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Find The Best Cheap Broadway Tickets in NYC

Finding cheap tickets on Broadway can be easy if you know where to look. There are a few options that make it easy to get the best deals.


When traveling to New York City, seeing a Broadway show is probably on the agenda. Seems like no matter what you do, tickets can be so pricey. As a result, tickets for the entire family can get expensive. Having lived in New York City for several years now, I have found a couple tricks on how to get a cheap ticket.

1. TKTS Is Worth The Wait In Line

TKTS in Times Square
TKTS in Times Square

TKTS is an amazing company that offers discount tickets offering the day of show specials for Broadway shows, so its a good choice. Located right in the center of Times Square connected to the iconic red steps, TKTS cannot be missed.

An automated board that shows all the shows that have specials.  Shows will have a percentage listed next to them which correlates to the discount. Plenty of employees of TKTS are probably around to ask questions and guide you through your experience.

Customer service is great and the employees are usually actors who have seen most of the shows. Staff will give you a more personal description of a show that may work for you and the family. 

Because of the large lines, timing is everything when trying to find discount tickets. However, the line goes pretty fast and there is plenty to see in the heart of Times Square.

2. Today TIX Is a Mobile Option

Today TIX is another option
Today TIX is another option

Today TIX is an awesome app I use so often that I discovered a few years back. You can get same-day discounts as well as discounts for future dates through this app. It’s a quick and easy download on your phone and a must have for your New York vacation due to its simplicity.

For some shows, Today Tix offers future dates with discounts. Advance purchase feature through the app was a game changer for me. The Today Tix app also offers discounts on Off-Broadway and special event performances, so it’s a great option.

How do you pick up your tickets you may ask? The Today Tix app is not connected directly to theatres so look for employees wearing red t-shirts with the Today Tix logo waiting outside the theatre, starting an hour prior to a performance.

Employees will have a list with your name on it. Wave your ID and you are probably on your way to a Broadway show. The app is so carefree and has hundreds of deals.

3. Broadway Rush, Lottery, and Standing Room Only Policies

Times Square, NY
Times Square, NY

This final option is not the most glamorous, but I have found it the most efficient. These are rush tickets. The policies are listed in the link above. The Rush, Lottery, and Standing Room change from show to show.

Rush tickets are available when the box office opens. For shows that offer this, you can probably show up and form a line outside the theatre.

Getting there an hour an a half early is the best way to guarantee a ticket. These tickets are by far the cheapest in contrast to some of the others.

Seat locations vary from show to show but are also typically pretty good seats. Rush tickets range from $35-$45 a ticket and probably one of the easier methods.

Above all, lottery tickets are tickets generally offered an hour to an hour and a half before the show. Fill out a slip with your name on it, and an announcer does a raffle picking names out of a bucket.

If you are the lucky winner you get to purchase one or two tickets. Generally, 25 tickets are offered about for this lotto. Many shows are now doing online lotteries even more so now. You may have better luck by actually showing up at the theatre because the online crowd is getting saturated. You must bring a valid ID that matches the name on your lottery slip.

A final option is Standing Room if all else fails. Standing room tickets offered at the box office at a discounted rate and they are another option. These tickets are , therefore, literally standing, but much cheaper than a regular ticket.

The Option To Pay Full Price Is There

Hopefully, these options help because they have helped me.  They have almost always aided me in seeing so many shows at a discounted price. Pretty amazing seats at that and even more fun to find them.

Every New York visitor or resident deserves to see a Broadway show and these inexpensive options will help you make those Broadway dreams come true because you deserve it. If all else fails, you can certainly fork over the cash for this once in a lifetime performance.

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