Lincoln Tunnel

lincoln tunnel

The Lincoln Tunnel connects midtown Manhattan to New Jersey at Weekawken, traveling under the Hudson River. It is north of the Holland Tunnel.  Originally called the Midtown Hudson Tunnel, the 1.5 mile Lincoln Tunnel was opened in 1937 at a cost of $75 million as a one- tube tunnel with only the center tube open. In 1945 and 1957, respectively, the North and South tubes opened. Each tube carries two-way traffic, making the tunnel able to handle 6 lanes of traffic.

In 1970, the Port Authority of NY & NJ opened the Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL), a 2.5-mile contra-flow bus lane that travels along NJ Route 495 leading from the NJ Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel.  Each weekday morning, the 2.5-mile XBL dedicates a westbound travel lane to eastbound buses, essentially making the Lincoln Tunnel a mass-transit facility for morning commuters. The XBL serves over 1,700 buses a day, carrying more than 62,000 passengers to midtown Manhattan every weekday morning.

No trucks are allowed in the Center Tube.

Lincoln TunnelSome key facts about the Lincoln Tunnel:

  • Each tunnel is 21 feet, 6 inches wide
  • External diameter of tunnel: 31 feet
  • Length of tunnel (portal to portal)
    North tube: 7,482 ft
    Center tube: 8,216 ft
    South tube: 8,006 ft
  • Number of toll lanes: 13
  • In 2009, 20,248,000 vehicles traveled eastbound from New Jersey to Manhattan

Read more on the official Port Authority of New York & New Jersey site or NYC Roads.

TOLLS: A toll is charged ONLY going from New Jersey into Manhattan. No toll entering New Jersey. For more information visit the EZ Pass page for rates.

Effective December 2, 2012, 3am:

Two-axle passenger vehicle:

  • $13 Cash or without EZ Pass
  • $10.25 with EZ Pass during Peak hours of Mon – Fri 6-10 am & 4-8 pm, Sat – Sun 11am- 8 pm
  • $8.25 with EZ Pass during Off-Peak hours of Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, 8pm – 6am, Sat – Sun 8pm – 11am

Motorcycle: $7.25 one-way Off-Peak, $9.25 one-way Peak, $12 Cash

Driving a motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle? Here are the toll rates for you.


From Manhattan: During non-rush hours (Mon – Fri 4pm – 7pm), enter at either W 39th St between 10th Ave & 11th Ave or W 33rd St between 9th Ave & 10th Ave. During rush hours (Mon – Fri 4pm – 7pm), you must enter from W 30th St, W 31st St and W 36th St between 9th Ave & 10th Ave.

NOTE: No right turns permitted (except for buses) from 9th Ave at W 41st St, and no left turns permitted (except for buses) from 10th Ave at W 41st St.

From New Jersey: enter from NJ 495.

Entering Manhattan: you can access above 42nd St by staying in the left lanes towards W 42nd St, and downtown by staying in the right lanes.

Entering New Jersey: you can access NJ 495, Freeway, NJ 3 and the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95)

Walk through the Lincoln Tunnel!

Sorry, you cannot walk or bicycle through the Lincoln Tunnel.



with a few select NYC garages.