Discount Broadway Theater Tickets

>The TKTS booth in Times Square sells day-of-show tickets for Broadway and other New York City theater events at discounts of 20% to 50%. Additional TKTS booths are located at the South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center and in downtown Brooklyn.

To avoid the lines at TKTS and the uncertainty of same-day buying, consider Broadway shows with discounts available online with Entertainment Link. The seats for discounted Broadway tickets purchased online are generally side-by-side with those for full-price tickets (perfect example here).

The chart below shows availabilities at TKTS for the past three days, and, for our logged-in subscribers, what is available today.



Discounted Broadway Tickets | How TKTS Works

Shows release tickets to TKTS when they have extras, so there's no guarantee than any specific show will be available on any given date. All tickets are sold first-come, first-served, and can only be purchased in person - TKTS never sells tickets online or by phone.

When you arrive, Check the list of available shows on the board when you first arrive "there are electronic signs on both sides of the booth" pick your top few shows, and head to the line. As you get to the front of the line, check the boards again to see if your choice is still listed as you get close to the window.

Once you get to the booth, ask the kind folks at the window how good the seats are. Try not to ask about more than three shows. Note that cell phone use is forbidden at the window itself (as it is at every Broadway box office).

TKTS Tips & Tricks

  • There is no way to know in advance which shows will be available at TKTS on any given day. So, if you absolutely, positively want to see a certain show, you should probably buy your tickets in advance and not take a chance on TKTS.
  • The tickets and seat locations released to TKTS are the "left-overs" - the seats that haven't sold yet. While some locations may be great (seats that used to be at premium prices), others will be less great, and you probably won't have a lot of seating options to choose from.
  • Each individual can purchase up to 6 tickets at the TKTS booth.
  • The line begins forming at the Duffy Square location up to 2 hours before the booth opens.
  • The greatest number of shows and largest selection of tickets will be available right when the booth opens.
  • Ticket availabilities fluctuate throughout the day on an hourly basis, as theaters release more tickets to the booth or reclaim blocks of tickets that they had released earlier. If your first choice isn't available when the booth opens, you may want to check back later in the day.
  • As show time approaches, the lines get a lot shorter and some surprising shows appear on the list.
  • If you wait until close to curtain time to visit the booth, you'll essentially need to sprint to the theatre to make the curtain, so only consider shows between West 44th and 50th street, with addresses in the 200's and 300s.
  • If you're interested in a non-musical show, be sure to get into the "Plays Only" line. It's typically a lot shorter.
  • The TKTS lines are longest during the summer and certain holidays (the ones that tend to be associated with "long weekends"). Lines tend to be shortest during January and February, and during rainy/snowy days. If the weather is an issue, the Lincoln Center booth is an indoor location.
  • The Times Square booth is the busiest location. For shorter lines, visit the South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center or Downtown Brooklyn locations.
  • The Duffy Square booth sells only day-of show tickets, but the South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center and Downtown Brooklyn booths sell same-day tickets for evening performances and next-day tickets for matinees.
  • The Downtown Brooklyn booth also sells tickets to Brooklyn performing arts events, which aren't available at the other 3 locations.
  • The "TKTS 7-Day Fast Pass" allows you to return to the Duffy Square booth within 7 days of your TKTS purchase, show your stub, and walk right up to Window #1 to make another purchase, thereby skipping the lines.
  • Some folks - in costume, with flyers, you name it - may approach you to talk up the shows that they're marketing. Talk to them if you want, but to be brutally frank, don't place too much trust in their opinions of the shows. They're paid to have them, and you're the one who will be sitting through your choice later that evening.
  • Never, ever buy tickets from someone on the street. Only trust the people inside the TKTS booths.
  • If you have questions, ask the folks in red "TKTS" shirts.

TKTS New York

Discount Theater Ticket Booths

All four TKTS booths are owned and operated by the not-for-profit Theatre Development Fund. While we provide information on ticket availability, Entertainment Link is not affiliated with TKTS or the Theatre Development Fund.

Times SquareSouth Street SeaportDowntown BrooklynLincoln Center
Broadway at 47th StreetCorner of Front and John Streets
Corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue PromenadeLocated in the David Rubenstein Atrium at 61 West 62nd Street

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Mon-Sat: 3pm - 8pm Mon-Sat: 11am - 6pm Tues-Sat: 11am - 6pmTues-Sat: 12pm - 7pm
Sun: 3pm - 1/2 hour before last show beginsSun: 11am - 4pm (evening performances only) Sun: 11am - 4pm (evening performances only)
Wed and Sat: 10am - 2pm
Sun: 11am - 3pm
available on the previous day onlyavailable on the previous day onlyavailable on the previous day only

1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, S, Q to 42nd St.-Times Sq.A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton St.A, C, F, R to Jay St.-MetroTechA, B, C, D to 59th Street/Columbus Circle
N, R, W to 49th St. 2, 3, 4, 5 to Court St.-Borough Hall1 to 66th Street/Lincoln Center

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