Plan Ahead for Your Trip to Fire Island
Whether you are traveling by car or via public transportation, be sure to plan ahead when planning your trip to Fire Island National Seashore.
On sunny summer weekends, anticipate a high volume of traffic getting to beach parking areas and ferry terminals. If parking lots are filled, you may have to make alternate arrangements or reschedule your trip to the beach.
Avoid New York City Traffic
New York City traffic is not always predictable. Using mobile traffic apps and driving before 8:00 AM and after 7:00 PM on weekends, and before 6:00 AM and after 8:00 PM on weekdays, can help.
Taking the Train to Fire Island
Long Island Railroad (LIRR) stations are near the William Floyd Estate and three mainland ferry terminals for Fire Island. From Penn Station in New York City, take the Montauk Branch of the LIRR to Mastic/Shirley for the William Floyd Estate or to Bay Shore, Sayville, or Patchogue to access ferry terminals.
You can easily walk from the Patchogue station to the Watch Hill ferry terminal, but a taxi or van may be welcomed for the longer distance between the other train stations and the William Floyd Estate or the Bay Shore, Sayville, and Davis Park Ferries.
Last updated: September 27, 2017