Port Transportation: Getting to the Cape Liberty Cruise Port Without a Car

Flying into New York for your cruise? Or maybe you simply don’t want to deal with the headache and expense of dealing with parking your car. No matter the reason, if you’re needing transportation from area airports or hotels to Cape Liberty, 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 from the city to Cape Liberty.

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As for convenience, it’s hard to beat transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft. By downloading the app, you can call a car on demand, anywhere in the New York/New Jersey area.

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 York state and sailing from Cape Liberty, then you’ll be charged extra for your car going from New York to New Jersey. 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 services. Below, we’ve listed their estimated prices from the areas around town. (Note that the taxi fares include a 20% tip. Uber & Lyft prices do not. Uber doesn’t use tipping. Lyft makes it optional.)

Estimated fares to Cape Liberty with Uber/Lyft

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 Cape Liberty, 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.

You can see the estimated taxi fare from popular areas to Cape Liberty in the chart above. If you are interested in seeing the estimated fare from your specific location, visit this helpful page to calculate a fare.

Cruise Line Shuttles

If you are sailing with Azamara or Celebrity Cruises, then your ground transfer is likely included in your cruise package. If not, you can call the cruise lines directly and they will be able to offer you an option to buy a transfer from the airport to Cape Liberty.

If you are sailing with Royal Caribbean, they offer a transfer between Newark Airport to Cape Liberty for $28.50 per person one way. They also offer a shuttle between Times Square and the port for $35 per person. According to the representative we talked to, there is no service between New York’s JFK or LaGuardia airports and Cape Liberty. You’ll have to use alternate transportation.

For a couple of reasons, we usually suggest going with another option than a cruise shuttle transfer. First, it is expensive. The rates mentioned above are per person. So a family of four is paying $28.50 each ($114) just to get from Newark Airport to the cruise port. Other options like Lyft and taxis price based on the car, not the number of occupants.

Second, cruise transfers are extremely limited. In this case, it runs only from Newark Airport or Times Square to the cruise port… 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.

If you are still interested in a transfer, contact your cruise line directly to learn more.

Independent Shuttles/Car Services

If you are traveling with a larger group to Cape Liberty, 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

Bayonne, New Jersey and the Cape Liberty port are served by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Specifically, the North Jersey Coast Line takes you from the Hoboken Terminal all the way to Cape Liberty.

If you are coming from Manhattan, you’ll need to take the PATH rail to the Hoboken Station. At this point, you’ll transfer to light rail, which will drop you at the 34th Street Light Rail Station. (You can learn more about this option and plan your trip using this site).

Expect the public transit trip to cost about $5. Still, despite the savings, we would more likely opt for simple means like a taxi or rideshare to keep from having to haul luggage around on unfamiliar mass transit.

More on Cruising From Cape Liberty

Cape Liberty Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Cape Liberty Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.


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