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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

New York - here we come! Maybe!

We're planning to head that way during the first full week of June for 2 or 3 days. But I can't seem to lower our costs to anything under $500 Canadian for 2 - which seems a little exaggerated for a couple of days away.

The biggest cost is transportation: the cheapest so far is Greyhound @ $140 CAN apiece (no student discount available, for some reason).

Has anyone heard of a cheaper way between Montreal and New York? And, to boot, can anyone offer advice on keeping our budget to a minimum?

Anything you can share is much appreciated!

Tway.

2. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

I heard the MET is free on Fridays. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Where's Anne when you really need her???? Traipsing around SE Asia on an elephant!!! That's where!!!

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Have you tried a ride-share? There should be ride share boards at most the universities. Also, you might want to check out this site Rides in Montreal or one of the other things that come up on google.

Greg

5. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Tway,
Leave it till 1st week of july and you can hitch a ride in our hire car.Theres 3 of us flying from the uk to vancouver where we collect our car then we are driving to quebec then boston,new york and all round the states and back to vancouver

6. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

did you look at the companion fares for greyhound? the second person gets 75%off.

7. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

sorry, actually i don't think you can get the companion fare to new york. but you could see if its cheaper getting the companion fare to toronto and then a ticket to new york. the go anywhere fare for 125$ but thats not much savings.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Thanks, guys!

I'd love to leave with you Reece, but unfortunately it's the first week of June or nothing! I've checked out a few ride-share pages, but so far no luck. I'll keep looking, though - I hadn't seen that site yet, Greg.

You know, once one gets a travel idea in one's head, it's damned hard to get it out. The little devil (or maybe it's the angel?) on my shoulder keeps saying "Five-hundred, schmive-hundred. You only live once!"

9. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Tway will see you in montreal then ;)

10. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

I heard you can return cars for car companies. I dont know which companies provides this job oppurtunity. I think they even pay you to do it.