Tips on Getting to the Poconos by Air and Land
This local guide helps you find the best ways to get here. Weather you're coming by air - which airports are the best bet, using public transportation - including bus service, and help navigating the various travel tools at your disposal.
Best Ways to Get Here...
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
For such a large area, covering four counties and 2400 square miles, it's interesting to note that there are no major airports within the confines of the Poconos.
There are, however, a number of International and Regional airports that are on the peripheral edges - and those serving metro New York. Bus service is also available from both Philadelphia and New York City for those who don't own a car.
Getting to the Poconos
Airports that surround the Poconos include:
Newark - EWR
La Guardia - LGA
JFK - JFK
Allentown - ABE
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre - AVP
My favorite is Newark, since most major cities in the US fly non-stop. And while Allentown and Scranton may be closer in miles to your final destination, the extra time involved in transfers and stop-overs actually ends up taking more time. There are exceptions, however, check to see if your local airport has any carriers that fly non-stop to Allentown or Scranton. If there are, compare prices and then factor in schedules, flight times, and aircraft.
By bus: The Trailways Martz lines service the Poconos from both NYC and Philadelphia.
By Car: Interstates 80 from East of West, I-84 from New England, I-83 from North or South - Also I-95 to the NE extension of the PA turnpike will get you here, too. Of course, maps at Google or MapQuest or your GPS will give you the best directions (normally).