New York to Cape May by Bus

Posted 07/20/05
by Jane Kashlak

CAPE MAY, N.J.– I got an email the other day from a New Yorker who wanted to know if New Jersey transit buses go from New York to Cape May.

A simple yes would have done it, but the question took me back to the Port Authority on a Friday night, a few years ago, waiting in line for a bus that would get me out of the city and to Cape May.

Suddenly, I had an overwhelming urge to analyze NJ Transit's latest NYC schedule. (See on the right)

Even former commuters get a rush when they find the express bus in the crowd. I was positively ecstatic when I discovered you could shave as much as an hour and a half off the trip between NYC and Cape May.

It's all in when you leave.

When to leave NYC

If you can take off a weekday (or two), take the 7:30AM bus out of the Port Authority - it will get you to Cape May in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

If you can't leave NYC until Saturday, pass up the super early buses and wait for the 9:15AM - it takes only 3 hours and 49 minutes to get to Cape May!

When to leave Cape May

There's no doubt about it, Sunday is the best day for traveling from Cape May to New York.

You have two choices: either the 11:20AM or the 4:20PM. Both take just 3 hours and 49 minutes to get to New York.

(There are later buses, if you just can't pull yourself away from the beach. But the last bus of the evening takes more than 5 hours to roll into the PA. )

Suggestions

Personally, I would take Friday off and jump on the 7:30AM bus out of the Port Authority. I'd take the 4:20PM bus back on Sunday afternoon.

If I were coming for a week, I'd jump on the 9:15AM bus either Saturday or Sunday.

I'd catch any bus going back to the city the following weekend. After a week in Cape May, who pays attention to things like bus schedules anyway.

 

Related Info..
 

Summer 2005 NJ Transit From New York:

Weekdays
Leaves New York
Arrives in Cape May
7:30AM 11:50AM (4hrs 20min)
9:30AM 2:10PM
10:30AM 3:50PM
2:30PM 7:50PM
5:45PM 10:34PM
   
Saturday
Leaves New York
Arrives in Cape May
7:00AM 11:49AM
7:30AM 12:50PM
9:15AM 1:04PM
(3hrs 49min)
10:30AM 3:50PM
2:30PM 7:50PM
   
Sunday
Leaves New York
Arrives in Cape May
7:00AM 11:49AM
7:30AM 12:50PM
9:15AM 1:04PM
(3hrs 49min)
10:30AM 3:50PM
2:30PM 7:50PM

Summer 2005 NJ Transit From Cape May:

Weekdays
Leaves Cape May
Arrives in New York
8:42AM 1:35PM
11:18AM 4:35PM
4:18PM 9:35PM
5:42PM 10:35PM
   
Saturday
Leaves Cape May
Arrives in New York
9:42AM 2:35PM
11:18AM 4:35PM
3:18PM 8:35PM
5:42PM 10:35PM
   
Sunday
Leaves Cape May
Arrives in New York
9:47AM 2:35PM
11:20AM 3:09PM
(3hrs 49min)
11:23AM 4:35PM
1:20PM 5:09PM
3:23PM 8:35PM
4:20PM 8:09PM
(3hrs 49min)
5:47PM 10:35PM
7:23PM 12:35PM
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