MTA eTix

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Travel 4.5.8 Jun 29, 2016 Mar 14, 2018 11.7 MB iOS 9.0 or later 4+
New in version 4.5.8

- Ticket appears on the Home Screen
- Improved split payment screen
- App improvements and bug fixes


The MTA eTix app allows customers on MNR’s Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines and all LIRR branches to purchase tickets on their phones.


Never use a vending machine or wait in line again when purchasing your rail ticket for Metro-North Railroad or Long Island Rail Road. Your phone is the ticket machine. Better yet, your phone is the ticket.

With MTA eTix, you can securely purchase One Way, Round Trip, CityTicket, Weekly and Monthly tickets in seconds. Purchasing a ticket is easy: sign up for an account, select your trip, buy your ticket and enter your card information, then activate your ticket just before you board.

• Never worry about missing a train while you're stuck in line to buy your ticket
• See all your tickets in your electronic wallet
• 'Punch' your own ticket just before you board
• Never misplace your ticket again
• Take your ticket with you when you upgrade your phone

If you are having issues using the app, please call customer services at 511 for support and ask to speak to a Representative after selecting your railroad. Customers outside NY State call 877 690 5114.

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Convenient, could be better
🍔🍘 on 4/21/2018
Never had an issue purchasing tickets like other people have said. Just think it could improved upon. Solid app.
Worst app ever
etix stinks on 4/19/2018
Never works when you want it too
Buggy first try
RichiTunes on 4/17/2018
This is what happens when a train company decides to make an app instead of hiring the right programmers or paying some smart consultants. The app is buggy. I won’t get into all of it. You can read all the bugs in others reviews. My biggest peeve is the app cannot remember my I.D and password. Which makes me wonder if it is stored secured. My password are not simple so it’s a chore to find it and plug it in. Simple feature. Remember my password. Can’t do it. Also as others noted. This isn’t a wallet. A wallet stores your purchases without any internet connection. Nope this app needs internet all the time to lookup our purchase which makes it slow an sometimes fail to find your purchase. Great for those monthly’s.
Needs some improvement
Sjonesrones12 on 4/9/2018
The app is definitely a step forward for purchasing tickets on the go, but it suffers from some persistent problems: - Keep the selected monthly ticket “alive” for 10-30 minutes. Otherwise, it needs to be completely reloaded when the conductor comes to view it, taking time and generally being a poor user experience. - why so slow? It’s a monthly ticket. Good for 1 whole month. Is it checking with a server? Just show the ticket. - ticket wallet is a good idea executed clunkily. Why not take me directly to my wallet by default and then I can navigate back if I want to buy stuff? Copy Apple’s wallet if you want to keep multiple tickets available easily. Or if Monthly, Then Display Monthly by default. - doesn’t switch accounts between devices well, and makes a somewhat threatening “you only have 2 more switches left” nonsense. Aside from purchasing, this is a weak app, designed with fraud and edge cases in mind and not users.
Lack of support for Face / Touch ID now inexcusable
Prometheas on 4/8/2018
Back in January, I’d written a review describing the app as largely usable, but expressing irritation at the fact that it keeps logging me out. Apps are supposed to simplify your tasks. They should streamline user flows to help you get in and out as quickly as reasonably possible. They should certainly also make sure that your account remains secure, especially when the account is linked to billing information. By April 2018, such iOS apps should handle user authentication using at least Touch ID, which has been around for 5 years. Months later, after too many needless logins, I’m cutting from 2 stars, down to one.
Worked fine until...
Ctsail on 4/8/2018
Was working great for 9 months then it won't let you buy tickets because it says you're not connected to the internet...of course I'm connected...just another example of "Agile app dev" #fail..
Not worth using, way too many potential problems
Eileen815 on 4/5/2018
Inadvertently activate your ticket and you lose the ticket. No way To get it back. The ticket app has nothing to do with the ticket sales from the LIRR so they can do nothing to help you. Stick with a paper ticket. Also, if you don’t use a ticket and want a refund there is a $10 fee. For what? A computer is inconvenienced? Ridiculous!
Used to be great—what happened???
Adamanyc on 4/4/2018
Won’t allow me to pay with my wage works card. Worked perfectly for months. THIS MUST BE FIXED. PLEASE UPDATE THE APP!!!
Rest Password Issues
dry1ce23 on 3/24/2018
I was logged out and can not remember the password. I click the rest password link and it says an email has been sent. An hour later and many clicks on the rest button later, still no email what gives?
Binyomin&Shira on 3/16/2018
Thank you for listening eTix app people. Finally your monthly (or any active ticket) is displayed in the first screen not needing you to fumble around to the ticket screen. You have saved myself and your conductors lots of time.
Easy ticket access
KaramjeetAC3 on 3/15/2018
Though many have given this app a negative review. I love it. It's very easy access and no hassle of buying a physical ticket. 👍👍
CAIXAPRETA on 3/14/2018
App overall serves its purpose. One feature I would like to see added by the developers is the ability to add to wallet app and have appear on the lock screen as a “suggest on lock screen” option. This would be extremely helpful and efficient for riders to just swipe right on their lock screen banner of the ticket and show instantly to the conductor.
Needs updating!
MdrnArch on 3/8/2018
This app has potential but as of today not much. The fact that I have to get back to my ticket screen every time a conductor passes by is inconvenient and inefficient. It should be able to figure out that I’m still in transit. I will revise my rating once it’s fixed.
Won’t process payment.
Boycott FB on 3/7/2018
The app randomly decides not to accept your card anymore. I’ve gone through 3 cards that it no longer accepts. The same 3 cards that the train conductor had no problem using to give me a more expensive ticket. The amount of money in step up fees this app has cost me because of its problems is ridiculous. What’s more ridiculous is that even though the app says the payment can’t be processed, it’s still pending in your account. When you contact the lirr, they say the problems with your bank. The bank says the problems with the lirr. After this many unaffiliated cards being declined, the problems definitely with the lirr. At $5 more for an on train ticket purchase, this will quickly become the most expensive app you’ve ever downloaded. Don’t use it.
UX is just bad
Noxless on 3/6/2018
Constantly logs me out after logging in, which creates an issue when my ticket wallet appears empty. Bulk purchasing round trip tickets also puts an expiration date on the tickets. Why? If I buy 10 tickets I shouldn’t only have 2 months to use them, especially if no discount is offered.
trs63 on 2/20/2018
I forgot to add that you have to validate your credit card payment every time too! I understand security but this is ridiculous. Once my payment source is validated, allow me to pay using it! T
Terrible app
tumitran on 2/20/2018
Does not support FaceID and logs me out every time.
Solid - few suggestions
ledhed2222222222 on 2/17/2018
App is solid but have a few gripes: 1) App logs users out after a fairly short window. If that’s a security feature because you can save CCs, the app should offer Touch ID integration to sign in. 2) Train Times shouldn’t really be a separate app in my opinion. No reason to care about train times if you’re not buying tickets and vice-versa.
Reset password email never comes
smitpat on 2/13/2018
Every time I go to login, I can’t remember my password, so I try to reset it. The email never comes, not in spam folder, not in inbox, never. Typical MTA.
App is so outdated for a new app
VPAYSO on 2/10/2018
Should be able to support all the phones with the money these guys make. Should be able to store in wallet. So we can pull it up faster, since its automatically activates on its own. Should be able to log on via face id or touch id. Needs a fresh new look. The app looks dingy and old for a new app.
Loading screen takes too long
Jason B. on 2/5/2018
While I love the idea of MTA going paperless, recently, I’ve had the inconvenience of wasting the train conductor’s time because it takes too long for me to get to my already activated ticket. I’d love for this to be fixed on the next update.
Just like the LIRR itself... broken
Astoria Bill on 2/1/2018
It constantly logs me out, when I get to the point to bill my card gives me an error message. When I go to my bank account it shows it billed and credited the amount of my ticket. EVERYTIME. Why in the day of Touch ID do we have to log in the first place? Just like the LIRR, the performance is unacceptable.
Sooooooo disappointing
Ohs2 on 1/26/2018
OMG... this app is terrible... The worst app I ever use. It keeps me logged out, not showing anything on my ticket wallet sometimes. It’s so frustrated and embarrassed when I need to show my tickets. Opening the app takes me forever, not sure why the splash screen takes so long to loading the landing screen.
Account issues
eyeyanah on 1/11/2018
You can't sign out which blows
Please stop making me reload my ticket!
thegimp71 on 1/10/2018
The overall use of the app is OK for buying tickets, but it is very annoying to both riders and ticket takers that the app is very slow to load and slow to display your ticket, especially for monthly ticket holders. Also, if I switch from this app to another and back within just a minute I’m usually forced to reload my ticket again, which can take about 20-30 seconds again that’s very annoying as a user and to the ticket takers. It shouldn’t take so long to load a ticket and it should not have to be 3 steps to get to a ticket for monthly ticket holders. Monthly tickets should be the first thing that appears when the app loads along with the option to access a menu - not the other way around.
Always says no data at this time- useless
just ur everday consumer on 1/9/2018
The app barely ever works just like the mta
Less clicks
jkdc on 1/4/2018
Why is it 3 clicks to get to an activated ticket? Especially as a monthly user. Why not show active tickets on the home screen (outside of the ticket wallet). Ticket wallet should be inactive tickets and then just show active on the main screen. Especially for monthly users that have only one ticket active at a time.
Convenient app, just has a few bugs
FayeRichardson on 1/3/2018
This app is a life saver when you have to decide between buying your ticket or missing your train. However, lately it has been unreliable. Many times I buy a ticket and there's an error message that my payment hasn't gone through. No ticket, I'm always charged. My bank always reverses the payment but I'm stuck paying the ridiculously high on board fare.
Good app, needs updates
benisbeautiful on 12/26/2017
Needs iPhone X update. The app overall is a must-have, but it’s quite buggy.
Forgets login and password
Yet_Another_Matt on 12/23/2017
The whole point of using an app is convenience. Any use of my credit card information is going to be protected by a strong password. This app forgets login credentials after a very short interval and forces me to input, again, a strong password that cannot be remembered and would be securely stored in any event. Why do you kneecap your application by forcing users to log in over and over again?
Constantly signs me out
Gekkonaut on 12/22/2017
Constantly signs out making it unavailable when you need it most
Ticket used??
Diceman 69 on 12/20/2017
I purchased tickets on this app,that part was easy.When you go yo use them on the train,you need to activate them,I had to connect in Jamaica to another train and it used both my round trip tickets for one way?When i went to go home it said the return ticket was used and no longer valid?I had to purchase another one way ticket to get home.
Latin-records on 12/17/2017
Fist month I ever used it, work absolutely great then second month I couldn’t even purchase tickets and calling customer service it’s like pulling teeth, you get almost nothing from these people.
No iPhone x support?
Epulla87 on 12/15/2017
This app will be great if it had iPhone x support. I pay so much money for a monthly the least they can do is update this app..
Please add Touch ID for login
aslezak on 12/11/2017
Love where this app is going. Please make it easier to login with Touch ID when you open the app. Also, it would be great to have a quick checkout for favorite combinations. Thanks!
iPhone X compatible
ChrisFranando on 12/11/2017
Cmon, w/ the iPhone X update, what is taking y’all so long?
Please update for iPhone X support
gnach on 12/11/2017
Manage favorite trips?
timeinator on 12/10/2017
Can someone please explain how to manage the favorite (star) trips. Its not very clear how to edit or set what trip gets starred. This app is useful but not very intuitive.
Convenient , won’t accept my Apple Pay
VatCPA on 12/9/2017
App is convenient, but when it’s time to pay, rejects , forces me to enter a new card no.! Fix this now!!!
ScriptorSpes on 12/8/2017
Eliminate he need for an account. It’s a joke. You sent me an email saying I can only move the app to a new phone two more times. This is ridiculous. Why are you tracking this. You use Apple Pay. That’s all the info you need. It’s 2017.
Apple Pay error
AndrezQ12 on 12/7/2017
Cannot pay via Apple Pay and app isn’t updated to iPhone x
Great app!
Wu tang for ever on 12/7/2017
Works perfectly and is super easy to use.
Tarrytown 7 on 12/6/2017
Works fast and efficiently each time and every time. A years use with no problems. Just remember to keep your phone charged.
Stopper and shopper on 12/6/2017
It worked great but me time. Now it just constantly hangs... very frustrating.
Removed Apple Pay for some reason
Mortimermorts on 12/4/2017
Why would you remove it? Please bring it back. Just do this one small thing to benefit your customers. Thanks.
Do not trust!! This app is unstable!!
Anomaly_7 on 11/30/2017
This app just lost all my info. The $300 I just spent on a monthly just went out the window. Not cool. Now I have to purchase a ticket on the train? Thanks for stealing my money MTA!
still does not work with applepay
Satyricon jr on 11/29/2017
it says it does, it thinks it does but it doesn’t. give unhelpful error message, charges your card, doesn’t give you a ticket been like this at least a year, telling them didn’t help
Functional, needs some work
Jonny99express on 11/27/2017
App basically does the job. Needs to be combined with Train Time. One pet peeve: If you activate a ticket and then switch to some other app, then try to return to the app 5 mins later to show your activated ticket, the app rewinds to its home screen and it takes quite a few taps (and time) to get back to your activated ticket. While the conductor is waiting. There should be no need to rewind! How about an option to put an activated ticket into your iPhone Wallet?
App Doesn't Work
Sun-Tzu56 on 11/23/2017
As others have indicated the app simply doesn't work as it won't accept payment. I would avoid until it's fixed.
Repeated charges no tickets!
tomorrowxx on 11/23/2017
I entered my credit card information 5 times and kept getting error messages. My card was charged 5 times but no tickets received. Terrible app!
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