This summer, skip the traffic on the LIE and instead step aboard the Sea Jitney for a scenic ferry ride. Seastreak has partnered with the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry and Hampton Jitney
for the new, convenient transportation method connecting New York City
, New Jersey, and Connecticut with Long Island. The ferry trip takes about two hours from the New York City to Port Jefferson Village and an hour from Port Jefferson to the Hamptons.
"Seastreak has been an innovator in introducing new ferry services from New York City to destinations such as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket," noted Jim Barker, President of Seastreak. "We are pleased to be partnering with Port Jefferson, Hampton Jitney and the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry to offer service between Manhattan, Port Jefferson and the Hamptons."
Starting Friday, May 22nd, the Sea Jitney, a seasonal weekend service, will transport passengers to and from these locations, with the Port Jefferson dock as the hub. Once in Port Jefferson, travelers can either travel east to the Hamptons via the Hampton Jitney bus service, west on the high-speed Seastreak ferry, or north across the Long Island Sound on the Port Jefferson - Bridgeport Ferry.
"This is an innovative idea that came from three established and respected area transportation companies working together to give people choices," shared Geoffrey Lynch, President of Hampton Jitney. "Sea Jitney service will give people a relaxing way to enjoy the East End and Port Jefferson."
The new service is geared towards weekend travel, with three departures from New York City and several departures from Bridgeport, CT on Fridays, and three returning departures from the East End on Sundays. A departure from New York City and Bridgeport is also scheduled for Saturdays. Travelers from Manhattan will depart at East 35th Street and travelers from New Jersey will depart from Highlands. The ferry will dock in Port Jefferson, where passengers can choose to explore the beautiful harbor-front village or decide to continue on to one of the Eastern Long Island stops in Calverton, Southampton, Sag Harbor or East Hampton.
"Sea Jitney is a game changer for people who travel between Connecticut and the Hamptons," expressed Fred Hall, Bridgeport Port Jefferson General Manager. "At 2 and half hours from Bridgeport to Southampton its shorter than going through NYC and much less stressful."
One-way fares range from $33 to $50, depending on origin and destination. Reservations and advance payment are required.
"We are confident customers will enjoy traveling in comfort and style through the beautiful Long Island Sound on our luxurious vessels equipped with high-end amenities like high-backed seating, a full bar and Wi-Fi service," said Barker.
For a complete schedule, visit hamptonjitney.com.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com