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NJ TRANSIT is an easy and convenient way to travel to 'the Big Apple'

Commute to the big city for work, visit a museum or catch the bright lights of Broadway from almost anywhere in New Jersey, as well as Orange and Rockland counties in New York. Take the train to Penn Station New York via five rail lines with simple connections in Newark or Secaucus Junction. Bus service to Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station in New York City is available on more than five dozen bus routes throughout the Garden State. In addition, light rail connections in Hoboken, Newark, and Trenton give you the ability to start your trip from even more locations in New Jersey.

Know Before You Go

Plan your trip and explore connections to other transportation options using the trip planner, get station information including bike and car parking options, and take advantage of the many important travel tips which make travel on NJ TRANSIT even easier. Plus, there are many partner discounts on entertainment and admission to destinations in New York. 

Accessibility

Penn Station New York, Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Station are accessible. Check station information to determine if your boarding location is accessible.

Getting There

NJ TRANSIT is the best way to travel to New York City from almost anywhere in New Jersey and can get you there from Philadelphia too! NJ TRANSIT provides direct rail service to Penn Station New York on five rail lines and offers simple connections in Newark when traveling from the west or connect at Secaucus Junction from trains northern rail lines. There is bus service to Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Station in New York on more than five dozen bus routes from throughout the Garden State. And, light rail connections at Hoboken, Newark, and Trenton expand the options to start any trip.

Getting to New York by Train

Five NJ TRANSIT rail lines serve Penn Station New York. Or, connect at Newark Penn Station or Secaucus Junction to trains bound for New York. It's easy to plan your trip online. Below are a few bits of information to get started. 

From the South
The Northeast Corridor offers frequent service from Trenton north to Penn Station New York. Connections from River LINE, Amtrak and SEPTA service can be made at Trenton Transit Center. The North Jersey Coast Line provides direct service to Penn Station New York as well as connecting rail shuttle service provided at stations between Bay Head and Long Branch; customers must change trains at Long Branch to continue their trip.

From the West
The Raritan Valley Line provides service from High Bridge, Raritan, and Plainfield to Newark Penn Station, with connecting service to/from New York.

From the North
The Main/Bergen County Lines provide service from Suffern through Bergen and Passaic counties. Port Jervis Line trains offer service between Port Jervis, or Middletown, NY, and Hoboken. The Pascack Valley Line operates between Spring Valley, NY, and Hoboken, offering daily service. Customers continuing to New York must change trains at Secaucus Junction. 

From the Northwest
The Morris & Essex Lines provide service between Dover/Summit/Gladstone and Newark Broad Street Station/Hoboken/New York. Connecting service for New York and other locations is available at Secaucus Junction.

Arrive at Your Choice of Two New York City Locations by Bus

Travel to New York from throughout New Jersey on many bus routes. There are several major routes that serve Midtown Manhattan (Port Authority Bus Terminal) and further north in Washington Heights (George Washington Bridge Bus Station) in New York. Start trip planning by checking NJ TRANSIT service near your location

Starting Your Trip to New York by Light Rail

NJ TRANSIT provides light rail service that connects to major rail terminals and bus locations. Travel Newark Light Rail service to Newark Penn Station and Newark Broad Street Station, River LINE to Trenton Transit Center, or Hudson-Bergen Light Rail which serves Hoboken Terminal. Connect to trains that arrive at Penn Station New York or buses to Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Station in New York (Separate train fare required).

Getting Around Town

After arriving in New York, it's easy to continue on to your final destination. Visit MTA.info for information on transit service within the city and complete your trip planning.

Tickets and Fares

NJ TRANSIT offers an array of options for purchasing rail, bus, and light rail tickets. The NJ TRANSIT Mobile App® provides customers the convenience of buying and displaying most tickets and passes securely from a mobile device. Ticket vending machines are available at light rail stations and many rail stations and bus terminals. If you'd prefer to speak to a ticket agent, you can check out our Station Information pages to determine where offices are located and their hours. We also offer a variety of tickets including one-way, ten-trip, and round-trip tickets. 

Ways to Save

  • Family SuperSaver: Two children ages five through 11 travel for free with a passenger paying any valid fare. This program is available on trains, light rail, and buses during weekends and holidays from 7 p.m. Friday (or the day before a holiday) until 6 a.m. Monday (or the day after a holiday).
  • Monthly Pass Holders: Do you already have an NJ TRANSIT monthly pass for commuting? Use it toward weekend travel including the Family SuperSaver fare. The more you use it, the more you save!
  • Travel Flexibility: Valid weekly/monthly rail passes are accepted for free travel on connecting light rail service, as well as bus service.
  • Group Trips: Have more than eight people traveling to an event by rail or light rail? Visit njtransit.com/groupsales to learn how to save up to 25 percent with Group Trip discounts.

Travel Tips

  • New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Customers using rail tickets must purchase NJ TRANSIT light rail or bus tickets separately for travel. Light rail tickets are available from Ticket Vending Machines at the light rail stations. Major bus boarding locations offer Ticket Vending Machines or ticket offices for purchase. Check Station Information for details on ticketing and fares.
  • Purchase your rail ticket prior to boarding the train. A $5 surcharge applies to tickets purchased onboard if ticket vending machines or ticket agents are available.
  • The NJ TRANSIT Mobile App offers more ways to purchase your ticket or pass. Use the app to buy and display most tickets or passes on your mobile device. For details, visit njtransit.com/app.
  • To save time, buy your return NJ TRANSIT ticket before traveling to New York.