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Old Sep 30, 02, 10:02 am   #1
 
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SouthWest into Islip - Getting to Manhattan

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Any of your veteran NY flyers know the best way for my nephew to get into Manhattan from Islip? Thanks.
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Old Sep 30, 02, 10:50 am   #2
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I have done this. It's a long way to Tippera... oops, to Manhattan from Islip.

By public transportation: at the airport, catch a taxi from Islip to the Ronkonkoma stop on the LIRR, which would be about $4.00. The LIRR into the city from Ronkonkoma is about $12.00, I think - check www.mta.nyc.ny.us

By taxi: it's quite expensive, like $100. Ask the cab/car driver before getting in.
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Old Sep 30, 02, 11:33 am   #3
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Caution: The LIRR is very slow. Depending upon the time you come in, it can be extremely crowded. It's not much fun
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I took that LIRR train earlier this year from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma a little bit after noon on a Sunday. It wasn't crowded and it took about an hour. I imagine it would be a nightmare during rush hour. The cab drivers were charging a fixed $5 rate to go from the train station to the airport. It's probably the same in reverse.
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Old Sep 30, 02, 7:24 pm   #5
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Take the shuttle bus or a taxi to the train station, then the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) into Penn Station in Manhattan. It's not a fun ride, but if you are saving a ton flying into islip, who cares.
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Old Sep 30, 02, 8:39 pm   #6
 
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Depending on where in Manhattan you may want to go, you also may want to transfer to the subway (E train) in Jamaica.
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Though it's a $5 flat fare from the LIRR to ISP, if he just takes a cab from the line at the airport to the train station, it will run between $12 and $15. If he calls and orders the cab, it's only $5. There's a phone in the airport that connects to Village Taxi, or he can call at 8003711058. Sunset also charges the flat $5 for a pickup, but I don't have their number handy. Colonial (6315897911)did run a shuttle for the same $5, theoretically connecting to all LIRR departures; I found them unreliable, but if it's there, he can grab it. Train to Penn is $9.50 peak, $6.50 offpeak. Except for rush hour express trains, trip is scheduled to take about 85 minutes, but it often takes longer. Good news is that since Ronkonkoma's the first stop, you can always get a seat.
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