QUEENS — Betting your week's wages on some horses Saturday?
With California Chrome chasing the Triple Crown — which hasn't been won in 36 years — at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, thousands will be flocking to Elmont to get a glimpse of history in the making and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Tickets to the race are $10 for general admission and $30 for clubhouse admission, and are available on race day. Further ticket information can be found here.
Here's the easiest way to get to Belmont Park (without having to ride a thoroughbred.)
You can catch the Q110 bus at Parsons Boulevard, with stops at Hillside Avenue and Archer Avenue in Jamaica. You can connect to the bus via the F train at Parsons Boulevard and Hillside Avenue, and the E train at Archer.
The Q2 bus runs from the Jamaica Bus Terminal at 165th Street and 89th Avenue, which is accessible from the F train at either the 169th Street of 179th Street stations.
The buses run every 20 minutes on race day.
There will be direct service to Belmont Park on June 7, with 18 extra trains scheduled from Penn Station and 18 from Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.
The train can also be picked up at the Woodside Station.
These "Belmont Special" trains return to Jamaica and Penn Station until 10 p.m. or later.
The price is $8 one-way from Penn, Brooklyn and Woodside, and $14 round-trip. Tickets from Jamaica are $7 and $11, respectively.
From Manhattan, take the Queens-Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway going east, then connect to the Cross Island Parkway south. Belmont Park is at exit 26-D.
If you're traveling from Brooklyn, connect to the Cross Island Parkway south by either the Belt Parkway, or through the Long Island Expressway (this requires a trip on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.)
From Queens, hop on the LIE to the Cross Island South, and get off at exit 26-D.
Parking ranges from $10 to $100, depending on where you park. For a map and pricing information, click here.
FROM LONG ISLAND
If you're feeling adventurous, Belmont Park offers free "courtesy" buses for the neighboring communities of Floral Park and Elmont in Nassau County. The buses run from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.. You can park or take the LIRR to these neighborhoods and take advantage of the rides.
In Floral Park, the bus stops at the Atlantic Avenue Extension and Tulip Avenue, at a bus stop in front of 90 Jericho Turnpike, and at a bus stop at Floral Park Place and Floral Terrace.
In Elmont, the shuttle will travel on Hempstead Turnpike and Covert Avenue, making Nassau County bus stops along the way. It will also make bus stops on Tulip Avenue.