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Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:39 am

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.

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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:42 am

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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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:43 am

...just read it was roundtrip, sorry.  Smile
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:50 am

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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:51 am

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?

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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:09 am

It's just info from a news report.

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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:10 am

Isn't there a chinatown bus that's like, $20 one way?
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:11 am

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

Ahh ok, thanks!
 
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:41 am

Between NYC and DC, I would fly US Shuttle LGA-DCA.
 
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:44 am

What about DL Shuttle?
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:46 am

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.
 
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:51 am

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.
 
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:53 am

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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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:57 am

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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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:22 pm

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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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:30 pm

Chinatown bus, definitely.

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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:46 pm

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
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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:08 pm

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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RE: Cheapest Way From NYC To DC

Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:44 pm

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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