Manhattan
Travel Guide

Manhattan, New York City 

 Getting In

 
 

By Plane
Manhattan does not have it own airport but served by a number of neighboring airports. John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in the city's borough of Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport in neighboring New Jersey serve both domestic and international flights. LaGuardia Airport, which is also in Queens, serves mainly domestic flights and international flights from Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa in Canada.

  • There are express buses leaving JFK Airport and Newark Airport to Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, and the Port Authority Bus Station in Manhattan. Express buses also leave JFK Airport to several leading hotels in Midtown Manhattan.
  • Airtrain Newark departs from Newark International Airport to Penn Station.
  • From La Guardia Airport, buses depart to Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Station.
  • Cabs are also available from the airports to Manhattan but expect to pay more.
Terminal 1 at JFK Airport, New York City

Terminal 1 at JFK Airport by Doug Letterman

By Train
Penn Station (situated beneath Pennsylvania Plaza) is located in Midtown Manhattan between Seventh and Eight Avenue and between 31st and 33rd Street. The railway station is the busiest in the United States and used by Amtrak as its terminal in New York City. Penn Station serves as the hub for Amtrak trains in the Northeastern Corridor with trains arriving from cities south, west, and north of the city including Toronto and Montreal in Canada. 

Penn Station is also a terminal for commuter trains arriving from destinations outside of New York City. These include:

  • Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) - Arrives from destinations across Long Island.
  • New Jersey Transit - Arrives from several neighboring cities in New Jersey.
  • The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) - Arrives from neighboring Hoboken and Jersey City in New Jersey.

Grand Central Terminal is also in Midtown Manhattan, located at Park Avenue and 42nd Street. The terminal was once the busiest railway station in the United States but today used by the Metro-North Railroad, serving travelers arriving from nearby counties in the states of New York (Westchester, Putnam, and Duchess) and Connecticut (New Haven and Fairfield).

Amtrak Terminal at Penn Station, New York City

Amtrak Terminal at Penn Station by NHRHS2010

By Bus
The Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) is the main terminal for intercity buses arriving into Manhattan as well as the rest of New York City. The bus terminal is located in Midtown Manhattan between Eighth and Ninth Avenue and 40th and 42nd Street. The terminal serves nearly 55 million passengers annually with Greyhound being the main bus operator but also uses Penn Station as another terminal. Other bus operators using PABT include Peter Pan Bus Lines, New Jersey Transit, and Bieber.

By Car
Manhattan is an island linked by several bridges and tunnels to New York City’s other boroughs (except Staten Island) and neighboring New Jersey.

  • Several small bridges across the Harlem River link The Bronx with Manhattan.
  • The Queensboro Bridge and Queens Midtown Tunnel link Queens with Midtown Manhattan.
  • The Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Bridges link Brooklyn with Manhattan.
  • The George Washington Bridge links Uptown Manhattan while the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels link Downtown Manhattan with neighboring New Jersey.

By Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry service operated by New York City's local government, linking Manhattan with Staten Island. The ferry service sails between the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal at Battery on the southern tip of Manhattan. The distance between the two terminals is about 5 miles (8 km) and the journey is 25 minutes each way.

Staten Island Ferry, New York City

Staten Island Ferry by Estormiz

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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