How to Get to Woodbury Commons by Bus, Train and Car

This post has all the details on how to get to  Woodbury Commons Outlet by bus, train and by car, including special deals and discounts on transportation. Experienced and budget conscious shoppers know though that the best deals are often found outside the city, particularly at internationally-known Woodbury Commons, where you can find discounts of 50% or more at over 200 stores selling apparel, footwear, luggage, jewelry, housewares, handbags and so much more! We also list how to get to New York City’s other premium discount outlets. There are also some great shopping malls in Manhattan and and Brooklyn including the brand new Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan  and outdoor Fulton Mall shopping district near Brooklyn Heights.

We’ve include a video below to help you get familiar with Woodbury Commons. It is quite large and it is good to orient yourself beforehand and pre-plan to maximize your shopping time!


What is Woodbury Commons

Take the Train

Other Shopping Outlets & Malls

 

Money Saving Tips

Take a Bus

Rent a Car


MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR WOODBURY BUS TICKETS

  • CitySights NYC offers tickets for $30 per adult and $21 per child for the 9:00 am departure from the Port Authority.  To have more flexibility with your departure time and location, you can buy their FlexPass which costs slightly more: $42 per adult and $21 per child. For more information, click here or the CitySights NYC link below.
  • If you are considering a tourist discount pass, keep in mind that bus tickets to Woodbury Commons are already included with several tourist attraction discounts passes at no additional charge.  These passes are designed for those who want to see many popular attractions when in NYC. Depending on what you choose, you could pay only 50% for bus tickets to Woodbury. Those passes include CitySights’s New York Sightseeing Pass Smart Destinations’ Explorer Pass, the New York Pass also includes free round-trip bus fare.  Read our post that compares all of the tourist passes available in NYC to see if any are good for you.
  • CitySights also offers a shopping pass, designed for visitors interested in, well, shopping, which includes round-trip bus ride to Woodbury Commons, a sightseeing bus tour, a boat cruise and other extras.
  • CitySights now offers a “Shop, Hop, and Top (4 Day Value Package)” that includes:
    • Hop-on Hop-off double-decker sightseeing bus ticket valid for 4 days
    • Day trip to Woodbury Commons premium outlet mall including round-trip transportation.
    • Ticket to Top of the Rock Observatory OR Empire State Building Observatory
    • (See our post to decide which observatory is best for you.)

Tip:  If you prefer to Vintage clothing stores and thrift shops, check out our Gramercy Thrift and Vintage Shopping Day tour or our East Village Vintage & Boutiques tour!


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WHAT IS WOODBURY COMMONS  

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498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917 (map)

Hours: Every day, 9 am – 9 pm

Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet is the most well known of the New York premium shopping outlets and has over 220 stores including many upscale stores. Its featured – and most popular- shops are Armani Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Burberry, Christian Dior, Coach Outlet, Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus Last Call, NIKE Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

Woodbury Commons is in the town of Central Valley in New York State and is only one hour north of New York City. Shops offer 25%-65% off items and if you came to New York to do some shopping, a day trip is absolutely worth it! You can get there by bus, train and car (if you have access to one or decide to rent one). Here are the directions to get there by the various methods of transportation available.

 

 


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BUS TO WOODBURY COMMONS

There are several bus operators offering discount tickets If you are considering purchasing a New York City tourist discount pass, a shuttle service to Woodbury Commons is included in the Explorer Pass and you get a $5 discount with the New York Pass.

As you can see from the map below, there are several locations in Midtown Manhattan where bus companies depart from.

  • The green markers are locations with departures 7 days a week.
  • The red markers are locations with departures on Monday to Friday only.
  • When you click on a pin, information will pop-up with pick-up and return times from that location along with a url link to click for more information.
  • The location with the most departures daily is by far the Port Authority Bus Terminal, but there are ways to save money with discounts at other departure locations.

 

 


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BY TRAIN FROM MANHATTAN AND NEW JERSEY

You can travel by train, but it may take you more time and may cost more money (depending on when you go) than taking a bus.  For those staying in New Jersey, the train might make more sense.    From New York Penn Station (located on West 33rd Street and 8th Avenue), purchase a ticket to Harriman Station. This station is located along the Port Jervis Rail Line. The one way fare from Penn Station to Harriman Station is $15.25 ($30.50 round-trip). *Purchase your ticket BEFORE you board the train. Otherwise you will have to pay an additional fee if you buy it on the train.  You can use this NJ Transit Trip Planner to get exact train schedules.

Once you arrive at the Harriman train station, you have two options to get to Woodbury Commons:

  • On weekends only (excluding major holidays) you can take the Main Line Shuttle Trolley.  VERY IMPORTANT: There is only one morning pick-up from Harriman Station at 10:28 a.m., arriving Woodbury Common at 10:33 a.m.; and only one evening departure from Woodbury Common at 5:45 p.m., arriving Harriman Station at 6:10 p.m. The Main Line fare is $1.60 each way.
    • You can take a taxi any day of the week. You have to call one when you arrive at the station. Taxi fare one way is approximately $7-8.
      • Village Taxi: 845-783-6112
      • Monroe Taxi: 845-782-8141
      • Woodbury Taxi 845-662-1272

 


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RENTAL CAR

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is located on Route 32 in Central Valley approximately one hour north of New York City.  Going by rental car could be the cheapest and most convenient, depending on your circumstances.  Rental rates for the day with insurance, gas (petrol) and insurance can be as cheap as $80/day, so if you have 3 or more people going, a car rental may be the way to go.  Check out rental car prices with Expedia and Rentalcars.com.

Main Route:  New York State Thruway (I-87) to Harriman, Exit 16.   Use this Google Maps link to get exact directions from your departure point to Woodbury Commons.

Alternate Routes:
George Washington Bridge (upper level) to Palisades Interstate Parkway (north) to Route 6 West (Exit 18, Central Valley). Exit onto Route 32 north (right turn at traffic light); proceed to center entrance on right.

New York State Thruway (I-87 north) to Exit 15a onto Route 17 north. Continue approximately 15 miles onto Route 32 North; proceed to center entrance on right.

Car Rentals

If you rent a car from one of the below car companies, you will receive a free Savings Passport. You must present your rental car key at the Woodbury Commons Information Center.    Check out some prices here.

Dollar Car Rental  (800) 800-4000
Thrifty Car Rental (800) 847-4389
Zipcar (866) 494-7227

 


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OTHER PREMIUM DISCOUNT OUTLETS

Jersey Gardens  NJ Turnpike Exit 13A, 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth, NJ 07201 (map)

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

Jersey Gardens is one of the premier New York premium shopping outlets.  It is an inside mall and has over 200 stores, a food court, free Wifi, and you can easily reach it via bus from Midtown Manhattan. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Number 111 or 115 from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8th Avenue. Buses go daily, several times per hour, and take about 35 minutes each way. Here is the schedule for bus number 111. Tickets are $6.50 each way. Buy your ticket in advance either at the ticket machines or at ticket windows. The bus drops off at the same location at the Jersey Gardens Main entrance where it picks up again. Depending on your shopping needs, we generally advice to plan at least 4 hours of time at the outlet. Also, make sure to plan in some extra time for the return during rush hours or on weekends. Also, it has happened that shoppers had to let a full bus go and wait for the next one.


SHOPPING MALLS IN NEW YORK CITY

Manhattan

This is a big modern and attractive indoor shopping center with luxury shops like Hugo Boss, Swarovski, J. Crew and many more. There’s a Whole Foods Market in the Lower Level to get some delicious foods to eat there or take away. There are also restrooms which is useful if you are taking a stroll in nearby Central Park! It is also a good location to watch the Thanksgiving Parade from.

  • Brookfield Place Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–8:30pm; Sun 11am–7pm (map)

Conveniently located downtown near the World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial and Musuem, Brooklfield Place is a high end new indoor mall with designer shops including Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Michael Kors, Hermes, Jo Malone, Lululemon, Tory Burch, Saks 5th Avenue and many more. There is a great food court that is ideal to enjoy a meal at if you are visiting Lower Manhattan, Tribeca, or after a visit to the Statue of Liberty. The food shops are diverse and affordable and make any palate happy. Among them are Blue Ribbon Sushi, ChopT Salads, Dig Inn, Dos Toros Mexican food, Little Muenster grilled sandwiches, Skinny Pizza, and Black Seed Bagels, one of the top bagels in New York. (See our post on the Best Bagels in New York.)

Brooklyn

  • Fulton Mall  Fulton Street from Adams Street to Flatbush Avenue (mapfulton-street-mall

Yet to be discovered by tourists, this outdoor shopping district has been around for decades and known for great bargains on non-designer clothes, electronics and housewares. Fulton Mall is THE place to shop for the hippest brand of sneakers at great prices. Adidas, Converse Pumas, Nike, and more are sold at numerous shops so be sure to look at all the shops and choose the one with the lowest price.  You will find a brand new Century 21, a world-famous designer discount shop. There is also a Macy’s that is much less crowded than the one in Manhattan. There’s a Nordstrom’s Rack designer discounts and TJ Maxx. You also have outlets for Gap, Express, Banana Republic and others.

Tip: A great place to do shopping right near Brooklyn Heights.   (We offer free Brooklyn Heights tours and we also have a self-guided tour map you can see here).

Tip: The best cheesecake in New York City is right here at the end of Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue. Juniors is a must try food when in New York City. 

This indoor mall is easy to reach by subway. With 35 shops, some discount, some regular price, this is a a popular spot with Brooklyn locals looking for national chain discount stores like Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory and DSW Shoes.  The mall has anchor stores as well like Victoria’s Secret, UNIQLO, Old Navy. and Target. There are many other shops that offer good sales.

 

New Jersey

  • Newport Centre Mall   30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310 (map).  Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 11am-6pm

This shopping mall is not a discount outlet buthg it has many many budget stores, such as Kohl’s, JC Penney’s, Forever 21, and H&M. this Mall might just as well be where budget conscious shoppers might find their steal. Located only a short 15 minute Path train ride away from Midtown, take the Path train at 33rd Street and 6th Avenue to the train stop Newport. This mall has a food court and movie theatre as well. This is your cheapest shopping mall option, as a single path train ride is only $2.75. Definitely check out the PATH train website for any alerts.

 

*** If you are looking for budget friendly thrift and Vintage stores in New York City,
check out our Gramercy Thrift and Vintage Shopping Day tour or our East Village Vintage & Boutiques tour!***

 


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