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Atlantic City Transportation

Getting There

Airport
Atlantic City’s international airport is located about 12 miles away from the city center. Technically, it sits in Egg Harbor Township, but it mainly serves Atlantic City. The main carrier is Spirit Airlines, flying in mostly from Florida and Chicago, but with recently added service from Boston and Detroit. Private planes can also fly into Atlantic City, but most air travelers touch down at Philadelphia's airport, which is an easy, hour drive to Atlantic City. There are flights to Philly's international hub from just about every major U.S. city, making it an easy alternative to the smaller Atlantic City spot.
Train
Both Amtrak and NJ Transit run frequent trains into Atlantic City. NJ Transit runs commuter trains up and down the shore and into inner New Jersey headed toward Newark's Penn Station. It also operates express service from New York City on the ACES train.
Bus
The Lucky Streak buses run by Greyhound pour into Atlantic City from all over the Northeast, making it an easy and affordable transportation method—plus many casinos will comp you bus fare if you gamble with them. Klein Transportation also runs casino bus tours from Pennsylvania, other parts of New Jersey, and New England. There are many discount bus companies making round trips from New York and Washington, D.C., but the upkeep and safety standards of these cut-rate companies are not to be trusted.
Boat/Ferry
Pull your yacht right into Atlantic City's marina district near the Borgata or Donald Trump's Marina hotel and dock in style. If you rent a slip at the Trump Marina you can tie up and then head inside to gamble. Right next door there's the Frank S. Farley State Marina, which has 640 boat slips available to rent. 

Getting Around

Public Transit
Atlantic City transportation is limited to a public bus system. Most folks eschew that in favor of jumping on the jitneys that run along the major beach routes. It's equally easy to get around by walking, biking, taxis or driving a car—although many casinos also offer free shuttles between their hotels and major boardwalk attractions. While you're on the boardwalk, don't miss a ride in a Rolling Chair. These cute, two- or three-passenger seats on wheels are pushed by an attendant and will take you anywhere you want to go on the nearly 5-mile boardwalk. Expect to pay $5 for two people for five blocks.

Useful information about the metro: While Atlantic City public transportation options do not include an underground metro system -- mostly because the sandy land the city is built on isn't stable enough to sustain it -- Atlantic City does have its own unique way of getting around: Jitneys, which are like mini-public buses.

 

·       Jitneys, which hold up to 13 passengers, travel the whole city from Jackson Avenue to Pacific Avenue

·       Jitneys run 24 hours a day 365 days a year

·       Jitney stops originate one block from the boardwalk at Pacific Avenue. There are four different routes: #1, pink line, #2, Blue, #3 Green, and #4, Orange.

·       The fare for a single ride is $2.25

·       Jitney is an old slang word for nickel, which was the original jitney fare

Taxis
Cheap and fairly convenient, taxis are easily found in Atlantic City outside the major casinos and the downtown Convention Center. You can't hail a cab in the street, however, but most get them at designated pick-up/drop-off spots. The maximum cost of a taxi ride in Atlantic City for up to five people is $13, not including tip.
Driving
Atlantic City driving remains a cheap and convenient option. Before you rent a car, though, but keep in mind you're really only moving around an 11-mile or so stretch of territory. Most people drive into the city, then stick their cars in one of the nearly two-dozen parking garages scattered about. All the casinos have ample parking open to anyone coming to gamble. Other parking lots are near the Convention Center in city center and the boardwalk.
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