Atlantic City is a world-wide destination yet does not have the ability to accept international flights due to a lack of Customs and Immigrations services there is news however that this could very well change as the airport has an extremely long runway capable of accepting the largest jets.
The closest airport is Philadelphia International (PHL) only a one hour drive away on the Atlantic City Expressway toll road. The other two airports are Newark International (EWR), and John F. Kennedy International (JFK) a two and a half hour drive from Newark, and three hours from Kennedy on the Garden State Parkway toll road.
It is also easy to get to Atlantic City from both these airports by taking a bus to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and changing for one of the frequent buses to Atlantic City.
A tip for you if you are in New York City, and only want to go down to A.C. for the night is to go to China Town where you have The Caesar’s/Bally’s Casino bus company which is one of the more popular choices because of its hourly bus departure options, with buses departing almost every hour from 9am to 1am.
Its office is upstairs on 15 Division Street but most casino goers choose the convenient, walk-up window ticket vending location on 1 Division Street, where the bus driver pulls in somewhere nearby. The deal here is that when you get to the casino you give them your ticket, and are reimbursed for the cost. Just follow the people when they get off the bus, and you will find the place to cash in your ticket.
If you plan to visit Atlantic City for the first time many things will dictate where you stay especially your budget.
The weekends of course are when the place is buzzing, but because of this you are going to pay top dollar for a room almost anywhere you go.
The number one thing to do before you decide where you are going to stay is to sign up online for the casino’s loyalty card. It’s totally free with companies like Ballys, Caesars, and Harrah’s cards all linked to one account. Often you will get a free gift just for signing up with the possibility of a discounted room, food & drink, or maybe even a free T-shirt.
No matter what you do in the casino when it comes to gambling is to make sure you put the card in a slot machine or hand it to the supervisor who will keep track of your play by inputting how much money you have spent, what your average bet is, and most importantly how long you have played for. It is no use just buying in for cash all the time, and keeping the chips either, as they know exactly how much you have in your pocket so it really is about how much time you put in.
The casino has a formula in which they give you back a percentage of your money in the form of free drinks or meals, or even a free hotel room. You need to have been playing for at least three hours before you ask for a meal comp, but in most casinos your new card will show that it is your first time there so the Pit Boss will most likely give you something even if you do not qualify.
The Casino’s to avoid unless money is no object are the new Revel, the Borgata, and Caesars where the table limits in these three casinos are higher than anywhere else in town.
The biggest bargain to be had in town is at the Atlantic Club, which before changing its name was the Atlantic City Hilton. Realizing that they could no longer compete with the big boys they decided to go after the local market by drastically cutting the rates of the rooms, and slashing the restaurant prices by half. They also lowered all the table minimums and brought in new penny slot machines.
An all you can eat BBQ buffet is available every day for $12.99 and with the best beach bar in town the “Dizzy Dolphin” this is the casino I would stay at. Also the next casino down the Boardwalk is the Tropicana where they have Hooters, and the best Chinese restaurant in Atlantic City “PJ Changs”. For more information on the Atlantic Club, click on the link to sign up for your loyalty card, or to make a reservation.
The best way to visit all the casinos is to ride the Jitney which are small buses that service all the casinos in Atlantic City including the Marina District they run non-stop up and down Pacific Avenue 24/7 with a single ride ticket costing $2.25 pay the driver when you get on, and tell him which casino you are going to and he will let you know when to get off.