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How do I get from NY to NJ?

by betiana Online Now Feb 9, 2013 at 5:39 AM

Hello,
I will be visiting NY next April (from Argentina) and I would like to go see some places in NJ.
The plan is Red Bank (just to visit JBJ's Soul Kitchen...unless you got some other place to recommend?) Asbury Park (I'm wondering if it's "visitable" right now? How is the restoration work going? Is there anything left to see?) and Atlantic City (Same as AP...I don't really know how damaged this area is...is it worth visiting?)
Also, could anyone tell me how to get to this places (no car) from NY? Is there a train? A bus? I've hear the railroads have suffered severe damage... A friend was there 2 months ago and told me the train from NY took 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Red Bank. Is it working now? Normally?
Finally, in what order should I visit this cities? I suppose NY-RB-AP-AC-NY?? If I leave NY early in the morning, would the day be enough to visit all those places?

Thanks in advance for your help and I'm sorry my english isn't that good.

Regards, Betiana

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by gwened Online Now Feb 9, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    you can walk swim take a bus, taxi, train, and best when i lived in the area for 13 yrs was the car.

    Atlantic city is easy, Red Bank wow what a memory lane souvenir, for transports look here
    njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet....

    ny here
    http://alert.mta.info/

    there is abig storm now but April should be nice

    hope it helps your planning

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by tayloretc Online Now Feb 9, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    I don't think you can do this as a one-day trip. It takes about 2 1/2 hours by car between NYC and Atlantic City, and that doesn't include stops or traffic problems. There are buses that run specifically between NYC and Atlantic City, though, so you could turn your plans into two day-trips - one to Red Bank and Asbury Park, maybe by train, and the other to Atlantic City, on one of those special buses.

    I don't know about how things are running there these days, or what's been repaired. If it's all back in order, both Asbury Park and Atlantic City are worth a visit. (I haven't been to Red Bank.)

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by travelmad478 Online Now Feb 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I am from the Asbury Park area orgininally and my parents still live there. I was last in the area about two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, and it seems like things are more or less cleared up in AP (Red Bank did not really have much damage, as it is not right on the ocean). I can't give you much help on Atlantic City, sorry.

    Getting to Asbury/Red Bank without a car means taking the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line train from Penn Station. The trains are running normally now. Red Bank is fairly easy to navigate on foot from the train station; Asbury is a little more spread out, but if you are not afraid of walking, you should be OK. FYI, there is not a whole lot to do in Asbury Park these days--April is too early for most of the boardwalk stuff to be open, although you can certainly take a stroll around and look at the scenery. It is interesting in a "faded glory" sort of way. The town was hoping for something of a renaissance in the mid-2000s, but the 2008 financial crisis kind of put a halt to everything that was getting developed. These days you will find a lot of empty lots near the beach.

    I agree that visiting all three places in a day trip is not really feasible. For one thing, you cannot access Atlantic City by direct train from NY--you have to take a bus. The train line does not run that far south. What you might do is go to Red Bank, then take the train further south to Asbury the same day, spend the night there and then continue by bus to AC the next day. Then you can take another bus back to NY. Check njtransit.com for bus and train times/fares.

    I had never heard of JBJ Soul Kitchen and had to Google it. Interesting concept. There are a lot of other good restaurants in Red Bank if that doesn't appeal.

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by ter1413 Online Now Feb 10, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Hey Travelmad...I thought they set up a direct(weekend) train service from NYC to AC a few yrs ago. I believe it's the ACES line....I think you can get it at Penn Station(Fri-Sunday only.)

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by travelmad478 Online Now Feb 10, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Nope, they tried that for a few years but discontinued it last year:

    pressofatlanticcity.com/news...

    You can get to AC by train from Philadelphia, but not from NY.

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by ter1413 Online Now Feb 10, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    I do remember that they discontinued it. Tks..

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  • Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by betiana Online Now Feb 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Thanks everybody for your replies. We've decided to rent a car since it looks like its the best way to get there (?) I wonder if it would be MUCH more expensive...
    Plan is to leave our NY hotel in the morning to get to Red Bank on time for lunch (how early should we leave? How are the roads after Sandy? Any route we should avoid?) After that, we're going to AP for a very quick tour (just want to see the Stone Pony, the boardwalk, old casino, Wonder bar, Fast lane, etc...just basic AP. How long could it take us?) Then off to AC to spend the night and return to NY the next morning.
    Can you tell me how long would it take us (aprox.) to drive from one place to the other?
    Thank you!!!

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by travelmad478 Online Now Feb 11, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    DO NOT rent a car from NY to drive to Red Bank. It will be really expensive--prices for renting a car in Manhattan are ridiculous--and driving takes longer than the train. What I would suggest is taking the NJ Transit train to Red Bank, then renting the car there: you have Avis and Budget rental offices just two blocks from the train station, and also a very short walk from JBJ Soul Kitchen. You can have a peaceful train ride to Red Bank, eat your lunch, then pick up the car and head to AP and AC.

    The train ride is 1 hour and 19 minutes from NY Penn Station to Red Bank. (The trains run seven days a week.) It takes about 25 minutes to drive from Red Bank to Asbury. From there to Atlantic City is about 1.5 hours. So you can, in theory, do this trip in one day, although it will be kind of a long day--if you are looking to eat lunch in Red Bank, then you won't get to AC until late afternoon.

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by gwened Online Now Feb 11, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    I learn to drive in that corridor long long ago,for a first timer it can be taunting; if you can get out of NY like go by train to Woodbridge or Newark New Jersey and then rent a car there it will be better

    once route planner that can help you is mapquest

    www.mapquest.com

    hope it helps

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by travelmad478 Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    An update: Mr. travelmad478 was in Asbury Park this past weekend and reports that it is in exactly the same condition that we saw it in last November--the boardwalk, Casino, and Convention Hall are still fenced off and un-visitable due to hurricane damage. I have no idea if they will start getting work underway by the time of your visit, but if you go, you should be prepared for a pretty sad experience. There is really very little to see/do right now, and what there is will depress you.

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    Re: How do I get from NY to NJ?

    by gwened Online Now Feb 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    yes I saw photos of it Asbury Park under Sandy and it was awful to cry for...oh well,the jersey shore I grew up, learn my English, and became US citizen there, so hope they will fix it soon.

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