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Suffolk Transit Bus Website Long Island Rail Road Website Zipcar Website


How to take the Long Island Rail Road Station

lirr station
  1. Use the Long Island Rail Road map to find the station nearest you
    • Stations are divided into "branches" or "lines" (named by their final stop on Long Island)
    • Stony Brook is located on the Port Jefferson Branch because its final stop is Port Jefferson
    • Branches are color-coded; the Port Jefferson Branch is blue
  2. Plan your trip
    • Using the Long Island Rail Road Trip Planner | (or TripPlanner+)
      • Choose which station you're leaving from and which station you're heading to
      • You can plan your trip by choosing what time you plan on departing the station or what time you need to arrive by
    • Using the Long Island Rail Road Train Schedules
      • They are available online and at train stations
      • They are organized by destinations and train branches
      • Each timetable shows 4 different schedules: weekdays to Manhattan, weekdays from Manhattan, weekends to Manhattan, and weekends from Manhattan
    • Using the Long Island Railroad Train Time App
      • The app gives you station information, real-time service conditions, social media links, news, elevator/escalator status, parking availability, deals & getaways, maps, policies, and other beneficial information
      • Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store
  3. Calculate your fare
    • Your fare is based on the stations you are traveling between and the time of day that you travel
    • Fares are higher during rush hour times in the appropriate rush hour direction
    • Rush hour times are referred to as "peak" hours; all other times are referred to as "off-peak" hours
    • Try traveling on "off-peak" hours to avoid the higher fares
  4. Buy your ticket
    • You may buy your ticket at the station, online, or on the train
    • Station: Find a ticket machine and follow the prompts on the screen (you may pay through cash, debit, or credit)
    • Online: When using the trip planner, you will have the option to "Buy Tickets Now" (postage is free, and tickets arrive by mail within 3-5 business days of your purchase)
    • Train: If you are running late, you have the option to buy your ticket on the train. Please note, buying tickets on the train is expensive. If possible, please get to the station before your train is scheduled to arrive. Only use this option if it is absolutely necessary
  5. Travel on the train
    • Find a seat on the train; if none are available, hold onto the handrails
    • When an employee walks through the car, you will be asked to show your ticket
      • You can hand your ticket to the employee OR
      • You can place your tickets (and the tickets of others sitting with you on the bench) in the metal tab located at the top of the seat (nearest the aisle) located in front of you
    • Speakers (or marquees located in the car) will announce the current station, the next station, and any upcoming service changes
    • When in doubt, ask an employee

Tips & Tricks

  • Transferring at Jamaica: 
    • Due to the nature of some train lines, you may have to transfer trains at Jamaica station to reroute to your destination
    • You will receive a notice when using the online Trip Planner and will be indicated with a on timetable brochures
    • When your train arrives at Jamaica, the train you must transfer to is almost always immediately across the tracks
    • Look for the marquees on the sides of the train to make sure that it is going to the right destination
    • You will have ~2 minutes to transfer. In the event that your transfer is not across the platform, listen carefully to hear which track your train is located on
    • If you are unsure of which train to transfer to or where the track is located, ask a conductor or employee
  • CityTicket:
    • CityTicket is a new way to travel on Saturday and Sunday within the city limits on Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North Railroad
    • You can also use CityTicket on weekends to speed your trip to or from JFK Airport. Use CityTicket for Long Island Rail Road travel to or from Jamaica Station for your AirTrain connection
    • CityTicket costs just $4.25 and is good for one-way travel that begins and ends within New York City (LIRR riders can change trains at Jamaica as long as they continue their trips in the same direction)
    • On the LIRR, you can use CityTicket for trips within Zone 1 or between Zones 1 and 3 (see station lists and map for details); on MNR, you can use CityTicket for trips on Hudson or Harlem line trains between the Bronx and Manhattan
    • Other low fare programs — including Family Fare, reduced-fare programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities, certain WebTickets, LIRR’s $3.25 off-peak fare for travel within Zone 3, and MNR's $3.00 intermediate fare that is valid at all times for travel within the Bronx — remain in effect
    • You can purchase tickets at New York City LIRR or MNR ticket windows or ticket machines at stations in the program. Not all stations have ticket windows open on weekends, but all stations have ticket machines
    • Click here for more information
  • Bringing a Bike
    • Each bicycle taken on board LIRR trains requires a permit
    • To obtain a permit, customers may:
      • At Stations: complete a Bicycle Permit Application and pay $5 (cash, debit/credit or check) at any open LIRR Ticket Office (see Stations for hours) and receive a permit on the spot that day
      • On Board: pay $5 on-board (cash only) and obtain a receipt, which must be either turned in at an open LIRR Ticket Office with application (you will receive a permit on the spot), or mailed in with application
      • By Mail: complete a Bicycle Permit Application and mail it with a check for $5
    • Click here for more information
  • Platform Information Marquees
    • Use the marquees located above the tracks to see when the next train is coming and in what direction it is going
    • Many stations use a "to Manhattan" and "to [final destination of LIRR line]" to indicate in which direction the train is heading

Adapted from "locally long island."

How to take the Suffolk County Transit Buses

Please note that the following directions do not reflect the only way to navigate the Suffolk County Transit Buses. Use discretion when using these instructions and do not hesitate the ask the bus driver if you are confused. Suffolk County cannot assume responsibility for inconvenience, expense or damage resulting from timetable errors, delayed buses or failure to make connections.

For the purposes of clarification, we will use the example of using the Suffolk County Transit Buses to travel from Stony Brook University to Smithtown.

  1. Use the Suffolk County Transit Bus System Map to find the bus routes that travel through or to your final stop (Reading the map: bus routes are color-coded; each color correlates to a specific bus route)
    • Example: Stony Brook University to Smithtown
      • Bus routes through Smithtown
        • S45 (dark orange)
        • S56 (dull purple)
        • S58 (blue-green)
  2. Based on the bus routes that travel through or to your final stop, determine whether you can travel directly to your final stop, or whether you need to transfer buses
    • Does the same bus route travel from your departing town to your final stop?
    • Example: Stony Brook University to Smithtown
      • Bus routes through Stony Brook Union
        • S60
        • S71
        • S76
        • 3D
  3. If you can travel directly to your final stop, locate that bus route's specific Suffolk County Transit Schedule to determine what time you might expect the bus to arrive at the respective bus stop
  4. If you cannot travel directly to your final stop, locate the bus routes that connect your departing town to your final stop by researching the connecting bus services. This can be done through the Suffolk County Transit Information page by finding (on the right hand side of the page) and clicking into each bus route. Once you click the route, you'll see another box appear on the bottom that shows a list of all connecting services and where the buses connect
    • Example: Stony Brook University to Smithtown
      • Bus routes through Smithtown
        • Connecting Bus Service: route numbers and locations
          • S45: S40, S41, S42, S54, S56, S58, S27, S33, S62, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D
          • S56: S41, S45, S54, S57, S58, S59, S60, S62, S63, 3D, 6B, H-6
          • S58: S41, S45, S54, S56, S57, S59, S60, S61, S62, S63, S66, S90, S92, 3D, 5A, 6A, 6A, 6B, 8A, H6
  5. If any connecting bus services match the bus routes that travel through or to your final stop, find out where the bus routes connect
    • Using the bus schedules, determine where the bus routes connect; You can also use the Suffolk County Transit Information (as previously mentioned) to determine where the buses connect
      • Look into the schedules of each bus that travels through or to your final stop
      • You will find the locations of the connecting bus services on the second page of the schedule, located at the bottom (next to the map)
    • Example: Stony Brook University to Smithtown
      • S45 connects with 3D at Central Islip and Central Islip Railroad
      • S56 connects with S60 at Smith Haven Mall
      • S58 connects with S60 at Coram
      • S58 connects with 3D at Smith Haven Mall
  6. Using the Suffolk County Transit Bus System Map, determine which location best fits your travel plans
    • Example: Stony Brook University to Smithtown
      • S45 connects with 3D at Central Islip -- this adds unnecessary travel time -- do not travel this route
      • S56 connects with S60 at Smith Haven Mall -- this is a viable route to take
      • S58 connects with S60 at Coram -- this adds unnecessary travel time -- do not travel this route
      • S58 connects with 3D at Smith Haven Mall -- this is a viable route to take
  7. Choose the route that best fits your travel plans. When taking the Suffolk County Transit Buses, do not hesitate to ask the bus driver whether the bus is traveling to the location you think it's traveling to. Research which buses you need to take before you take them -- the bus system can be confusing at first, but there are many options available. You have the option of taking both the bus and the Long Island Rail Road Station to get to your final stop. Research which bus route will take you to a nearby rail road station that is on a branch that connects to the town of your final stop
Suffolk Transit Connection

suffolkbusThe Suffolk Transit Connection is a transportation service provided to current Stony Brook University students who are interested in traveling between Stony Brook University and local off-campus area destinations for food, shopping and recreational activities.

The service is provided through a partnership between Stony Brook University and Suffolk County, and is a sustainable transportation solution only available to current Stony Brook University students who hold a valid Stony Brook University identification card.

The Suffolk Transit Connection offers the following transportation services:

  • On Saturdays Only: Current Stony Brook University students may utilize their valid SBU ID Card to board Suffolk Transit S60/69 & 3D bus routes, in order to travel to/from the Smith Haven Mall & Village of Port Jefferson and all points in between.
  • On Sundays Only: Current Stony Brook University students may utilize their valid SBU ID Card to board the Suffolk Transit 3D bus route, in order to travel to/from the Smith Haven Mall and all points in between.
  • Current Stony Brook University students who hold and show their valid SBU ID Card can board Suffolk Transit S60/69 & 3D bus routes from "Suffolk Transit" marked bus stops at Stony Brook University. For more information on "Suffolk Transit" bus stops, please see our SBU Transit Map and/or the listing of Suffolk Transit bus stops below.
  • Suffolk Transit Connection replaces SBU Transit Mall Routes (East & West Campus) on Saturdays, which saves the University approximately 3,500 gallons of fuel per year. As a result, SBU Transit does not operate the Mall Routes (East & West Campus) on Saturdays.
  • Suffolk Transit Connection offers current Stony Brook University students with increased transportation service frequency, operating times & service destinations. The Suffolk Transit operates the S60/69 and 3D bus routes as follows:

Click here for more information.

7Bus Transportation Service

7bus7Bus is offering daily direct service to and from NYC and Rego Park, Queens from Stony Brook University. Local residents, students, visitors and staff can take advantage of this service right from the Student Activity Center (SAC) on the Stony Brook Campus.

7Buses are equipped with:

  • Free WiFi
  • Plasma monitors
  • Reclining leather seats
  • A newsstand library
  • Personal power outlets

Travel time between SBU and New York City is estimated to take between 90 and 120 minutes each way.

One-way fare ranges from $7 to $15 depending on demand and when a ticket is purchased.

Quick Info Guide on Stony Brook University Service with 7Bus

  • NYC drop off locations are at 40, 50, and 60th streets on Third Avenue
  • NYC pick up locations are at 40, 47, and 59th on Lexington Avenue
  • Approximate travel time varies from 75 to 90 to NYC

Rego Park Queens Subway Connections

7Bus picks up in Rego Park at the intersection of Horace Harding and Junction Boulevard, and drops off on the North side service road of LIE at Junction Boulevard. The Rego Park Subway is a five minute walk going south on Junction Boulevard to 63rd and Queens Boulevard. The R,M,E subway trains at Rego Park connects to Queens, Brooklyn, lower Manhattan and the Bronx. 

New York City Connections 

  • 40th Street
    • 2 block walk to Grand Central Terminal and Metro North trains
    • Train numbers 4, 5, 6 go uptown or downtown on the East Side/Bronx
    • 7 Train to Times Square/Theater District and west side subway connections
    • Bus: M-42 AT 42ND Street to Times Square/Port Authority Bus Terminal/Circle Line Pier
  • 50th Street
    • E train: 8th Avenue/Queens
    • M Train: Rockefeller Center
    • Bus: M-50 Upper Theater District/Intrepid Museum
  • 60th Street
    • Trains N,Q,R

Service is reservation only. Reservations must be made at or by calling 631-725-7777 at least 15 minutes prior to departure time. No walk up seats will be sold for trips departing from Stony Brook University. 7Bus is separate from existing transportation services offered by the University.

For more information, including schedules, destinations and reservations, please contact 7Bus directly at:, or via phone at (631) 725-7777.

Click here for more information and for reservations.

Zipcar Car Sharing Service

Stony Brook University offers the Zipcar car sharing service on main campus, which provides access to vehicles for off campus travel. The convenient transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, staff and University Departments who are aged 18 years and older with a valid drivers' license, as well as to licensed drivers in the local community ages 21 and over.

The Zipcars have designated parking spots in two locations on campus:

  • Parking lot near the M&H Quad residence halls and the Charles B. Wang Center
  • Parking lot located adjacent to West Apartments.

Zipcars are available on-demand and can be reserved and accessed via the telephone reservation line or via the Zipcar website. In order to use the service, users are required to purchase a membership and pay for vehicle use on a hourly or daily basis. Stony Brook University students, faculty and staff can become a Zipcar member by registering at

Participating Zipcar members with smartphones can download the mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicle and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 1-866-4ZIPCAR or on the Zipcar website at

Click here to become a Zipcar member and to make a reservation.

See for more information and/or to report an incident.