Best Way To Get To Citi Field – The LIRR
Posted by Kurt Smith
In the past I recommended the 7 train to get to Citi Field, but most people wouldn’t argue that the 7 train doesn’t offer the smoothest ride or the most pleasant scenery. It’s not as bad as John Rocker once said, but it does stop a lot and moves fairly slowly.
After reading a few glowing opinions of people who had taken the Long Island Rail Road to a Mets game, I gave it a try after my last visit to Citi Field; hopping on after the game to get back to Penn Station.
I agree with the rest: I will never go back to the 7 to get to Citi Field. Unless I’m being cheap, which I am frequently.
Yes, the LIRR costs a few bucks more; the ride is $8 at peak times (although I’m not sure yet what qualifies as peak time, since the train only stops at Citi Field on game days) and $6 at other times; I’m pretty sure I paid the $6 in my trip. The 7 to Penn Station is $2.75 as of this writing.
If you land the $6 fare especially, it is very worth it for two reasons.
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The first is seat comfort. These are long commuter trains and being the more expensive of the two will see fewer passengers, so you are far more likely to land a seat on the LIRR. And the seats are larger and much more comfortable.
The second is speed. Only two stops on the way back to Penn Station (where I arrive from NJ Transit), as opposed to thirteen if you use the 7-E combination. Not to mention avoiding a transfer…and a wait for another train. The 7 Line has a Mets Express with fewer stops, but you can’t transfer to the E from it—this requires a transfer to the 1, 2, or 3 or a walk from Times Square.
The ride takes about 35 minutes as opposed to 15 for the LIRR, but that is a world of difference. 35 minutes standing on a screechy train seems like much more than twice the time when sitting on a quieter train.
Coming from New Jersey or Manhattan at least, I recommend the 7 if you’re thrifty and definitely recommend it over driving to Citi Field. But if you are willing to pay a few extra bucks to not have to use a railing to balance your momentum 13 times, use the LIRR. It’s well worth the extra few bucks.
As a South Jerseyan, it’s my favorite way to get to Citi Field. If you want to know about getting to Citi Field from different directions, try getting yourself one of these.
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