If you want to take a bite out of the Big Apple but want to avoid driving yourself, public transportation is available. We are just a few minutes from the Otisville and Port Jervis train stations. Both offer low cost parking during the weekdays and free parking on weekends and holidays.
The Otisville and Port Jervis trains are located on NJ Transit's Port Jervis Commuter Line offering routine travel in and out of the City. The Port Jervis line also provides easy public transportation to Woodbury Commons, a high fashion outdoor outlet mall.
Our guest's favorite route is to take a Lift, taxi, or drive themselves to the Otisville Station. Parking is always available and at a low cost and sometimes free (weekends and Holidays). Once you are at the Otisville station, you can purchase your tickets on the Kiosk. We recommend using the "Off-Peak round trip" tickets if you are going at/or after 8am on a weekday or going on a weekend. It will save you about $10 per ticket.
Before you buy those tickets, you need to decided which station you will be getting off at. There are two options and it largely depends on where you are planning to go. I highly recommend picking the places you want to visit in NYC before deciding which station you want to go to. Winging it is always cool but it can be more costly!
New York Penn Station: Located under Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is in Mid-Manhattan, perfectly located to catch Hop-On-Hop off buses and close to Time Square, 5th avenue, Grand Central Station, Central Park, Little Senegal, and obviously much more! NY Penn Station is HANDICAP accessible; making this your ONLY option if you are in a wheel chair, using a scooter, have trouble with stairs, etc. PENN STATION IS HUGE! Much like airports, there our signs everywhere to get you to where you need to go. NJ Transits location within Penn Station is extremely convenient for a quick exit onto the street level, please be aware of what streets you come out on so the rest of your journey will be smooth sailing. This option does require a train change at Secaucus Junction. The change is very straight forward and assistance is available during normal hours.
Hoboken Station: Located along the pier looking over NYC from the New Jersey side, Hoboken Station is perfectly located to get you into lower Manhattan. Think Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, Freedom Tower, the Bull of Wall Street, Status of Liberty, and Elis Island. This method is also close to China Town and Little Italy. Hoboken, itself, is home to Cake Boss. When you take this route, you will need to continue your route into the city on the PATH train, which will take you into Manhattan. When you get to the PATH train, get on a WTC (World Trade Center) bound train, you will come up right underneath the 9/11 Memorial and Freedom Tower. The PATH train is similar to the Subways and the fee is nominal.
Fastest Route without directly driving into the City
One of our staff's favorite ways to get into the city when you have more than 4 (full priced tickets) or just looking for a quicker, slightly cheaper, option than the full commute is to drive to the Secaucus Junction Station (an average drive of an hour and a half depending on traffic). The parking costs around $20 regardless of when you go but the train into the city takes 7-12 minutes with no stops cutting the travel time down by 15-30 minutes. It will take you right to Penn Station; which is located under Madison Garden Square . The ticket fee is nominal.
The route is also on the NJ Transit System.
Please note that if you are going to tour the city the cost to get there and see the main highlights in the most budget friendly manner will cost you around $50-70 per person (youth 11 or under would be about half the cost).