Port Authority Bus Terminal

Bus Station
Garment District, New York
  • P M.
    "Can return to greyhound or subway via escalator or elevator!"(40 Tips)
    AP d.
    "I love their selection of classical music"(3 Tips)
    Maad B.
    "Secret food stash for late night munchies"(5 Tips)
    "Place is clean.. but expect a lot of mediocre customer service smh."(7 Tips)
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  • Karina G.
    Karina GarciaJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    For those of you who have never experienced PABT, you must have your ticket/pass purchased before you board. No cash is taken on out-bound buses.
    Upvoted Nov 21, 2017
  • Mike M.
    Mike M.March 6, 2015
    If you were ever unsure about vaccinations, a quick stroll through this place will change your mind. Forget the Amazon, there are undiscovered diseases in these bathrooms.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Mr M.
    Mr MuzzlesFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    NY #1 SURVIVAL RULE- Always move along the right side of the walk ways and stairs. walk FAST your in NYC. You want to stroll and not get bumped visit down south for a more slow paced experience.
  • Gajtana S.
    Gajtana SimonovskaAugust 8, 2016
    Better than it used to be. Leave extra time to get your ticket and to your gate. Get your ticket online if you can. Come early to make sure you get a seat.
  • Maad B.
    Maad BenchMay 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Secret food stash for late night munchies: left of the escalator, 2nd floor above Au Bon Pain is a little shop that sells maad varieties of beef patties - pretty good for the price for the bus home
  • Allison D.
    Allison DaugilaJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Welcome to the armpit of new York city. Here you will find everything that a regular armpit offers (hairy, foul stench, every nationality) and bonus! Bird shirt. Shower necessary after visit.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJuly 17, 2010
    There is a free shuttle bus to the IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ located at gate 5 on the lower level at the Academy Bus Line. It leaves every half hour between 10:00 & 2:00 on the weekends.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HoFebruary 22, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    The automated terminals needs upgrading & service more often to relieve lines. Get rid of the homeless situation, better lighting and cleanliness would be a great start for a better grimes commute!
  • Wen Seng L.
    Wen Seng LieSeptember 10, 2015
    I used to work 2 block from Port Authority and I miss the crowd. You can get lost because everyone moves so fast. This place is packed with nice establishments. Either for conveniences or fun
  • Neal W.
    Neal WilliamsApril 30, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Be prepared to wait on a long line at rush hour (perhaps even one long enough to prevent you from seeing your gate). Remember, there's no RUSHing during rush hour; just a bunch of PO'ed people! ;)
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If trying move quickly from the below street level portion of the terminal, use the elevator located at the end of the lower level!
  • Rachel
    RachelFebruary 23, 2013
    The Lakeland people are the best! Know what route, time, and gate every bus is. If your stop is on an express bus, they'll let you know that too and point you to the right line :)
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimNovember 24, 2015
    Few things to note here: It's a zoo at rush hour so purchase your ticket upon arrival of at all possible. ... There are no ticket kiosks at some gates, so buy yours at the first one you see.
  • Remezcla
    RemezclaNovember 5, 2014
    Check out the murals on the second floor North Side, near the 300 gates by artists Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme. Read more
  • prince c.
    prince campbellJuly 12, 2014
    If you go upstairs there are tons of electrical outlets where you can charge your phone. There are in the right side section 42nd street side.
  • Katelyn L.
    Katelyn LAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    MacAnn's on the second level has a decent beer selection and is fairly quiet. Grab a drink before you hop on your bus-- it'll make for a more pleasant ride. :)
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HoDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    You can always take the short set of stairs instead of funneling down or up the escalator if you're in a rush, look behind the wall no one uses them so much faster!
  • Rawr! T.
    Rawr! TSeptember 2, 2011
    For the Greyhound bus to Montreal, follow the signs to gate 28. There is usually a long line. No need to tip anyone looking to offer for help.
  • 🚍Bill🚍 V.
    🚍Bill🚍 VilaApril 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    To my HOBOKEN peoples who take the 126 - on weekdays, the last bus leaves GATE 323 at 12:30 a.m.; Saturday at 12:25 a.m.; and Sunday @ 12:00 a.m. All remaining trips from 1-2a.m lv fr GATE 79.
  • Oz A.
    Oz AriciFebruary 29, 2012
    I highly advice that you buy your tickets from the ticket booths right across Jamba Juice because those ticket machines are hard to use if you don't know where you are going
  • 🚍Bill🚍 V.
    🚍Bill🚍 VilaJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Know this (ESPECIALLY) if you're vacationing in New York: Whatever bus line you ride, BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE. Folks commute in from at least 3 states (NY, NJ & PA) every day to go to work.
  • Anna H.
    Anna HebbelSeptember 9, 2014
    The bus to NY picks you up by the Doylestown train station. You have to buy your ticket at the tobacco store in Doylestown. Very convenient!
  • Zazéon
    ZazéonMay 16, 2011
    It is hell on a Yankees game day, but outside of that Port Authority is an efficient hub of transportation. Never use a car, especially when you are taking the NJT four to five days a week!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CApril 17, 2017
    The most unorganized and hectic place for any kind of transportation. Good luck buying a ticket, asking for help or finding your bus. Everything is on a different floor/wing.
  • 🚍Bill🚍 V.
    🚍Bill🚍 VilaApril 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If u plan on catching a bus b/t 12:30 and 1:00 a.m., verify with your route if the bus is lving from the 3rd or 4th floors or from the lower lvl. Any bus scheduled to lv after 1:01 a.m WILL LV fr LL.
  • krg.
    krg.November 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You know you're here too often when you arrive the next morning and the homeless man you saw sleeping across from Gate 322 the night before hasn't awoken yet.
  • Jon Jon
    Jon JonJune 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The main bus terminal of NYC. Now has WiFi and electronic signage to help you find the right bus to take without the need to ask the ticketing booths.
  • RL T.
    RL TaylorSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Coach's Red&Tan bus lines will accept cash but please be reasonable!! Anything over $20 will cause a delay in boarding and you will probably have to wait a while for change.
  • 🚍Bill🚍 V.
    🚍Bill🚍 VilaApril 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Regarding GATE 79 (the 126 Hoboken departure gate from 1-2:00 a.m.) - you NEED to check the gate regularly to see if your bus is on the gate. Drivers @ that time don't let u know they're on the gate.
  • Justine B.
    Justine BurkeMay 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Tourists, while you're meandering aimlessly around NYC, please keep in mind many of us are trying to get home/to work. If you're sightseeing, stick to the side and out of the way.
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If trying to beat NYC foot & traveling traffic, use the taxi stand on 9th Avenue & West 42nd Street - there isn't typically a wait for a taxi!
  • Kristen K.
    Kristen KDecember 16, 2012
    Frames Bowling Lounge is a good place to wait for your late night bus. Upbeat music... Bowling... Billiards... Comfy couches great for napping... !
  • Chris S.
    Chris SiscoJune 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For bus 324 at gate 233 take the stairs rather than the escalator, if the line goes down the stairs your gonna have to squeeze between 2 lines of people. You piss everyone off!!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DudasJune 28, 2013
    Get here VERY early if you plan to buy a Trailways ticket and make the bus. The lines are interminable and move at a snail's pace.
  • RL T.
    RL TaylorSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask the ticket agent for all the info you need about your destination before arriving at your gate!! Most gates have multiple bus lines, you don't want to end up lost!!
  • Monica L.
    Monica LinkApril 14, 2011
    Get there early if catching a bus, this place is huge! There's some discount stores inside if you want to do a little shopping on the way in or out of town. Beware: The ATM is hard to find.
  • Judah R.
    Judah RichardsonNovember 19, 2012
    If you're coming here from NJ and need to get back without spending the night in NYC, make sure you do that before 1:50 AM, because the next bus after that is at 6 AM or later
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LuDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you've never been here, it will be the challenge of your life figuring out the correct terminal. The matter complicates even more during late night, when all the terminals are relocated.
  • P M.
    P MommaApril 23, 2013
    Restrooms on upper level nice set up 2 sides; lots of stalls and sinks! Can return to greyhound or subway via escalator or elevator!
  • Steve M.
    Steve MartotanaSeptember 29, 2010
    Little known fact: The exterior design of the Port Authority building was originally intended as a lunar colony module; to support extended space missions and eventually, to colonize the moon.
    Upvoted Nov 21, 2017
  • Alex A.
    Alex AnderJune 2, 2017
    The upstairs is good. Thank goodness there is a Starbucks. Watch out for CRACK heads trying to get tips because the bus screens never have updated info 😜
  • Peter M.
    Peter MacKellarAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The line for monthly passes is much shorter before 7:30 a.m., so it might be worth it to leave a few minutes early next time you need one.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WatkinsJune 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure you purchase your ticket before boarding outbound buses! Drivers only take cash on buses going into the city. And arrive at your gate early. These buses leave right in time!
  • Blake R.
    Blake RegoNovember 24, 2011
    If you are taking Peter pan and you get there late, go to the gate anyway. They often have multiple buses leaving at a time (I was going to Providence)
  • Richie T.
    Richie TenenbaumNovember 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The lines upstairs for the NJT busses are super organized. Everyone is always friendly and courteous!
  • Will P.
    Will PickensFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There is now an interactive way to figure out your gate. There is a giant touch screen wall near the 42nd street subway crossover
  • Brian B.
    Brian BoyleSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Real good pizza just out the 9th ave entrance, Two Brothers Pizza. It's a buck a slice and better than the $3 slice inside
  • Nick G.
    Nick GogelSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you have time to kill go to dean n deluca across the street. Much better than any coffee shop or deli in port authority
  • Lillith B.
    Lillith BlackApril 29, 2012
    Has the nice NYC decaying charm, but have had nothing but problems every time I have used this terminal. My 7-11 Greyhound pass was forceably exchanged, because I wanted to confirm the Outbound time.
  • Camille B.
    Camille BautistaApril 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Unorganized at times. Don't expect a lot of help from employees at the gate, even if they say one thing, they'll change the gate number the next second. Get there early & ask a lot of questions
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