L train service between Bedford Avenue and 14th Street/Eighth Avenue has changed due to repairs, which will continue through the summer of 2020. But you can still visit Williamsburg—a neighborhood whose shopping, live music and dining options have turned its name into an international byword for cool.
Read on for our tips on the best ways to make your trip to the neighborhood easy and enjoyable.
On weekdays, the L train runs normally from 5am to 8pm and gradually transitions from 8 to 10pm to a more limited service, so you can still take it from Manhattan to Williamsburg and back during those times. L train stops in Williamsburg include Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street.
After 10pm and on weekends, when L service runs only every 20 minutes between Manhattan and Brooklyn, you may want to try the alternatives below:
The G train runs through Brooklyn and Queens (from Church Avenue to Court Square), and stops in Williamsburg at Metropolitan Avenue. If you’re coming from Manhattan, you can take the E, M or 7 train toward Queens and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound G at Court Square. You’ll reach the Metropolitan Avenue/Grand Street stop—part of the same complex as the Lorimer Street L station—in minutes.
The J, M and Z trains connect South Williamsburg directly with Manhattan. From Manhattan take any of these Brooklyn-bound trains to Marcy Avenue, or the J or M to Hewes Street, Lorimer Street or Flushing Avenue.
Many MTA bus lines travel through the Williamsburg neighborhood, including the B62, B32, B24, B39 (the only one that gets you there from Manhattan, heading from the Lower East Side to the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza) and the B43 lines. There are also new Williamsburg Link buses (B91 and B92) that on weeknights and weekends travel between the following subway stations: Bedford Avenue (L); Metropolitan Avenue–Lorimer Street (G, L); Marcy Avenue (J, M); and, only on the B92, Hewes Street (J, M). For a full accounting, check the MTA’s Brooklyn bus map (PDF).
The NYC Ferry runs seven days a week and stops in North and South Williamsburg. You can catch the East River line from Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Manhattan, Dumbo or Long Island City, so it makes getting to Williamsburg easy. It’s a scenic way to travel, and it only costs $2.75 per ride—just like the subway.
For more information on your options for getting to and from Williamsburg, visit mta.info.