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New York-Atlantic City

Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:56 pm

So many travelers here where better to ask...

I have a trip planned to NYC next month and want to drive down to AC for a couple days. I know the time of day dictates how long it will take but can you all give me an idea of the real time (Google says 2+26 and I dont quite believe it)? Also the best time(s) of day to make this drive to avoid traffic (not overnight). I am flying into LGA at 1400 and have stuff to do in the city, will probably drive down the following day, so time is a bit more flexible.

Thanks.
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RE: New York-Atlantic City

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:12 pm

2 1/2 hours actually sounds about right depending where you are staying in NYC. Even the train that runs between NYC and ACY is between 2 1/2 and 3 hours and that only has 1 stop:

http://www.acestrain.com/schedule.php

I would suggest one of three things:
> Leave EARLY, before morning rush hour starts (so leave at like 6am). You are leaving the city so traffic won't be as bad compared to people coming inbound during rush hour, but to avoid the traffic just beat 'em out.
> Leave between rush hours (around 10am through 1pm). Volume will be heavier, but not at a standstill.
> Leave AFTER the evening rush (7pm-ish). But, you'll be going the same way as traffic (out of NYC) so volume will still be heavier.

Just my 2 cents  

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RE: New York-Atlantic City

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:18 pm

You had me super psyched about the train until I saw it only runs F/Sa/Su.

I am now looking at taking care of things in NYC my last day instead of the first and heading down to AC from LGA, then coming back into the city afterward.

How would the drive be between LGA and AC? Still typical NYC traffic? I have been to NY before but never had a car.
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RE: New York-Atlantic City

Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:39 pm

Quoting ATCtower (Reply 2):
How would the drive be between LGA and AC? Still typical NYC traffic?

Not really NYC traffic the entire way, once you are on the Garden State Parkway for a little while, it thins out quickly as you get into central Jersey. It all just depends WHEN you leave and what route you are taking. Unless you are talking about a Friday afternoon in the middle of the summer when everyone is heading to "the Jersey Shore" for the weekend, then you might as well take the flight that runs from FRG to ACY LOL! That was a 4 1/2 hour drive the one time I tried driving down to ACY from FRG for a conference.
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RE: New York-Atlantic City

Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:03 pm

Ha, thanks for the info.

I am looking at leaving LGA around 1430L on a February Sunday on the way down and come back up as early as practical a few days later.
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RE: New York-Atlantic City

Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:21 pm

Quoting ATCtower (Reply 4):
I am looking at leaving LGA around 1430L on a February Sunday on the way down and come back up as early as practical a few days later.

Sundays are just weird (at least I have found). Some sundays have heavy volume all day long, some it's like a ghost town. But the same applies, once you are a little bit away from the city, should be smooth sailing.

Lots of NYC traffic cameras are available here, always a good thing to get a live shot of what you're going to be driving through (I do it every morning on the interactive traffic channel on TV actually):

http://nyctmc.org/

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RE: New York-Atlantic City

Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:03 am

Believe it or not it's now been over 10 years since I crossed the Delaware Memorial Bridge to NYC area or ACY. Since working at FL I fly to points South. Anyway, I feel driving a car in the NYC area is a pain in the ass. Parking can be pricey and daunting. And, I'm not sure about LGA but with JFK your ride would include the Belt Pkwy from Hell. The Belt is an interesting ride. You go through Brooklyn and Queens. But, this road is extremely heavily trafficked. The condition of that road would damage a 747 or even A 380! And this road Has no shoulders! meaning you have nowhere to pull off if you or another car has trouble. If there is even a drop of rain, it becomes the rolling Belt Parking lot. And ingress and egress is horrid. If you have trouble keeping up with the crazy traffic you will be stressed.

I very rarely ever recommend taking the bus but, from NYC to ACY you have a pick of the litter of choices. Many are casino buses where they give you quarters so at least your ride from NYC to Atlantic City costs very little or you may be ahead by a dollar. Greyhound runs their Lucky Streak service. And I imagine getting from Atlantic City to LGA is pretty straight forward. If you do drive and have time it's a bit out of the way but eat at Mastori's Restaurant/diner around Bordentwon, NJ near FT. Dix. They have a sweet cheese pastry type bread that comes with meals thats killer.

When in Atlantic City, you must take a detour off the boardwalk/casinos and eat at the White House sub shop on Arctic Avenue. For gut busting Italian food nearby (Arctic Ave. check out Angeloni's II. Also Tony's Baltimore Grill is old Atlantic City and has pretty good pizza. Enjoy!!!
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