Visiting DUMBO is a must-do while in New York. It is a very nice Brooklyn neighbourhood, very safe, and full of things to do and places to eat. But how do I get to DUMBO from Manhattan?
If you are visiting NYC during the HOLIDAY SEASON (November 25th, 2022 to early January 2023), we (Discover NYC & My Christmas in New York) will come to DUMBO as part of our Christmas Lights Tour. After visiting DYKER HEIGHTS in Brooklyn, DUMBO will be the second stop on our tour.
If you’re planning a trip to NYC during the holiday season, check out our two Holiday Lights Tours and don’t hesitate to reach out to My Christmas in New York on Instagram if you have any questions:
If you are not visiting NYC during the holiday season, there are three ways to get from Manhattan to DUMBO.
This mini-guide will go over each of them in detail in the hopes that it will help you plan your next trip to New York.
The map below will help you understand a bit more DUMBO. You will find the location where you can walk down from the Brooklyn Bridge (see the section below for more information on how to get to DUMBO on foot) as well as other key locations in the area.
Our preferred «mode of transportation» to DUMBO is walking. This includes both crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and visiting DUMBO in Brooklyn.
Do not underestimate the amount of walking you will do in NYC. This is one of the 5 BIGGEST MISTAKES TOURISTS MAKE WHEN COMING TO NYC FOR THE FIRST TIME. Read the other 4 mistakes.
The only way to get to DUMBO on foot is to walk almost all the way across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan.
When you reach the Brooklyn side of the bridge, the pedestrian path will split in two.
Take the left fork and go down a short flight of stairs to Washington Street.
The image below illustrates which side of the bridge you must take.
Here’s a photo of the stairs you’ll have to climb.
After descending the stairs, walk down Washington Street toward the water to find yourself in the heart of DUMBO. It’s a piece of cake.
From Midtown Manhattan to High Street, we recommend taking the A/C Train.
Take the Cadman Plaza West exit as you exit the subway station.
You will then turn left, toward the overhead highway.
The street’s name changes to Old Fulton Street.
Walk down the hill and to the left as you approach the East River.
When it comes to Subway in New York City, we have three articles on our blog that will help you plan your trip and answer your questions about the NYC Subway.
Taking the East River Ferry to DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park is an excellent option.
This ferry runs between MANHATTAN and BROOKLYN. Take the ferry from Wall Street/Pier 11 to DUMBO in four minutes. If you want to take a more scenic route, board the ferry at East 34th Street and travel down the East River, stopping briefly in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
A one-way ticket costs $2.75 and is available at the Wall Street/Pier 11 ticket booth, onboard the ferry, or through the NYC Ferry Website.
The ferry is also a great way to see the New York City skyline. We recommend that you look at two sections of our blog.
The first is about the SKYLINE in NYC, where you’ll find lots of useful articles and tips on where to go to get the best views of the New York Skyline.
The second is about the ONLY FREE NYC FERRY to see the Statue of Liberty and the NYC Skyline without paying a dime.