Outlet Stores In The New York City Area

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NYC Area Outlet Stores

In the New York City area, Woodbury Common and Jersey Gardens are the two largest outlet malls. With 420+ outlet stores between them, there’s enough shopping (hopefully) for anyone.

Woodbury Common Outlet Mall

Woodbury Common is 50 miles (80.5 km) northwest of Times Square. This shopping mecca, built in the foothills leading to New York State’s Catskill Moutnains, welcomes all levels of discount-seeking shoppers:  amateurs, intermediates and, of course, professionals.

Professionals shoppers are not people who get paid to shop. They’re regular people, like you and me, who just happen to be VERY SERIOUS SHOPPERS.

The professionals are easy to spot. All that fresh mountain air gives them extra energy to roll their huge suitcases around the amateur shoppers (like me). Their suitcases are so large that many of their closest friends can fit into them. Friends like: Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Ann Taylor, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Perry Ellis, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Ermengildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, Levi Strauss and Versace, to name a few.

outdoor scene at Woodbury Common outlet shopping mall
Shoppers stroll in the fresh air at Woodbury Common, where each outlet store occupies a separate building. New York State’s Catskill Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop to this shopping Shangri-La.

Public Transportation From Manhattan To Woodbury Common

Taking a bus instead of the train from NYC to Woodbury Common is strongly recommended. With all factors considered, the bus option is more efficient and more economical.

Advantages Of Taking A Bus To Woodbury Common From NYC:

  • Travel non-stop to Woodbury Common
  • Drop off/ pick-up point is at Woodbury Common  entrance
  • Faster than the train
  • No transfers required, unlike train
  • No worrying about forgetting your luggage (or having it stolen) while transferring trains.
  • Less expensive than train when you include taxi costs between train station and Woodbury Common.
  • Buses charge one set fee. Train fares vary according to time of day.

Woodbury Common Notes:

  • 1¼ hours from NYC by car/bus
  • 200+ outlet stores
  • Right off the New York State Thruway (Route 87).
  • *Dress for the weather.* Stores are spread over many buildings. You will be in the open air each time you leave a store. During winter, temperatures at Woodbury can be 10+ degrees colder than in New York City.
  • Join Woodbury’s VIP Shoppers Club for extra discounts. It’s free.
  • Use this address for GPS: 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917


Buses pick up and drop off shoppers at the front of Woodbury Common Outlet Mall.
Few go home empty-handed from Woodbury Common. To keep your hands free, you may want to adopt the professional shopper’s strategy of bringing a rolling suitcase with you. Buses drop you off and pick you up at the same spot at the mall’s entrance.

Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall

Jersey Gardens is 18 miles (30 km) southwest of Times Square. It’s right across the highway (I-95) from Newark International Airport. Wear your most comfortable shoes. This place is huge!

Jersey Gardes Mall Notes:

  • Half an hour from Manhattan
  • Purchases of clothes and shoes are tax-free. Thank you, New Jersey!
  • If you live more than 40 miles (64 km) from the mall, you qualify for a “License to Shop” discount card. Claim your card by presenting your driving license or passport at the Concierge Desk.
  • Has 200+ outlet stores. All stores are under one roof.
  • There is regular shuttle bus service between the mall and Newark Airport.
  • Use this address for GPS or MapQuest: 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Public Transportation From Manhattan to Jersey Gardens

Take New Jersey (NJ) Transit’s #111 bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Jersey Gardens. The Port Authority is located at 42nd Street & 8th Ave. in Manhattan. This trip takes +/- 30 minutes.

To see schedules for NJ Transit’s #111 bus:

  1. Visit New Jersey Transit’s website.
  2. Under “Schedules & Fares” (top left of page), choose “Bus.” This takes you to the “Bus Schedules” page.
  3. Under “Bus Timetables” (middle of page), you will see “Select Bus Route(s).”
  4. Scroll down to “111- New York- Ikea- Jersey Gardens.”
  5. Click “Get Info.” A new table will appear underneath.
  6. Click “View Timetable.”
  7. Turn your head to the left (destination names are written vertically.) Return schedules are on bottom half of this page. Be sure you are looking at correct schedule (i.e. weekday, Saturday, Sunday).

You can reach NJ Transit during business hours at (973) 275-5555.

Shuttle bus between Jersey Gardens and Newark International Airport

Are you traveling through Newark International Airport and need to shop right after or right before your flight? Take the Jersey Gardens/Newark Airport shuttle bus service. It takes 10 minutes.

Visit the Jersey Gardens Travel page and scroll down to the Directions & Transportation section.

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