Are you a last minute planner? If you are, the NYC TKTS Booths are your best bet at scoring a good bargain with Broadway. There are 4 TKTS Booths spread out across the boroughs of New York making it convinient for you to grab tickets closest from where you are. Here's all you need to know about four TKTS booths in New York City, tips for scoring TKTS tickets and other know-hows.
What are TKTS NYC booths?
TKTS NYC Discount Booths offer a variety of Broadway and Off Broadway tickets at 20% to 50% off regular prices. There are four TKTS booths in New York City, all of which are owned and operated by the Theatre Development Fund. While TKTS is the only vendor that offers half-off tickets, the availability is first come, first served. In addition, tickets can only be purchased in person and on the same day as the performance. This leaves little room for planning and usually means the show choice is made based upon which discount tickets are available. For those who prefer to secure tickets to the show of your choice, there are other discount options that don’t require you to book in person and also allow for advance reservations.
NYC TKTS Booths - Get Your Broadway Tickets Here!
The TKTS Times Square ticket booth is located underneath the red steps in Father Duffy Square. The booth can be found between Broadway and Seventh Avenue at 47th Street.
This booth sits in one of NYC’s most crowded areas, and thus, sees the most traffic. The line gets especially busy about an hour before opening. Expect a long line and wait time.
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT
The TKTS South Street ticket booth is located at the corner of Front and John Streets, at 190 Front Street.
While this line tends to be shorter than that of Times Square, the booth location is considerably far from midtown or uptown Manhattan. The average round trip time from the theatre district to this ticket booth is over an hour.
The TKTS Downtown Brooklyn ticket booth is located in MetroTech Center, at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade.
To reach this ticket booth from the theatre district, allow for 30 minutes by subway, or an hour by car. Lines are generally shorter than Times Square. While the booth is a bit far from the theatre district, it’s convenient for people who live or work in Brooklyn.
The TKTS Lincoln Center ticket booth is located in the David Rubenstein Atrium’s Zucker Box Office at 61 West 62nd Street.
The Lincoln Center TKTS booth is about a 15-20 minute car or bus trip from the theatre district. It’s the only indoor booth, making it the most preferred discount center during the peak winter and summer months. While Lincoln Center’s booth generally has shorter lines than Times Square, wait times grow drastically during adverse weather.
All TKTS booths accept cash, as well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards. Some Off Broadway shows require cash only.
All tickets are subject to a $4.50 service charge per ticket. Additional non-TDF service charges may also apply to some tickets.
A single person can only purchase 6 tickets at a time from the TKTS Booths across NYC. This rule is strictly followed across all booths.
How do TKTS NYC booths get their inventory?
Ticket inventory and availability changes quickly throughout the day. Over the course of the day, theatres will continue to send tickets to the TKTS Shows booths, depending upon how a particular show is selling.
Generally, the discount tickets that are available at the booths are for shows that are not likely to sell out. So don’t expect to find tickets to the most popular shows here. That being said, there are several other options to find discounted tickets to the top shows. Some people prefer this method, as you’re able to purchase discount tickets online, as well as in advance. (Remember: you can only purchase same-day tickets at TKTS NYC booths.)
Prices & Discount Availability on TKTS Booths
The first TKTS booth has been around for over 40 years. In the past, it was common to find half off tickets for most shows. However, nowadays, availability runs out quickly and the half off shows are harder to come across. With that being said, all tickets sold at the TKTS booths will have some sort of a discount. Everyday, each show will decide how many tickets they want to send to TKTS, as well what they’d like the discount to be (50%, 40%, 30%, or 20%). Since different shows have different ticket prices, it’s hard to say what the average show will cost at a TKTS booth. However, a Broadway ticket discounted at 50% doesn't mean that you will get 50% off on all categories. As stated earlier, TKTS generally has good inventory of Orchestra tickets while Mezzanine sections have poor availability.
There are other vendors like Headout that allow you to purchase tickets at similar discount rates, but via an online method. In addition to same-day performances, you can also purchase tickets for shows at a later date. With Headout, you can get inventory for all sections at prices that are cheaper than those available on official websites sold via Ticketmaster and Telecharge. There are no hidden charges and markups. We also have a system whereby you don't need to worry about getting the tickets printed or paying mail charges to Ticketmaster/Telecharge as our volunteers give away physical tickets on the day of the experience directly at the theatre. To make things more interesting, get $6 off your first purchase valid for non-cashback based shows, using the coupon code 'TKTSHO'.
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- Shows with TKTS available are listed on signs by each booth along with the performance start time and discount available. Make sure to check these out before you stand in queue.
- At TKTS Times Square, Window #12 is a "Play Only" window. If you're looking to watch a play, stand in this queue for a shorter wait time. However, this does not mean TKTS for plays are sold only at #12. They are sold at all counters.
- At TKTS Times Square, Window #1 is a "7-day Fast Pass Window". This means, if you have purchased at the TKTS, you can return within a week with your tickets to purchase same-day discount tickets for another performance without standing in lines.
- Window #1 at Times Square TKTS also sells full-price tickets to future performances of most Broadway and Off Broadway shows.
- There is no refund on TKTS tickets. Make sure to examine the tickets before you leave the counter.
The TKTS app is the official TDF app featuring accurate, up-to-the-minute listings, of all shows available at the 4 TKTS discount booths at all three locations: Times Square, South Street Seaport, Downtown Brooklyn and Lincoln Center. On the TKTS app, you will also find detailed theatre information, TDF Stages Magazine, the line wait times, TKTS Booth locations, hours and more ways to interact with TDF. You can download the TKTS app free of charge from the iTunes App Store, the Google Play store or the Amazon App Store.
How many tickets am I allowed to purchase?
There is a limit of 6 tickets per person.
Can I purchase tickets using the TKTS app, instead of waiting in line at the TKTS booths?
Unfortunately, no. The only way to purchase tickets in person at one of the four booth locations.
What seats are available when I buy through TKTS booths?
Seat locations change daily, and often through the day. When you get to the front of the line, the tickets seller’s computer will always retrieve the best available seats for the show.
Are the ‘best’ tickets available when TKTS booths first open?
No. Although the bulk of tickets are available in the morning, shows also release tickets to TKTS later in the day, sometimes even right before curtain time.
Can I buy full-price tickets at TKTS?
Yes you can, but only from the TKTS Booth at Times Square. Window #1 here sells full-price tickets for future performances and same-day full-price tickets.
Can I use other discount codes or coupons if I’m purchasing a ticket at the Full-Price Window at the Times Square TKTS booth?
No. You may only purchase same-day, full-price tickets. You will need to go to the theatre box offices to use any special discounts, or you can select from various other discount ticket options that often accept coupon codes.
Are premium tickets sold at TKTS? [Premium tickets are a reserved for a particular theatre’s best seats, and are thus, priced higher than the rest of a show’s tickets.]
If premium tickets have not sold 48 hours before the performance, computer software knocks most of them down to the regular top ticket price. Depending on the show and demand for tickets, any leftover seats are sent to TKTS anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours before the performance. If you are willing to take the risk, you can try your luck at TKTS 30-60 minutes before the booth closes.
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