Point blank, commuting is very expensive—especially for college students who don’t have the time to work a lot of hours. I am a veteran college student commuter. I’ve traveled from everywhere and I’ve had to find as many college discounts as possible. I dormed my first year at Hofstra University, but made the 5 hour public transportation commute every weekend to my home in Newburgh. I became well-versed in Long Island Rail Road travel. The following year I transferred to CUNY Brooklyn College, and made the R train my home for an hour twice a day from Bay Ridge to Flatbush 5 days a week. My second year, I moved back upstate and commuted via the Metro-North 6 hours round-trip for 3 years so I could continue getting my education from Brooklyn College. I could have probably bought an amazing luxury car with the amount of money I’ve spent on my commute.
Whether you’re traveling from the Hudson Valley, Long Island, or just within the New York City area, the expenses of public transportation are an absolute drag on a college student trying to enjoy the Big City. Luckily, there are some deals that MTA commuters are privy to.
SUBWAY METRO CARD
Madame Tussauds New York: Show your MetroCard and receive $5 off per ticket. This is an AWESOME attraction for both tourists and locals. Make sure you check out the new Marvel 4D attraction featuring superheroes like Thor and Captain America.
New York Botanical Gardens: Save 10% with your MetroCard! Whether you’re a nature person or not, the New York Botanical Gardens are a must-see for beautiful gardens and exhibits.
Yankees getaway: Overnight packages to accompany your Yankees tickets!
New York City getaway: Stay and rail overnight packages for a New York City getaway.
Also discount rail tickets for the American Museum of Natural History, BODIES: The Experience, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.
Long Island Rail Road
Rock of Ages: Ride the Long Island Rail Road free and get discount tickets when you see the musical Rock of Ages. This fun musical features music from Journey, Styx, and Bon Jovi, among others.
Belmont Park - The Long Island Rail Road and NYRA are teaming up together to give LIRR customers a discount and easy service for the fall racing season at Belmont Park.
After all this commuting and adventuring, you will surely be starving. Head to Cuba and enjoy their Happy Hour!
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