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How to Get to the Brooklyn Bridge | Directions to Brooklyn Bridge Walkway

How to Get to the Brooklyn Bridge | Directions to Brooklyn Bridge Walkway

When it comes to bridges is New York City, there is none more iconic than the Brooklyn Bridge. Walking across the bridge in either direction is sure to be a highlight of your time in NYC and it is a perfect addition to any itinerary.

One of the main questions that is asked though is how to get to the Brooklyn Bridge. Whether by foot, subway, bus, taxi, car, or CitiBike, there are several ways to get yourself to the starting point for your walk.

This guide will go over some logistics and talk through directions to the Brooklyn Bridge walkway from various locations. By the end of reading through, you should be well on your way to experiencing the bridge for yourself.

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1) Where is the Brooklyn Bridge

Before you get yourself to the bridge, you first must understand where it is and where the entrances are located.

Luckily, I put together a guide that goes over everything you need to know about the four main Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian entrances. You can read through that to learn more about these starting points.

To recap though, the four main entrances/exits are:

Manhattan Side

1) Brooklyn Bridge Promenade on Centre Street/Park Row (east side of New York City Hall)

2) Park Row Brooklyn Bridge Underpass

Brooklyn Side

1) Tillary Street & Brooklyn Bridge Blvd

2) Brooklyn Bridge Underpass on the corner of Prospect Street & Cadman Plaza East (aka Washington Street)

→ Learn more about the actual pathway in the Brooklyn Bridge Walkway guide up on the site

Brooklyn Bridge South Street Seaport

2) How to Get to Brooklyn Bridge Walkway

There are several ways to go about transportation and logistics when it comes to NYC. The main modes of transportation include by foot, subway, bus, taxi/Uber, car, & Citibike. In this guide I will talk through each one of these modes of transport and how to get to the various entrances of the walkway.

See below for a map that shows the four entrances to the pedestrian pathway. Depending on where you are coming from and your particular interest level, will dictate which entrance (and exit), you ultimately choose.

In addition to the entrances you can find subways, Citibike stations and parking options mentioned throughout this guide.

3) How to Get to the Brooklyn Bridge by Subway

Both on the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides, you will find several subway lines that can get you pretty close to the entrance points. A single use one way Metrocard costs $2.75 or you can choose from other options such an unlimited 7 day card. Once off the subway, it will then just require a short walk to the entry points for the walkway.

Here are the closest subways for both:

Manhattan Side

Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall Station: 4 / 5 /6
Chambers Street Station: J / Z Fulton Street Station: A / C / J / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
City Hall Station: R / W

Brooklyn Side

High Street – Brooklyn Bridge Station: A / C
Jay Street – Metrotech Station: A / C / F / R
Borough Hall Station: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

NYC Subway Lines

4) Brooklyn Bridge Bus Stops

If you rather take a bus ride close to the Brooklyn Bridge entrances, there are many possibilities to choose from as well depending on where you are coming from. Similarly, a single use Metrocard can also be used for bus rides and will cost $2.75.

Manhattan Side

M15 (Pearl Street / Frankfort Street)
M15-SBS (Pearl Street / Fulton Street)
M103 (Park Row & Beekman Street)
M55 (Broadway / Chambers Street)

Brooklyn Side

B38 (Cadman Plaza W / Tillary St)
B41 (Cadman Plaza W / Tillary St)
B54 (Jay St / Myrtle Plaza)
B57 (Jay St / Tillary St)
B62 (Jay St / Tillary St)
B67 (Jay St / Chapel St)
B103 (Cadman Plaza W / Johnson St)

NYC Bus Lines

5) Where to Get Dropped Off to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

Taking a taxi or Uber to the Brooklyn Bridge will be the most hassle free of options as you will get dropped off right near the entrance points.

You simply will need to decide which of the entrances on either side you would like to start from, and you can simply make your way onto the bridge from there.

So, if you want to start in Brooklyn, you will want to get dropped off at the intersections of Tillary Street & Brooklyn Bridge Blvd or the Brooklyn Bridge Underpass on the corner of Prospect Street & Cadman Plaza East (aka Washington Street).

On the other hand, if you want to start the walk in Manhattan, the easiest way is to just get dropped off right at Brooklyn Bridge Promenade on Centre Street/Park Row (east side of New York City Hall).

Brooklyn Bridge Snow

6) Where to Park to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

There is also the possibility that you will be driving your own car/rental car to get to the Brooklyn Bridge. In that case, you will want get as close as possible to those entrances mentioned above.

The cheapest option will be finding street parking around those particular areas. However, parking can be hard to come by in NYC, especially around the Brooklyn Bridge.

Your next best bet is to simply park your car at a garage. While this will be more expensive, it will be a bit more hassle free as you don’t need to search for parking.

Here are a few options in both boroughs:

Manhattan Parking

LAZ Parking: 304 Pearl St, New York, NY 10038
Quik Park Nassau LLC: 150 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038
Icon Parking: 243 Pearl St, New York, NY 10038

Brooklyn Parking

Icon Parking: 111 Lawrence St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sands Parking LLC: 66 Sands St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
SP+ Parking: 200 Cadman Plaza W, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Bridge Directions

7) Brooklyn Bridge Citibike Stations

Lastly on the list is riding a Citibike to the Brooklyn Bridge. The single cost for a ride is $3.99 for a 30 minute trip. You can find stations all over the city to pick up and drop off a bike.

You no longer though can ride a bike on the pedestrian pathway. They recently moved the bicycle lane right next to the car lane. Due to this, a bicycle ride across the bridge will no longer be as scenic.

Instead, I recommend you dropping off your Citibike on either side of the bridge and then walking across the pathway. Here are some of the Citibike stations to choose from:

Manhattan CitiBike Stations

Centre St & Chambers St
Fulton St & William St
Reade St & Broadway

Brooklyn CitiBike Stations

Cadman Plaza E & Tillary St
Cadman Plaza E & Red Cross Pl
Adams St & Prospect St

And of course, if you are already nearby, you can always just make the walk over by foot!

NYC Bicycle Riding

8) Brooklyn Bridge Directions

To wrap up this guide, I thought it may be helpful to go through some Brooklyn Bridge directions from some of the most commonly requested spots around New York City.

To make things standard across the board, most of the directions will be leveraging public transport. If you are just thinking about taking a taxi/Uber, then there shouldn’t be much worry about the particular directions.

How to Get to Brooklyn Bridge from Battery Park

Battery Park is located right on the southern tip of Manhattan. This makes it pretty close to the Manhattan entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Manhattan Entrance Directions: you can either take the 4/5 subway line from Bowling Green to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall or you can just walk your way there (a bit over a mile).

Brooklyn Entrance Directions: take the R train from Whitehall Street to Court Street or the 4/5 train from Bowling Green to Borough Hall.

Battery Park Sunset Statue of Liberty

How to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge from Dumbo

Dumbo is essentially where the Brooklyn entrances of the bridge are located. You can spend time enjoying Brooklyn Bridge Park before making your way onto the bridge itself.

Manhattan Entrance Directions: you can take the A/C train from High Street to Fulton Street or do a multi subway option. This option would entail taking the F train from York Street to Delancey/Essex Street and then transferring to the J train and getting off at Chambers Street.

Brooklyn Entrance Directions: if you are coming from Dumbo, odds are you can just walk the 5-10 minutes to either of the Brooklyn Bridge entrances on the Brooklyn side.

DUMBO Brooklyn Bridge Directions

How to Get to Brooklyn from Times Square

One of the most happening places in NYC is Times Square, so odds are you will be making your way through it at one point or another. The area around it is very well connected by public transport, making it easy to get down to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Manhattan Entrance Directions: there are several ways to go about subways from Times Square down to the Manhattan entrance. These include: 2/3 train to Park Place, NRW to Canal with a transfer to the 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall, or the Shuttle to Grand Central before transferring to the 4/5 train down to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall.

Brooklyn Entrance Directions: there are also a few options to choose from here including: F train to York Street, A/C train to Jay Street Metrotech, 2/3 train to Borough Hall, or Q train to Dekalb Avenue.

Times Square Brooklyn Bridge

How to Get to Brooklyn Bridge from Staten Island Ferry

If you are thinking about taking the Staten Island Ferry prior to your Brooklyn Bridge experience, you should have no issues combining the two.

The Staten Island Ferry terminal in Manhattan is located right near Battery Park by Whitehall Street (near the Statue of Liberty viewpoint). So, you can really refer to the Battery Park directions, which I will include below again:

Manhattan Entrance Directions: you can either take the 4/5 subway line from Bowling Green to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall or you can just walk your way there (a bit over a mile).

Brooklyn Entrance Directions: take the R train from Whitehall Street to Court Street or the 4/5 train from Bowling Green to Borough Hall.

Staten Island Ferry Entrance

How to Get to Brooklyn Bridge from NJ

Last on the list is if you are trying to get to the Brooklyn Bridge from New Jersey. Now, NJ is quite a large place, so there could be many different routes depending on where you are coming from.

However, to make things simple, I will mention directions as if you were coming from the Hoboken/Jersey City areas which sit right across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Manhattan Entrance Directions: getting to the Manhattan entrance really isn’t too difficult coming in from NJ. Simply hop on the PATH train to the World Trade Center stop and then just make the walk over from there to the pedestrian entrance.

Brooklyn Entrance Directions: the main way to go about this is to get on the PATH train to the World Trade Center stop. From there hop on over onto the A/C train at Fulton Street to Jay Street Metrotech or High Street. Alternatively, you can hop on the R train from Cortlandt Street once off the PATH train and head to Jay Street Metrotech.

New Jersey to Brooklyn Bridge

For all of the directions mentioned above, these are just some of the main ways to go about logistics. There are surely some alternative options as well.

I hope you now have a better understanding of how to get to the Brooklyn Bridge. If you have any questions about these Brooklyn Bridge directions just let me know in the comments down below.

» Check out this helpful guide that talks all about the best places to stay in New York during a visit

Be sure to check out the other New York itineraries and guides up on the site like a Brooklyn Bridge Sunrise and a Brooklyn Bridge Sunset, and learn more about some Brooklyn Bridge facts. Have fun out there and safe travels!

How to Get to Brooklyn Bridge

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