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How to Get to Fire Island

Planning a trip to New York's Fire Island? Here's how to get there.


  • Step 1: Get to Fire Island by car. Drive across the Robert Moses Causeway to Robert Moses State Park on the western end of the island, or take the William Floyd Parkway to Smith Point County Park on the eastern end. You'll have to pay a parking fee, and you can't go any further by car.
  • Step 2: Bring cash! There are only a few ATM machines on Fire Island, and many have a $100 withdrawal limit and a $3 fee per transaction.
  • FACT: Fire Island is 32 miles in length and less than a mile in width.
  • Step 3: Consider flying to MacArthur Airport in the Long Island town of Islip; from there, you're less than 10 miles away from the ferries. If money is no object, hire a seaplane to take you from Manhattan directly to Fire Island; it's a 25-minute flight.
  • TIP: The Patchogue terminal is within walking distance of the Long Island Railroad. The ferries in Bay Shore and Sayville are a short taxi ride away from the train station.
  • TIP: Fire Island does not allow cars.
  • Step 4: Get to Fire Island by ferry. Shuttle ferries depart from 3 Long Island towns -- Patchogue, Sayville, and Bay Shore; the ride takes about 30 minutes. You can also take a water taxi or private boat.
  • Step 5: Decide how to get to the ferry terminal: Drive there and pay to leave your car in a ferry-terminal parking lot, or take the Long Island Railroad from Penn Station in Manhattan to Patchogue, Sayville, or Bay Shore.
  • Step 6: Know what Fire Island is -- a barrier island located off the south shore of New York's Long Island. It's a popular summer destination featuring several resort villages overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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