From Washington DC/Maryland//Other points South:
Take Rt. 404 East in Maryland (Rt. 18 East in Delaware) to US 9 east in Delaware. Follow signs for the Lewes Ferry Terminal. Take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry (US 9 crossing; yes you can bring your car) across the bay to the Cape May terminal. Follow Sandman Blvd. (US 9 north) approximately 3 miles east to the beginning of the Garden State Parkway north. Follow the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105 for NJ 18 North (Monmouth Freeway). Take Rt. 18 to Exit 22B for Rt. 537 West/Freehold. Follow Rt. 537 into Freehold Center.
From the west (Ohio, Pittsburgh, etc.). Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike East. Eventually, the PA Turnpike will go over the Deleware River Bridge and become the New Jersey Turnpike. Follow signs for the NJ Turnpike North, towards NYC and Newark. Take exit 7A for I-195. Follow directions from Philadelphia above, using exit 16B from I-95.
From the Northwest (Allentown, Chicago, Salt Lake City, etc.): Take I-80 east to exit 47A for I-280 East. Take I-280 for the entire legnth of the route, to the NJ Turnpike south (about 20 miles). Follow the directions from New York, taking NJ Trpk. exit 11.
From the East (Asbury Park, Long Branch): Take NJ 66 west to NJ 33 west. Stay on Rt. 33 west until you hit South St. (Rt. 79) in Freehold. Turn right on South St. and continue about 1/2 mile to Freehold Center.
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From the North (New York City and others)- Take the NJ Turnpike South to exit 11 for the Garden State Parkway South. Take the Garden State Parkway South to exit 123 for Route 9/Freehold. Continue on Rt. 9 south for about 13 miles to the Craig Rd./East Freehold Rd. exit (right before the exit there will be a Wegmans Supermarket and a Best Buy on the right). Turn left at the end of the exit ramp. Right after the first light, turn right on Pond Rd. Go straight on Pond Rd. to the end, at Court St. (Pond Rd. becomes Monument St. once it enters Freehold). Turn left on Court St, and you are in Freehold. See the Getting around section for directions on how to get to other places in Freehold.
From Philadelphia- From Center City Philadelphia or South Philadelphia take I-95 north to Rt. 1 north (exit 46A). Stay on Rt. 1 north for a couple of miles. After passing over the Deleware River Bridge (no toll this direction), take the first exit for NJ-29. Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp onto 29 South. Rt. 29 South will become I-195 East after passing the baseball Stadium on the right. Go approximately 20 miles on this highway to exit 16B (Rt. 537 East/Freehold). Continue on Rt. 537 for approximately 11 miles, and you will be in Freehold.
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There are 2 commercial airports which serve the Freehold area.
Newark International Airport, about 45 minutes north of Freehold Center, serves as a hub for Continental Airlines and serves airlines from all over the world and the United States in its 3 airline terminals. The NJ Transit Rt. 67 runs 7 days a week from Newark International Airport to the Freehold Center Transportation Center in Downtown Freehold. This is recommended, because renting a car at the airport can be a hassle, and runs expensive.
Trenton/Princeton Airport, about 25 minutes west of Freehold Center, has 2 airlines to 3 destinations. BMA (Boston Maine Airways) has 7 daily departures to Boston via Bedford, MA, and also offers more limited service to Portsmouth, NH and Groton, CT. US Airways serves 5-6 daily flights to Bedford, MA as well, with summer season service to their hub in Pittsburgh. Public transportation is limited at this airport, therefore it is recommended you rent a car.
Although the train station in Freehold no longer sees passenger rail service (which all may change over the next couple of years), there are still other train stations within reasonable distance.
NJ Transit serves the rail station in Matawan, about 20 minutes north of Freehold on NJ 79, with direct service to New York City. The only problem with Matawan is that a cab ride will be expensive, and there is no longer any bus service from the station to Freehold.
Most Amtrak trains going along the "NE" Corridor, as well as 3 NJ Transit rail lines, stop at Newark Penn Station, in Newark, NJ. From there, the NJ Transit 67 bus provides direct service into Freehold Center, which takes about an hour. Almost every NJ Transit Rail line also goes into Hoboken Station, where the 64 bus line goes directly into Freehold (weekday afternoons/evenings only from Hoboken/mornings to Hoboken).
The 833 bus runs from Red Bank Rail station on New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast line to Freehold Center and Freehold Raceway Mall, and the 836 bus runs from Asbury Park station to Freehold Raceway Mall and Freehold Center. Your best bet from the north would be to take Amtrak directly into Newark Penn, or, if your train doesn't serve Newark Penn, into New York Penn, to transfer for one of the many frequent trains that do the 20 minute ride to Newark Penn.
Although no longer served by Greyhound, the bus terminal in Freehold is still extremely active. Both local and medium-distance buses serve the Freehold Center Bus terminal, located in the historic train station (no longer used as a train station), in the "triangle" between Throckmorton, Broad, and W. Main Sts. The buses that serve Freehold Center, organized by bus lines:
-64: Provides limited rush hour only service to Jersey City and Hoboken, and serves as the extremely busy Rt. 9 local when the 139 (which is the Rt. 9 local mid-days and nights) runs express for rush hour.
-67: Provides rush hour and fairly limited mid-day and weekend service to Newark to the north and Toms River to the south, with extremely limited service to Journal Sq. subway station in Jersey City.
-135: Provides limited rush hour service to New York City via Rt. 79 and Matawan. Some trips run via the 131 and then are extended into Freehold. If you are planning on taking the bus to Freehold during rush hour, the 135 is recommended over the more frequent 139, because it can be faster and much less crowded.
-139: Provides much-needed 24 hour/day service to New York City (Port Authority Bus Terminal) at the north and Lakewood to the south, and serves as the primary Rt. 9 local, one of the most used local buses in the state. Rush hours, the bus operates every 2-8 minutes, with every couple buses into Freehold Center, every 10-15 minutes before and after rush hour, every 20-30 minutes during the day and on weekends, and every 60 minutes overnight. Most trips operate into Freehold, but you should check schedules to be sure.
-307: Provides (summer/October service only) service every 90 minutes to Jackson via Six Flags Great Adventure and Jackson Outlet Village
-833 (M23): Provides hourly weekday service to Red Bank, NJ, about 45 minutes northeast of Freehold Center.
-836 (M26): Service to the Asbury Park Transportation Center, every 30-60 minutes weekdays, and every 60-120 minutes weekends.
-"5" Series Buses- Provide rush hour service to New York in the north and Lakewood in the South, with some limited service mid-days. This service compliments NJT 139 service, and NJ Transit 139 tickets are cross-honoured on the Academy Lines Express buses as well.
-586: Provides frequent rush hour trips to Wall St. in New York City's financial district, with SOME trips operating via Freehold Center.
-ACB: Provides extremely limited service to Atlantic City, 7 days a week, with all trips operating via the bus terminal. Public transportation to Atlantic City from Freehold other than these 2 buses/day can be had by the NJ Transit 67/319 buses.
-Marlboro Route: Provides weekday and Saturday service to Marlboro, NJ, about 20 minutes north of Freehold Center. Service is limited, and schedules can be hard to find. The NJT 139 also goes to Marlboro.
-Although Greyhound doesn't directly serve Freehold, 2 major Greyhound terminals at New York City and Newark are linked to Freehold Center by an easy ride on the 139 bus from New York (Greyhound Port Authority Bus Term.) and the 67 bus from Newark.
When in Freehold, the bus (or even walking) is by far the easiest and most hassle-free way to get around. Within downtown, for the most part, everything is walkable. To visit areas like the Freehold Raceway, Monmouth Battlefield, Historic Englishtown, Turkey Swamp Park, and the Freehold Racway Mall, you will most likely need to take a bus or a cab. Local buses are frequent from Freehold Center to the Freehold Raceway Mall, about 10 minutes away. Here is the schedule for that:
The 836 and 833 buses operate local along W. Main St., the 64, 67, and 139 along Rt. 9, and the 836 along Throckmorton as well.
Driving around Freehold Can be a headache, so again, an alternate means of transportation is recommended.