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How to Get to Long Island

Long Island is easily accessible by air, rail, land and sea. Just a 30 minute train ride from Manhattan, Long Island is New York City’s beachfront backyard. Fly direct into Long Island MacArthur (ISP) located in the middle of the region, or for additional service, fly into John F. Kennedy (JFK) or LaGuardia (LGA) airports in Queens. Hop aboard the Long Island Rail Road for service to 124 stations on Long Island and car-free access to white-sand beaches, historic lighthouses, Gatbsy-era Gold Coast Mansions, championship golf courses and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

For air travel, the best way to get to Long Island is to fly into McArthur Airport, which will put you in the middle of Long Island, New York. Air travel is also available through JFK and LGA Airports in Queens, a borough of New York City. Long Island is also accessible via the Long Island Rail Road, Ferry Service or by road.

To arrive at Long Island after the airport, either drive by car or rideshare service or take the JFK AirTrain connecting the airport to the Long Island Rail Road at Jamaica Station for service to Long Island.

Long Island is served by two year-round ferry lines that cross the Long Island Sound, connecting Port Jefferson to Bridgeport and connecting New London and Orient Point. You can also travel between the North Fork and the South Fork of Long Island through Shelter Island via two short  ferry rides at Greenport or North Haven.

At 118 miles in length, it can take two to three hours without traffic to travel from Nassau County on the west end of Long Island to Montauk on the east end.

New York subway lines do not connect directly to Long Island. Take the subway to Penn Station to arrive at one of 124 Long Island stops.

There are 124 Long Island Rail Road connections across Long Island.

The total driving time from Manhattan, New York to Long Island, New York takes about 1 hour of driving to travel 47 miles into Long Island.

The Long Island Rail Road services New York City to Long Island with the Babylon, Hempstead, Long Beach, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma and West Hempstead Branches.

Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) flys into Islip and is serviced directly by Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines and American Airlines.

Long Island MacArthur Airport, ISP lands you directly to the region in Islip. Long Island is also easily accesible domestically and internationally through LGA and JFK airports.

Long Island is accesible through Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), JFK and LGA Airports in Queens, a borough of New York City and Newark Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.

Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip is the closest airport to the various areas of the Hamptons. East Hampton Airport is available for public use for helicpoters, private jets and seaplanes.

UBER, Lyft and other rideshare services are available throughout Long Island.

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