Planes, Trains & Automobiles
PLANE: Many carriers offer service from Washington area airports to Newark, LaGuardia and JFK, starting at about $150 round trip, with restrictions. Once on the ground, here's how to get into town:
From JFK (718-244-4444, http:/
New York Airport Service Express Bus (877-599-8200, http:/
From LaGuardia (718-533-3400, http:/
SuperShuttle charges $16 to Manhattan. For the 40- to 60-minute ride, New York Airport Service Express Bus charges $12 one way, $21 round trip to Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority and Penn Station. AirLink shared van is $13 to midtown.
From Newark (973-961-6000, http:/
The Olympia Newark Liberty Airport Express (877-863-9275, http:/
The AirTrain leaves from the gate level and connects to the Rail Link Station, where you can access trains to Penn Station (one way on NJ Transit is $15 and takes 30 minutes; one way on Amtrak is $28 and takes 25 minutes). Info: 800-626-7433, http:/
From Newark's Penn Station, hop a PATH train ($1.75) for the 35-minute ride to West 33rd Street via Jersey City. Info: 800-234-7284, http:/
BUS: Greyhound (800-231-2222, http:/
Several other companies offer service from Washington to New York City's Chinatown and midtown on the West Side. Tickets can be booked at http:/
TRAIN: Amtrak's Acela Express train goes from Washington's Union Station to New York's Penn Station in 2 hours 45 minutes; one-way fares are $125-$188. Fares for regional service (about 3 1/2 hours) range from $69 to $98 one way. Info: 800-872-7245, http:/
CAR: It takes about 4 1/2 hours to drive the 240 miles from the Capital Beltway to New York. Consider parking in New Jersey and taking a New Jersey Transit or PATH train or a ferry into town.
Trains from Hoboken. PATH trains operate daily from Hoboken to several stops in Manhattan for $1.75 each way; commute time to West 33rd Street is 14 minutes. Paid parking available nearby. Info: 800-234-7284, http:/
Trains from Metropark. The Metropark station is convenient to the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway and has parking for $5 daily. New Jersey Transit trains along the Northeast Corridor line go into the city; the train to Penn Station costs $8 one way. Amtrak also stops at Metropark, from $23 one way.
Trains from other New Jersey spots. Parking and trains are available at other stops on the Northeast Corridor, including Elizabeth. Info: 800-626-7433, http:/
Boats from New Jersey ports. NY Waterway operates ferries from Belford, Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken to numerous points in Manhattan. Fares range from $5 to $20 each way. Metered parking and private lots are available in Hoboken; at Weehawken's Port Imperial lot, rates are $8 to $10 daily; parking at Belford is free. Free shuttle buses connect to points in Manhattan. Info: 800-533-3779, http:/
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 212-435-7000, http:/
-- Margaret Roth