Port Authority Bus Terminal
625 8th Avenue, New York, NY, USA
www.panynj.gov/bus-terminals… - 1-800-221-9903
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Transportation at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Nov 12, 2009
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the central intercity bus station in New York City. Opened in 1950 the "Port Authority" (or PABT), as it is known, consolidated several independent bus stations into one large facility. Expanded over the years to cover two full city blocks, it is the world's busiest bus station. If you are coming to New York by bus, it is likely you will arrive at the Port Authority.
Long distance intercity motorcoach companies like Greyhound, Martz, and Peter Pan Lines operate into the terminal along with numerous regional bus lines led by New Jersey Transit. The terminal is used by long distance travelers, commuters, and day visitors traveling back and forth from Manhattan to New Jersey, Long Island, and other regional points. Some tour buses may also use the Port Authority. (Generally, the deep-discount intercity bus services do not use the Port Authority, but make stops on the street.)
The terminal is on three levels with more than 50 gates. You may arrive at any gate in the Port Authority, but the central escalators will quickly lead you to ground level and 8th Avenue. From there, you can exit to the street. Times Square is one block away on 42nd Street. Follow 8th Avenue up to the Theatre District. Or, you can take the subway from the Port Authority to any point in the city. Returning to the Port Authority, determine where your departure gate will be located. (NJT publishes gate numbers in its schedules.)
New Jersey Transit requires passengers to have tickets in order to board at the Port Authority (as opposed to paying a cash fare to the driver). Purchase NJT tickets from ticket machines at the terminal.
There are also a large number of food vendors, a drugstore, newsstands, restaurants, banks and ATMs (and even a bowling alley) in the Port Authority.
The terminal is well supervised, moves passengers efficiently, and is generally clean (in contrast to popular conceptions of metropolitan bus stations).
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