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Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase at Ticket Offices and Ticket Vending Machines.

At ticket vending machines, you can purchase a ticket with a credit card, debit card or cash.

If you would like to pay with a personal check, transit benefits check, or corporate check, please go to an NJ TRANSIT ticket window and note the following policies:

  • Personal Checks
    • Two forms of identification are required, one with the customer's signature and one with the customer's photograph. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, non-driver's ID issued by a state Department of Transportation, photo ID, passport, or major credit card such as VISA, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, or American Express.
    • Checks must be written for the exact amount of the purchase, for a minimum of $25, and payable to NJ TRANSIT.
    • A customer may purchase by check a maximum of two monthly passes per "travel" month. For example, if you buy two February monthly passes on January 27, you cannot purchase with a personal check any additional passes valid for travel in February.
    • Checks must be drawn on a bank/financial institution incorporated in the United States.
    • The date of the check must be the same as or prior to the date when the ticket or pass is issued.
    • Checks must be imprinted with the name of the bank and the customer's name and account number. The customer's address must be imprinted or hand-printed on the check. Please include a telephone number.
    • Starter checks and checks payable to a second party will not be accepted.
    • Checks will not be accepted from customers who are on the current NJ TRANSIT Dishonored Check List. A $10 service fee will be charged to customers for dishonored checks.

  • Transit Benefits Checks
    (TransitChek, Commuter Check, RideECO, TranBen, and Wageworks Checks)

    • Transit benefits checks are accepted for purchasing tickets (including bus student tickets) and passes (including rail student monthly passes) at ticket windows and by the Quik-Tik/Mail-Tik/Mail-Fare programs.
    • Up to 12 transit benefits checks may be accepted toward the purchase of one or more ticket/pass.
    • Transit benefits checks may not be redeemed for cash, and no change will be given.
    • The validity date must be verified before acceptance.
    • A customer has the option of paying for a ticket or pass with a transit benefits check in combination with cash, a personal or corporate check or a credit or debit card. A personal or corporate check must be written for a minimum of $25, and is subject to NJ TRANSIT's personal/corporate check requirements.

  • Commuter Benefit Cards
    (Including, but not limited to, eTRAC, WageWorks, FlexDirect, Commuter Check, RideECO, and TransitChek QuickPay cards)

    • Commuter benefit cards may be used to purchase tickets and passes at all rail ticket windows, bus ticket windows that are designated as accepting credit/debit cards, and all ticket vending machines. The Quik-Tik/Mail-Fare/Mail-Tik programs also accept commuter benefit cards.
    • For sales at ticket windows equipped with Ticket Office Machines (TOMs), customers are permitted to combine use of a commuter benefit card with cash, a personal or corporate check, a transit benefits check, or a credit or debit card.
    • A personal or corporate check must be written for a minimum of $25 and is subject to NJ TRANSIT's personal/corporate check requirements.
    • Ticket agents/customers will process payment with the commuter benefit card following the same procedures currently used for credit or debit card processing, depending on whether the card is used as a credit or debit card.
    • Customers obtain commuter benefit cards from their employers. Some of the commuter benefit cards are not printed with the VISA or MasterCard logo but will still be accepted for purchasing tickets following the same procedures currently used for credit or debit card processing, depending on whether the card is used as a credit or debit card.
    • No change will be given.

  • Checks Issued By Corporations, Non-Profit Organizations, Schools, and Government Agencies
    • In advance of purchases at ticket windows, organizations issuing a check must write a letter on their letterhead paper to NJ TRANSIT identifying the following:
      • The organization's name, address, and telephone number.
      • The individual(s) whose signature will be on the check. A facsimile of the signature must accompany the letter.
      • Purchase location.

      This letter must be submitted to NJ TRANSIT in advance of the ticket purchase to allow sufficient time for verification of the letter with the issuing organization. Letters should be sent to the following address:

      Manager, Cash Management
      NJ TRANSIT
      180 Boyden Avenue
      Maplewood, New Jersey 07040-2494

    • Checks must be written for the exact amount of the purchase, for a minimum of $25, and payable to NJ TRANSIT.
    • Checks must be drawn on a bank/financial institution incorporated in the United States.
    • The date of the check must be the same as or prior to the date when the ticket or pass is issued.
    • Checks must be imprinted with the name of the bank and the organization's name, address, and account number.
    • Starter checks and checks payable to a second party will not be accepted.
    • Checks will be accepted only if companies are listed on NJ TRANSIT's approved corporate/agency list.

  • Checks Issued for Group Tickets
    • Groups having reservations for NJ TRANSIT rail transportation that wish to purchase their tickets with their affiliation's check must receive authorization from NJ TRANSIT prior to the actual purchase at a rail station and may do so by sending a letter on the group's letterhead paper to the Manager of Cash Management, 180 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2494.

      The letter must identify the following:

      • The organization's name, address, and telephone number.
      • The individual(s) whose signature will be on the check. A facsimile of the signature must accompany the letter.
      • Purchase location.

      This letter must be submitted to NJ TRANSIT in advance of the ticket purchase to allow sufficient time for verification of the letter with the issuing organization.

    • If a personal check is used to purchase group tickets, the customer must follow requirements listed in NJ TRANSIT's Personal Check Policy.
Fares
Fares depend upon many factors (distance traveled, type of ticket purchased, type of transportation utilized, date and/or time of day traveled etc...)

For specific trip fares check the schedule and specific route information.

NJ TRANSIT offers senior citizens and people with disabilities a "Fare Deal".

If you would like additional information contact NJ TRANSIT for a listing of our services.