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FAQ: Transportation to Sullivan County in the NY Catskills

Transportation Options to Sullivan County

City buyers often ask about public transportation to Sullivan County. Truth be told, the public transportation options between New York City and Sullivan County aren’t as good as further east in the Hudson Valley. That’s a significant reason why we’ve had less development and why prices are lower here than in Orange, Dutchess and eastern Ulster counties.

Short Line Bus. The only regularly scheduled public transportation between New York City and Sullivan County is the Short Line Bus that runs between Monticello and Port Authority. The bus runs about every two hours, and generally takes 1:50 (depending on time of day.) A few departures have connecting service from Roscoe and Liberty, and there is seasonal service to Jeffersonville. But because those connectors are locals, its often faster to drive to Monticello to pick-up or drop off guests. There is free parking at the Short Line Bus station in Monticello, but it’s limited. During our “off season”, overnight parking is generally available in the Short Line lot for short trips to the city. During the summer season parking there can be tight.

New Jersey Transit / Metro North to Middletown and Port Jervis. A second option for folks in the southwest part of Sullivan (Barryville, Glen Spey) or the southeast part of Sullivan (Wurtsboro) is the Port Jervis train line, operated by New Jersey Transit in cooperation with Metro North. The train is less expensive than the bus, but it’s  slower. The trip from Port Jervis to New York Penn Station takes about 2:20. You can also catch the train in Middletown. From there, the trip takes about 2:00. Schedule information is available on the NJ Transit website.

Orange County Park and Rides. The state owned park and ride lots in Orange County, served by Short Line service to Port Authority, no longer require parking permits. So they may offer a good option for Sullivan commuters who need to go to and from the city. (List here.) I don’t know what the policies are on overnight parking.

New Jersey Transit trains to Ramsey. This one is a little hidden gem. New Jersey Transit built a large (1,251 space) parking garage at their Ramsey / Route 17 station. Parking is $4 per day or $60 per month with a permit, and you don’t have to be a resident to get a permit! Train service is pretty frequent from New York Penn Station, and takes 60 to 70 minutes. I’ve always gotten a space here, and I’ve left my car here for a few days at a time with no problem. Its about 65 miles driving from Ramsey to Monticello.