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Driving from New York to Atlantic City

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Driving from New York to Atlantic City

Hi all!

My wife and myself are planning to rent a car from LGA and drive to Atlantic City. Understand that the tolls can get quite expensive for the ride past Manhatten.

Would like to check with the experts if there's any way to avoid paying the more 'expensive' tolls for my trip? Thanks for the advice!

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1. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

Why are you picking up the rental car at LGA? Picking up the car on the New Jersey side will save you quite a bit of time, and probably something in tolls and rental charges as well.

Beyond that, there is really no good alternative to the New Jersey Turnpike and then the Garden State Parkway. You could reduce costs by a minor amount by not taking the Atlantic City Expressway for the final portion of the trip.

Definitely try to get an EZ Pass with the rental car. Life is much simpler when you're not endlessly looking for money to pay the various tolls.

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2. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

I see. Do you know how much would the toll cost from LGA to Atlantic? Thanks for the info!

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3. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

maps.;google.com

has a feature that allows you to reroute directions to avoid tolls but frankly I think it's ridiculous to worry about the cost of tolls when the much bigger cost is the rental car and gas. Tolls can't be more than ~$20 and probably less than that. If the car has an EZPass, you do pay reduced rates. Do you realize there are inexpensive buses that will take you to Atlantic City?

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4. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

How long will you be in NYC and how long do you want to go to Atlantic City??

I say take a bus, they refund most of the cost of the bus, by way of slot play at the casino.

Driving will take you about 2-1/2 hours each way and some nice change for gasoline. Gasoline is around $3.60 a gallon.

If its the weekend you are going, there is the ACES train that you can take if you would rather use a train.

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As someone who does this trip from Long Island (Western Nassau County) on a regular basis, I'd say the trip will take you 2 1/2 to 3 hrs depending on traffic. Depending on the time of the day there are several routes you can take. If you wish to avoid Manhattan then you can take the BQE down to the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge (the cash toll for that is $13 or $9.60 with the formerly mentioned E-Z Pass) take the bridge to Staten Island and the Staten Island Expressway to the Outerbridge Crossing ($8 toll only collected NY bound) and follow signs for the Garden State Parkway south. You are mile marker 127 at this point on the Garden State and the Atlantic City Expressway is at mile marker 138. There are various tolls on the Garden State ranging from 50 cents to $1 and again, if you have an EZ-Pass paying the toll is a lot easier than going through the toll booth.

If you are OK going through Manhattan, I'd take the BQE to the Long Island Expressway (I-495) west to the Midtown Tunnel ($6.50 cash $4.80 with the EZ-Pass) across town to the Lincoln Tunnel, to the NJ Turnpike South (an additional toll) to exit 11 which is the Garden State Parkway south.

As has been mentioned, there are other ways to get to Atlantic City, but if you want the car for access to other areas of the Jersey Shore then you will need to pay the toll! The only thing you'd save by renting in NJ is the toll to get off Long Island and the return toll back to NY from NJ and then the toll to get back on Long Island so about $21 cash.

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6. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

Great! Thanks so much for the info...the cost of toll is not so much a problem..i just want to get a sensing of it. Thanks!

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7. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

Small typo in Frank's excellent summary. Atlantic City Expressway is mile marker 38 (not 138)!

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Have you decided what stops you'll make en route? That might very well have a bearing on the route(s) you'd take; if you have lost the Atlantic City forum thread from last month that gave you suggestions, here it is :-)

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29750-i78-k464776…

I'll add that the stunning Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, is not much of detour from I-195 which connects exit 7A of the New Jersey Turnpike and exit 98 of the Garden State Parkway. If you have any interest in art or landscaping/gardens, this would be very worthwhile:

http://www.groundsforsculpture.org

tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g46487-d55…

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9. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

$3.60 a gallon in that area? Wow I wish our gas was that cheap here in the midwest. I also hear in NJ there is no such thing as you pump, they actually still pump the gas for you.

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10. Re: Driving from New York to Atlantic City

First, I have to correct myself, gas prices are around $3.90 a gallon.

FYI, Oregeon and New Jersey are the only two states in the United States that require attendents to pump gas. Crazy states!!!!!