This is a good read for the experienced EZF veteran and the rookie first timer as the means of arriving to Randall’s Island has changed from prior years. Read on the EZF site or see the details after the jump.
Ferry tickets will be sold at the Info Booth and Box Office at the festival grounds on Randall’s Island on the days of the festival. $10, one way, any way, any day. They will NOT be sold at the Ferry terminal in Manhattan.
Ferries travel to and from Randall’s Island Park for all three days of the festival throughout the day. Departures will take place from East 35th Street Ferry Landing located at the intersection of East 35th Street at the FDR Drive, with ferries running approximately every 15 minutes.
Electric Zoo Shuttle Bus
NEW FOR 2011
These buses will travel to and from Randall’s Island Park for all three days of the festival throughout the day. They will leave from and return to East 124th St in Manhattan between Madison Ave and Park Ave.
Supplies are limited; to avoid disappointment we strongly recommend buying a 3-Day Shuttle Bus pass with your 3-Day festival pass. These passes provide you with a round trip for each day that your festival pass is valid (1 round trip for Single Day Passes, 3 total round trips for 3 Day Passes).
Separate Shuttle Bus tickets will also be sold at the Info Booth and Box Office at the festival grounds on Randall’s Island AND at the Shuttle Bus departure point in Manhattan (124th St between Madison and Park Aves) $5 – One way, any way, any day.
MTA Special Event Express Buses (This is the best option IMO)
Take the 4/5/6 or Metro-North Railroad to 125th St, then take the X80 express Bus on Lexington Ave between 126 and 125 Sts, which runs nonstop to Randall’s Island. A $5.50 round-trip fare is collected going to Randall’s Island. If you transfer from the subway or bus with your Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard, only $3.25 is deducted. If you are paying with cash, you must have exact change in coins – no paper money is accepted on the buses. The 7-Day Express Bus Plus is the only Unlimited Ride MetroCard accepted on the X80. Local Bus Weekly or Monthly passes not accepted.
You can walk across the footbridge from E. 103rd St. in Manhattan onto Randall’s Island Park during summer daylight hours (6am – 9pm). It takes about 20-25 minutes to walk from the Manhattan side of the footbridge to the festival entrance.
Pedestrians can also walk across the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from Manhattan (about 15 minutes), Queens (about 30 minutes), or the Bronx (about 15 minutes).
BICYCLISTS PLEASE NOTE: Bikes are NOT allowed on the ferry or buses. Bike parking is South of the RFK Bridge Pedestrian Walkway, near the Ferry Landing on Randall’s Island. Follow signs from the main festival entrance.
Parking on Randall’s Island will be very limited – if you plan on driving, you should purchase a parking pass with your festival pass. We cannot guarantee that there will still be parking spots available to purchase separately at a later date. If you are purchasing more than 1 festival pass, remember that you only need 1 parking pass per vehicle – you do not need a parking pass for each person in your vehicle.