How To Get to the Hamptons Fast and Travel East in Style

Isabella Canelli | November 30, 2020 | Lifestyle Guide Lifestyle Feature hamptons Travel Travel & Recreation


If you're coming to the Hamptons, you want to maximize your time and enjoyment of our area, and the way you make it out east has a lot to do with the quality of your experience. Though the options are bountiful, our round-up of best routes and means will ensure your Hamptons bound travel is a beautiful beginning to a memorable stay. Feel free to make it a one-way trip!



Zip Aviation

This charter company handles more charter passengers per year than any other helicopter company in New York City. It's also the only company based out of New York for quicker departures. Zip Aviation helicopter's take off regularly with nonstop charter service out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, the VIP heliport at West 30th Street, the East 34th Street Heliport, and Fairfield, New Jersey.

Price: $3,550 round trip for up to 6 passengers

Travel Time: 30 mins


With more than 100 combined years in the aviation industry, Foxtrot really understands the details and expectations that are intrinsic to every private air charter. Its commitment to safety and personalized client attention has earned them high marks with repeat clients and valued referrals, in large thanks to pilots who have an average of 10 years of experience, and attend recurrent training annually, all to assure that passenger safety comes first. With a team of 24/7 travel concierge, all your calls and emails are answered immediately.

Price: $4,340 per flight with 5 seats available

Travel Time: 35 mins


Helicopter Flight Services operates Bell 407 and 427 helicopters that offer a smooth, safe ride in a powerful helicopter without sacrificing the comfort of a spacious cabin that seats up to six. Their helicopters are all equipped with heat and air conditioning, as well as a Bose stereo system to help you relax and enjoy the ride.

Price: Contact directly for preferred rates

Travel Time: 35 mins



Shoreline Aviation

During the season, Shoreline Aviation provides regular seaplane service between New York City (from the 23rd Street Seaplane Base in Manhattan) and The Hamptons and Shelter Island. Off-season, the frequency goes down but still remains operational. Charter flights are available to the resort destinations of the Northeast including Newport, RI, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Chesapeake Bay, the Adirondacks, and the lakes and harbors of New England.

Price: $595 per person or $3,695 for the whole aircraft (fits 9)

Travel Time: 35 mins

Fly The Whale

Creating first-class, hassle-free routes to everyone’s favorite destinations was a no-brainer for this company. With a fleet of seaplane, jets, and helicopters, Fly The Whale takes off from that beautiful airstrip called the East River - as long as it’s not frozen! Their mission is fun, but this operation is all business. They fly state-of-the-art aircraft and employ the industry’s best-trained pilots. If a flight must be canceled due to inclement weather or maintenance issues, they will refund the fare, which sets them apart from many other aviation services.

Price: $550-3,700 per seat

Travel Time: 35 mins


Sentient Jet

Fly directly to and from regional airports across the country and into East Hampton airport. Avoid the extravagance of private jet charters, and experience the same benefits: your own plane, no crowds, no security lines – quite simply, no hassles. Just an easy, pleasant experience.

Price: Check for membership rates

Travel Time: 40 mins



Route 27 East (Sunrise Highway or Montauk Highway) is the only way in and out of the Hamptons. For extra clout, rent a Bentley or a Ferrari from Gotham Dream Cars. You can also hire a private driver via East End Limousine.

Price: Gas & toll, or cost of rental, or car service

Travel Time: 2 hours+ (traffic will greatly affect your travel time). The distance from Manhattan to East Hampton is approximately 105 miles.



The Hampton Jitney

Maybe less glamorous but by far the most popular and most enduring bus line, this fleet's vehicles are very comfortable with luggage racks, air-conditioning, tray tables and television. The Ambassador Service (slightly more expensive than the main bus service) is equipped with plush extra-wide seats and electric power outlets for your laptop. The Jitney also provides free WiFI service.

Price: $35 each way for the Jitney; $62 each way for the Ambassador

Travel Time: 2.5 hours+ (traffic & their stops will greatly affect your travel time).

Hampton Luxury Liner

The Hampton Luxury Liner lets you ride in style, with reclining leather seats, extra legroom, outlets and USB at every seat. Entertain yourself by connecting to the WiFI or enjoy a movie from their curated selection on personal devices. There's also complimentary snacks and bottled water, plus mood and reading lights, a rear galley, carpeted floors, shades and a restroom. That's one fine way to get out East.

Price: $49 each way or buy a book of tickets at a discount

Travel Time: 2.5 hours+ (traffic & their stops will greatly affect your travel time).

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