Brooklyn to New York via Brooklyn Bridge 1899
Travel to Brooklyn is easy, whether you’ve already arrived in New York City or you’re still on the opposite side of the country (or globe, as it may be). JFK and LaGuardia airports facilitate transportation by plane, while plenty of marinas offer dockage for boats. If you prefer to stay grounded but would rather avoid driving, consider Amtrak for rail transportation or Greyhound for a bus trip.
Driving, cycling or walking across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan is certainly one way to get to Brooklyn, but what if you’re coming from a little farther away? The good news is that Brooklyn is extremely well-connected to the rest of the globe, allowing you to start your visit to this NYC borough with a trip by car, rail, bus, boat or plane.
Traveling to Brooklyn by Boat
If you’re traveling to Brooklyn by boat, you’ll find plenty of marinas with short-term rental slips providing dockage for a few days, a few weeks or even the entire summer. Gateway Marina is the largest in Brooklyn, though the borough offers other options as well.
Gateway Marina, N 40∞35.267 – W 73∞53.921, 3260 Flatbush Avenue – Travelers heading to Brooklyn by boat can easily access the Gateway Marina through a jettied rockaway inlet located at the latitude and longitude displayed above. The Gateway Marina features 1,800 feet of breakwater, 500 slips ranging in length from 16 to 150 feet, a 35-ton travel-lift, and 24-hour security. Weary seafarers will appreciate the shower facilities, picnic areas and barbecue pits before venturing into Brooklyn. Dockage is available on a daily, monthly or extended-stay basis.
Kings Plaza Marina, 5300 Kings Plaza – Offering over 150 slips, most of which feature Hydrohoists for safe, dry storage, Kings Plaza Marina is conveniently located in Brooklyn’s Mill Basin, and surrounded by the Federal Gateway National Park Reserve. The marina is just minutes away from Jamaica Bay, featuring waterskiing, fishing and family boating. Kings Plaza Marina also offers engine parts, outboard parts, stern drive parts, boat propellors and plenty of other marine supplies for your boat. The marina even staffs trained and certified mechanics capable of completing stern drive, inboard and outboard repairs. 15-ton and 10-ton travel lifts are available in addition to a 7,500-lb forklift.
Marine Basin Marina, – Located in Gravesend Bay just minutes from the New York Aquarium and Coney Island you’ll find Marine Basin Marina, a Brooklyn boat marina offering 225 private and semi-private slips. This marina offers marine supplies, clean bathrooms and showers, ice, bait, gas and diesel. Hauling and repair services are offered as well. Manned security is provided 24/7, with touch-card entrance for boat owners. This marina is perfect for travelers coming by boat to stay in Brooklyn, as connected busses and trains are located just minutes from the water.
Traveling to Brooklyn by Plane
If you’re traveling to Brooklyn by plane, you’ll have two primary options for your destination airport: JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. International customers may be better served by JFK. Aside from this consideration, your decision should mainly depend on the area of Brooklyn you plan to travel to. JFK is closest to the eastern portion of Brooklyn, while LaGuardia is adjacent to the northwest section of the borough. Many people choose JFK because it’s closer to public subways and trains, allowing for easier access to the city at large.
At any rate, it’s important to compare prices for both JFK and LaGuardia at the time you intend to book your tickets. Saving some money on travel will give you more to spend once you actually arrive in Brooklyn.
Traveling to Brooklyn by Bus
Traveling to Brooklyn by bus is a great way to avoid traffic and enjoy some peace of mind. It also makes a lot of logistical sense, since you can easily utilize subways, elevated trains and taxis instead of your own car to travel around Brooklyn and the rest of New York City once you arrive. The most popular bus service offering direct transportation to Brooklyn is Greyhound, which offers a Brooklyn bus station at 288 Livingston Street. The station itself operates seven days a week from 8:30am until 7:30pm, or 9:00am until 3:00pm on holidays.
It’s also popular to travel within Brooklyn by bus, thanks to public transportation offered by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA. The MTA’s website offers a complete listing of schedules and tolls, making it easy and affordable (especially if you purchase a MetroCard) to plan your transportation needs around your planned activities. Moving around within Brooklyn and to and from the other boroughs of New York City is easy, even if you exclusively stick to busses. A full map of MTA Brooklyn bus routes is available here.
Traveling to Brooklyn by Train
Unfortunately, most of the train stations actually remaining in Brooklyn are for subways and elevated trains that allow passengers to travel within New York City. This doesn’t mean that traveling to Brooklyn by train is out of the question, however. Rather, it means that you’ll need to end your train journey in another part of NYC – Manhattan, to be exact – before jumping in a taxi cab or subway train to head to Brooklyn.
Long Island Railroad
Brooklyn is sports, and mass transit is the best way to see your teams and players in action. Beat traffic, tolls, parking headaches, and rising gas prices. Let the LLIR take you to the games. The LIRR Atlantic Terminal at Barclays Center, a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn is your hub. Check here for schedules to the Atlantic Terminal. The Barcklays stadium is across the street from the station.
Amtrak offers high-speed rail service across the country to Manhattan’s Penn Station, located at 234 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001. Penn Station offers baggage storage and baggage assistance, short-term and long-term parking for rental cars, and is open 24/7. A variety of elevated trains run from Penn Station to various locations in Brooklyn, also operating 24 hours a day. Penn Station’s staff and baggage attendants will be able to recommend the train that will get you to your destination in Brooklyn the fastest. You can also plan your route ahead of time with this detailed subway map.
Travel to Brooklyn by Ferry
Operated by NY Waterway, ferry operates year-round on a route along the East River between East 34th-35th Street and Pier 11-Wall Street, making 12 stops at landings in Brooklyn. Makes stops at Governors Island on summer weekends.
- Located behind IKEA on Beard Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Red Hook to Pier 11-Wall Street (20-25 minute trip)
Red Hook-Van Brunt
- Located just west of the foot of Van Brunt Street, behind Fairway. Red Hook to Pier 11-Wall Street (15 minute trip)
Fulton Ferry Landing
- Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the end of Old Fulton Street, past the intersection with Water and Furman Streets. East River Ferry to points in Queens, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan
Schaefer Landing-South Williamsburg
- Located at 440 Kent Avenue, at South 10th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. East River Ferry to points in Queens, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan
North 6th Street-North Williamsburg
- Located at North 6th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. East River Ferry to points in Queens, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan
- Located at the foot of India Street, past West Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. East River Ferry to points in Queens, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan
Travel in Brooklyn by bike
The Citi BikeSM system, operated by NYC Bike Share features thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations around New York City including Brooklyn. Citi Bikes are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Station locations are based on population and transit needs, and were selected through a participatory public input process. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, a map of the service area and surrounding neighborhood, and a docking system that releases bikes for rental with a card or key. You must be 16 or older to ride a Citi Bike. Click here for a handy station map of Citi Bikes in Brooklyn.