Getting to and from Delaware

January 23, 2023 6:23 pm22 commentsViews: 79

Delaware is a small state that occupies the north east corner of the Delmarva Peninsula. Pre-colonial history, wine making vineyards and tax-free shopping is just a few of the many attraction that draw tourists to Delaware; and getting there is relatively easy. Most major cities on the East Coast corridor including Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York City are less than 2 hours drive away. The location is so convenient that the state tourist slogan is “In the middle of everywhere”.


There are no major international airports in the state of Delaware, the nearest ones are at Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC

Arriving by Bus

Greyhound runs regular services from Wilmington to Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

Arriving by Ferry

The Cape May- Lewes Ferry sails daily between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes Delaware. The 17 mile crossing takes about 80 minutes and a one-way trip costs up to $29 for car and driver and up to $9.50 for each passenger.

Arriving by Train

Amtrak Regional services between New York and Washington call at Wilmington and Newark. Some services continue as far south as Newport New, Virginia and as far north as Boston. The Aleca Express, has fewer intermediate stops and is a more luxurious, and more expensive service, runs between Washington, New York City and Boston and stops at Wilmington. SEPTA, the Pennsylvania based transit system, runs a regular Regional Rail service from Philadelphia across the state line to Wilmington and Newark.

Arriving by Road

The major road link to Delaware is the I95 interstate which run from the Canadian border to Florida, passing many major East Coast cities including Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

US state highways US Route 13 and US Route 113 run south from Philadelphia through Delaware providing a link to the parts of Maryland and Virginia that lie on the Delmarva Peninsula. US route 301 provides a link to Annapolis, Maryland and Washington DC via the Bay Bridge, a four mile long toll bridge across Chesapeake Bay and US route 40 connects Wilmington with Baltimore and New Jersey.

Local Transport Connections

Dart First State Transit run regular bus services in New Castle county, Kent county and Sussex county, together with inter county services between Dover and Wilmington and Dover and Georgetown. There are also other smaller transit companies, check locally for details.


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