Post # 1
I’ll be travelling from Ohio to NYC in November to watch my brother in the NY marathon. I’ve spent a grand total of less than 3 weeks in the US in my life, so I’m not terribly knowledgable about transport. I’ll be living there then.
Due to visa regulations, I wont be working, so have time (I will be studying though, but can do that in transit). I’m looking at a 12 hour ride on amtrack – it’s cheap and I train a lot anyway. Plus, I get to see a lot of my new home! My fiancé is concerned about safety/comfort and would prefer I fly, which is more expensive, or have his father drive me (who will be driving my family home, so I feel bad making him make 2 return NYC).
So, I guess my question is – train or fly? coach in both!
Post # 3
The amtrak is suuuuuuper safe and way more comfortable than the flight. If you’re up for the 12 hours, do the train. it is way more fun anyway!
Post # 4
@bebero: thank you. I’m leaning train, FI is leaning flight haha
Post # 5
@farawayviolet: If your only problem with flight is the price, try Kayak.com. I found great prices from Iowa to NYC and back on there. 🙂
If you’d be more comfortable on a train, go with that. I get a little antsy if I sit still too long so flights work well for me personally.
Post # 6
I’d choose the flight myself. How long is the flight? How much of a price difference?
Post # 7
the flight! i just can’t stand spending a whole day in a train…
Post # 8
@farawayviolet: fly for sure. It’s probably just an hour flight.
Post # 9
If I could, I’d take the train everywhere. It’s cheaper than flying and much less stressful. 12 hours is a long time, but there are so many ways to pass the time on a train: books, listening to music, watching movies on your computer, etc. They even have outlets so your batteries don’t die!
Post # 10
I love the train! I hate the stress of flying.
Post # 11
Having done long trips across the US by train, car and plane, I vote train – and try to get a window seat! Especially if you’re new to the US, you’ll get a chance to relax, view the scenery and see part of the country. Amtrak is safe, and if you’re not bothered by long trips, it’s a great option!
Post # 12
I would fly. The flight is likely to be 75 minutes. I’d rather see more of NYC than PA. Trust me, PA is just green.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
You won’t see much on the train, but if you’re looking to study and are worried about the amount of time you’ll have, then the train is a good option.
I, however, would fly. The flight should only take you about 2.5 hours, including check in and security. I’d rather hang out in NY for that time
Post # 14
I’d fly just because it would take SO much less time. The price savings for Amtrack aren’t worth the 6x the amount of time spent travelling.
But if you don’t mind the extending travelling time, Amtrack is perfectly safe and probably more comfortable than flying because you’ll have more space.
Post # 15
if you haven’t decided between plane/train yet, i’ve done both. i’ve taken Amtrak from chicago to rochester ny every christmas for the last 6 years, and it’s not too bad of a ride. plenty of room to spread out, and i just plug in my laptop and watch movies. it would be very easy for you to study. the train you’d take only runs overnight. i buy my tickets 3 months early and they usually only cost between $60-70.
the plane is much faster, but you also have to deal with security, more stringent baggage limits, and possibly more expensive.
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
DEFINITELY Amtrak!! I take Amtrak as often as possible — we took two vacations last year using Amtrak only (up the East Coast and down to New Orleans) and I’ve been on a trip this year using Amtrak as well (NYC). I love taking the train because it allows you to enjoy both the journey and the destination.
I just wish they routed through Nashville so I wouldn’t have to drive to Birmingham, Memphis or Charlotte!!