Transportation between Manhattan and the cruise ports of New York

Looking for transportation between Manhattan and New York’s cruise ports? What are the best, quickest and easiest options? If you’re boarding a cruise in New York, it’s quite a good idea to add a few days to your trip to explore the city itself. You’ll be there anyway!

There are three different cruise ports in New York: the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey. For each of these ports, I’ve explained the best means of transportation between these ports and Manhattan below.

When I mention ‘hotel’, I mean a Manhattan hotel, or any other place in Manhattan for that matter. Would you like go to a different part of the city? Then use the car service, mentioned below, as well. You can use this step-by-step plan for any New York address.

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

The Manhattan Cruise Terminal is located right in the city centre, which makes it very easy. Grab one of the many cabs driving around, to take you to the terminal. At the terminal itself you’ll also find plenty of cabs to take you to your destination in New York City.

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is situated at about the same latitude as Governors Island and you can get there with a taxi. Another similar but cheaper option, however, is car service with a driver.

Follow the steps below to book your transport:

From Terminal to Hotel

  1. Fill in the terminals address under the first drop down menu (‘From’):
    1. Area/state: Brooklyn
    2. Town/section: Red Hook, BK
    3. Building#: 72
    4. Street name: Bowne Street
  2. Select ‘New York (hotels)’ from the second drop down menu (‘To’), then select your hotel from the list. Isn’t your hotel listed or do you have another destination? Choose ‘New York (Manhattan)’ and manually enter the address you want to go to.
  3. Enter the date, pick-up time and the number of passengers. Tip: The more people you share the car service with, the cheaper the individual price becomes. The difference can be quite substantial!
  4. Choose the car you like. You’ll see the price right away. Note that tips and tolls are additional.
  5. Enter your personal details and choose your form of payment. I recommend to choose the “cash” option, then you pay the driver in cash.
  6. Enter your phone number and make sure to enter your phone number again at ‘Special Requests’. Do it the international way this time, starting with your country code (0044), immediately followed by the number 7 (skipping the preceding 0). Example: ‘Hello, my phone number is 0044 7X XXX XXX XX.’
  7. Confirm your order and check if you’ve received the confirmation email.

From Hotel to Terminal

  1. Select ‘New York (hotels)’ from the first drop down menu (‘From’), then select your hotel from the list. Is your hotel not listed or do you have another point of departure? Choose ‘New York (Manhattan)’ and manually enter the address you want to depart from.
    1. Fill in the terminal’s address under the second drop down menu (‘To’):
    2. Area/state: Brooklyn
    3. Town/section: Red Hook, BK
    4. Building#: 72
    5. Street name: Bowne Street
  2. Enter the date, pick-up time and the number of passengers. Tip: The more people you share the car service with, the cheaper the individual price becomes. The difference can be quite substantial!
  3. Choose the car you like. You’ll see the price right away. Note: tips and tolls are additional!
  4. Enter your personal details and choose your form of payment. I recommend the ‘cash’ for example, you’ll pay cash to the driver.
  5. Enter your phone number and make sure to enter your phone number again at ‘Special Requests’. Do it the international way this time, starting with your country code (0044), immediately followed by the number 7 (skipping the preceding 0). Example: ‘Hello, my phone number is 0044 7X XXX XXX XX.’
  6. Confirm your order and check if you’ve received the confirmation email.

Cape Liberty Cruise Port (New Jersey)

Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey is such a long distance from Manhattan, I certainly don’t recommend taking a taxi. The taxi driver is allowed to charge you a special, premium price since the taxi has to cross state borders. You could easily end up paying double.

I personally would choose a car service with a driver: it’s the same idea as taking a cab, only cheaper. If you book it in advance, it’ll be cheaper than booking it on the spot.

From Port to Hotel

  1. Fill in the port’s address under the first drop down menu (‘From’):
    1. Area/state: New Jersey State
    2. Town/section: Bayonne, NJ
    3. Building#: 14
    4. Street name: Port Terminal Blvd
    5. Zip code: 07002
  2. Select ‘New York (hotels)’ from the second drop down menu (‘To’), then select your hotel from the list. Isn’t your hotel listed or do you have another destination? Choose ‘New York (Manhattan)’ and manually enter the address you want to go to.
  3. Enter the date, pick-up time and the number of passengers. Tip: The more people you share the car with, the cheaper the individual price becomes.
  4. Choose the car you like. You’ll see the price right away. Note that tips and tolls are additional.
  5. Enter your personal details and choose your form of payment. I recommend the “cash” option which means you pay the driver directly
  6. Enter your phone number and make sure to enter your phone number again at ‘Special Requests’. Do it the international way this time, starting with your country code (0044), immediately followed by the number 7 (skipping the preceding 0). Example: ‘Hello, my phone number is 0044 7X XXX XXX XX.’
  7. Confirm your order and check if you’ve received the confirmation email.

From Hotel to Port

  1. Select ‘New York (hotels)’ from the first drop down menu (‘From’), then select your hotel from the list. Isn’t your hotel listed or do you have another point of departure? Choose ‘New York (Manhattan)’ and manually enter the address you want to depart from.
    1. Fill in the port’s address under the second drop down menu (‘To’):
    2. Area/state: New Jersey State
    3. Town/section: Bayonne, NJ
    4. Building#: 14
    5. Street name: Port Terminal Blvd
    6. Zip code: 07002
  2. Enter the date, pick-up time and the number of passengers. Tip: The more people you share the car service with, the cheaper the individual price becomes.
  3. Choose the car you like. You’ll see the price right away. Note tips and tolls are additional.
  4. Enter your personal details and choose your form of payment. I would choose the “cash” option which means you pay the driver directly
  5. Enter your phone number and make sure to enter your phone number again at ‘Special Requests’. Do it the international way this time, starting with your country code (0044), immediately followed by the number 7 (skipping the preceding 0). Example: ‘Hello, my phone number is 0044 7X XXX XXX XX.’
  6. Confirm your order and check if you’ve received the confirmation email.

Read more about transportation between airports and cruise terminals in New York here

Explore Manhattan before or after a cruise

If you have just arrived in Manhattan and your cruise is either about to end or to start, why not take the opportunity and explore New York a little closer. Even if you only have a couple of hours to spare, there are ways to make the most of it. Why not book a private chauffeur who will be your guide and drive you around. You will see some of the best sights of New York with the chauffeur as your guide.

Your chauffeur will pick you up from the port you arrived at. Alternatively if you are about to embark on a cruise, your chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the port at the end of the day. You will be back on time at the end of the day. Also if you need to cancel this tour due to your cruise being delayed, you will be refunded. A stress free way to make the most of the few hours in New York.

Book a private tour of New York to/from cruise port here

Transfer between Manhattan and cruise ports

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