How to Travel From Manhattan to Atlantic City

How to Travel From Manhattan to Atlantic City
Atlantic City is a hot spot that is just beaming with endless activity day and night. Casinos, boardwalks, nightlife, restaurants and beaches: You name it, Atlantic City has got it. Travel from Manhattan to Atlantic City can be accomplished in several ways that are completely a matter of personal preference. If you like to drive, the trip from Manhattan to Atlantic City will put approximately 129 miles on your vehicle one-way. But to avoid the wear and tear, you may prefer to try the convenience of public transportation.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Train tickets Bus tickets Helicopter tickets Airline tickets Vehicle Photo identification Hotel/casino reservations
  • Train tickets
  • Bus tickets
  • Helicopter tickets
  • Airline tickets
  • Vehicle
  • Photo identification
  • Hotel/casino reservations
Step 1
Head down to Penn Station in midtown Manhattan and take a ride on the Atlantic City Express Train Service (ACES). ACES can get you to Atlantic City from Manhattan in approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes with just one quick stop in Newark, N.J., to pick up more passengers. The Atlantic City Express Train Service runs Friday through Sunday with round trip service on Saturday and Sunday only.
Step 2
Take the bus from Manhattan to Atlantic City by purchasing a round trip ticket from the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in lower Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal or online and include special casino packages for passengers who are at least 21 years old. Bus service is offered by Greyhound, which has special affiliations with the major casino hotels in Atlantic City.
Step 3
Drive to Atlantic City from Manhattan by heading out to the Lincoln Tunnel. From the tunnel you can head out to Interstate 95 to exit 14 and pick up the Garden State Parkway. The New Jersey Garden State Parkway will take you to the Atlantic City Expressway at exit 38. The Atlantic City Expressway will take you into the heart of Atlantic City, where you will need to pay to park at the casino of your choice. The total trip time for driving from Manhattan to Atlantic City is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, give or take a few minutes.
Step 4
Fly to Atlantic City from Manhattan via Zip Aviation. Zip Aviation operates out of the heliport on West 30th Street and will happily fly you by helicopter out of the west side of Manhattan and into Atlantic City. Zip Aviation requests that all passengers arrive approximately 15 minutes before their scheduled flight time; flights can be booked online or by phone.
Step 5
Hop on a plane from La Guardia or JFK airports and fly directly into the Atlantic City Airport. Of course, you will have to make arrangements to leave from Manhattan to Queens, N.Y., by either your own vehicle, taxi or limousine service first. Once you arrive at your chosen NYC airport, your scheduled flight will take you to the Atlantic City Airport, where you can pick up a rental car and head into Atlantic City. Flights can be reserved by phone or online.

Tips & Warnings

 
ACES only offers round trip service on Saturday and Sunday, so if you travel to Atlantic City from Manhattan Friday afternoon, you will not be able to catch the next ACES train until Saturday morning. Make the appropriate overnight reservations or you will be stuck without a place to spend the night. Special packages and rates are available for overnight guests who ride the ACES at the Borgata, Caesars and Harrah's Resorts. The southbound New Jersey Garden State Parkway experiences extra heavy travel volume on Friday afternoons during the summer months and during the holiday season. The same can be said for the northbound lanes on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip wisely and allow for extra time for travel during peak traffic times.
 
ACES only offers round trip service on Saturday and Sunday, so if you travel to Atlantic City from Manhattan Friday afternoon, you will not be able to catch the next ACES train until Saturday morning. Make the appropriate overnight reservations or you will be stuck without a place to spend the night. Special packages and rates are available for overnight guests who ride the ACES at the Borgata, Caesars and Harrah's Resorts.
 
The southbound New Jersey Garden State Parkway experiences extra heavy travel volume on Friday afternoons during the summer months and during the holiday season. The same can be said for the northbound lanes on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip wisely and allow for extra time for travel during peak traffic times.
 
Zip Aviation requires all passengers to have a valid photo identification card. Without the proper identification you cannot fly. It is also important to point out that all passengers must pass through a metal detector with their carry-on luggage.

Article Written By Eleanor Jewell

Eleanor Jewell started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jewell is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in education and a teacher certification.

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