We drove to A.C. From New York it was about 3 hours. It was a pretty easy drive and there were signs all over the place so you can't miss it. They have an airport, train station and bus station so even if you don;t want to take the car it's easy to get here.
Bus with benefits
Private Buses depart most locations from the surrounding states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.
For example: Hunt Valley Motorcoaches in Baltimore offers a $25 round trip. With this you get a $5 meal voucher, and $20 cash when you arrive!!!
Public transportation abounds.
AC has a tradition of little blue, 13 passemger buses called Jitneys. For $1.50 US you can go anywhere in the city. Cabs are $8 anywhere in the city and NJ transportation is $1.10 anywhere in the city. You can also walk, ride a rolling chair or bicycle too.
Getting around Atlantic City
Driving isn't really the best way to get around Atlantic City, as the streets are often congested and parking fares are high.
The best way to tour the boardwalk area is on foot.
Public Busses operate up and down Atlantic and Pacific Avs. as far as Vetnor, and local busses connect Atlantic City with surrounding towns. The 319 bus connects AC with New York City, and Atlantic City being a major hub for NJ Transit buses has medium-distance service to many cities in NJ.
Jitneys (minibuses) operate on an extensive network throughout AC and connect the boardwalk area with the Harbour, the train station, and the airport, while the rolling chairs on the boardwalk are always a (expensive) favorite.
Cabs can be flagged down or called.
Getting to Atlantic City by TRAIN
Ever since Amtrak stopped the Atlantic City Express train in 1994, those who wish to ride the rails into Atlantic City must connect to NJ Transit at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station.
Trains make 7 departures each way daily, and connect Atlantic City with Downtown Philadelphia, where connections are available to Amtrak.
The ride takes about 2 hours, and the train makes about 6 stops in between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
Passengers can also leave the train at the Lindenwold Station, where they can transfer to the PATCO subway line to Camden and eastern Downtown Philadelpha.
The train costs $6.50.
Getting to Atlantic City by CAR
Atlantic City is easily accessible from many major Northeastern Cities by car.
The Atlantic City Expressway (toll) connects Downtown Atlantic City directly with Philadelphia, about 90 minutes to the west. The AC Expressway intersects the Garden State Parkway (which connects northern NJ and New York City with Southern NJ and Cape May) about 6 miles west of Atlantic City, and the NJ Turnpike (which goes from New York City to Philadelphia and Delaware) near Philadelphia.
The AC Expressway also connects with I-95 in Philadelphia.
US30 also connects Atlantic City with Philadelhia, but it is much more congested than the AC Expressway... even if it costs $2.50 more.
Getting to Atlantic City by AIR
Getting to Atlantic City by air isn't as easy as getting to many major tourist destinations in the USA.
The Atlantic City International Airport is about 20 minutes from the boardwalk and the casinos in Pomona. The airport serves as a secondary hub for Spirit airlines; which offers non-stop and connecting service to many domestic, and 2 international (Cancun and San Juan), destinations; while Comair (the Delta Connection) offers nonstop flights to Cincinatti 3x daily, where connections are available to virtually every major North American city as well as Paris, Fr.. Although only 2 airlines serve the airport now, US Airways, Continental, and BMA (Pan Am Express) usually find their way back during the summer months. Rental cars are available at the airport, and cabs to downtown will cost around $23.
The Philadelphia International Airport is about 90 minutes from Atlantic City and offers nonstop and connecting service to many US cities and select European cities.
We did not know how long was the travel between New York and Atlantic City.
It lasts 2H30 by coach.
The coach (company : Academy) leaves at Port Authority (42th Street).
The ticket worths 27 $ (round trip) but if you are a "twice visitor" it costs less (22$). When we arrived a hotess offered us a 15$ coupon to gamble.
For the return : you must choose the hour according to the casino you leave except if you go from the bus station.
Be aware there could be a long line.
- Theme Park Trips
While there are plenty of 'bus...
While there are plenty of 'bus tours' available to haul people down from nearly any city within 200 miles, I found a car to be a great way to get around. You can rent cars at reasonable rates and drive around town with out much ado (just standard traffic). If you plan on going to Newark or New York City as a primary destination, then you may want to skip the car or just rent it for your duration in Atlantic City and to and from Newark or New York City. In those cities, public transportation is much more convenient. Far too many cars to compete with for road space plus you have particularly aggressive drivers and potholes that tend to be worse than in my home city of Cleveland (which is a remarkable feat indeed).
Atlantic City Jitneys run 24...
Atlantic City Jitneys run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For a convenient way to travel around town, everyone rides the Jitney. It's the Atlantic City Way!
Jitneys travel the entire length of the city, from the inlet to Jackson Ave., from the Marina to the Casinos, servicing practically all major Atlantic City attractions.
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, will have color-coded numbers. Decide your route, then just look for the corresponding color coded number on each Jitney, hop on and enjoy the ride!
What is a Jitney? A Jitney is
a 13 passenger mini bus. Cost is $1.50 per person.
Getting to/from the airport
Use Airport Chariot/Atlantic City Chariot - Airport Shuttle & Limo to get to/from all the Airports (Atlantic City Airport, Philadelphia, Newark, JFK & others). They are cheaper than the other companies and reliable. The number is 609-748-3506 - email firstname.lastname@example.org and the website is www.atlanticcitychariot.freeservers.com
Atlantic City runs a great Jitney service, much like the buses I remember riding in Panama & The Philippines....
Hop on, hop off. They'll stop where you want along the colored route.'
Catch a trolley
Another way to get around is these trolleys, you see them every where, so flag one down and go for a ride instead of walking.
- Family Travel
We took the Cape May-Lewes...
We took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. It was very enjoyable. With our car and five passengers, the cost was about $80 round trip.
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