Bergen County appeals to professionals because of the easy commute to New York City, a global center of jobs and business opportunities. Many residents work in the city, which can be reached in 45 minutes or less by car, train, bus, or ferry from Bergen County.
Commuting by Car
Car commuters use the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, which links Bergen County to Manhattan. The Lincoln Tunnel, in nearby Hudson County, also serves motorists who want to reach the city.
Drivers who commute within New Jersey benefit from an excellent network of roads that includes the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Interstates 80 and 287, U.S. Highways, New Jersey state highways, and the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The main local highways within the Bergen County area are Route 17 (north and south) and Route 4 (east and west) – Route 4 connects the George Washington Bridge and Route 17 which provides access to Bergen County’s northwestern towns.
Commuting by Train
Train service from New Jersey Transit serves residents on the Bergen County Line, the Erie Main Line and the Pascack Valley Line. Trains run to Hoboken Terminal, which connects riders with PATH trains to Manhattan, Jersey City and Newark. The nearby Secaucus Junction train station in Hudson County provides a one-stop connection to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan.
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Commuting by Bus
Bus service provided by New Jersey Transit and private companies connects commuters to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Buses also run within Bergen County and to other points in New Jersey from various locations within Bergen County itself.
Commuting by Ferry
Ferries operated by New York Waterways provide a scenic commute across the Hudson River to Manhattan. Ferries depart from Edgewater Landing in Bergen County and nearby Port Imperial/Weehawken in Hudson County, with destinations that include Midtown/West 39th Street, World Financial Center and Pier 11 / Wall Street in Manhattan.
For those who travel frequently on business or welcome guests and family members from abroad, Bergen County is conveniently located near the New York metropolitan area’s major airports.
The county is home to Teterboro Airport, the oldest operating airport in the New York City area, for those traveling within the region or making connections to larger national and international airports.
Newark Liberty International Airport in nearby Essex County serves as the major commercial airport for New Jersey. The airport can be reached easily by car or public transportation from Bergen County.
Also within reach for travelers are the two primary New York City airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. Their proximity makes Bergen County a home with unrivaled travel options for frequent fliers.
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Additional information is also available at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website.