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There are almost as many ways to get to The Hamptons from Manhattan as there are beaches to lie on once you get there. The best way to get to the East End? We recommend avoiding the highway gridlock in favor of an air-conditioned car on the Long Island Railroad. Come summer, the LIRR offers its Fridays-only Hamptons Reserve Service aboard the Cannonball Express, which leaves from various points around the city with stops in Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk. The entire trip takes about two hours and 45 minutes. If you buy a one-way ticket before boarding, it’s only $37 ($43 once onboard).
If you’re not leaving on Friday — or would prefer highway transportation — there’s always the Hampton Jitney bus, which departs from Manhattan’s East Side daily. Or if you’re yearning for slightly fancier wheels, try the Hampton Luxury Liner, which boasts leather reclining seats, ample legroom and a snack bar.