Reimbursement Rate Schedule

Method I Unreceipted Per Diem Rates

This flat rate per diem allowance for meals, lodging and incidentals may be used regardless of where lodging was obtained, even if you stay with a relative or friend. No receipts are required. To receive the full per diem the traveler must be in overnight travel status and be eligible for both breakfast and dinner.

Reimbursement for meals, lodging and incidental expenses on a per diem basis as follows:



New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties


Cities of Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and their respective surrounding metropolitan areas


All other locations in New York State


Out of State (this includes any out of state tax on lodging)


Day Trip Reimbursement

Travelers may be reimbursed for breakfast and/or dinner for day trips based on departure and return times. Travelers are entitled to reimbursement for breakfast if they have to leave at least one hour before their normal work state time, and/or for dinner if they return at least two hours later than their normal work ending time.

Travelers without meal receipts are reimbursed $5.00 for breakfast and/or $12.00 for dinner. For example, a traveler leaves Albany at 7:00 am for New York City. The traveler arrives back in Albany the same day at 6:00 pm. The traveler(s) scheduled work hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The traveler is entitled to $5.00 for breakfast and $12.00 for dinner.

Travelers with meal receipts are reimbursed up to a maximum amount of the meal per diem allowance (Method 2) specified for the particular area of travel. The meal per diem allowance is apportioned for breakfast and dinner.

Method 1 Unreceipted Reimbursement:  This method is also used if you are traveling and staying overnight with family/friends/colleagues. Any travel outside of NYS, where the traveler is staying with family/friends/colleagues may be reimbursed under this method for $50.00 per full day (7am breakfast - $10/7pm dinner - $40).  Inside NYS please see above chart for meals when staying with family/friends/colleagues.

If you are requesting Method 2 receipted meals, a copy of your lodging bill is always required.  We base the meals upon the zip code of the lodging according to the per diem chart.  Please always attach a copy of your lodging bill when requesting the meal per diem rate.

For Day Trips







Method II

The county allowances for lodging and meals are shown in the chart titled

Receipts for lodging are mandatory when using Method II. Receipts are not required for meals when the employee is in overnight travel status. The per diem allowances are set by county, therefore, to avoid processing delays, the traveler's destination must include the county as well as the city.

Meals and Incidental Expenses Breakdown


New York State (NYS) reimburses its employees for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) based on per diem rates established by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) for travel within the continental United States. The per diem rates vary by location and year.

In some cases, a traveler may be entitled to only a portion of the NYS M&IE per diem rate. In these cases, the traveler may be reimbursed up to 80 percent of the total M&IE per diem rate for eligible dinners or up to 20 percent of the total M&IE per diem rate for eligible breakfasts, rounded to the nearest whole dollar. Please refer to the “Reimbursement Allowances” section of the State of New York Travel Manual for guidance on when this applies.

The maximum per diem rates are updated annually in the Statewide Financial System to coincide with federal GSA rate changes. Please note that the NYS M&IE per diem rates have increased from the 2020-2021 year. The updated M&IE per diem rates are effective October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

Process and Document Preparation:

For instances in which travelers are entitled to only a portion of the NYS M&IE per diem rate, the chart below provides the breakdown of the M&IE per diem rate totals between the breakfast and dinner rates. Incidental expenses such as tips for bellmen, porters, and hotel maids continue to be included in the M&IE per diem rate total. As such, employees should not request or expect reimbursement for these expenses.

Agencies should refer to the GSA website for future, current, and past per diem rates. Please note the following differences from the federal GSA per diem expense breakdowns:
NYS does not reimburse employees for lunch; therefore, lunch is not included in the NYS M&IE per diem breakdown rate.
NYS does not reimburse incidental expenses separately from the M&IE allowance.
NYS does not use “First & Last Day of Travel” per diem rates.   First and Last Day of Travel meals are for FEDERAL employees only, not State employees.    

NYS does not reimburse lunch to its travelers.

For areas with the following meal allowances, employees are reimbursed as follows and are based upon a  7am (breakfast)/7pm (dinner) time frame: (as of October 1, 2021)

  Breakfast Dinner
$59 Meal Allowance $12 $47
$64 Meal Allowance $13 $51
$69 Meal Allowance $14 $55
$74 Meal Allowance $15 $59
$79 Meal Allowance $16 $63

These rates include gratuities. Note: Incidental expenses such as tips to bellmen, porters, hotel maids, etc., continue to be included in the allowances.

It should be noted that taxes are not included in the maximum lodging allowances under Method II for out of State travel.

Regardless of the reimbursement method used, the maximum reimbursement for meal expenses incurred by employees while conducting regular State business may not exceed the meal allowance for the area of assignment. It is also not possible to increase the allowable total per diem allowance for any area of assignment.

The lodging for the Albany Area is $115.000, HOWEVER the meal per diem has now decreased to $59.00

However, if the cost of lodging exceeds the maximum allowance for lodging in the area of assignment, the employee's meal allowance must be used to offset the higher lodging rate. The following examples of an overnight stay in Rochester (Per diem $110 for lodging and $54 for meals) at various lodging rates illustrates how this will be applied:

Actual Lodging Meal Allowance Maximum Total Allowance
$100.00 $54.00 $154.00
$90.00 $54.00 $144.00
$200.00 $54.00 $164.00
$200.00 0 $110.00


When an employee is in travel status for less than a full day and lodging charges are not incurred, reimbursement will be made for breakfast and dinner in one of two ways: receipted or non-receipted.

Receipted meals will be reimbursed at the rates stated under Method II. Non-receipted will be reimbursed as follows:

Location Breakfast Maximum Dinner Maximum
All locations in New York State $5.00 $12.00

These rates include gratuities. It is not possible to provide allowances greater than those shown above.


(Effective July 1, 2022, the personal car mileage rate has been increased to $0.625, motorcycle rate is now $0.605)

Employees will be reimbursed a maximum mileage rate for the authorized use of personally owned vehicles, regardless of the number of passengers as follows:

a. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Unit (Negotiation Unit 05) .625 cents per mile
b. Administrative Services, Institutional Services, Operational Services (Negotiation Units 01, 02, 03 and 04) .625 cents per mile
c. United University Professions (UUP) (Negotiation Unit 08) .625 cents per mile
d. Management Confidential employees and other unrepresented employees (Negotiation Unit 13) .625 cents per mile

Gas costs are included in the mileage rate. All Management Confidential and other unrepresented employees' maximum mileage rates will match the IRS rate and will increase or decrease as the IRS rate changes. Notices will be issued in the event of such changes.


Amtrak offers the following reduced rates for New York State employees traveling on State business. These rates can be obtained from any contracted State authorized travel agent, Amtrak ticket windows or by calling Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL. Peak rates apply to departures on Friday and Sunday between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm.

The Amtrak Government Fare is $67.00 one-way (or $134 round-trip) between Albany/Rensselaer and New York Penn Station.

The following rules and procedures will apply:

  1. There will no longer be a peak or off-peak fare just the one $64.00 fare which will have the fare code of "FOGN". This will be valid for government travel at any time. 
  2. Government travel between Albany/Rensselaer and New York Penn Station will NOT be required to have reservations - government fares will be valid on all trains between Albany/Rensselaer and New York Penn Station except for the Lakeshore Limited (Train numbers 48 & 49).
  3. There will no longer be government fares to/from Schenectady and Buffalo, NY.
  4. Those State Agencies that participate in the 'Bulk Ticketing' program by purchasing quantities of tickets in advance from Amtrak or designated Travel Agencies will still be allowed to do so and these tickets will also be valid on all trains between Albany/Rensselaer and New York Penn Station except for the Lakeshore Limited.