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New York to L.A - best & cheapest way?

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1. Posted by pillow83 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

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Hi guys,

I'm going to be in New York at the end of August for around 4 days as part of my RTW trip and I need to get to L.A from there.

I've been reading up about Greyhound buses and they seem pretty good to me, but I was wondering if there any other cheap ways to get to L.A from New York?


2. Posted by hil1012 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

If you've got a LOT of time, a LOT of patience, and I high tolerance for chaos, the Greyhound might work. Otherwise... have you checked your flight options thoroughly? Try all the discount flight sites first, because often the flight prices can rival far inferior methods. Barring that- maybe ride sharing? I've never done this, but I'd try posting on a site like craigslist or some of the New York universities looking for someone driving across country, and then you help pay for gas etc. It's a LONG way across this country. Honestly, a LONG way. So if you're going to go by ground, be sure you know what you're getting yourself into.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

You can get some pretty cheap airfares too, like $144 with america west.

4. Posted by michaelh (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Unless you're already used to painfully long, cramped, smelly, and generally unpleasant bus rides, don't go greyhound. Have you looked into rail prices? I don't know how the cost compares to plane flights, but it would be a good way to see the middle section of the country from the ease of a train window.

5. Posted by pillow83 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Thanks very much for all your suggestions, to be honest I havent really looked into flights or train tickets but I will do. I dont mind travelling over long periods of time I think it's part n parcel of the whole travelling experience, but from what I've read since I posted this yesterday I've read some pretty bad things about Greyhound.

I'll go check out the trains & flight price, thanks once again!