When your in Jersey City in the Liberty State Park and would like to see New York Upclose you could take a Yellow Water Taxi.
This way you can avoid the traffic trying to cross bridges or tunnels to New York just park your car and take a trip to the other side.
Once your there you can take the subway to explore New York.
But there's more when you leave from the liberty landing marina you can visit the intrepid sea, air & space museum, promenade in Brooklyn heights and more.
It's an unique experience just try it..
Picture taken August 1997
Driving to Jersey City is as easy as driving over a bridge or taking the tunnel. I've driven to Jersey City and found it to be a quick way to get around and parking was relatively easy to find. An added bonus is the cheap Jersey gas...so fill up the tank.
When driving down the New Jersey highways, make sure you are paying close attention to the toll booth signs. Richie was all confident that we had finally fixed the whole GPS driving mess that he forgot to pay attention to the signs and before we knew it he was heading through the EZ Pass only section of the toll booths. We're still waiting on the ticket, but hopefully they'll go easy on him.
Richie and I quickly learned that although a GPS is a great item to get to new locations, it can also be WRONG and not always take you along the quickest route. We learned that not only must you go by what the unit is telling you but when in New Jersey you must watch for the road signs. There were several instances where the road divided and divided again a few seconds later leaving an inexperienced New Jersey driver down the wrong route.
I am guessing that Jersey City is no different than most other cities around, but oh my gosh what is with all the stinking traffic lights. Just about every block had a traffic light. A 5 mile trip down a road took 20 minutes to complete due to all the stinking lights. If at all possible get on the highway and bypass this mass of nonsense.
The Path Train is one of the best ways to get to and around Jersey City. Your pay per ride metro card is good for paying Path fares as well and makes it very easy.
The two stops I use the most are Journal Square and Newport. Grove Street will also put you into town.
It's called PATH and it will get you back and forth under the Hudson River between Manhattan Island (33rd, 23rd, 14th, 9th Sts or Christopher Street stations) and these New Jersey cities: Newark, Jersey City, and Hoboken seven days a week.
FARE is $1.75 each way.
SERVICE runs about every seven minutes.
Trains are clean, quiet, safe, and air-conditioned. This is not part of the NYC subway system (Which is not to say NYC subways aren't safe and clean also).
On the Jersey side, you have access to the new Hudson and Bergen County Light Rail System as well as buses and trains.
Jersey City sits across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. Ferries leave from Jersey City's COLGATE/EXCHANGE district to W. 39th St, the World Financial Center, and Pier 11 Wall Street every fifteen to twenty minutes.
Fares: One-Way to Pier 11 and West 39th St is $6.50.
From Jersey CIty or Hoboken (a town immediately north of Jersey City) you can ride the PATH to Newark which is a transportation hub to the rest of New Jersey, AMTRAC as well as NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
The new Secacus Transportation Hub will is now open, allowing riders to ride any of 7 different railroad lines in northern NJ plus AMTRAK throughout New Jersey.
On the Manhattan side buses displaying FERRY will take you free to the ferry.
The Lincoln Tunnel, the world's first three-tube underwater vehicular tunnel facility, provides a vital link between midtown Manhattan and central New Jersey, and forms part of New Jersey Route 495.
There is no need to drive a car anywhere around northeast New Jersey; but if you do- the following rates apply to PARKING METERS in Jersey City:
Parking (quarters only) 30 minutes 9AM to 6 PM daily except Sundays and holidays
Maximum 2 hours in Courthouse area
Throughout this part of New Jersey there are many storefronts that advertise telephone, travel and shipping services. Jersey City has several large ethnic groups ie. Phillipines, Pakistan, Egypt as well as Mexico, Central and South America.
This view overlooks the entrance and exit ramps to the George Washington Bridge and the New Jersey Turnpike....and a whole slew of other interstate highways and roads. Two centuries ago, it was all estuary and swamp. The large white structure is for an advertising billboard--
Water Taxi operates between the Liberty State Park and the World Financial Center in NYC. If you live in NYC this will be one of the ways to get to Jersey City and the Liberty State Park.
$10 / round trip
Weekdays from 6am - 8:45pm
Weekends from 9am - 8:45pm
The best way to get around Jersey City (and other parts of NJ) is by using the Light Railway. Route maps are easy to follow and are at all stations. You tickets from the machines with cash or credit card.
Up to date ticket prices and schedules are on their website
I've heard good reports about NY Waterway SIghtseeing Cruises. They also received "Best of Citysearch 2002 NY" award. Besides Manhattan, they also take full day cruises up the Hudson RIver Valley, and across the outer harbour to Sandy Hook (NJ) - a national park-. They also advertise "Twilight", Music, and Baseball cruises.
Circle Line is another sightseeing service. Given a choice, I would select NY Waterway.
There is no bicycle rental place in the park but bicycling is the best way to go around the Liberty State Park.