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Cheapest Way From NYC To DC  
User currently offlineJFKLGANYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3627 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

An interesting report was just on Fox 5 NY.

With the rising gas prices, driving is no longer the cheapest way to get from NYC to DC:

Greyhound: $69 roundtrip

Driving: $107 roundtrip

Amtrak: $128 roundtrip

Flying/United: $185 roundtrip

The reporter said that the bus would be much slower, and the train was the best value because it bring you from city center to city center just like the car did.

PJ

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User currently offlineBG777300ER From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2005, 269 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Quoting JFKLGANYC (Thread starter):
Amtrak: $128 roundtrip

I ride the train about twice every 3 weeks and it's $84, $120 at peak times but mostly $84. You can also ride the Acela Express which isn't worth the money because it's only about 20 minutes faster for $135.



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User currently offlineBG777300ER From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2005, 269 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

...just read it was roundtrip, sorry.  Smile


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User currently offlineH53Epilot From Israel, joined Mar 2004, 177 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Of course this is just for one person. If you drive with 4 people, well.....Also, what they don't take into account is the ground transportation to/from the airport or the parking bill. Let's see them calculate the true costs with 3 or 4 people.

User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Haven't you ever hopped a freight?

User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Personally, if I am going to spend $128 on a train ticket, I might as well spend the extra $57 to get there faster, and to fly on UAL  Smile. Are you going to be traveling often, or is this just some info?

-Phelpsie


User currently offlineJFKLGANYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3627 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

It's just info from a news report.

PJ


User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6791 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

Isn't there a chinatown bus that's like, $20 one way?


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User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

Quoting JFKLGANYC (Reply 6):
It's just info from a news report.

Ahh ok, thanks!


User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

Between NYC and DC, I would fly US Shuttle LGA-DCA.

User currently offlineDL4EVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

What about DL Shuttle?


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User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Could work too, but I am a US Chairman's Preferred, so my opinion is a bit biased. :P

Plus, LGA is closer to my destination in NYC.


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

Quoting Phelpsie87 (Reply 5):
Personally, if I am going to spend $128 on a train ticket, I might as well spend the extra $57 to get there faster

By the time to add on all the extra's getting to the airport, TSA hassle etc, the train will win. And you still have a couple of bucks for a cool drink or two.


User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

Did Fox 5 say you had a limited amount of time?

Walking is still cheaper. And better for you and the environment!

What about riding a bicycle?



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User currently offlineCRGsFuture From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

I think on the NE Corridor the train is the best option, I love Acela. Yes it is overpriced, but their 1st Class can't be beat and it is a very smooth ride.


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

The question is, where in NYC are you departing from, and where in the DC area are you heading?

As much as I love flying, on the east coast of the U.S. the train is the better bet for a couple of reasons:

#1 - Midtown Manhattan to downtown Washington DC. No long commutes to the airport - both train stations are tied into the cities' respective subway systems.

#2 - No security lines like the airports.

#3 - Extra room. No one is cramped on the train - wide and spacious, even at the cheapest level.

#4 - It is not terribly expensive to upgrade. First class and Acela cost more, but by comparison to F class on airplanes? No comparison.

#5 - Get up and move around. Enjoy the scenery. Let someone else deal with the hassles.

#6 - Scheduling. There are lots of trains, 24/7/365, and at all hours. Some leave NYC at 4:30 AM arriving in DC 3½ hours later.

#7 - MOST of the time, traffic is not an issue. Airports get clogged, and traffic in the United States is reaching farcical levels. Delays happen on trains, but generally, they run on time.

Flying should be for longer distances - it's just too convenient to use Amtrak on certain routes.



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User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

Chinatown bus, definitely.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

I have to agree with everything PanAm747(Reply 15) said. Oh for the days when you could park reasonaby close to terminal, buy a shuttle ticket and be on you way in 15 minutes or so. Those days are defintely gone for good.  Angry


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineScoliodon From India, joined Oct 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3164 times:

I agree with ERJ170 and Aaron.
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Chinatown is the cheapest - $35 for a roundtrip - one-way journey takes about 4.5 to 5 hours. You also have on-road entertainment, they screened "School of Rock" when i went from NY to DC.



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User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Quoting AirCop (Reply 12):
By the time to add on all the extra's getting to the airport, TSA hassle etc, the train will win. And you still have a couple of bucks for a cool drink or two.

Good point, I thought about that after I posted. Extra money is great and a few cool drinks might help that train ride go faster. I guess I am just the type of guy that would take a plane over a train.


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