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The Best Ferry Trips to New York City’s Nearby Beaches

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Updated: 7 September 2017

Move over, MTA: more than ever, New Yorkers are flocking to ferries as the best way to get to the city’s nearby beaches. These vessels, which boast low price tags, scenic commutes, and upscale amenities, are raising the bar for commuting in New York City. For a journey that feels like a vacation in itself, look no further than these eight ferry trips.

Staten Island Ferry

Shuttling 70,000 passengers every day and 22 million each year, New York City’s only free ferry is one of its favorites. A remnant of a now-defunct inter-borough ferry system, the Staten Island Ferry has stayed in style, thanks in part to the stellar views that the ride provides. On your way to Staten Island’s South Beach (located just a brief bus trip from the ferry’s St. George Terminal), take in views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline.

Sayville Ferry Service

Since 1894, New Yorkers have trusted Sayville Ferry Service as their go-to transportation to Fire Island. Come aboard at Sayville, Long Island to explore the beaches and wetlands of Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines, Water Island, and more. Tip: the vessel welcomes canine commuters too! Treat man’s best friend to a day trip for just $2.00 to $2.75.


For a journey so great that it rivals your destination, look no further than Seastreak. Billing itself as “the most civilized way” to get to places such as Sandy Hook Beach, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard, the multi-level vessel boasts a cash bar, satellite TV, and plush seating. Fares range from $27 to $175, a small price to pay for what may be the only enjoyable commute in New York City.

North Ferry Co., Inc.

Enjoy an upscale Long Island environment without the Hamptons price tag with the help of North Ferry Co. It provides transportation from Long Island’s North Fork to Shelter Island, and the service is a steal at just $2 each way.

NYC Ferry by Hornblower

Since launching in spring of 2017, the Rockaway route of NYC Ferry by Hornblower has revolutionized the way New Yorkers experience Rockaway Beach. Climb aboard in Lower Manhattan or Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and arrive right at the doors, or rather, shores, of Queens’ most beloved beach. With one-way tickets priced at just $2.75, this Rockaway-bound boat provides the same value of a subway ride with much better views.

Fire Island Ferries

Fire Island Ferries has been the local beachgoer’s pick for nearly 70 years, and with good reason: the system services seven towns of the remote Fire Island from New York City’s Bay Shore, Long Island. Popular with families, Fire Island is accessible for just $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Davis Park Ferry Co., Inc.

The family-owned and operated Davis Park Ferry Co., Inc. has been caring for—and carrying—its Long Island community for more than 60 years. Transportation to Fire Island’s seashore and family-friendly Davis Park can be snagged for just $9 from this maritime mainstay.

The South Ferry Company Inc.

Think a Hamptons getaway is out of your reach? Providing $1 passages from Shelter Island to Southampton, The South Ferry Company Inc. invites you to think again. From an oceanfront nature preserve to posh North Haven entertainment, the service allows passengers to experience all that Long Island has to offer.