Things to do / Travel Guide
Whether you plan to arrive to the Jersey Shore by air, car, bus, train, or boat, you will be pleased with the number and quality of options available to you.
Many travelers wishing to visit Jersey Shore choose to fly into the three airports that service New York City. From LaGuardia Airport (LGA), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Newark Liberty International (EWR) you can rent a car and drive to the Jersey Shore destination of choice. From Newark International, it is possible to take New Jersey Transit trains to a few northern Jersey Shore towns. New Jersey Transit also runs bus #67 to Toms River and bus #302 to Newark's Penn Station. From there, bus #319 goes to Atlantic City or other coastal communities south of Atlantic City. It is also possible to take a shuttle service from Newark Airport to towns within Ocean and Monmouth counties.
People who want to fly directly to the Jersey Shore region by plane generally choose to fly into Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), which is served by many major airlines. There are a number of ground transportation options from the airport to the Jersey Shore, including the convenient, 24/7, door-to-door Yellow Van shuttle service. The South Jersey Transit Authority's TransIT Link shuttle travels between Atlantic City International Airport and the Pleasantville Bus Terminal, where you can catch as bus to other Jersey Shore destinations. And of course there are always taxis.
The Garden State Parkway runs north-south and connects to many points on the Jersey Shore. The Atlantic City Expressway is 44 miles long and enters Atlantic City from the northwest. If you're driving in from points south, like Baltimore and Washington DC, you'll be taking the I-95 north and connect to roads that run east towards the coast. And if you're driving in from points north, like New York City and Boston, you'll be taking the I-95 south and connecting to the Garden State Parkway. I-76 eastbound is your route to the region from Philadelphia.
The following represent approximate distances and driving times from major cities outside the region to Atlantic City:
- Philadelphia: 60 miles, 1 hour 10 minutes
- New York City: 125 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes
- Boston: 340 miles, 6 hours
- Washington DC: 190 miles, 3.5 hours
- Baltimore: 155 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes
One of the more popular options for arriving to the Jersey Shore for residents of the northeast corridor area is taking a bus. New Jersey Transit buses run from New York City, Philadelphia, and many locations within New Jersey, to locations throughout the Jersey Shore including Atlantic City and Cape May. Greyhound Lines run routes from most major cities in the northeast to Atlantic City and its casinos. While cost depends on specific destinations and distances traveled, if you travel from outside the region directly to the Atlantic City casinos, upon disembarking from the bus you'll often be handed a “funbook” full of discounts for food and possibly for shows, as well as a voucher, or gaming chips, for “free” play in a particular casino, worth up to the cost of the bus ticket. Not a bad deal by any means!
Continue past Atlantic City for a classic experience in one of the doo wop Wildwood Hotels.
Amtrak services the Atlantic City New Jersey Transit Station and has service from New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. Train travel to the region via Amtrak is more expensive than bus travel, taking just around the same amount of time. New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Rail Line operates between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, and stops in Absecon and Egg Harbor City; trains leave Philadelphia every 90 minutes. The New Jersey Coast Line travels between New York's Penn Station and stops at many north Jersey Shore towns including Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park, Belmar, Spring Lake, and Point Pleasant Beach.
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry carries passengers and vehicles between Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey year-round. The ferry leaves between five and 10 times each day, depending on the season and journeys take about 80 minutes. While tickets are more expensive from April-October, passengers pay under $10 each way year-round; child fares are even cheaper and various other discounts are available. You can also take a car aboard, which will cost an extra $15-$20, depending on the season of travel. Seastreak Ferry Service offers year-round passenger-only ferry transportation to and from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, New Jersey and to Pier 11 and East 34th Street, in Manhattan, New York. The ferry usually leaves about once every hour or so throughout the day. A roundtrip fare costs about $40. The trip takes a little over half an hour and offers excellent views of New York Harbor.
Airports Serving Atlantic City, Wildwood, Cape May, New Jersey Shore
John F Kennedy Intl Airport (JFK)
NAFEC Atlantic City/Pomona Airport (ACY)