Three easy ways to travel to a Mets game from Manhattan
Citi Field, home to the New York Mets, was completed in 2009 and offers a not-to-be-missed fan experience for baseball lovers. The stadium is located in the Flushing Meadows–Corona Park area of Queens, a short distance outside Manhattan. The Mets play at Citi Field for most of the year, but the stadium is also home to concerts and festivals. Those traveling to Citi Field from Penn Station, which is located in central Manhattan, have several options. Here are three ways to journey to the stadium.
Via public transportation
Using public transportation to get to Citi Field is highly recommended. You have several options to get from Penn Station to the stadium on event day.
The fastest and easiest way is on LIRR (Long Island Rail Road), which leaves from Penn Station and drops passengers off directly at Mets-Willets Point station. The stadium is just two stops away, making the ride a quick 19 minutes. Use the MTA's TripPlanner+ online app to check the schedule ahead of time. Extra trains run before and after games and events to accommodate all the fans, so there's no need to worry about crowds. Purchase LIRR tickets from the machines in Penn Station using a credit card or cash. One-way off-peak fare from Penn Station to Mets-Willets Point is $6.00, and peak fare is $8.25, as of summer 2017. On weekends, save money by purchasing a CityTicket, which is $4.25 one way.
It is also possible to take the New York subway from Penn Station to Citi Field. The 7 train goes directly from Manhattan to Mets-Willets Point station. Transfer to the 7 from Penn Station by taking the 1, 2 or 3 subway line one stop north to Times Square. Purchase a MetroCard at one of the vending machines in the station. A one-way subway ride costs $2.75.
Buses service Citi Field, but most experts advise you not to use those as transport between Penn Station and Citi Field. The journey would be unnecessarily long and could be impacted by poor weather conditions.
Uber has partnered with the Mets to offer affordable rides to games for fans. A designated Uber zone is outside the stadium, so fans who prefer to skip public transportation can request one of the fixed-rate, ride-share cars from anywhere outside Penn Station. Using the Uber's phone app, select a type of car and enter Citi Field as the final destination. An uberX, Uber's budget-friendly car service, is approximately $32 to $40 from Penn Station, as of summer 2017. Tip is included. Be sure to allow time for traffic, as the area around the stadium can be busy before an event.
A taxi from Penn Station to Citi Field is the most expensive option. Hail a cab from one of the official taxi stands outside the station. In good traffic, the ride should take approximately 30 minutes and cost $47 to $50; however, rush hour congestion could cause the time and fare to increase. Allow plenty of time to get to the stadium. Payment can be made with cash or credit card, and the customary tip is not included in the fare.