Many who choose to live in Central New Jersey do so for the close proximity to the city. Here’s everything you need to know about commuting from Watchung, NJ, including tips directly from locals! 

“So many options. Drive to downtown, bus from many locations, train from Westfield of Berk Heights!” -Amy D. 

“When I commuted into NYC I either drove to Millburn and took the bus or drove to Hoboken or Jersey City and took the PATH. For NYC commuters, unfortunately, the trade-off for a nice house, good schools and property is a commute with several legs. There's no direct route.” - Jen M. 

“Buses to/from NYC is just over the bridge in North Plainfield. Catch a train from any of the surrounding towns. Don't let the traffic to the circle scare you. There are plenty of back roads the locals use to navigate away from the traffic.” -Alys Tyler

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By Train

Locals take the train from Summit Station, Gillette Station, or Plainfield Station.

By Bus

Bus Route 114

"You do not need a parking pass to park at the Sears Park and Ride for the 114X. I've been taking it every morning. If I get on a bus around 6:40, I am usually at port Authority by 7:45" - Monack

By Car

Locals recommend traveling by car from Watchung through Route 78.

“If you can avoid coming down Hillcrest Road during rush hour, do. There are plenty of other routes to get into town.” -Kristy

“Avoid the Watchung circle at rush hour.” - Roseann S. 

"Although Watchung is just 20 miles from New York City, commuting to the city via train is not advisable, at least until the Raritan Valley train line becomes a direct commute from Fanwood (the closest station to Watchung) to Penn Station. Currently, a door-to-door commute from Watchung to midtown Manhattan (east side) is about 2 hours each way, and that does not include frequent delays." - JJ

"It’s town’s eastern location is very close to Rt 78, which makes it an ideal choice to hop on this highway and drive to either Summit, Jersey City or Harrison PATH station." - Judy W

"The result is that more educated (aside from finance or accounting) and arts oriented people are not drawn to the  Raritan Valley Line.  Watchung is most convenient for local business owners and employees working at companies like Verizon and other local pharma corporations -- if their commute can be staggered to avoid the overwhelmed local roads, like the train tracks, were conceived and built several hundred years ago." -JJ


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