Wilkes-Barre (the last part is variously pronounced “Berry”, “Bury”, “Bare”, or “Berrah” by locals, and “Barry” or “Barr” by others) is a city in northeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles southwest of Scranton. The city is named for John Wilkes and Isaac Barre, both of whom were members of the British Parliament who opposed royal rule of the colonies. Although the city is named after them, neither one ever stepped foot in North America.
The easiest way to arrive in Wilkes-Barre is via the highway. The following highways connect Wilkes-Barre to other regional cities:
- I-476 south to (Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension) Allentown & Philadelphia.
- I-81 north to Scranton & Binghamton and I-81 south to Harrisburg.
I-476 is tolled from mile 20 to 115.
The city is also about 15 minutes south of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP IATA) in Avoca. The airport operates daily flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago-O’Hare, Detroit, Newark, and Philadelphia. Rental cars are available from Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, and Alamo at the terminal. Take I-81 south to Exit 170B.
Wilkes-Barre is also within three hours driving distance from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Int’l Airport in New York City, Lehigh Valley Int’l Airport in Allentown, Harrisburg Int’l Airport in Harrisburg, and Philadelphia Int’l Airport in Philadelphia.
Martz offers long distance services to and from Philadelphia and New York City. 1 Martz Trailways Bus Terminal is located downtown on 47 S Washington St. Greyhound and other bus services operate from the same terminal, serving upstate New York, Toronto, Baltimore, Washington DC, the Midwest and West, and many other cities.
Public transportation is available through busses run by Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA), which also travel to other points throughout Luzerne County, and several local taxi services.