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  • OT, which NJ area airport to fly into.

    My youngest daughter has joined the Coast Guard and will be going to Cape May NJ for training around the 1st of November.

    She and I are going to fly out there for a few days within the next 2 weeks for a visit, and I need input on which airport to fly into.

    We'll be visiting the area directly surrounding Cape May, as well as drive up and down the coast a bit.

    Ideas? Philadelphia, Trenton, Dover ? Somewhere else?

    thanks

    Mark

  • #2
    I suggest San Francisco International.
    James Kilroy

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    • #3
      We only have a few days for this trip, but thanks for the suggestion.

      Mark


      Originally posted by jkilroy
      I suggest San Francisco International.

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      • #4
        Philadephia is the closest major airport, about 60-70 miles. Depending on where you are flying from, it might be possible to get into Atlantic City on an excursion rate due to the casinos. You might need to change flights, but it might be a couple of dollars cheaper.

        Cape May is a beautiful town. Congrats to your daughter and best of luck to her.
        Jim H.

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        • #5
          Looks expensive. You will have to fly to the nearest major hub from Boise, then to someplace like JFK, Atlanta, Boston etc, then to Atlantic city (ACY).
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          • #6
            Philadelphia would probably be best. If you get a rental car you can get right on 95 N head over the Walt Whitman bridge and shoot down the AC expressway to the GS Parkway which takes you right to Cape May.

            ACY from PHL is only about a 40 minute drive if you don't hit rush hour traffic. This time of year you will not hit a lot of shore traffic.

            I don't think it would be worth it to take a plane from PHL to ACY. But, sometimes catching a connecting flight is cheaper that way.

            You might look into flying into BWI renting a car and driving to Lewes DE and then taking the Ferry to Cape May. I am not sure of the cost for the Ferry been a few years since I did that.

            http://www.capemaylewesferry.com/Schedules-Fares

            edit ...

            JFK is an also an option. The drive down the Garden State Parkway is nice. Try and avoid the NJ turnpike as traffic is usually terrible on it up by New York and half way to Philly.
            Last edited by KiloBravo; 09-20-2010, 09:46 PM.

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            • #7
              The Lewes Ferry is around $60-$70 round trip and the schedule is somewhat limited.

              I mentioned AC as an alternate as sometimes there are excursion fares. My son has used it a couple of times to fly from San Diego to South Jersey. It doesn't always work out though. Best to check with a travel agent for possible package deals. Otherwise Philadelphia is closest and drive to Cape May.
              Jim H.

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              • #8
                Philadelphia or Newark are probably your best choices. I would avoid JFK, the New York traffic is terrible and you have expensive toll bridges to cross. Newark is about 140 miles from Cape May and is a nice easy ride down the Garden State Parkway, but Philadelpia would be the closest major airport. That is a US Airways hub, so flight selection should be good.

                Make sure you bring cash with you since all the major roads down towards Cape May are toll roads.

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                • #9
                  thanks for the input guys, I really appreciate it.

                  Out of curiosity, roughly how much $$ in tolls from Philadelphia to Cape May
                  (worst case, one way)


                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    I don't know anything about tolls since it has been many years since I lived in NYC but your daughter sure isn't going to suffer living in that area. Even in winter the beaches are a neat place to watch the surf, especially in a storm.
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                    • #11
                      If I remember correctly, the tolls are only 50 cents each, but there's a booth every 36 feet. You do the math

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                      • #12
                        I suggest not going to New Jersey.

                        Actually I went to Cape May once, stayed on the beach, it was nice. Dolphins right off of the beach in the morning. The most polluted, populated plastic smelling state I've ever been to, and they had dolphins. Who knew? Its actually a really nice coast line in that area.

                        Tolls, from New England, heading south on 95 CT, NY and through NJ. 15 years ago it was over $30 each way. So... it'll probably cost more than the gas you use if you are driving an H2 with a leaky gas tank.

                        Its been a while, but I would say that 36 feet between toll booths is a generous estimate, I would say more like 28.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 67chevelle
                          thanks for the input guys, I really appreciate it.
                          Out of curiosity, roughly how much $$ in tolls from Philadelphia to Cape May
                          (worst case, one way)Mark
                          You can try figuring it out from the link below, but I use to live there and couldn't figure it out

                          The Walt Whitman I think is $3 or $5 you only pay one way going into Philly.
                          The AC Expressway is probably $3 each way and the Garden State Parkway will cost you about $5 each way. So figure $10 each way. I use E-Z Pass and they just charge my credit card $70 every time it runs low. E-Z Pass is good all up and down the East Coast and you get a ~10% discount on tolls, plus they have high speed lanes so you don't have to stop to pay tolls.

                          Just bring some singles and a roll of quarters and you will be fine.

                          http://www.state.nj.us/turnpike/toll-rates.html#rates

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                          • #14
                            The WW bridge is $3.00 one way, returning to Phila. It has been a couple of years since I went to Cape May, but I don't remember tolls being more than about $5.00 one way.
                            Jim H.

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                            • #15
                              On the NJ toll roads. watch out for the EZPass only toll lanes. Big hassle if you get in one and you're not equipped with EZPass. Cash lanes are very limited, they are really pushing the electronic tolls....

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