How to Get From Westchester to Manhattan

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Traveling from Westchester to Manhattan can be a breeze, or it can be a frustrating nightmare. A lot of this depends what time of day you go, and the morning rush hour -- or rush hours -- can be a killer. You can plan ahead to help make your jaunt a bit easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Metro-North ticket (optional)
  • Metro-North schedule (optional)
  • Map of Manhattan
  • Take the train if you can. The Metro-North railroad runs on two lines in Westchester; both travel from north to south. The Hudson line runs along the Hudson River on the western side of Westchester, while the Harlem line runs through the central/eastern portion of the county. The trains run often, usually more than three times an hour during peak travel times, although this can depend on the station you are leaving from. Both train lines arrive at Grand Central Station, on East 42nd Street in Manhattan.

  • Consult a map. If you decide to drive, look at a map of Manhattan to determine where your destination is. If you're going to the west side of Manhattan, take the Saw Mill River Parkway, which turns into the Henry Hudson Parkway, and then turns into the West Side Highway.

  • Drive across the Triborough Bridge. If you're driving to the east side of Manhattan, consider taking I-95 South to the Triborough Bridge. The Triborough connects the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan, and can be a quick way to get from borough to borough to borough -- hence its name. The Triborough will lead you to FDR Drive, which runs along the east side of Manhattan.

  • Do your best to travel during off-peak times. In the morning, the roads and trains are most congested from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Mondays through Friday. Naturally, the congestion gets worse the closer you get to Manhattan, so plan accordingly and leave yourself plenty of time if you must travel during these times.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't forget about the tolls. If you don't have an EZ Pass, the lines at the tollbooths can be extremely long, even during non-peak travel times. Be sure you have enough cash on hand and enough time.

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  • Photo Credit http://www.mtgfoundation.com/2007/04/westchester-county-housing-market-adjusts-to-06-dropoff.html, http://www.new-york-city-apartment.net/manhattan_map_nyc_apartments.gif
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