Those who are looking for a way to get around the Hamptons without a vehicle can rejoice — the Hampton Hopper is restoring intertown transportation as well as continuing the very popular Montauk loop.
The Montauk loop allows visitors to hop-on-hop-off all around Montauk, seven days a week, free of charge, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Through Labor Day, the route connects Hither Hills campgrounds, the Montauk train station, and Montauk harbor with the downtown area. The free service is made possible by funding from a New York State grant and the Town of East Hampton.
The Montauk loop features two buses running one route, enabling riders to get to any point on the route within 30 minutes or less. Riders can make connections to the intertown loop as well.
Born out of the need for affordable, public transportation and the desire to help eliminate traffic, the Hampton Hopper married tech and transportation to create its unique service. This service blends proprietary bus tracking software with eye-catching buses that operate seasonal public loops and year-round private charters within the Hamptons and beyond.
The intertown loop, which runs all the way from Hampton Bays to Montauk with stops at village centers along the way, costs $5 a ride. One bus will operate from Thursday through Monday each week until September 9. Rides can be purchased through the Hampton Hopper iPhone app, or at the Hampton Hopper website at www.hamptonhopper.com, or a ticket can be bought onboard.