How to Get Around the Hamptons

The Hamptons are notoriously tough to get around--and we’re not just talking about the bumper-to-bumper traffic on 27. There are the ticket-happy cops lurking on every corner. The unreliable cab companies. The ousting of Uber. So you might be thinking that you’re straight out of luck when it comes to leaving your hamlet--but there are actually more ways to get from here to there than you might think.

If you need to get home from Moby’s after last call...
Your best bet is to book a car in advance of your night out. Because you know you're going to be waiting for a cab to show up hours after you’ve called it. 

If you need to get from Montauk to Southampton for brunch...
While cabs may be a major headache come nightfall, by day they’re refreshingly reliable and reasonably priced. The Hamptons Taxi App (for Android and iOS) makes hailing one all the easier, as it merges 85 vehicles from various services. 

If you need to get from one town to the next, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ...
Take The Free Ride, an environmentally friendly ad-supported shuttle that won't cost you a dime. Simply flag it down along its route or wait at one of the designated stops.

If you need to get to a cocktail party in Sag Harbor after sunset...
Use the Hampton Hopper. The mini fleet of converted school buses stops in various town centers and at bars around Montauk. Your first trip is free, and after that a single trip is $12 and a day pass (10 a.m. to 2 a.m.) costs $20.

If you need to get to or from East Hampton...
The Taxi One Hamptons app (for Android and iOS) offers taxis based on demand, but all trips must begin or end in East Hampton. The fare for one adult can be “as low as $4 per mile.”

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