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US Open | Public Transportation & Driving Directions

Getting in and Around NYC

When attending the US Open, it is very important to make sure that you have all of your transportation needs settled before visiting. Parking and traffic is very congested during the US Open, especially when the New York Mets have a game as well. Parking costs about $15 no matter where you go in this area and can often lead you with a headache. With this problem, we suggest that you take Mass Transit so that you are able to skip the waiting for traffic and are able to get into the stadium in time to watch the matches.

NYC Subway

Subway- $2.00 unless you get a metro card


There are a few options that are available. The easiest is to take the #7 train from one of the stations and follow it to the Willets Point-Shea Stadium Station. From there, it is less than a 5 minute walk to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

If unable to connect directly to the #7 train, you can take the E or F train to Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station and transfer to the Flushing #7 and follow to the Willets Point-Shea Stadium station.

Subway Map
Subway Schedules
METRO Card Info

Rail


The Long Island Railroad (LIRR)'s Port Washington line stops at the Shea Stadium/Willets Point station.

Rail Map
Rail Schedules
METRO Card Info

Rail
NYC Bus

Bus


The 48 bus goes to Willets Point, where it's an easy walk south to the USTA. Or take the Q23 or Q58 to Corona and 51st Avenues, and walk east into Flushing Meadows Park.

MTA Bus Company
MTA Bus Schedules
METRO Card Info

Taxi


Hailing a Cab: The act of flagging down a cab is called "hailing"; there's not much to it, just stick out your arm and pretend you're the Statue of Libery. When the numbers on the roof of the cab are lit, it is available. Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up hails. Avoid "gypsy" cabs at all costs. These are regular cars that will take you from place to place; they usually cost more than cabs and aren't as well regulated (or as safe).

If you feel like you want to take a taxi, understand that they are cash only and that you required to pay one way and that there is a set fee for those going to and from airports. Here are the fees as of 2008. (for fare increase updates and additonal fare rates around the city click here)

Initial fare.............$2.50

  • Each 1/5 mile (4 blocks).$0.40
  • Each 1 minute idle.......$0.40
  • Peak surcharge...........$1.00 (after 4pm until 8pm Mon-Fri)
  • Night surcharge..........$0.50 (after 8pm until 6am)
  • Peak hour Weekday Surcharge of $1.00 Monday - Friday after 4:00 PM & before 8:00 PM
  • Tolls....................$extra
  • Additional riders........FREE

NYC Taxi



Tips-

When you get off the subway or the LIRR in the morning to get into the stadium, you are right in front of the East Gate. These are the longest and slowest lines, so head towards the South Gate.

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Driving Directions to the US Open



FROM MANHATTAN: Take the RFK Bridge (formerly Triborough) to the Grand Central Parkway East. Exit the Grand Central Parkway East at Exit 9E – I-678/RT-25A East/Northern Boulevard East. Stay to the left and follow to the Van Wyck Expressway South. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

FROM BROOKLYN (OPTION #1): Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE/I-278) East to the Grand Central Parkway East. Exit the Grand Central Parkway East at Exit 9E – I-678/ RT -25A East/Northern Boulevard East. Take the RT-25A East/Northern Boulevard East exit ramp toward the Mets stadium. At the 1st traffic light off the exit ramp, make a right onto Shea Road. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

FROM BROOKLYN (OPTION #2): Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway to the Van Wyck Expressway North. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway at Exit 12A. Continue straight on to College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

FROM LONG ISLAND: Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At first light, make a right on College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

FROM CONNECTICUT/WESTCHESTER (OPTION #1): Take I-95 to the Whitestone Bridge to the Whitestone Expressway South. Stay to the left and take the Van Wyck Expressway. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

FROM CONNECTICUT/WESTCHESTER (OPTION #2): Take I-95 to the Throgs Neck Bridge to I-295/Clearview Expressway South. Exit I-295/Clearview Expressway South at Exit 4 – Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West. Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At the first light, make a right on College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

FROM NORTHERN NEW JERSEY (OPTION #1): Take the George Washington Bridge to the Harlem River Drive, then to the RFK Bridge (formerly Triborough). Follow “FROM MANHATTAN” directions above.

FROM NORTHERN NEW JERSEY (OPTION #2): Take the George Washington Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway, then to the Whitestone Bridge. Take the Whitestone Expressway South. Stay to the left and take the Van Wyck Expressway. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY: Take the Verrazzano Bridge to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) East to the Grand Central Parkway East. Follow “FROM BROOKLYN” directions above.