Rockaway Beach ferry

Getting here

There are a number of options to get to Rockaway from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

From Manhattan or Brooklyn:

Via Flatbush Avenue subway lines:

Take the No. 2 train (Seventh Avenue Express) or No. 5 train (Lexington Avenue Express) to the last stop, Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College. Transfer to the Q35 bus, which stops on Avenue H (right off of Flatbush Avenue, on the side of Target).

The first stop of the Q35 bus in Rockaway is right over the Marine Parkway Bridge, near the entrance of Fort Tilden and the western end of Riis Park. This stop is most convenient for the Riis Park Beach Bazaar.

The Q35 continues to make stops through the residential communities of Neponsit and Belle Harbor up to Beach 116th Street.

Via the IND line:

Take the A train, but pay attention as the Animal has three distinct destinations:

Do NOT take the A train to Lefferts Boulevard. It will leave you here, which is about eight miles north of the ocean.

The A train to Far Rockaway will run express through Brooklyn to the eastern end of the peninsula. The first stop in Rockaway will be Beach 67th Street, which is convenient to the surfing beaches and the Arverne shopping center (where you can find a full service supermarket, a Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as Breakwater Surf Company).

To get to downtown Rockaway, you will want to switch at Broad Channel for the Rockaway Park Shuttle, which terminates at Beach 116th Street. Any of the stops off the shuttle will leave you near the beaches as well as most of the bars, restaurants and shops.

For the summer weekends of 2016, the MTA has announced that the S shuttle, which used to terminate at Broad Channel, will now extend to Rockaway Boulevard.

For rush hour commuters, there is the ever-elusive Rockaway Park A train, which runs express through Brooklyn, directly to Beach 116th without having to change at Broad Channel.

Via ferry:

The American Princess runs regularly scheduled service on weekends in summer between Pier 11 in Manhattan and Riis Landing.

From Riis Landing, the beaches of Fort Tilden, Riis Park, and the Riis Park Beach Bazaar are in walking distance. For service to Beach 116th Street, take the Q35 bus from the foot of the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Via private bus:

NYC Beach Bus will resume weekend and holiday service on May 28th. In addition to pick-ups in Williamsburg and downtown Brooklyn, they will now add service from Manhattan (14th Street and 3rd Avenue).

OvR Ride will be back as well, also resuming service on May 28th. Round trips can be scheduled from Bushwick, Williamsburg and the Lower East Side.

From Long Island:

It’s not cheap, but this is a great hack if you don’t have a car or want to avoid summer traffic.

Take any LIRR train to Jamaica, and switch to the JFK AirTrain (pay $5 to enter) and go one stop to Federal Circle. Switch at Federal Circle for a Howard Beach-bound AirTrain. Arrive at Howard Beach (pay another $5 to exit) where you can board a Rockaway-bound A train.