How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets

Seeing a show on Broadway is a must for any first time visitors to New York. However, tickets to a Broadway show can run you well over $100 per person. This post shares lots of tips to help you cut costs and attend a Broadway performance that is well within your budget.

Same day discount tickets

This is MUST-know information for anyone who really wants to see a show without going broke. We’ve got in depth information on our post Discount Broadway Tickets. Learn the different ways to get deep discounts on shows, provided you are willing to put some time in, and also be flexible about what shows you see.

Attend a mid-week show

If you’re not able to take a vacation during the off-season, you can at least cut some costs by going to a Broadway show mid-week. Prices are highest on Friday and Saturday evenings, so change things up by visiting on a weekday night.

Attend in the off-season 

There are many benefits to visiting New York City in the off season. Lines are shorter, streets are (slightly) less crowded, and many popular tourist destinations offer discounted rates — including Broadway! Try coming in spring or fall to avoid the peak prices of the summer and winter holidays.

Attend during “Broadway Week” – two for one tickets! broadway week

Another advantage of visiting NYC during the off-season is the possibility of going during Broadway Week.

This biannual event happens in January and September, and allows guests to purchase 2 tickets for the price of 1. It doesn’t get much better than that!

New York Tourist Pass discounts

If you are considering purchasing the a tourist discount pass, the New York Pass entitles you to up to 10% on Broadway shows. To find out if getting a tourist past is right for you, our post New York City Attraction Passes: Which One Is the Best to Buy will help you make that decision.

Are you a student? Get a rush ticket 

Students (and sometimes senior citizens) can purchase rush tickets, which are available a few hours before the show. Student rush tickets are typically between $25-$35, though be aware that a student I.D. is usually required.

Buy tickets through a discount sites Groupon Broadway

Broadwaybox and Theatermania are two popular discount sites that offer reduced priced tickets on featured shows. Stubhub and Ticketsnow are also worth checking out.

You can sometimes find great deals on Groupon, StubHubLiving Social and Goldstar – sometimes as much as  50% off .


For activities in the Broadway area, check out or pay-what-you-wish tours or our self-guided tours of the Times Square and Midtown area:

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