George Washington Bridge

New York
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Andrew S.
    "Ninety percent of the time take the lower level for less traffic."(73 Tips)
    John C.
    "Take lower level and stay in right lane as you approach toll booth."(21 Tips)
    Christina M.
    "EZ pass is also a must ;)"(14 Tips)
    "Lovely views of the City from Uptown to Downtown"(36 Tips)
349 Tips and reviews
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  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorJuly 24, 2016
    The picturesque views from the top level are beyond notable. Said to be the longest span in the US. Walking is possible, biking is smarter. Do beware of the occasional destitute or suicide. Beautiful!
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Photo challenge! Check out this vintage Documerica photo of the George Washington Bridge taken in 1973. Take a photo of the bridge today and share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project. Read more
  • chrissy s.
    chrissy spazianoNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    It is a bridge with a great history. Once you get a handle of the best time to travel in and out of the city. You can travel anywhere in the World.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
    NJ.comJanuary 10, 2014
    Stroll across this nearly 85-year-old landmark for beautiful views of both NJ and NY. It's on our Super Bowl Fan Guide's list of essential things to do during Super Bowl week 2014. Read more
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Photographers! Check out this Documerica photo of the GW Bridge taken in 1973. Take a photo of the bridge today and share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project Read more
  • Robert A.
    Robert AccetturaSeptember 20, 2014
    Nice panoramic view. Panorama mode on cell phone or wide angle lens recommended
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 3, 2013
    Always guaranteed to hit traffic here, but we prefer to take the upper level.
  • Bloomberg TV
    Bloomberg TVJuly 13, 2012
    The namesake of the first American president, the George Washington Bridge could accommodate 793 George Washingtons lying in a row from head to toe
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Although your instincts may tell you otherwise, it may actually be quicker to take the Upper Level (with all the trucks), as no one else is doing that.
  • Signs V.
    Signs VisualJuly 16, 2015
    Traffic doesn't seem as bad because there is a great view of Manhattan, New Jersey, and the Hudson River. Read more
  • Yen C.
    Yen CheongJuly 5, 2010
    The running / cycling path is on the south side of the bridge, upper level. Runners/walkers on R, cyclists on L, both ways (altho ppl don't always follow that rule). Always go single file.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornFebruary 9, 2016
    Best bridge ever! Great for driving, running, biking. Major artery between LI and the mainland
  • LukaSH
    LukaSHAugust 26, 2014
    Don't miss the Little Red Lighthouse under the bridge tower on New York side.
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LevinOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    usually the best approach to the GW but sometimes it is better to take Linwood and Lewis to the Lower Level. Wonder if they will ever get back to building a Lower Level Helix to/from the PIP?
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Police were told to stop and search would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi's car in Sept. 2009 as he drove up to the bridge—but waved him across without finding two pounds of explosives hidden inside. Read more
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeinmanDecember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Easiest access to the Palisades Parkway is via the upper level. Otherwise you have to deal with a lot of local traffic.
  • K I.
    K IMay 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best way to get to the lower level is to exit off the turnpike and take 46. Avoid all the traffic on the turnpike.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SAugust 31, 2013
    Yep, go ahead and use the EZ pass-lane and hope to cut into the cash lane at the last second. That's precious. We love you for it.
  • iFanboy
    iFanboySeptember 20, 2010
    In Amazing Spider-Man #121, Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man's girlfriend, was thrown off by the Green Goblin. Even though the story said it was the George Washington Bridge, the artist drew the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Ruben R.
    Ruben RosarioJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't be stupid if you have easy pass move quickly idk why people don't have it yet. But the delay is always caused by the toll. Simple solution move quicker
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KamenMay 16, 2015
    Beautiful scenic view of Washington Heights and the whole Manhattan skyline.
  • Jun H.
    Jun HanAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Got EZPASS? Off-peak hours = $6 toll, not $8! Peak hours: Mon-Fri @ 6am-9am; 4pm-7pm; Sat-Sun @ Noon-8pm. Have two other person in your car & go to booth w/person to get carpool rate, $2!
  • Larry
    LarrySeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The upper deck is more scenic but can also be more crowded. Take the lower deck.
  • Patty A.
    Patty AphieAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    many cars and trucks been here..when i came to the pick me up in JKF Airport and pass this bridge from NY to the view...never get bored...
  • Maria J.
    Maria JoySeptember 7, 2013
    Breezed right through. And paying only $4.25 because we had 3 or more? Awesome!
  • Michael J. P.
    Michael J. PerezNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If u riding your motorcycle I suggest to use the top level.. Lower level has some insane winds at times :-S lol
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.May 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Honk your horn 4 times upon return to New Jersey to thank the city Gods for a safe trip.. I'm starting something here.. C'Mon!
  • Janice K.
    Janice KJuly 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great view up to Tappen Zee Bridge on a clear day and downtown to Cruise ship docks.
  • Brian R.
    Brian ReillyMay 16, 2011
    Try the heaping portions of traffic. They have a special every Sunday evening.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    One of first views when you get into New York through south.
  • todd a w.
    todd a williamsJanuary 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great views but usually a wait to get over unless you travel early in the morning.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MagnoliaNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    View at night from the upper level can't be beat.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lower level is the way to go. No trucks or big rigs.
  • Dean S.
    Dean SuhrMay 12, 2014
    Watch the signs ... the lower level is often much faster than the upper level (with trucks).
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    avoid the upper level. tractor trailers must take the upper level so it is always congested.
  • ConciergeQ
    ConciergeQApril 28, 2011
    What is your favorite outdoor activity in New York City?Amy Schumer, Comedian ("Cutting"-Comedy Central Records) & Actor: "Riding my bike up to the George Washington Bridge." Read more
  • TheMobileBroker
    TheMobileBrokerMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Welcome to the Big Apple! Consider adding Harlem on your list of places to visit while you're here. You'll be glad you did!
  • Casey W.
    Casey WalkerFebruary 18, 2014
    Renting a truck? Check the class and toll prices before you rent/travel. I just paid $34 for this biotch.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LublinerSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are going into or out of New York city during rush hour, and you stop the car, your car will bounce.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChangDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Use lower level if you're rushed on time, use upper level if you have the time for the view.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CongerMay 10, 2010
    Buy a $5,000 Orbea Orca, a pair of $200 Giro 2010 Bib Shorts, $200 Capo jersey, and $200 Shimano clips, and ride over the bridge like an inconsiderate jerk, slower than the seasoned riders, mind you.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishNovember 23, 2015
    Very scenic walk between NJ and NYC.
  • Matt R.
    Matt R.April 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    On average, first responders answer calls for a jumper on (or off) the bridge once every 11 days. Only 1 in 25 is a real incident.
  • Alexander T.
    Alexander Tsui ‮August 17, 2014
    Have you ever been stuck on I-95 on a Friday? Rush hours on Fridays are as follows: 5:30am to 8:45pm
  • Dan A.
    Dan AlbanJuly 28, 2011
    If there were a spot on earth that was close to the fiery abyss, this bridge's traffic is it. I'm pretty sure I saw Satan laughing on the upper level. Maybe it was Jeter.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MayOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For runners, the bridge is about 1 mile long. Look out for bikers on the sharp turns and narrow passageways.
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HowethApril 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use upper level on weeknights after 9:45pm. Construction causes crazy closures of the lower level at this time.
  • Jason O.
    Jason O'BrienJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Honestly, Avoid it if you can... but if you can't... ALWAYS get waaay over to the right hand side and then scoot over to the left at the last minute if you're not going on 9A.
  • Steven Z.
    Steven ZimmermanApril 26, 2012
    though its been quite a few years since I've been on the GW, I too liked the lower level - just sayin
  • Christina M.
    Christina Marie ♥February 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lower level is the way to go! EZ pass is also a must ;)
  • Will D.
    Will DevineOctober 27, 2010
    On a nice day (or night), take a walk across the bridge and back. Park in Jersey and get pizza in Manhattan.
  • Christine R.
    Christine RAugust 24, 2013
    Easy pass lanes on both sides even tho is says left side only. Or cash only 13 bucks!
  • LaTanya B.
    WARNING: Booth attendant attitude INcreases when you lie, offer a cheery hello, and ask for a receipt.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MacapagalDecember 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    This bridge is always a nightmare for traffic, but pick the upper level, the view is much nicer.
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾June 18, 2016
    Amazing views, even in traffic. My favorite NYC bridge.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SansoneMay 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ninety percent of the time take the lower level for less traffic.
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.August 16, 2014
    Make a visit under the bridge to see the little red lighthouse
  • RJ L.
    RJ LivingstonJuly 22, 2013
    Use the deegan when coming off and heading to queens. Skips a lot of traffic!
  • Nick S.
    Nick SampognaAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I know the view is better from the upper level, but don't be a hero; lower level is less traffic. usually.
  • Barton G.
    Barton GrahamAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Build your own bridge, will take less time than crossing this one
  • Gena J.
    Gena JohnsonJune 6, 2013
    Scariest place EVER! Semis....share the road for the love of all!!!!!
  • Anthony P.
    Anthony PerezMarch 25, 2012
    Have 3 or more people and an EZ pass? Go to cash lane and say carpool to pay 3.50 instead of 12:)
  • Trevor A.
    Trevor ArmelJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're doing a reverse commute, take the upper level for the view.
  • Lucy S.
    Lucy SanchezSeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Never take the lower level when going out of New York.
  • Big Ed S.
    Big Ed SMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Feed the homeless guy on the lower level of there bridge before you get on the Cross Bronx Expressway. I gave him a MetRx bar
  • Ruben R.
    Ruben RosarioNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If your stuck in traffic 1: don't forget to check in. 2: take a look at the view. 3: crank up the music.
  • Jase
    JaseJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sick views! Be sure to capture it on your camera or mobile device.
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.May 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get freaked out when traffic is stopped and you feel the whole bridge shaking underneath your car..
  • John C.
    John CummingsDecember 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    NY bound? Got EZ Pass? Take lower level and stay in right lane as you approach toll booth.
  • Suzan N.
    Suzan Not SusanMarch 2, 2014
    Take advantage of people's claustrophobia. Use the lower level.
  • Torrence
    TorrenceAugust 14, 2013
    Lovely views of the City from Uptown to Downtown
  • Yanzy B.
    Yanzy BearDecember 17, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Hate coming this bridge. Every year, every time come through way too expensive. Why not just all cash lanes because of way too much congestion senseless.. 15$ for what still traffic bumper to bumper
  • Kenneth L.
    Kenneth LAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's best to carpool with E-Z Pass, only a $1 and ya beat traffic... Most of the time.
  • Girl Gone Travel
    Girl Gone TravelMay 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to jog, but not so much during heavy traffic!
  • Peter S.
    Peter ShankmanNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for the NY/NJ divider as you bike over the bridge. Cool stuff. :)
  • Keith S.
    Keith SnyderJanuary 19, 2010
    Bike lanes on both sides of the bridge, but not always both open. Schedule is unpredictable. South lane is better bet most of the time & has no stairs; enter ramp at end of 178th St.
  • Yousif D.
    Yousif DMay 26, 2015
    NYC Skyview!! ✋🏼✋🏼😍😍
  • Chris I.
    Chris IntaeDecember 19, 2010
    if you need to cut in just do it.. cutting one person off is better than waiting, pissing off many
  • John B.
    John BurkeNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Top level is the way to go.
  • André C.
    André CherinJanuary 21, 2016
    Beautiful bridge and amazing view.
  • Kelly Ann G.
    Kelly Ann GonzalesMarch 12, 2013
    The Manhattan skyline looks beautiful at night!
  • Zev Mo G.
    Zev Mo GreenMarch 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    When you have 3 or more people, and you have an ez pass, go to a cash lane and say "car pool". You're trip is $2
  • Aneta D.
    Aneta DrejerAugust 27, 2012
    There is a lot of tragic take over half an hour to get through but is a good way of transportation
  • June Johnnie C.
    June Johnnie ChangNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great view when going for a run - the wind can pick up pretty good heading west.
  • Liz
    LizJune 12, 2013
    $13 for the bumpiest road of your life! You'd think they could at least use that money to fix the damn road!
  • Chuck W.
    Chuck WebberMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't use Easy Pass.... Keep people working and pay a real person your toll money.....
  • Alice N.
    Alice NgAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bridge is closed to pedestrians and bikes between 11:59pm to 5:59am.
  • Luz G.
    Luz GR1 week ago
    One of New York's best views
  • Nikki C.
    Nikki CawleyFebruary 20
    Been here 5+ times
    Other bridges are cheaper and have less traffic.
  • Tasja A.
    Tasja AllenSeptember 29, 2012
    Get the commuter plan and then pick people up to drop ur toll to $3.50!!!
  • Peeshepig
    PeeshepigAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit the Little Red Lighthouse under the bridge and actually go inside!
  • NY Waterway M.
    NY Waterway ManagerApril 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid going here rush hour! If you are headed into the city, take the ferry!
  • Jill V.
    Jill V. 💋June 16, 2013
    Take lower level, everyone tries to go express, hence more delay time!
  • Derrick L.
    Derrick LaraneJune 23, 2012
    Don't forget to pay your toll when coming into NYC!
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.May 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The new GWB slogan- At any moment, A traffic moment..
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel B.August 31, 2014
    Sometimes traffic is worth the wait #rainbow
  • Nichi B.
    Nichi BoyerMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always take lower level to avoid Truck and Bus traffic!
  • Fanny M.
    Fanny MMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love walking this bridge is sooo long (pause) great exercise!!!
  • Fil Z.
    Fil ZSeptember 16, 2012
    To cross the bridge on bike / foot, enter at 178th street.
  • David S.
    David SangerJune 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    walk under the Bridge from Englewood Boat Basin
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TabaresJune 21, 2016
    Espectacular ! Digno de esta ciudad !
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