Driving to Atlantic City is my prefered mode of transportation. The drive for us is three hours door to door with light traffic. Traffic can be heavier on weekend and in the summer with the Jersey Shore traffic.
Journeying to Atlantic City from Philadelphia? Have you considered NJ Transit?
The train takes approximately one-and-a-half hours to one-and-three-quarter hours to make the journey from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station to Atlantic City with one-way fares for adults costing US$10.
Jitneys are quick and efficient with the goal of getting you to and from your location safely and on time. In order to do so there are some important steps that should be followed. To make the most of your Jitney experience, please make an effort to observe the following:
-Have your money ready in advance. Exact change is preferred.
-When entering the Jitney, make payment to the driver and proceed directly to your seat. This allows others to get on board quickly and safely.
-Riders are not allowed to stand on Jitneys.
-A pull cord is conveniently located next to each seat. Please pull the cord one block before your stop to notify the driver that you have reached your destination.
-Please remain seated until the Jitney comes to a complete stop.
the drive to atlantic city is fun when you are in a big group of friends and relatives and bringing a large SUV to booth (the only downside is that Chevy Suburbans are gas guzzlers and will cost you about $ 150 round trip from atlantic city and ocean city back to queens). Nothing beats bonding while driving and while on a 1 week vacation to new york, while not try to have a 2 day jaunt in nearby atlantic city if you would have a free 2 night stay due to the high reward points on your Harrah's card hehehe.
the fastest road link from New York to Atlantic City would be the Garden State Parkway, major interstate highways from New York like the Staten Island Expressway or the New Jersey Turn Pike or US Route 440 connect with the Garden State Parkway South, to the Atlantic City Expressway and the travel from Brooklyn to Atlantic city is 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending on the speed and if you would stop at the rest stops to have a grub (which we did) plus it is also fun to gas up in New Jersey since they have Service Attendants available unlike in Most Areas of the United States. Be Ready to have an EZ Pass (whether post paid or prepaid kinds) and paying for the numerous toll booths via cash will be a hassle. The Garden State Parkway then connects to Atlantic City Expressway and ends at Atlantic City.
the drive frome the Atlantic City Expressway will take about 1 1/2 to two hours from Philadelphia depending on your speed. The route starts from Philly Starts at Interstate 76 east past the Walt Whitman Bridge and to US Road 42 at Camden in New Jersey and it merges into the atlantic city expressway and ends at Baltic Avenue in Atlantic City. The expressway is about 45 miles and is not a freeway wherein you would pay the tolls at the toll booths either cash of by EZ Pass (available also as prepaid, bought in stores). The cost is about $ 3.75 from end to end excluding the toll from the Walt Whitman Bridge which costs $ 6.
the odd and ubiquitous Rolling Chairs of the Boardwalk of Atlentic City is everywhere along the boardwalk. the rolling chairs were originally at Philadelphia Invention in 1876 and came to atlantic city in 1884 and stayed on up to today. The wicker, canopied chairs-on-wheels are manually pushed the length of the Boardwalk by friendly attendants, much like a carriage ride. A Rolling Chair ride offers easy access to 11 of the 14 casino properties and are like flies since they are everywhere at the Boardwalk and the ride is smooth but is not fast ok. Prices of a ride starts at $ 5 to the first 2 blocks and another $ 5 per 2 blocks after plus 10% tip. There are about 255 rolling chairs all along the boardwalk and are run by several companies.
address: Boardwalk & Virginia St Atlantic City
the jitney is acually a hybrid of a jeepney and a minibus and is a peculiar Atlantic City mode of transport and is one of the cheapest ways to go around unless you like to do brisk walking. The ride is bumpy though and the drivers are speedsters!
Jitney Buses run frequently 24 hours a day. The Jitney stops are located on the corner of every route and originate one block from the Boardwalk on Pacific Avenue. For your convenience, every sign located by each casino stop has color-coded numbers.
ROUTE 1 PINK
New Hampshire Avenue to Jackson Avenue, via Pacific Avenue.
ROUTE 2 BLUE
The Marina Area - Trump Marina and Harrah's via Delaware Avenue to Pacific Avenue.
ROUTE 3 GREEN
The Marina Area - Trump Marina and Harrah's via Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. to the Inlet on Pacific Avenue.
ROUTE 4 ORANGE
From Jackson Avenue to Indiana Avenue, to Atlantic Avenue go to Michigan to the Bus Terminal, new Convention Center & Train Station. The Orange route only runs from 7 am to 7 pm.
the price per single ride is $ 2.25 per person
Seniors on the Go charge $35 a day for renting a scooter. This will enable those of us who are limited in walking to go up and down the boardwalk, outlets, etc.
The buses and jitneys are wheelchair accessibe and you can get on with the scooter as well.
A Jitney, is a small bus that seats 13 people. It is air conditioned, and it is very inexpensive. They run 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Its a great alternative to the bus, or car. When you are in Atlantic City, you can not miss them. They are light blue and have a little design on the side. They stop everywhere, and cost about 1.50 to ride them anywhere you want (in atlantic city).
Quoted From actourism.org (find link below) : The term jitney is an old English term meaning "nickel." Around the turn of the century, many Jitney services sprung up throughout the country. The Atlantic City Jitney Association started in 1915 and today ranks as the longest running non-subsidized transit company in America. the first Jitney Bus arrived in 1947, replacing the black touring cars that used a rope and pulley system to open the back doors. Today's version is a 13-seat bus. Atlantic City Jitneys are individually owned and operated. they run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The new Atlantic City Jitney, a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned vehicle will have replaced the antiquated white and blue-striped vehicle. All are wheel chair equipped. The Atlantic City Jitney Association is committed to Atlantic City and is actively involved in the community. They sponsor the Atlantic City Hall of Fame, honoring Atlantic City's finest citizens.
Atlantic City Jitney Assc. has this place covered, every where you look ther are 3 or 4 in site. If you need a ride it looks like these guy will get you there. For more info check phone or website below.
10 tickets for $12.50
10 tickets for $5.00.
can be used 24 hours per day
These are great for those who cant walk far but want to see as much of the boardwalk as possible. They charge by the distance and some also act as tour guides. It is also cheaper to use in the daytime than at night.
My grandfather rented us some sedan chairs to go along the boardwalk. These were quite different from the ones that they have now.
There are two rental companies for rolling chairs.
Royal Rolling Chairs and Ocean Rolling Chairs
$10.00 daily M-Th
$15.00 Fri & Sun
$15.00 daily M-Th
$25.00 Fri & Sun
$40.00 daily M-Th
$50.00 daily Fri & Sun
There is a great new way to get to Atlantic City from New York City without the added stress or hassle of the New Jersey Shore traffic tht you can encounter at the Garden State Parkway.
Currently the train is only available during the weekends (Fri-Sun) at a really cheap one way fare of $29. The ride takes about 2 hours 45 minutes from New York Penn Station making one stop at Newark Penn Station before arriving in Atlantic City.
I personally have not taken the train as I always drive, but this seems like a good idea for those individuals that do not want to deal with the hassle of driving, or the buses to AC and those who do not have a car.
Check out their website for more information.
We always drive to AC and the best and easiest route from NYC is the Garden State Parkway, exit 38 (not 38 A), which takes you to the Atlantic City Expressway directly into Atlantic City. There is a toll plaza as you approach the AC Expressway.
There are signs indicating the location of your hotel, either uptown, downtown and the marina, so pay attention so you won't be going around in circles.