TIP: Getting to the Hamptons from NYC

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TIP: Getting to the Hamptons from NYC

Heading to The Hamptons this summer? Be sure to check out our Hamptons calendar for exclusive Hamptons events. While you are in the Hamptons, plan a trip to Wölffer Estate Vineyard or consider staying at The Southampton Inn.

But first, you have to get there! Let our cheat sheet will help you decide which mode of travel works best for you, your time & your budget.


Jet Smarter

JetSmarter members helicopter free to the Hamptons

JetSmarter has been taking off amongst Hollywood's most notable celebrities, as it's known as the go-to mobile app for booking private jets on a whim. Membership is priced at $9,000 annually.

Now JetSmarter lets you hop a chopper to the Hamptons. Start your weekend sooner with JetSmarter Helicopter Services. Skip the outbound traffic and get your summer fix on faster with a swift helicopter ride to the Hamptons.

Arrive fashionably early on a new Bell 407 or Bell 407-GX. JetSmarter members fly in style roundtrip with scheduled heli-shuttles to- and from Manhattan at no cost. While other companies force you to fly on older choppers, you’ll be flying on some of the most advanced aircraft of today.

Price: $9000 annual membership
Travel Time: 35 mins
What's Trending: @jetsmarter


BLADE offers regularly scheduled flights between The Hamptons from Manhattan.

BLADE offers three different tiers of helicopters, distinguished by speed and comfort. Our standard service operates on Eurocopter A-Stars, followed by BLADE XCEL, Bell 407s, which allow us to offer earlier flights during noise-restricted hours at East Hampton Airport, and culminating with BLADE Agusta, known as the fastest helicopter to the Hamptons, which offers service to Southampton in as little as 22 minutes from Manhattan.

Check out the app, and either purchase a seat on an already existing flight. Seats range in price from $495-$1,250. Or launch your own crowdsourced flight. Fly at the time of your choosing and sell unused seats to the community. Learn more about how crowdsourcing works. You can also charter your own private flight.

Price: $495-$1250 per seat
Travel Time: 22-35 mins
What's Trending: @flybladenow #flyblade

Gotham Air

The Gotham Air team ensures that our guests have every travel need taken care of with the utmost level of professionalism and care. We are dedicated to exceeding all of your expectations while providing you with the fastest, safest, and most comfortable means of helicopter transportation. From family trips to business meetings, Gotham Air makes helicopter travel in the northeast fast, easy and reliable.

Price: $450-$3200 per seat
Travel Time: 22-35 mins
What's Trending: @gothamair



Shoreline Aviation

During the summer season Shoreline Aviation provide regular seaplane service between New York City (from the 23rd Street Seaplane Base in Manhattan) and The Hamptons and Shelter Island. Charter flights are available to the resort destinations of the Northeast including Newport, RI, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Chesapeake Bay, the Adirondacks, and the lakes and harbors of New England. Taking a seaplane to your vacation destination is convenient and saves you precious time.

Price: $595 per person or $3695 for the whole aircraft (fits 9)
Travel Time: 35 mins


In addition to their choppers, BLADE also offers its BLADE Aqua seaplane service to East Hampton, Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island. BLADE Aqua is available on a by-the-seat, crowdsourced, or charter basis.

Price: $495-$1250 per seat
Travel Time: 22-35 mins
What's Trending: @flybladenow #flyblade

Fly The Whale

After too many frustrating drives to the Hamptons and far too many hours on I-95, creating first-class, hassle-free routes to all of our favorite destinations seemed like a no-brainer to us- especially with that beautiful airstrip called the East River sitting right there! And while our mission is fun, our operation is all business. We fly state-of-the-art aircraft piloted by the industry’s best-trained pilots.

All of our flights are operated in strict accordance with Federal Aviation Administration Part 135 regulations. If we must cancel a flight due to inclement weather or maintenance issues, we will refund your fare. The only thing more important to us than offering efficient service to your destination is our unwavering commitment to getting you there safely. Welcome to travel as you’ve never known it. Welcome to Fly The Whale.

Price: $550-3700 per seat
Travel Time: 35 mins
What's Trending: @flythewhale

Sound Aircraft

Sound Aircraft offers shared or private helicopter and seaplane charters which arrive/depart all NYC heliports and the 23rd Street Seaplane Base on the East River.

Price: $550-3700 per seat
Travel Time: 35 mins



Linear Air Taxi

Linear Air Taxi can fly you directly to and from regional airports across the country. Avoid the extravagance of private jet charters, and experience the same benefits: your own plane, no crowds, no security lines – quite simply, no hassles. Just an easy, pleasant experience.

Sign up for email alerts to receive $100 of your first flight.

Price: Approximately $1500+ per person
Travel Time: 45 mins


Get to Route 27 East (Sunrise Highway or Montauk Highway) - the only way in and out of the Hamptons.

Rent from zipcar.com or gothamdreamcars.com. You can also hire a private driver via uber.com or eastendlimousine.com.

Price: Gas & toll or cost of rental or cost of car service (Approximately $300 for car service)
Travel Time: 1.5 hours+ (traffic will greatly affect your travel time). Distance from Manhattan to East Hampton is approximately 105 miles.



The Hampton Jitney

The Hampton Jitney is by far the most popular and most enduring bus line.

Hampton Jitney is a pioneer in the transportation field. In 1974, Hampton Jitney started with one van and a commitment to providing the finest personalized transportation service between Eastern Long Island (The Hamptons) and Metropolitan New York.

You must make a Jitney reservation first and advise them of your connection schedule. They will arrange for transportation from the airport to the Jitney airport connection stop. The buses are very comfortable, with luggage racks, air-conditioned, tray tables and they serve refreshments.

The Amabassador Service (slightly more expensive than the main bus service, is equipped with plush extra wide seats, and electric power outlets for your laptop. The Jitney also provides free WiFI service via Wi-Ran (Wireless Rolling Area Network) which makes it easy to stay in touch with your laptops, tablets and other gadgets.

Price: $35 each way or buy a book of tickets at a discount
Travel Time: 2.5 hours+ (traffic & their stops will greatly affect your travel time).
What's Trending: @hamptonjitney

Hampton Luxury Liner

The Hampton Luxury Liner offers: Luxury reclining leather seat; Extra Leg room; Outlets and USB at every seat; Wifi; Movie selection can watch on personal devices; Magazine collection; Complimentary snacks and bottled water; Mood and reading lights; Rear Galley; Carpeted floors; Rear Galley; Shades and Restroom. Reserve online.

Price: $3
5 each way or buy a book of tickets at a discount
Travel Time: 2.5 hours+ (traffic & their stops will greatly affect your travel time).
What's Trending: @hampluxliner

By Train

The Long Island Rail Road connects Manhattan to Montauk. Their Cannonball service is direct with no stops before the Hamptons (offered Fridays & Sundays only). Reservations for all trains is highly recommended. The train stations are centrally located so you can walk to the center of each village.

Price: $20-47 each way
Travel Time: 2.5 hours+ (traffic & their stops will greatly affect your travel time).
What's Trending: @MTA