NJ TRANSIT bus service
Catch a bus, there runnig all the time. This bus has a bike rack on the front, never saw that before. It looks like you can put your bike on the front and ride the bus to save some time. Check out the website below for schedules.
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ATLANTIC CITY JITNEY ASSOCIATION
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
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Most of the casinos are spread around near the center of the city and it is possible to walk from one casino to another. However, there are some casinos that are too far from the center and it may not be easy to reach by walking. The best way to go around the AC, other than walking, is to use Jitney Bus. This little bus operates all over the city and it is most efficient way to get to places in the AC.
Bus From & To Atlantic City from NYC
There are many many buses going to Atlantic City like Greyhound and private buses operate by different casinos there.
Greyhound will be from NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal (42st & 8 ave).
You can find Hilton, Ceasars & Taj Mahal has their own fleet going.
I got a ride by car from my friends & it took 2hour 15 min to go there from Manhattan.
On my way back, I randomly checked with one of the bus at Ceasears Casino bus terminal and found out they took my tips & let me get on the bus without tickets since they have seats left .
I was told Chinatowns in NYC draws the largest crowds to these casinos in Atlantic City. My friend told me Hilton Atlantic City offers Round trip bus fare from chinatown sales center for $18 and about $22 cash to play plus $20 match-play coupons to attract players. Some other casinos give food coupons from chinatown plus $10 chips to play. The buses are usually not well maintained but for budget travelers, its a good option to use. In my case, its cheaper than riding Greyhound .
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.
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.
Casino buses from Port Authority (NY)
I've taken the Casino Buses from Port Authority numerous times, especially during my "no-car" era and I found them to be very efficient, cheap and comfortable.
In Port Authority there is a designated area to purchase and board the many buses that take you to AC for about $22 which includes some sort of voucher redemable for either cash (depends on the casino you decide to go to) or for slot plays equivalent to the purchase price of your ticket on the bus.
The is a very popular and inexpensive way to spend some time in AC especially the price of the bus would be "free".
The Jitney is AC's reliable means of transportation. Catch a blue Jitney bus every twenty minutes or so on any corner fof Pacific Ave. for a minimal cost of $2 and hop off when you want. It runs from the casinos downtown to the Marina district and down to the neighboring town Ventnor.
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.
Driving to AC
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.
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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 Expressway Terminus
If you arrive at Atlantic City via the Atlantic City Expressway, this laser lighthouse marks the entrance / exit to the city. At night the lighthouse is supposed to light up with lasers shows, but it must be unplugged because I never saw it working. The lighthouse is in the middle of the casinos (Midtown) so turn right on Atlantic Ave to go Downbeach (Hilton, Tropicana), straight ahead for Caesar’s and turn left for all other hotels.
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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.
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Getting to Atlantic City from the Airports
People seem to have a hard time figuring out which airport to fly into when visiting Atlantic City. Of course there is the very small Atlantic City Airport, but that really only helps you if you are traveling from Florida, Myrtle Beach, Detroit or Cincinnati. Spirit Airlines (www.spiritair.com) is the main airline at ACY, Delta does 2 flights a day to Cincinnati. Most people fly into Philadelphia Airport, it is a large airport with most major airlines flying to/from it frequently. It is only a 1-hour drive from Atlantic City, which is not bad considering that Atlantic City Airport is 15 minutes away from Atlantic City because the airport is actually a few towns away from the city. Newark Airport would be your second choice; it's a little less than 2 hours away. These three airports are your best bet, do anything you can to fly into any of these three airports. JFK, BWI & LaGuardia are all about a 3-hour drive from AC, but are a pain in the neck to deal with, but are still accessible to Atlantic City. International travels usually have very little choice other than flying into JFK because it is the largest international airport on the east coast with the most choices of Airlines. BWI is the furthest from Atlantic City.
2) Airport Shuttle & Limo service
Contrary to popular belief there are no free casino shuttles from the Airports to the Casinos. In fact there are really no shuttle services at all to Atlantic City. Most people choose to use car service & limo companies. Using a company like this is exactly what I suggest if you need ground transportation from any of the above airports or NYC, DC, or Philly. The company I work for uses Airport Chariot (www.airportchariot.com) 609-748-3506 to get people between the Airports & the Atlantic City area. I use their sedan service personally and so far they've done a great job. They also seem to have the cheapest prices in the area. They have sedans, Limos & charter buses for large groups.
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It took me several trips to notice, but there are helpful signs to point the way to various districts and individual hotels. The city is divided into four districts and the signs are color coded with a different symbol for each district:
Downbeach - symbol: sun, color: green
Midtown - symbol: lighthouse, color: red
Uptown - symbol: seahorse, color: blue
Marina - symbol: sailboat, color: purple
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