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First it is important to note that Philadelphia is a city in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey is a state. The City of Philadelphia and the State of New Jersey are separated by the Delaware River. Also, remember that Philadelphia is a large city and the way you travel to New Jersey may depend on where you are located in the city of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia to New Jersey by Car.
There are three major bridges that separate the city of Philadelphia from New Jersey. From these bridges, you will be able to get to most of Southern New Jersey fairly easily.
Ben Franklin Bridge: The Ben Franklin Bridge connects the Center City (Downtown) neighborhood of Philadelphia and Camden (New Jersey). You can also get to Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Pennsauken easily by taking the Ben Franklin Bridge. If you are going from Center City to Atlantic City or other shore towns, taking the Ben Franklin Bridge is the best option. The Ben Franklin Bridge is also one of the quickest ways you can get to the New Jersey Turnpike from Center City Philadelphia.
Betsy Ross Bridge: North of Center City Philadelphia, there is the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Betsy Ross Bridge connects the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia and go to Pennsauken, Maple Shade or Moorestown. You can also take this bridge and get on to the New Jersey Turnpike. In general, the Betsy Ross Bridge is less crowded than the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Walt Whitman Bridge: The Walt Whitman Bridge connects the South Philadelphia neighborhoods to Gloucester City, Highland Park and Fairview New Jersey. Walt Whitman also generally has less traffic when compared to Ben Franklin.
Interstate 95 is the common link between the three Bridges. There are exists from I-95 to all the three bridges as the highway cuts through Philadelphia. And you can take any one of the three bridges and hit the New Jersey Turnpike (the NJ Turnpike is kind of the backbone of New Jersey). Once you are on I-95, you can pretty much travel to any city in New Jersey. The map below shows the boundary of the city of Philadelphia and the three bridges that connect Philadelphia to the New Jersey Transit. The Ben Franklin is the one in the middle (Route 30). Betsy Ross is one in the North (Route 90) and Walt Whitman in the South
When I am traveling from Philadelphia to Northern New Jersey or New York City, I normally take I-95 North and connect to I-276 and then take New Jersey Turnpike. I-95 meets I-276 just outside the Philadelphia city limits.
Traveling from Philadelphia to New Jersey By Train.
I have written articles about how to travel between Philadelphia and Atlantic City by train and how to travel from Philadelphia to New York City by train.
In general, if you are traveling to Atlantic City, you would take the New Jersey Transit Atlantic City train from the 30th Street Station to Atlantic City. This train makes several stops in New Jersey along the way before it reaches Atlantic City.
If you are traveling to New York from Philadelphia, you can either take the Amtrak train from the 30th Street Station, or take the SEPTA train to Trenton and then take the NJ Transit train from Trenton to Penn Station New York.
Traveling from Philadelphia to New Jersey by Bus.
From the Greyhound Bus Station in Chinatown, Philadelphia, you can take buses to both Atlantic City and also to New York. This is probably the least expensive way to travel to New Jersey from Philadelphia.
Do you travel from Philadelphia to New Jersey often?
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