How to Get to the Hamptons: an Important Guide
Heading to the Hamptons (or other northeastern beach towns) from NYC this summer? From mobile party to unwind time, baller to budget, here’s four ways to get there.
Blade Helicopter or Seaplane
Destinations: The Hamptons, Fire Island (seaplane), Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, and new service to Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard.
Transit Time: 30 minutes to an hour for Hamptons destinations.
Amenities: Pre-boarding cocktails at the sleek Blade lounges with free Wi-Fi; newspapers, snacks, and sippy cups of rosé on the flight. Raining? A chauffeured Mercedes-Benz awaits.
Price: from $575.
Views: The sweeping Manhattan skyline, majestic Long Island bays, and cars stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Long Island Expressway.
Co-Passengers: Model types and finance guys Instagraming rap-video selfies (#blessed), celebrities, Blade babes (the nickname for the comely flight attendants).
Gotham Air Helicopter
Destinations: The Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Atlantic City.
Transit Time: 35 minutes to East Hampton.
Amenities: A fleet of new ultra-luxe Bell 407GX helis with triple-sized windows and Bose sound systems; BYOC (bring your own champagne) policy.
Price: From $525.
Views: The same horizon-stretching vistas as Blade.
Co-Passengers: CEOs, techies, and groups of summering couples.
Train (LIRR, Long Island Rail Road)
Destinations: Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk.
Transit Time: 2 to 3 hours, depending on the stop (book the express Cannonball train that runs on Friday and Sunday to cut down travel time).
Amenities: BYOB (grab your brown-bagged inebriant of choice at the Penn Station kiosks), power outlets that sometimes work, a seat if you score one before they fill up.
Price: Around $30 one-way, depending on the stop and peak times, or buy a ticket onboard for an extra $5.
Views: Hordes of people frantically rushing to grab seats, graffitied Queens walls, small Long Island hamlets, the cute stranger sitting next to you.
Co-Passengers: Tallboy quaffing Frat bros in tank tops, manicured girls clutching bottles of rosé, that questionable ex you dated a few summers ago.
The Jitney Bus
Destinations: Westhampton, Quogue, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Wainscott, Watermill, Napeague, Amangansett, Montauk.
Transit Time: 2 to 4.5 hours, depending on the stop and traffic, which is especially grisly on Friday.
Amenities: A guaranteed seat, free-but-spotty Wi-Fi, working power outlets, bottled water, snacks, and—the best part—peace and quiet (cellphone conversations are discouraged).
Price: $28 prepaid, $30 onboard.
Views: Endless traffic on the entry road Route 27, bikers and joggers passing you by, quaint East End towns.
Co-Passengers: Preppy couples sharing sandwiches, families with small children, retirees who own second homes, people reading Kindles and the Wall Street Journal.