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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.)
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: 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.
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.