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Top 5 Commuter Towns in Union County

by Kristina Helfer
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The Montclair Girl is continuing its series on commuter towns throughout North Jersey as our area welcomes more and more transplants. Whether you’re coming from the city, Hoboken or Jersey City, or even further away, we hope our guides help you land in the best area for your needs. There are many more New Jersey towns that are along train lines, but these are a few in Union County. Read on to learn more about some of the most popular commuter towns in Union County, ideal for those needing to commute to the city — or just any homebuyers who like to travel into the city quickly — and some with fun downtowns.

Berkeley Heights

Furthest northwest within the county, Berkeley Heights offers something different than the rest of the towns on this list — a higher potential for more land. With its own train station and downtown with over 20 restaurants, it’s a great place to commute to work and play. Just south of the Great Swamp, there are also tons of outdoor activities available just a stone’s throw away.

Read More: A Guide to the Best Downtowns + Main Streets of North Jersey



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Moments off the GSP and with its own train station, Cranford is a commuter’s dream. It also has a great downtown with popular restaurants like Vine & Oak and Garlic Rose. To get your commute started, stop by Track 5 Coffee for your daily dose of caffeine then cross the street to board the train to the city.



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Union is at the center of almost every major highway in the area — the GSP, Route 78, and Route 22. Its highway access, and train station with service to the city, make commuting a breeze. The town also has a lot of great dining options with very diverse menus from Mexican to soul food to Italian and everything in between.



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A town most New Jerseyans — and out-of-staters — recognize, Summit. Summit provides midtown direct train service (no service line changes) into the city and has a stellar downtown. It also boasts one of the state’s top public school systems and is known for being very family-friendly — albeit pricey for homebuyers.

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With the largest downtown out of the group, Westfield is the town to shop, eat, and commute. Flanked by Route 22 and the Garden State Parkway — and with its own train station, Westfield makes work easily accessible. It also has a Trader Joe’s directly across the street from the train station (for those nights when you really need groceries but are already exhausted from a long day’s work).

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