Port Transportation: Getting to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Without a Car

If you’re needing transportation from area airports or hotels to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, then we have you covered.

The good news is that in a city with a mature transportation network like New York, you have a number of options in getting to the port. And if you’re overwhelmed with trying to get around the city, don’t worry, we have you covered with exactly how to get to the terminal without dealing with driving.


It’s difficult to top transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft when it comes to convenience. By downloading the app, you can call a car on demand, anywhere in the New York/New Jersey area. So even if you are flying into Newark or staying outside the city proper, you can still get a ride.

Unlike most cities across the country, rates for Uber/Lyft are roughly in line with their taxi counterparts, but it does depend on where you are coming from and where you are going. For example, if you are flying (or staying) in New Jersey and sailing from Manhattan, then you’ll be charged extra for your car going from New Jersey to New York. Uber charges $20 for going between the two states. Lyft charges $15 for passing between the two states.

Still, it’s hard to beat the convenience and high service level associated with these companies. Below, we’ve listed their estimated prices from the areas around town to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. (Note that the taxi fares include a customary 20% tip. Uber & Lyft prices do not. Uber doesn’t use tipping. Lyft makes it optional.)

Uber & Lyft prices to the Brooklyn cruise port

UberX – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
UberXL – Upgraded service, carrying up to six passengers in an SUV
Lyft – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
Lyft Plus – Service carrying up to six passengers

If you are considering using a rideshare service, be sure to read more details about them here.


When you think of New York, one of the most iconic images is of a person waiting on the side of a busy street hailing a yellow taxi. With around 15,000 taxis in the city alone, they are a popular (and highly visible) way to get around.

If you are coming from an area airport to the Brooklyn Terminal, then picking up a cab at the airport is easy as they all have taxi stations where you can hop in. Elsewhere in the city you can have your hotel call you a cab or simply go out and hail one like a local.

We’ve listed the estimated taxi fares from popular areas to the Brooklyn port in the chart above. As you can see, they are roughly in line with rideshare services, but a few dollars more (keep in mind these estimates for a taxi include a tip).

If you are interested in seeing the estimated fare from your specific location, visit this helpful page to calculate a fare.

Cruise Shuttles

The two most frequent visitors to the Brooklyn Terminal are Cunard Cruises (Queen Mary 2) and Princess Cruise Lines. Both offer shuttle service to the port.

For example, Princess offers shuttles between all three major airports (Newark, LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy) for $29 per person, each way. That’s actually a reasonable rate, however, it soars quickly since the rate is per person. If traveling with a larger group, we suggest other means to the port.

In general, cruise shuttle transfers aren’t your best deal getting to the port. First, it is expensive if traveling with more than just one or two people.. The rates shown above are per person. So a family of four is paying $29 each ($116) just to get to the cruise port, or $232 round-trip. Other options like Uber and taxis usually price based on the car, not the number of occupants.

Second, cruise transfers are extremely limited. In this case, they run only from area airports to the Brooklyn Terminal… and only on the day of sailing. So if you come in early or are staying at a hotel in the area, then the cruise line transfer isn’t a viable option.

Independent Shuttles/Car Services

If you are traveling with a larger group to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, then your best bet is likely to look for an independent shuttle or private car service. These providers can offer private service to the port, usually for less per person than a taxi or other service, assuming you have seven or more passengers.

To be frank, the number of shuttles and car services in the New York area is extremely high. That means we can’t list them all here. Instead, we’ve rounded up a sample list of area companies to give you a good start to go from.

The prices quoted by these companies can vary widely depending on what sort of service you need and exactly where you are coming from. However, as a general rule expect it to be a better value the larger a group you need to transport. Be sure to shop around before selecting a service as it can save you considerable money.

One other thing to keep in mind is that the prices you are quoted won’t include gratuity, which can add on another 15-20% to your fare.


Public Transportation

If you want to, then you can take public transportation to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, but it will take some time and walking.

The bus that serves the port is B61. Unless you are staying along the bus line, you’ll want to catch the bus in downtown Brooklyn. The Jay Street – MetroTech Station is served by the A, C, F, N, and R lines, allowing you to transfer to the B61 bus.

While cheap, riding public transportation can be a little confusing for first timers, and stressful when you are trying to carry your bags for a cruise. You can check out the information about the B61 route and riding the bus here to help you get comfortable.

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  1. Try to get from NY port authority to Brooklyn cruise terminal. I have 4 adults, 2 scooters and 4 pieces of luggage. Could I please have a quote. Will be arriving T the port authority on May 21 st


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