Newark Liberty International Airport is a 7.2 mile drive from West Orange. LaGuardia Airport is 18.8 miles from the township. Taking either route I-280 East or I-78 East are the most direct ways traveling to or from Newark Liberty International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.
West Orange is located in close proximity to Route 280, the Garden State Parkway, and the NJ Turnpike giving multiple options to get in and out of town.
New Jersey Mass Transit offers bus service in the township to Newark on the 21, 29, 71, 73 and 79 routes, with local service on the 97 route. DeCamp Bus Lines offers scheduled service between the town and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 66 route.
The township offers a jitney service that operates on weekdays, providing transportation to the Orange and South Orange train stations the closest stations in relation to the township. New Jersey Mass Transit also offers scheduled train services that serve visitors and commuters in the township.
West Orange in total is 12.171 square miles in area. There are four general neighborhoods in the township.
Downtown West Orange and The Valley The most historic and tightly resided area is Downtown West Orange, which is located along the town's eastern boundary near the city of Orange and Montclair. Main Street, in this neighborhood, is where the Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located. The municipal building, police headquarters, and a branch post office are also on Main Street. The West Orange Public Library is located on Mount Pleasant Avenue in downtown West Orange, west of Main Street. Downtown West Orange has the most urban essence of the township's neighborhoods. The Valley is a up and coming arts district and a significant African American community.
The First Mountain West of downtown where three major roads that go through the town are located; Northfield Avenue, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, and Eagle Rock Avenue. This neighborhood is generally a suburban portion of the community. Houses in the area differentiate between historic style homes to renovated modernized homes. Located in between the first mountain and downtown West Orange is where one of America's first planned residential communities (established 1853), Llewellyn Park, is located. This neighborhood also showcases many views of the New York City skyline.
Pleasant Valley and Pleasantdale Just bordering the first mountain neighborhood lies the pleasant valley and pleasantdale neighborhoods, also suburban areas in the township. Golf courses and shopping centers are within this neighborhood. The pleasantdale neighborhood is known for being a notable Orthodox Jewish community. The town's public high school (West Orange High School) is also located in this neighborhood.
The Second Mountain The furthest west point of the township is where the second mountain neighborhood is located. A majority of the neighborhood is taken up by South Mountain Reservation. This area of West Orange is located on the border of surrounding towns Livingston and Millburn.
Essex Green Shopping Center - West Orange does not have a town mall, however located in this shopping center are restaurants, a grocery store, and other consumer friendly businesses.
New York City - New York City is only 13 mile west of New York City either go by car, bus, or train from West Orange.