With beautiful summer weather upon us, there’s no better time to plan a trip to the beaches of New Jersey or New York than right now. With all of the public transportation options available, you can get to the beaches of New Jersey and New York without a car – and skip the shore traffic, too. Hobokenites + Jersey City locals all have a variety of beach options within reach, with most trips taking under three hours or less. Read on to discover 12 beaches accessible via public transit from Hoboken, Jersey City, and NYC.
Beaches Accessible via New Jersey + New York Trains
New Jersey Beaches
For a culture- and food-filled and trip to Asbury Park and its scenic beaches, take NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line and get off at — you guessed it — the Asbury Park stop. This little beach town packs a big punch, with beachside tacos from Mogo, must-try cupcakes from Confections of a Rockstar, and the lively Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten. Check out our guide to all things Asbury Park.
This family-friendly beach is accessible via NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line, which actually departs from Hoboken (with transfers in Newark). Upon arrival, don’t miss the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and South Beach Arcade — not to mention Point Pleasant Beach — to make the most of your trip.
This quiet beach town is great for a weekend or day trip, with beach sports, sunbathing, and more. Two of our favorite spots are the Bradley Brew Project and the Summertime Surf School, which is also available in Asbury Park.
This scenic shore town is one of the shore’s most popular destinations, and it’s accessible by the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line, right after Bradley Beach. While activities abound in Belmar, some of the local favorites include the Belmar Boardwalk, parasailing, and, of course, beach lounging.
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The peaceful and relaxing Manasquan Beach is perfect for unwinding after a long week. The beach area farther away from town is a bit more relaxing, but posting up close to town will put you near some Manasquan staples like Tacoholics and Leggett’s Sand Bar. This is the third from last stop on the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line.
New York Beaches
Take the train from New York Penn Station to Sayville, and the ferry from Sayville Ferry Service, a quick Uber ride away, to enjoy the scenery and serenity of Fire Island, one of the area’s most beautiful stretches of shoreline. From a lighthouse to vast beaches, this is a great location for a family vacation or pals’ trip.
For many East Coast beachgoers, summer isn’t complete without a trip to the Hamptons. Fortunately, with the Hampton Jitney, accessible at spots throughout Manhattan, and the Long Island Railroad, it’s easy to get to East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk – and it’s under three hours.
The North Fork
If wine is on the agenda, take a trip on the LIRR, with a transfer in Ronkonkoma, to the North Fork town of Greenport. Beaches include the natural 67 Steps Beach and Town Beach, as well as a variety of oceanfront dining spots like Claudio’s Waterfront.
Long Island’s Jones Beach is less than two hours from Hudson County via public transit. The NJ Transit 123 bus makes stops in Union City + Jersey City, taking riders right into NYC’s Port Authority. From there, beach-goers can hop on the LIRR (we recommend buying the package deal) to Freeport. From there, take the n88 bus (Nassau Inter-County Express) to Jones Beach. Although it involves a few transport changes, taking this route to Jones beach is surely less taxing than being stuck in car traffic + is totally worth it once you get to dip your toes into the salty ocean water.
Beaches Accessible via New Jersey Buses
With the NJ Transit bus 137 from Port Authority, a trip to the fun and festive Seaside Heights is within reach. Just catch the 137 to Toms River and take the connecting shuttle to Seaside Park, just one mile from Seaside Heights. That being said, with all of the amazing things to do in Seaside Park, you may never want to leave.
The NJ Transit bus 319 takes travelers from Port Authority to the casinos and shorelines of Atlantic City for a roundtrip price of $42. This is a daily service, perfect for a summer girls’ or guys’ weekend away.
Beaches Accessible via the NYC Subway
Watch surfers and swim in the waves at one of NYC’s favorite beach getaways, Rockaway Beach. Accessible via subway (take the A train to Beach 67th Street), this destination is a no-frills day trip, perfect for the budget traveler.
Nothing beats a classic trip to Coney Island, and this iconic destination is accessible on a variety of subway lines, including the F, D, N, and Q. With everything from boardwalks to breweries and rides to sunbathing, Coney Island will definitely be a jam-packed day. Thankfully, it’s close enough to go twice. PS: Here’s our guide to the best of Coney Island.