How to Get to Williamsburg Brooklyn from Manhattan NYC
East River Ferry
The East River Ferry is a fun and convenient way to travel between Manhattan and Williamsburg, as well as other parts of Brooklyn and Queens. It’s a short 15-minute boat ride from Manhattan to North Williamsburg. The ferry dock on the Brooklyn side sits along a lovely stretch of waterfront greenery with a pedestrian boardwalk. Plan some time to relax on the boardwalk pier and take in the spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. The boats depart about every 30 minutes during peak hours, and every 60 minutes during off-peak hours. The cost is $4 per ride on weekdays and $6 on weekends, and a dollar extra to transport your bike. Tickets can be bought at the machine on the ferry landing.
Ferry Entrance Addresses:
E. 34th Street Landing (FDR Drive at E. 35th Street)
North Williamsburg Landing (Brooklyn waterfront at N. 6th Street)
Wall Street Ferry Landing (Pier 11, South Street between Wall Street and Gouverneur Lane)
Schedules and downloads of the free mobile app are available on the East Ferry web site.
From Manhattan, it’s just a short subway ride (10–15 min) to Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue stop on the L subway line. This line runs across Manhattan along 14th Street, easily connecting you with the young and dynamic neighborhoods of Chelsea, Union Square, the East Village, and then Williamsburg. The Bedford Avenue stop has two exits, one on the corner of Bedford Avenue and N. 7th Street (which will put you in the heart of Bedford Avenue’s main drag), and one on the corner of Driggs Avenue and N. 7th Street.
You can also take the J/M/Z lines between Manhattan and South Williamsburg. This line runs above ground over the Williamsburg Bridge, providing nice views of the East River and skyline. The J/M/Z line easily connects the Manhattan neighborhoods of Wall Street, Chinatown, Soho, and the Lower East Side with Williamsburg. After you cross the bridge to Brooklyn, exit at the Marcy Avenue stop. This puts you on Broadway between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue. This immediate area, under the elevated train underpass, may not seem very appealing, but it’s only a few blocks to get to a more happening part of Williamsburg.
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If you want to take a taxi from Manhattan to the Williamsburg area, there are a few factors you should consider. If you are in downtown Manhattan, the ride should be fairly quick, around 15–20 minutes in good traffic, and therefore run you about $15. If you are in midtown or uptown Manhattan, or traveling at rush hour, you can expect the ride to take more like 30–40 minutes, and cost upwards of $25-30. In those cases, you may want to take the subway instead.
If you want to take a taxi from Williamsburg, look around for a green “borough” taxi or a regular yellow cab. Locals in Brooklyn often call to request a car service (or livery cab) instead. These cars are very comfortable, often town cars or SUVs, and are prompt and reliable. They do not charge based on cab meters, so you will should agree to a flat rate with the driver before you begin your trip. The charge is usually about $20 to downtown Manhattan.
Northside Car Service
(If you do not have a phone, you can stop by their dispatch office on Bedford Ave between N. 5th and N. 6th Streets.)
How to Get to Williamsburg Brooklyn from the Airport
Taxis are the easiest and most pleasant way to travel from the airports. If you can afford it, this is the way to go, especially if you are traveling with heavy luggage.
LaGuardia Airport: This is the closest airport to Brooklyn. In good traffic conditions, a taxi from here can take as little as 15 minutes. During rush hour, it might take closer to 30 minutes. (About $25)
JFK International Airport: The next closest option. A taxi ride from there will probably take about 30–45 minutes in good traffic. (About $45)
Newark Airport: Travel from here takes longer because you have to drive into and across Manhattan and then out to Brooklyn. It can take 60–90 minutes. (About $60)
Near the taxi line, you will also find various shuttle vans, like NYC Airporter, that for a low rate, offer transport between the airports and Manhattan’s Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal.
AirTrains from JFK and Newark Airports are another option. They are inexpensive ($7 from JFK to Manhattan and $15 from Newark to Manhattan). They may be a good option during rush hour, especially for Newark. However, some of the connections may be confusing and may end up taking longer.