No matter which way you prefer to commute, Port Imperial has you covered.
There are several options for transportation just steps away from your door. These include the NY Waterway Ferry, NJ Transit Bus Service, and theNJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.
NY Waterway Ferry
The NY Waterway Ferry Terminal is home to the “The Civilized Commute” via the scenic ferry ride to Midtown and Downtown New York City located right in the heart of Port Imperial. Rain or shine, hopping on is as simple as downloading the NY Waterway app onto your mobile device— after a few taps to purchase a ticket,you’re queuing up to get on the next scheduled trip. Once aboard, you’ll find a relaxing ride that ends perhaps a little too quickly, zipping you across the Hudson River into the hustle and bustle of the city.
The convenience doesn’t end there! Once you disembark, you will find shuttles to help you get across town at no extra cost to you. The ferry can also accommodate personal bicycles for an additional fee.
Port Imperial Ferries service three major ports in New York City:
Midtown Manhattan (West 39th street)
The Midtown Ferry runs seven days a week, with extended service until 1AM on Friday and Saturday nights to accommodate your night out in the city. With this option, you should arrive in less than ten minutes!
Pier 11 (Wall Street)
The Pier 11Ferry arrives in Port Imperial as early as 6AM and takes about twenty minutes to get to Wall Street. The same ferry gets you home in time for dinner (as late as 8PM) Monday through Friday.
Brookfield Place (Battery Park City)
The Battery Park City Ferry has both rush hour weekday service as well as weekend service. During rush hour in the mornings, the ride into the City takes about fifteen minutes.The afternoon ride into the City will take about thirty minutes. On weekends, the first ferry to Battery Park City leaves at 10AM, and runs every hour until 7PM, with the last departing ride from Battery Park City at 6:35PM. On weekends, the Battery Park City Ferry offers a discounted rate for one-way fares.
While tickets can be purchased in the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, there is the more convenient option of using the NY Waterway app.
Using the App
The NY Waterway app is available in both the IOS App Store and Android Play Store from ByteMark.
Inside this app, you will have several menu options including real time departures from your destination.
The Buy Tickets option gives you the ability to purchase one-way, round-trip and even monthly passes to whichever route is most convenient for you.
The Schedules options tells you what is available from where you are in real time.
There is also a map provided under Route Maps to help with deciding which ferry route is appropriate for the desired destination.
Additionally,the app includes a Bus Locator option to locate where the shuttles are at any given time.
The Ferry Terminal
From the surrounding area, getting to The Port Imperial Ferry Terminal is a breeze with several options available, including 24-hour parking, NJ Transit Bus Lines 23, 156, 158 and 159, as well as free shuttles provided by NY Waterway that service several waterfront communities.
The shuttles run when the ferries are in service. During peak times they run every ten minutes, and while off-peak they run every twenty minutes. The NY Waterway shuttles have several different routes that cover all of Port Imperial.
The Intra-Site South shuttles cover The Brownstones, Henley on Hudson and Rivers Edge.
The Blvd East shuttle goes up to Gorge Road from the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal via Boulevard East.
Weehawken also provides a shuttle to the Ferry Terminal that services lower Weehawken, starting from Troy Towers (complementary to Weehawken residents).
NJ Transit Bus and Light Rail
NJ Transit provides both Bus and LightRail services in Port Imperial that connect commuters to New York Port Authority Bus Terminal and several locations within New Jersey.
NJ Transit also provides a seamless commuter experience by allowing transfers between different types of transportation, as long as you have the right level of zones covered in a monthly pass. For Port Imperial riders, this means you can ride both the Bus and Light Rail with a 2-zone monthly pass!
The NJ TRANSIT App is built for both Android and iOS devices, and features a revamped user interface for easier navigation and quick access to tickets and passes.
The app is free to use and can accept several methods of payment including Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, credit or debit cards.
Just make sure to keep your phone charged! NJ Transit will require you to purchase a physical ticket in the event that you can’t show your mobile ticket.
NJ Transit Bus
Port Imperial is on the NJ Transit Bus map for key bus routes 23, 156, 158 and 159R. Boarding a bus is as simple as waving one down at the designated bus stops or in front of the Ferry Terminal and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station in Port Imperial and showing proof of payment to the driver.
Proof of payment can be in the form of a mobile ticket using the NJTransit App, a physical ticket that can be purchased from any TVM (Ticket Vending machine) or cash (some lines are exact fare only). Fare prices depend on how many zones you are crossing to get to your destination. NJ Transit also offers monthly passes as well as discounted trips.
Bus Route 23 is a limited bus service within New Jersey from North Bergen to Hoboken passing through Port Imperial. Please note, this is an exact fare line.
Routes 156, 158 and 159R all go into New York City via the Lincoln Tunnel into the Port Authority Bus Terminal giving you an easy transition into the MTA Subway. When boarding a bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a ticket must be already purchased prior to boarding— the drivers will not accept cash onboard, only physical/electronic tickets. When boarding from New Jersey, these full-service lines will take cash and make change but will not take anything larger than $20. Exact fare is always appreciated.
The 156 goes into Englewood Cliffs through Port Imperial and Fort Lee.
The 158 is a full-service line that goes through Port Imperial and up to Fort Lee,passing through several waterfront communities along the New Jersey Gold Coast.
The 159R is an express service that runs from Port Authority Bus Terminal into Port Imperial via Boulevard East. This route stops at both Ferry and Light Rail Stations before heading up River Road towards Bulls Ferry. The final stop is in Fort Lee. This service is limited to rush hour during weekdays with a few buses on Saturdays for Port Imperial.
Hudson Go Pass
NJ Transit has also partnered with NY Waterway to provide the Hudson Go pass for riders using the 156R*, 158 and 159R lines to connect to Port Imperial Ferry and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, all for one low monthly rate.
NJ Transit Light Rail
NJ Transit services Port Imperial with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line that traverses several cities including Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen. With our very own station only a short walk away fromthe Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, this environmentally friendly electric train ride is the way to go for a unique experience along the Gold Coast. With commutes starting as early as 5AM on weekdays and ending at 1 AM, getting a ride is a breeze. The Light Rail runs every ten minutes during rush hour service and every twenty any other time; on weekends, service starts around 6 AM and ends around 1AM.
From Port Imperial, you can take the weekday southbound LightRail to Hoboken to transfer to other major transportation options such as the PATH, NJ Transit Rail and MetroNorth. The southbound LightRail to West Side Avenue runs daily throughout Jersey City’s major areas of commerce such as Newport, Harborside Financial Center and Exchange Place.
All Light Rail stations are ‘Prepaid Fare Zones’, meaning you must have proofofpayment before you board the Light Rail. Proof must be provided upon request from NJ Transit Fare Enforcement officers. Physical one-way and 10-trip tickets have to be stamped at the Ticket Vending Machine area and are valid for a single ride in one continuous direction. Violators are subjected to a fine. Other acceptable forms of payment are LightRail monthly pass, 2-zone (or higher) Bus monthly pass, 2-zone (or higher) Rail monthly pass and the Hudson Go Pass.
No matter which way you prefer to get around, Port Imperial has plenty of options. Safe Travels and don’t forget to charge your phone if you are using mobile tickets!
All information subject to error. Schedules, rates and fares subject to change as per NJ Transit and NY Waterway Ferry.