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How to get to Orchard Beach on public transit

Find out how to get to Orchard Beach on MTA subways and buses.

Beaches are open along Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

You can get to Orchard Beach via the subway and bus.  

Getting to Orchard Beach 

By subway: Take a Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train, then transfer to a bus.  

By bus: Take a City Island-bound Bx29 bus, or on weekends during the summer, take the Bx12 to Orchard Beach.  

Tips for getting to the beach 

  • Allow plenty of time. We do critical repair work on weekends and you may need to transfer or take a different line to finish your trip. Learn more about planned service changes

  • Skip the MetroCard vending machine and pay your fare with OMNY. Use your contactless fare payment device, like your smartphone or credit or debit card, to pay your fare. Learn more on the OMNY page.  

  • Keep seats and aisles clear. Try to keep your beach gear out of walkways and doorways, too.  

Option 1: By subway 

1. Take the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park, then transfer to a City Island-bound Bx29 bus.  

Exit the Pelham Bay Park station at Burr Avenue and Westchester Avenue, then walk in the direction of Pelham Bay Park. Make a left on Charles Crimi Boulevard. You will be looking for the bus stop at Charles Crimi Blvd/Subway Overpass. 

From the bus stop, take a City Island-bound Bx29 bus to Orchard Beach Circle/City Island Rd. From there, follow Park Drive to Orchard Beach. 

The Pelham Bay Park subway station is accessible. 

Option 2: Take an MTA bus

  1. Take the Bx29 toward City Island 

Exit at Orchard Beach Circle/City Island Rd. From there, follow Park Drive to Orchard Beach. 

  1. Take the Bx12 to Orchard Beach

Exit at Orchard Beach and Park Drive, and walk to the beach.  


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