That central location ensures an easy access via car, plane, train, or bus, and makes Delaware a convenient gateway to many East Coast destinations. Travelers on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania turnpikes can easily access the state, and there is even a vehicle ferry that connects Cape May, N.J., and Lewes, Del. Here are our top tips for s smooth ride.
1. Enjoy the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Heading to Delaware from Jersey or NYC? Simply drive your car onboard and settle in with some beverages and snack for the picturesque voyage across the Delaware Bay. Foot and bicycle passenger rates also available.
2. Download the DelDOT Mobile App
From monitoring flow of traffic to where snowplows are located, this app will help ease your travel. For extra moments of discovery, try traveling Delaware’s Scenic Byways. From rolling countryside to bayside, your drive will be surrounded by unique landscapes.
3. Plan Ahead with Travel Times
Peak drive times include; in northern Delaware, commuters heading into Wilmington and Philadelphia during the work week; in Central Delaware NASCAR race weekend and Firefly Music Festival camping check-in days; in southern Delaware during the summer months, Saturday morning check-in & out times for rentals and hotels are peak drive times.
4. Use the Parkmobile App
When parking at the Delaware beaches, be sure to download Parkmobile, a smartphone app that allows visitors to pay for parking from the palm of their hand or sit back and relax on the Jolly Trolley service between Rehoboth and Dewey.
5. Take the Bus
Park for free and let the Beach Bus do the driving! The Lewes Transit Center is a comfortable and affordable way to explore the beaches. Head to the DART website for details on schedules and fares.
Trains, Planes and More
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI):
800-I FLY BWI
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL):
Reagan National Airport (DCA):
Salisbury Regional Airport
Wilmington Airport (ILG):
Amtrak (WIL): 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245)
SEPTA (Regional Rail): 215-580-7800
DART First State: 800-355-8080
New Jersey Transit: 800-275-5555
Delaware Express: 302-454-7800
Delmarva Transportation: 877-769-7433
Cape May-Lewes Ferry: 800-643-3779
Distance to attractions
Wilmington to Winterthur mansion:
Rehoboth Beach to Bethany Beach:
Cape May, N.J. to Lewes:
19 miles by ferry, 175 miles by car
Delaware’s northern border to Firefly Music Festival:
About 57 miles
Delaware’s western border to Firefly Music Festival:
About 13 miles
Top of state to bottom:
About 117 miles by car