You loaded up your suitcase with summer essentials, managed to answer all those annoying last-minute emails from your boss and took advantage of Summer Fridays to head out east as early as possible. But the Jitney and the LIRR stops are a good five miles from the closest beach, and if you’re lucky enough to have a car, you get to deal with the joys of Hamptons parking. Here’s how to beat the traffic and get around in style.
The Free Ride: The best things in life are free. Launched in 2011 by two East Hampton natives, The Free Ride offers shuttles around Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk and Southampton all for the low price of—you guessed it—nada. Thank corporate sponsors for keeping the fleet of electric cars running.
Bike it: Try to keep the smirking to a minimum as you cruise past those cars sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Montauk Bike Shop offers hourly, daily and weekly bike rentals and also has a few used bikes for sale.
Uber: This is big. After a two-year hiatus (due to local regulations), Uber is back operating in the Hamptons. Prepare for surge pricing on the weekends.
Hampton Hopper: If only the school buses of our youth were this cool. Entering its fourth season, this network of retro green buses hops between the villages, making stops at fitness studios, restaurants, shopping spots and more.
Driver On Tap: Similar to Uber, Driver On Tap lets you request a driver to your pickup location anywhere from Southampton to Montauk, with an added option of trips to and from Manhattan. The difference is that they’ll drive your car (and you) wherever you’d like. Prices start at $35 per trip.
Main Street Drivers: Travel the Hamptons like a boss with Main Street Drivers. For $40 per hour (three-hour minimum), you can hire a car to drive you wherever you want to go. Go ahead and pour that extra glass of rosé.
Avoid Route 27: If you do end up having to drive, do whatever you can to stay off Route 27. This involves planning your route in advance—via side streets—as GPS will almost always put you back on Route 27. (You don’t know our life, GPS!)