Sick of Paying for Over-priced Train Tickets to NY?

Three weeks ago we decided to plan a weekend trip to NYC. The train sounded nice. I could catch up on my reading, maybe take a nap for the first time in weeks. And I thought it had to be cheaper than flying. After checking the fares for RT tickets on Amtrak’s website, I changed my mind. Taking the train is not cheaper than flying. Not only that, but I could take the train from San Francisco to Seattle for the price of a ticket from DC to NYC. I know that there is a huge demand due to commuters, but damn. If you have the money, by all means, take the train. But if you’re like me and you’d rather spend that money while you’re actually in NY, then the Chinatown Express is the way to go. $35 Round Trip. Its not fancy, and it’s not for everyone. And it definitely depends on the time of year (as with anything, tourist season is not a good time). But to be able to travel for less than the cost of your hotel room is too good to pass up.

3 Comments so far

  1. lisa (unregistered) on March 18th, 2005 @ 11:15 pm

    Let us know how the bus is – I’ve been thinking about it. It makes me crazy that I can fly to London for less than a train ticket to NYC.

  2. narni (unregistered) on March 19th, 2005 @ 11:14 am

    oh i know what you mean! what’s even more ridiculous is that’s a train ticket is more expensive from baltimore to ny than from dc to ny. i’m going up tuesday for work and starting in baltimore (for random reasons). the ticket is $50 more! i can’t believe it…plus, they are charging a 10% fee for any exchanges or refunds…there are 4-5 alternatives to taking amtrak, i don’t understand how they think this is being competitive…

  3. Harry Watkins (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 11:16 am

    Superior bus tours operates buses from Baltimore subburbs to 50th and 6th ave daily $20 one way $35 round trip. Service and comfort are very good

    Also APEX bus same price.

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