Post # 1
So, my Fi and I are going to Montreal for our Honeymoon (we live in DC). We have a VERY tight honeymoon budget, so saving money is important to me, but I am having a hard time figuring out how we should get to Montreal– the options:
-Fly– can fly direct from dulles airport to Montreal in 2 hours for about $500 per person
– Drive– it would cost about $150 for gas and tolls to get there, and it would take about 12 hours
-Train– A train is about $150 per person and takes about 15 hours
What do you guys think? Is it worth it to travel so much longer to save $700? That’s $700 we could spend on fabulous dinners or spa treatments, or whatever else we’ll be doing in Montreal.
Post # 3
Are you guys tight on vacation days, or do you have the day to spend traveling? If vacation days aren’t a problem, I’d definitely go car or train. Will having a car be a good thing or a pain once you get to Montreal? If you’ll want a car when you’re there, I’d drive. If having a car will be a pain (and cost money to park), I’d take a train. I think traveling by train would be more fun than driving – neither of you will have to pay attention to the road 🙂
Post # 4
I say..trains seem cool…and they are for short 1-2 hour rides..but 16 hrs….not cool anymore. That’s my personal opinion..(I took a few hour train ride in Italy..and although it was within hrs after my 8 hour flight there…it was ridiculously painful) Driving 12 hours isn’t sooo bad…plus it’ll just be you two..vs a train full of stinky people :). Although…sometimes just forking over the cash is completely worth the time you would have lost traveling. Regardless, whatever you choose will be what you make it!! So I’m sure it’ll be an amazing time!! 🙂
Post # 5
Drive. If you take a train or a plane, you then have to factor in if you will need a rental car or not to get around. Plus, if you drive you’ll have plenty of time for “pit stops”. 😉 I went to France as a teenager and we took a bullet train from Paris to Cassis on the Med. Coast. The novelty wore off after about an hour. It’s not something I would want to do for 16 hours.
Post # 6
The train ride sounds awesome to me!! If you don’t choose that, I would drive. There would more than likely be some cool stuff to see along the way.
Post # 7
I used to take the train back and forth from school (I grew up in Philly and went to McGill for college) and the ride is really quite lovely and comfortable. If you have the vacation days to spare, it could be a nice money-saving option that is not as exhausting as driving.
Post # 8
The train sounds nice, but I might choose driving as you could have fun little stops along the way and a bit more flexibility on sights you see and not have to rent a car or pay for transport once you get there. Unless parking will be crazy. How is parking up in Montreal and the cost there?
Post # 9
That’s a good point about parking. If you are just going to leave your car in a hotel garage, that could another $20-30 per day if parking’s not included. Depending on how long you’re staying, that could really add up!
Post # 10
How long is your honeymoon? Will the time spent driving really cut into your time?
I would avoid the train. I’ve only heard horror stories about trips longer than a couple hours on Amtrak. The trains get stranded for hours, toilets overflow, they run out of food, etc.
Post # 11
@ hotchildinthecity, That sounds terrible!! I had originally voted for train, but if that is the case…no thanks! Thanks for the info!!
Post # 12
If you’re on a tight budget I’d drive. That is as long as you can get the time off of work and it won’t cost you money that way!
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2010 - Amy's Manor
I would totally drive – making a road trip out of your honeymoon sounds like such a fun idea! You’ll have a chance to talk all about the wedding when you first start the drive and as you get through states, you’ll have fun things you can stop and take pictures of, etc. and as you get closer to Montreal, you can start to really delve into those tourist books and look for fun things to do. I think saving the money and using it on fab dinners/activities sounds like a great idea!
Another option could be to look into the cost of renting a car to drive one way and then take a one way flight back? You’ll spend more than the drive/train option but less than the flight alone option and you can have the best of both worlds. 🙂
Post # 15
Fiance has a few family members who travel exclusively by train, and they really can be decent. I last took a long train in the US in the mid 90s (DC to Savannah), and it was fun. Is this the price for a sleeper? Recliner?
Couple other thoughts. What’s the price of train up there, then flight back? I think the train will be fine, you can sleep and relax and reminisce right after the wedding. But you’ll probably be antsy taking it back from the honeymoon.
Second, with the car, where are you going to park it? I kind of doubt parking will be free. Don’t forget that cost. I assume you will take public transport once there? Also, if you leave right after, will you have enough juice to drive that far? Remember safety. Though roadtrips can be super fun if you allow yourself to pull over to see the world’s biggest ball of twine.
Finally, that’s where my parents went for their honeymoon! And they will reach 30 amazingly happy years this October.
Post # 16
6 and 6 driving really isn’t that bad. You can stop somewhere fun on the way and maybe spend a night somewhere?