Railroad Commuter Trains Serving Suburbs in New York
New York City
718-217-5477 (New York City)
516-822-5477 (Nassau County)
516-231-5477 (Suffolk County)
Lost & Found: 718-558-8384 (Weekdays 7:20 am - 7:40 p.m.)
Ticket Vending Machine Assistance: 800-325-5477
Group Travel and Tours: 718-558-7498 (M-F 8 am-4 p.m.)
The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is controlled by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Based in Pennsylvania Station (7th Avenue at 34th Street in Manhattan) and with over 120 other stations, the LIRR is the largest commuter railroad in the USA. It connects all of Long Island to Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. If you need to get between New York and Long Island it is a great way to travel. This is especially true during rush hours. The LIRR operates 24 hours a day, though there are far fewer trains running between midnight and 6:00 am.
Tickets are not too expensive, generally between $6.00 and $15.00 for a one way trip to or from Manhattan. Also, if you are not travelling during peak hours (to New York on weekday mornings or from New York on weekday afternoons) tickets are discounted by 30%.
TYP Tip: You can buy tickets on the train, but you will be charged a $2.00 surcharge for each ticket. To avoid the extra charge, you should buy your tickets at the station—either from the ticket booth or the vending machine. However if the ticket booth is closed or there are no working vending machines, you will not be charged extra for buying your ticket on the train.
Train schedules and ticket rates are available at any LIRR Station or you can call the information numbers listed above. Also, the LIRR web site has rate and schedule information.
Customer Service Line outside New York City: 800-638-7646
Customer Service Line within New York City: 212-532-4900
Also controlled by the MTA, the Metro North Railroad connects Manhattan and the Bronx with Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange in New York State and New Haven and Fairfield counties in Connecticut. Most lines operate out of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, though—the Port Jervis and the Pascack Valley lines—operate out of the New Jersey Transit terminal in Hoboken, N.J. It's just across the Hudson from Manhattan.
Train frequency, ticket prices, rules are similar to the those for the LIRR. Train schedules and ticket rates are available at any Metro North Station or you can call the information numbers listed above. Also, the Metro North web site has rate and schedule information.
A great way to get across the Hudson River, the PATH trains connect Midtown and Downtown Manhattan with Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark in New Jersey. The trains are clean and safe and only cost $1.00 each way. The PATH carries over 70 percent of all train passengers entering New York City from New Jersey.
The PATH operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. During rush hour the trains run every 3 to 6 minutes and every 10 to 15 minutes midday and early evenings. Weekends the trains run every 10 to 20 minutes, and overnight trains run every half hour.
Schedule and fare information: 973-762-5100, Daily, 6 AM - Midnight
NJ TRANSIT is New Jersey's state commuter rail network serving 161 stations statewide. You can use New Jersey to get to almost anywhere in the state—from Bergen County to Atlantic City. It also offers service to New York's Penn Station (where you can connect to the LIRR and Amtrak) and Philadelphia. There are 12 NJ TRANSIT lines connecting the state.
|The nation's largest commuter railroad. Carries passengers from many points on Long Island to PennStation. Click here for an LIRR map, schedules, fares, service advisories(extremely key!) & phone numbers. The remainder of the LIRR site, url below, is also quite helpful.|
|Pennsylvania Station,||Customer Services 516-822-5477|
|Customer Services:||631-231-5477;||Group Sales:||718-558-7498|
|In New York:||718-217-5477;||Lost and Found:||212-643-5228|
|Police:||212-878-1001;||TDD for Hearing Impaired:||718-558-3022|
|The second-largest commuter railroad line in the United States. Serves 5 counties in New York State, 2 counties in Connecticut & some stops in New Jersey (list of stations) with its NYC destination at the glorious Grand Central Station Click here for a Metro-North map, schedules, fares & service updates.|
|Grand Central Station, Midtown NY||Tel 212-532-4900|
|Group Sales:||212-340-3141;||Lost and Found:||212-340-2555|
|Police:||212-878-1001;||TDD for Hearing Impaired:||800-724-3322|