With offices reopened and much of the workforce back to commuting, it’s once again a top priority for homebuyers to be in close proximity to New York City. Before or after a long day at work, no one wants to spend too much time getting to or from the office or home. However, there are plenty of really great commuter towns on the outskirts of the city. We’ve rounded up a few of the top commuter towns in Essex County based on their robust downtown areas and their multiple options for public transportation to NYC. Whether you work in the city or just like to go in on the reg, one of these towns should do the trick. Read on to learn more about some of the most popular commuter towns in Essex County.
With a rich New Jersey history — and a train station with direct service to Penn Station — Bloomfield is a town for commuters. The train takes about 30-35 minutes during rush hour with no train changes. Bloomfield also has easy access to Route 3, which takes you to the Lincoln Tunnel. Take a quick train ride home into Bloomfield’s downtown and then enjoy the surrounding watering holes and restaurants.
Although a small town of less than 8,000 people, Glen Ridge is still a major stop on the NJ Transit Morris + Essex line, with direct service to Penn Station only taking about 35 minutes. Known for its historic homes and quaintness, Glen Ridge is a great option for people who want a small-town feel with easy access to everything the area — and the city — have to offer.
Our namesake — Montclair! With six train stations throughout, Montclair is a commuter’s dream. With direct service to Penn Station in approximately 45 minutes from any of its stations, you can get to your office — and home again — quickly. Montclair also has multiple, flourishing downtowns with shopping, restaurants, art galleries, and events to attend.
Toward the southwest portion of Essex County is Maplewood, sometimes referred to as the Brooklyn of New Jersey. With its urban feel, quick service to the city, and downtown area, Maplewood is a popular choice for city transplants. It is also close to Route 78 which will take you directly into the Holland Tunnel, if you prefer to drive.
Boasting its own direct-service train station, some of the state’s top public schools, and a downtown area, Millburn is a family-focused town for commuters. Its Morris + Essex line trains average about 40 minutes into Penn Station. Like Maplewood and South Orange, Millburn also touches South Mountain Reservation for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.
Last but not least, South Orange, is home to Seton Hall University, its own downtown area, and its own train station. South Orange’s train takes about 35-40 minutes to get to Penn Station and is right in the heart of its downtown.