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1. Posted by carrie85 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

hey all

i am going to New york then canada in dec...
just wondering if anyone has any tips on travelling across US/Canada on a budget???
buses/trains/flights...hitchhiking??? :)

cheers :)

2. Posted by LauraMC (Inactive 30 posts) 10y

I think if you're a student and you have an ISIC card, VIA Rail Canada will give you a significant discount (40%?) off train tickets to travel across Canada. I would only recommend a train across Canada if you're interested in the scenic route. Otherwise, flying is a much more efficient way to travel.
Check out www.westjet.com - Westjet is the national discount carrier. I think www.aircanada.com might have some deals too, but westjet is generally cheaper.

The greyhound bus network may be a cheaper way to travel though be prepared for interesting seat companions and frequent stops in small small towns along the way.

3. Posted by carrie85 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

cheers... :)

4. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 10y

HI,
If you are doing any further travel in the US, I would say that flying is the best & sometimes, cheapest option. These days, gas is so expensive that if you add that to the cost of a rental car, insurance, etc - well, it becomes cheaper to fly. Then again, because the US doesn't have much of a public transportation infrastructure, then you are stuck when you get to the city you are visiting. So, it all depends on where you are going in the US as to what is best for transportation.

Do not hitchhike!!!

This is advice from a person who used to do it alone back in the 70's. There were plenty of creeps back then, and there are millions more now.

Trains are very expensive & infrequent in the US, buses can be cheaper, but for long distances they end up almost the same, and take forever to boot.

I'd say, fly, then rent a car in cities that don't have good public transport. Besides, if you are in the north during Dec, you are better off flying long distances so as not to slide off the snowy roads.

If you have an itinerary maybe I can give you more specific advice.

Good luck!
Martha

5. Posted by Peter P. (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

I too would highly suggest the train for travel in Canada. Some voyages - like Montreal-Halifax - are very scenic, while other voyages - like Montreal-Toronto - are more notable for being quick, convenient, and comfortable.

Even if you aren't a student, there are plenty of deals happening at any time of year.

Check out the website for more details:

VIA Rail Canada / Travel by train! Vacations, tours and tourism info