328. The Staten Island Ferry, New York USA
Why The Staten Island Ferry, New York
The Staten Island Ferry, New York plies between Staten Island and New York City in the U.S. It’s free and a great way to see New York City from the waters surrounding it, plus you get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty.
The Staten Island Ferry Building is located at the tip of Manhattan. It’s the Manhattan island side of the ferry that goes between Manhattan Island and Staten Island and its free.
How To Get Here
Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad and NJ Transit all have services to New York Penn Station or Grand Central Station in Manhattan, NY, then you can take the #1, N or R local New York City Transit Authority train to South Ferry Station and you will be smack dab at the ferry.
There are five airports in the New York area (Islip McArthur (ISP), JFK, LaGuardia (LGA), Newark-Liberty (EWR) and White Plains (HPN)). The closest airport is LaGuardia. Of course you can fly into JFK and Newark from most places in the world with international and domestic U.S. flights.
The following airlines has service to New York-LaGuardia (LGA):
Air Canada (AC), Alaska Airlines (AS), American Airlines (AA), Delta Airlines (DL), Frontier Airlines (F9), JetBlue Airways (B6), Southwest Airlines (WN), Spirit Airlines (NK), United Airlines (UA) and WestJet (WS).
The following airlines has service to New York-White Plains (HPN):
American Airlines (AA), Cape Air (9K), Delta Airlines (DL), JetBlue Airways (B6) and United Airlines (UA).
It’s New York, so there are several buses that offer service into the city; some such as BoltBus. Here are a few of them:
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions. Parking is pretty expensive in Manhattan, so its best to park in say Queens and then take the Subway from there.
Where To Stay
There are several places to stay in New York of course in terms of quality, quantity, prices, etc. Just choose the area you want to stay. Don’t skimp as some of the places are cheap for a reason.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
There are places to eat inside the terminal on both sides as well as onboard the ferry itself.
What To Do
Ride the ferry. I suggest just before sunset as you can catch the sunset over the Goethals Bridge on the Staten Island side.
It’s an amazing experience and its even ore fun to watch people enjoying it.
On the way back you can see New York City with the lights turned on and also at twilight. Seeing the Statue of Liberty is also worth it of course and you go right by it.
You can find out more information about the ferries at http://www.siferry.com/.