United States New York New York City New York City Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Itineraries Events Getaways All New York City Getting to the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC Written by Ellen Freudenheim Facebook Twitter Ellen Freudenheim is the author of four guidebooks to Brooklyn, where she has lived for more than 20 years. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Ellen Freudenheim Updated 08/29/19 Share Pin Email TripSavvy / Winifred Lao The Brooklyn Bridge has starred in countless television shows and movies set in New York City and is the subject of many iconic photos. But if you're visiting New York for the first time, how do you get to the Brooklyn Bridge? It's a valid question! New York City is big and sprawling. Most first-time visitors think of Manhattan and Times Square first, since they're the most recognizable parts of the city. Brooklyn is the most populous of New York's five boroughs, sitting to the southeast of Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River and connects Brooklyn to the island of Manhattan. Where in New York is the Brooklyn Bridge? On the Brooklyn side, the Brooklyn Bridge is in two adjacent neighborhoods. One is called Downtown Brooklyn, and the other is called DUMBO (which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). There are two entrances to the Brooklyn Bridge, one in each neighborhood. On the Manhattan side, the Brooklyn Bridge is in Lower Manhattan, on the east side of the island. The Brooklyn Bridge is the southernmost of the bridges connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. Others include the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is very close to and is visible from the neighborhood called Brooklyn Heights, but that neighborhood doesn't touch the bridge. This is a common mistake that newbies to the city make. How Long is the Brooklyn Bridge? When it was built in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It's about 1.1 miles or 1.8 kilometers long, and an average of 13,200 pedestrians and over 3,150 cyclists cross the bridge each weekday. Your own walking speed and the number of other people on the bridge will determine how long it takes you to cross; many people who work in Manhattan walk across the bridge as their daily commute. It's also a popular option for joggers and runners. If you're planning to walk the bridge, give yourself enough time to take photos and to enjoy the spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. Bring snacks and wear comfortable shoes, and take care that you don't venture into the bike lane. Cyclists go pretty fast across the Brooklyn Bridge and you want to avoid a collision. What are the Subway Stops Nearest the Brooklyn Bridge? From the Manhattan side, you can take the 4, 5 or 6 trains to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop or the J or Z trains to the Chambers Street stop. There are other options, but these two are closest to the bridge's pedestrian walkway. From the Brooklyn side, take the A or C trains to the High Street stop. The Brooklyn Bridge will be visible once you exit the subway, and there are signs that will point you to the pedestrian walkway on this side. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Tips for Walking and Biking Across the Williamsburg Bridge See New York City From Its Coolest Bridges The Top 20 Things to Do in Brooklyn The Manhattan Bridge Offers a Worthwhile Brooklyn Bridge Alternative How to Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge Get Ready to Pound the Pavement With these 5 Great Walks in Manhattan 5 Historic Bridges to See from Atop Brooklyn Bridge A Guide to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park John F. Kennedy International Airport Guide Best Way to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge The 5 Best NYC Food Tours of 2021 Find Out How Long The Brooklyn Bridge is: In Miles and Meters 4 Tips for Running on the Brooklyn Bridge Where to See Brooklyn's Amazing Dyker Heights Christmas Lights With a Rich History & Iconic Profile, the Brooklyn Bridge is a Must-Do Can You Walk the Verrazano Bridge to Staten Island?