or Metro North CityTicket
- Only available on Saturdays and Sundays, and it has to be used the day it was purchased
- Allows travel between Brooklyn or Manhattan and Queens on MTA Long Island Rail Road
- Allows travel between Manhattan and the Bronx on MTA Metro North Railroad
To buy them at the ticket kiosk, simply hit the CityTicket button rather than the one-way or round-trip buttons. Instead of paying the normal rates, you’ll pay just $4. For a list of the eligible CityTicket stations, see this CityTicket map. LIRR and Metro North CityTickets are considered a travel expense, so you can pay using the Barclays Arrival credit card and redeem part of the 44,000 miles signup bonus much like you would do for commuting on the subway etc.
The Main Point
Some great uses for CityTicket include taking the LIRR between Penn Station and Mets-Willets Point on the weekends to watch a NY Mets game or the U.S. Open. Of course, Yankees fans can take the Metro North between Grand Central and Yankees-E. 153rd St on the weekends. Last but not least, my favorite use of CityTicket is taking the LIRR to and from Jamaica where you can quickly transfer to the AirTrain to go to JFK International Airport. Riding the LIRR or MetroNorth is a lot faster than riding the subway, more comfortable than riding the subway, and costs just $1.50 more compared to the $2.50 subway fare.
If you have a lot of suitcases or just prefer riding in a car, however, Uber and Lyft are both giving out a free ride credit of $30 and $25 respectively as they try to gain market share in NYC. Right now, I’d personally sign up for Lyft since they are new to NYC and giving out a bunch of random free rides. In addition to our free ride worth $25, for example, Lyft gave us an additional 3 free rides valid until 9/6/14 and another 7 free rides valid until 9/12/14. Other people have received as many as 50 free rides.
Disclaimer: I receive referral credit for some of the links above if you sign up through them, which I appreciate
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