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1. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 10y

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Hi. I'm thinking about going to US and I'd like to go from NY to Washington DC and then come back. Does anyone know if train is the best/cheapest way to do it? How much would it be?



2. Posted by jodib (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y

If you don't rent a car, the train is a good option. I have taken the train from NY to Boston many times, which is about the same distance. I think the fares are up to about $100 or so now- it seems to be slightly less than flying and much less hassle. Are you going round trip or one way? Because you might wnat to consider renting a you more flexibility if you want to explore anything outside the actual cities, though parking will be expensive within the actual cities...

3. Posted by jodib (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y

i'm sorry, your post did say round trip...duh! So probably, depending on how long you are staying, train would be cheaper than renting a car. If you havppen to be going for the March on Washington on January 27 check with local peace groups and see if a bus is going from your region-many places are sending buses, even some pretty "out of the way" places...

4. Posted by BKK-Babe (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

The cheapest way to travel from NYC to DC is taking the bus...there's actually a bus (well...bus route) that takes you directly into Chinatown in DC...I'm not sure where it picks up in NYC but its about $25 max per person, one buy the ticket on the spot! Sorry - I don't know where to tell you to pick up this bus...its not a greyhound bus route...I only know where to pick it up from in DC - Good luck and enjoy your travels!

5. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

The Chinatown bus is the way to go, there are several companies that do this route. It's cheap, it's fast and it's reliable. As a note, some buses are 10-15 years old and some buses are brand new. Just depends on the operator, but between my friends who travel between NYC, Philly, Baltimore, DC the Chinatown bus is the way to go.


6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

Like another person said the Chinatown bus would be the way to go. I did a return trip late last year and it cost $35US return or $20US one way. To get to the departure place in New York (as in October 2006), you get the subway to Canal street station which is reached on line N, R, Q or W. Then you walk a few blocks up towards Manhattan Bridge and then you reach a junction I think it was down next to the bridge and where Allen street is that is where the bus departed from. I know the area around the departure point was very trashy with a lot of garbage all over the path. It'd be best to go around that area (in China Town) a day before you want to depart and that way you can buy your ticket in advance and also see exactly where you have to get to, because if you don't know it could be a little tricky. It would also allow you to get a timetable to see when it goes. The one I got departed at 7.15am and arrived in Washington DC at about 11.30am. You could also check the times out by looking up

Have a great trip, Washington DC is very nice

7. Posted by JoyinVA (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Train is fine, you can check rates on Amtrack site.
I am another who can recommend Chinatown Bus - a good friend travels on it frequently and thinks it is a good value. Buses are clean. Sometimes they are noisy but generally my friend has an enjoyable ride. Go to to check it out. there are several companies operating under the Chinatown bus umbrella - is the bus my friend rides all the time from Richmond Virginia to NYC and back.
joy in Virginia

8. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 10y

Hi, everybody. Thank you so much. You're great.
I'll defintly check the Chinatown bus.



9. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 10y

Quoting aarantes

Hi. I'm thinking about going to US and I'd like to go from NY to Washington DC and then come back. Does anyone know if train is the best/cheapest way to do it? How much would it be?




I recommend the train. Sample fares from New York to Washington DC in April are $67 USD each way. Leaving New York you will depart from Penn Station, arriving Washington DC Union Station, very close to the US Capitol Building. There is an excellent subway connection around the DC area right in the train station. Also a shopping area and food court.

The train ride takes about 4 hours. Check out website
and on the Fare Finder enter stations codes NYP (for New York) and WAS (for Washington DC) and the dates you want to travel. The site will give you fare quotes.

Another option is the Amtrak USA Rail Pass which is open to non-US and non-Canadian visitors. A little more money but more days of travel. (You would need one for the Northeast region).

Good luck on your trip!

10. Posted by Seek Up (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

I know this is from a while ago, but just if anyone is still wondering . . .

I live in New York now but grew up outside of D.C., so I've gone back and forth many a time taking both the Chinatown busses (all lines) and Greyhound/Peter Pan - Both options are $35 RT (although Greyhound fares do change from time to time). I always take Greyhound if I can though -- they are really all about getting there ON TIME, and the location at Port Authority is much better than hauling cookies all the way downtown. There was also one trip where there were roaches - plural - on the Chinatown bus. That was fun, lemme tell ya.

Another option is Washington Deluxe - also $35 RT, although their schedule is much more restricted.