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Jun 4th, 2000, 10:41 AM
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Maxine
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Is it possible to visit places on Long Island by train?

We are coming to NYC in October and would like to take a day out and see some of Long Island. I know that there is a good railway there but is it possible to visit places like Montauk Lighthouse, good shopping outlets, beaches etc? I presume that once you get to the station you need there would be a good bus service to these places but will it be easy for a tourist to work out where/which bus we need? Does anyone know approx. how long it takes to get from one end of Long Island to the other? I stayed on LI 5 yrs ago so have a limited experience of travelling from Manhattan to Greenvale and also travelled by bus to a shopping mall - but that was easy then because the friend I was staying with told us exactly what we needed to know! (Although the bus driver and guards on the trains were extremely helpful when we were looking unsure - so big thanks to them!)I saw that the LIRR do escorted tours which look great but the only one which we could go on may not be very interesting to my 13yr old niece.
Any suggestions?
 
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Jun 4th, 2000, 05:59 PM
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in short, the answer to your question is no. to take the train to montauk would take about 2 hours, if not more. and if you are on a weekend, the train times are very sparse, so it could make for difficult planning. also, public transportation on LI pretty much begins and ends with the LIRR, there are not many buses. trying to do it this way would mean a lot of wasted time and frustration. your best bet would be to rent a car for the day, drive out of the city early, and head out to montauk/the hamptons/the wineries, and then drive back. be careful to stay off the Expressway around rush hour. for example, eat dinner and then drive back to NYC after dinner as opposed to driving back to the city in the late afternoon.
good luck.
btw, you should contact the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau for specific info on sites to visit, times they open, fees, etc.
 
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Jun 12th, 2000, 04:28 AM
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I would recommend taking the train out to Long Island, rent a car and drive form there. Car rentals in NYC are far more expensive. If you take the train you will also miss the traffic from city to LI. Depending on where you want to visit..take the correct train line...then taxi or have car rental company pick you up. The train to montauk takes a long time bc you have to change trains to the deisel lines...any other things i can try to help with?
 
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Jun 12th, 2000, 09:28 AM
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Thanks Kiersten and Edie. I like the idea of hiring the car when we get out of NYC - wasn't too sure about driving out of the city! Our navigational skills aren't exactly the best (but thats another VERY long story!!) but I reckon we should be ok to drive when we get to Long Island. I certainly felt I could do it last time I was over there so I don't expect the roads have changed that much have they?!
Anyway, thanks for the info, you've been a great help.
 
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Jun 12th, 2000, 11:12 AM
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The only change in the roads is more TRAFFIC!!!

Enjoy.
FYI: The new (since you were here)outlets in Riverhead are very popular-Tanger outlet mall(has a website) and they are on the Long Ialns Expressway on the way to Montauk lighthouse.
 
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Jun 14th, 2000, 09:54 AM
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Brill! Thanks Kiersten!
 
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