Finding the best place to live in Orange County that is both affordable and commuter friendly can be a challenge. Commute times can vary depending on how far north you find your place to call home. The balance of price, home size and distance vary from town to town. On both shores of the Hudson River, there is an abundance of towns, villages and hamlets that offer a commuter-friendly location that makes the trip worthwhile. Many of the county’s residents live in the suburbs and enjoy a reasonable commute to New York City. The option to take the train, bus or drive has become a preferred way of life. Live in the suburbs with all the privacy you want to enjoy, while being close enough to NYC. The county is a one-seat ride on Metro-North to Grand Central Station in NYC from many of its train stations.
For those flying, there are two major airports within less than 40 miles, with numerous air carriers.
The county offers a bounty of public transportation, including a ferry connecting Newburgh to Beacon and trains bringing riders to NYC and elsewhere in the state.
New York Stewart International Airport
1180 First St.
New Windsor, NY 12553
Stewart International Airport is approximately 16 miles from West Point. Major carriers Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and Norwegian Air connect travelers directly to Detroit; Philadelphia; and Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida, with connections to other parts of the country from there.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, Amtrak, Metro-North train service and rental car service with car rental companies to choose from. Travelers can connect to express bus service from the airport to New York City.
Westchester County Airport
240 Airport Road
White Plains, NY 10604
Westchester County Airport is approximately 36 miles from West Point and has four major carriers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines. Ground transportation includes rental car services, and taxi and shuttle services, with connections to Metro-North Railroad.
420 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017
The Metro-North Railroad provides service throughout the state. In the Hudson Valley area, trains are operated by New Jersey Transit. For more information on fares, schedule and the system’s service area, visit the MTA Metro-North Railroad’s website.
1887 County Building
124 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924
Orange County sponsors 16 individual transit operators providing service in four categories: commuter bus, local bus (fixed route), dial-a-bus and paratransit services. Orange County does
not have a central countywide transit operator; however, the services of the individual operators are coordinated with the name Transit Orange to identify the individual and coordinated transit services in and around Orange County.
For more information, visit Transit Orange’s website.