- New Jersey Transit: South Orange is approximately 33-minutes to New York City's Penn Station via the Morristown line, which is often referred to as the "Midtown Direct" since it provides direct service to Penn Station without any transfers in about 38-minutes. The other line that services the area is the Gladstone Branch.
- South Orange has two NJ Transit train stations:
- Mountain Station is located at 449 Vose Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079. Most Midtown Direct trains bypass this station (though a large number of those trains stop at the South Orange station, which is less than a mile south, according to Wikipedia). If you are using this station and the Gladstone Branch to reach NYC, you will need to transfer at Newark Broad Street for a Penn Station-bound train, which brings your train travel time to approximately 40-minutes.
- South Orange Station is located at 17 Sloan Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.
- A one-way ticket will cost approximately $7; a monthly pass is around $184. NJ Transit also offers various discounted fares, including Family Supersaver Fares and BusinessPass (which allows you to save on monthly passes by deducting a portion of the cost from your pre-tax salary).
- Additionally, when using the Gladstone Branch to Hoboken you may connect to the PATH (add $2.75 per ride). There is also connection to the Hudson Bergen light rail (cost varies by destination -- check out this map) but the light rail does not travel into New York).
- There is a ferry that costs $6 or $7 (depending on your destination) and leaves from 1 Hudson Place, Hoboken, NJ 07030. For $7, you'll reach Pier 11 and Wall Street -- a 15-minute commute. Click here to view the weekday schedule. For $6 you'll depart from the same place (1 Hudson Place in Hoboken) and reach the World Financial Center in about 8-minutes. Click here to view the weekday schedule. Weekday and weekend schedules differ. To view the full schedule, click here. For more information call 1-800-53-FERRY (3779).
NJ Transit Bus 107 offers service between New York's Port Authority and South Orange. The bus ride takes about 50-minutes and costs about $7. It stops at the corner of Valley Street and 1st Street in South Orange. Click here to view the bus schedule. For additional information call (973) 275-5555. Click here to view a NJ Transit rail system map. And click here to view a NJ Transit bus map for Essex County.
- South Orange is about 17 miles from New York City or an average 38 to 48-minute drive depending on traffic. Driving from South Orange to NYC via Garden State Parkway will cost a $1.50 cash or transponder fee. The Lincoln Tunnel will cost a $15 cash or $10.50 transponder fee; the Holland Tunnel will cost $15 cash or $10.50 transponder fee. When driving from NYC to South Orange you can expect to pay a $1.35 toll.