Weekday peak hours (6am-10am) (4pm-8pm) are in effect during rush hour. Peak tickets cost $3.00 extra (as of Feb. 11, 2013). Note, the times refer to trains scheduled to arrive/leave Grand Central.
Buy a monthly card if you make 11+ roundtrips per month. Make sure you don’t overpay on your next ride to NYC.
- Before 6:00am
- AFTER 8:00pm
Weekends are always off-peak. Holidays as well.
Commuters will not be charged a peak fare on the weekend or on major holidays. Some holidays (New Years Eve) don’t charge a fare (free to ride!).
Easy tips to avoid peak hour charges:
1) If you can, avoid rush hour, save yourself the stress and money by leaving later (or much earlier).
2) If you make 11 round-trips during peak hours, buy a monthly card. MTA’s official statement.Unlimited rides for a calendar month; save almost 50% (based on 42 rides per month) off the one-way peak fare
Monthly Metro North card:
New York Fares: $154 – $247 depending on zone.
Greenwich stations: $263.00
The 2012, (original article) correctly stated that the peak fare was, $2.75 (as of October 15, 2012), this changed on January 1, 2013.