Beat the Traffic: The Fastest Way to Get to The Hamptons

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Discover the fastest way to get to The Hamptons and save time on your weekend getaway. Our expert tips and research will help you keep moving and make the most of your vacation. Get started now!

A view of Manhattan Bridge, New York, United States
Don’t let NYC traffic cut into your vacation time. Image credit: Lerone Pieters/Unsplash

A long weekend break in the Hamptons is any New Yorker’s dream, but when everyone has the same dream, traffic becomes a nightmare. As the title suggests, we’re here to help you discover the fastest way to the Hamptons and save valuable time. But before we get started, let’s address one of the most common questions that many New Yorkers have:

How Far Is The Hamptons From New York City?

The distance from New York City to The Hamptons is approximately 100 miles, which can take 2-3 hours depending on traffic conditions.

Since we offer city to city rides between New York City and East Hampton, Montauk, and Southampton, we analyzed the median drive times for thousands of rides taken between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend in 2021, and found some pretty big differences. 

Tip #1: Extend Your Weekend in a Different Direction

While in theory it makes sense to leave a little early to get more out of your weekend, it turns out most other New Yorkers have the same idea.

The figures for Tuesday and Wednesday reveal an untapped opportunity to avoid traffic. Instead of taking Thursday and Friday off to extend your trip, consider starting your trip earlier, and perhaps adding a couple days after the weekend.

Tip #2: Choose Your Departure Time Wisely

The time you choose to leave can also be the difference between a quick, leisurely drive and a frustrating, traffic-heavy crawl.

Since most travelers leave just after lunch, you can gain a big advantage — and over an hour of your time — by leaving a little earlier or later.

Here’s how shifting your departure time by a couple hours can make all the difference:

Departure date and hour Ride duration Alternate departure time Ride duration Time savings
Thursday 2:00 p.m. 4 hours 3 minutes Thursday 12:00 p.m. 2 hours 34 minutes 1 hour 29 minutes
Thursday 3:00 p.m. 3 hours 37 minutes Thursday 6:00 p.m. 2 hours 46 minutes 51 minutes
Friday 2:00 p.m. 3 hours 56 minutes Friday 12:00 p.m. 3 hours 10 minutes 46 minutes
Friday 4:00 p.m. 4 hours 20 minutes Friday 7:00 p.m. 2 hours 42 minutes 1 hour 38 minutes

Tip #3: Book a Blacklane!

The Montauk cliffside coastline.
Get to those stunning views in style. Image credit: Harry Gillen/Unsplash

You knew it was coming… but seriously, by booking your chauffeured ride with Blacklane, you can discover the fastest way to get to the Hamptons from New York City, saving you time and hassle.

With our top-tier sedans as well as larger SUVs or Vans for groups, there’s an option for everyone, and you can feel good about your footprint since all our rides are carbon offset. Just choose the best time for you, and leave the driving to the professionals. Plus, if your plans change you can easily change your booking or cancel for free up until 24 hours before any city to city ride.

Download the Blacklane app today to be able to book rides not just in the NYC area, but also across the U.S. and over 50 more countries.