Traveling from New York City to Washington DC can be expensive. There are many toll fees if you travel on Interstate 95 via the New Jersey Turnpike and through Delaware. There is an alternative route that you can use to minimize the toll fees that you’ll need to pay.
Consider this road trip route to save money on your next trip to our nation’s capital, Washington DC from New York City.
- Cross the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan to Jersey City via the Holland Tunnel which is Interstate 78 West. There is no toll fee leaving NYC.
- In New Jersey, continue on Interstate 78 towards Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania. There is a $1 toll fee as you cross into Pennsylvania.
- Continue on I-78 West to Allentown, Pennsylvania.
- In Allentown, take US 222 South to Reading.
- In Reading, continue on US 222 South to Lancaster.
- In Lancaster, take US 30 West to York, Pennsylvania.
- In York, take Interstate 83 South to Maryland.
- In Maryland, continue on Interstate 83 South until you reach the Baltimore Beltway (I-695). Traffic will steadily pick up as approach the Baltimore Beltway.
- At the Baltimore Beltway, take I-695 South towards Washington DC and Virginia.
- On the Baltimore Beltway, take Interstate 95 South to Washington DC and Virginia. Traffic continues to pick up steadily.
- Continue on I-95 South until you reach I-495, the Capital Beltway Outer Loop.
- When you reach I-495, go east to stay on I-95 South and continue on to Richmond. Go west to travel to Northern Virginia.
You will pay a toll to cross the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, or the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey into New York City. But travel from New York City into New Jersey, there are no tolls assessed on the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, or the George Washington Bridge.You can check the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website for toll fee information. If you use the New Jersey Turnpike, there are toll fees assessed based on your travel distance.
Interstate 95 South when traveling from New York City to Washington DC you have access to numerous rest areas along I-95. These rest areas have gasoline, various food options, coffee, and bathroom facilities with easy access from I-95.
Using the alternative route listed above, we found only one rest area on I-78 in New Jersey. The rest area had picnic benches but no food, coffee, or bathroom facilities. Along the way, there were options for food, coffee, and gasoline in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. However, the closer to Newark, New Jersey the harder it seemed to locate food and gasoline that was easily accessible from I-78. If you need food, gasoline, or a bathroom break, it is best to stop on I-78 closer to the Pennsylvania state line, Pennsylvania, or Maryland if that is possible.
The number of miles from New York City to Washington DC is close whether you travel I-95 or use the alternative route through Pennsylvania. The travel time is similar for both routes, keep in mind that the Baltimore/Washington DC areas have large number of vehicles on the road from very early in the day to late at night.
This is an alternative route for travel between New York City and Washington DC. The travel route via Pennsylvania avoids most tolls except the toll on I-78 West into Pennsylvania for $1.
If you cross the Hudson River using the Lincoln Tunnel from Midtown Manhattan or the George Washington Bridge from the Bronx into New Jersey there is no toll fee. If you travel on the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95 South) you will be assessed a toll fee until you exit to I-78 West to Phillipsburg, Pennslyvania. You will save money in tolls if you travel through Pennsylvania. If you try the route via Pennsylvania let us know how you make out.
For information about avoiding toll fees while driving from Washington DC to New York City, read our post – Frugal Road Trip: DC to NYC. And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below. We always want to help you out.