SUMMER CHEAT SHEET: How to get from New York City to the Hamptons on every budget

Summer in NYC means one thing: getting out of town. For most, that means going “out east” to the Hamptons, where the air is cooler, the dress is tonier, and the ritzy parties never stop.

As once-quiet hamlets like Montauk have become hotspots, the droves of Manhattanites making the Friday afternoon pilgrimage has multiplied, creating insane levels of gridlock on the unavoidable, two-lane Montauk Highway. In truth, the only drag about going to the Hamptons is actually going to the Hamptons.

With Memorial Day weekend — the biggest travel weekend of the entire Hamptons season — upon us, this NYC to East End cheat sheet will help you decide which mode of transit is best for you.

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