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1. Posted by mark24 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi Everyone!

Me and my friend are going travelling for 7 months in September and are starting our adventure in New York. We are hoping to spend 6 weeks travelling from NY and finally arriving in LA 6 weeks later! could anyone give us some advice of the best ways to get from East to West without flying! we have looked into using the Greyhound and also even looked at buying a car perhaps! is this a good idea???? any input to this would be great!

Thanks!

Mark (Hull, England)

2. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

A car would be the best way to see the country and be able to do as you wish, but it will be a lot more driving than you would probably be used to. Other possibilities are Greyhound or Amtrak, maybe with a pass of some sort. Cheers

3. Posted by monie (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Trek America have tours, two you might be interested in is the Transcontinental North and Transcontinental South. Both can start in New York and Finish in LA, and they are both 35 days in length. You can spent a few days in New York and surrounds before the taking the tour, and spend extra time in LA/Surrounds afterwards as well to make the 6 weeks

Monie

4. Posted by Turbo (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Quoting mark24

Hi Everyone!

Me and my friend are going travelling for 7 months in September and are starting our adventure in New York. We are hoping to spend 6 weeks travelling from NY and finally arriving in LA 6 weeks later! could anyone give us some advice of the best ways to get from East to West without flying! we have looked into using the Greyhound and also even looked at buying a car perhaps! is this a good idea???? any input to this would be great!

Thanks!

Mark (Hull, England)

Alright m8, I did exactly what you are about to undertake last summer. I bought a 30 day rail pass which will get you cross country, I went all the the way down to Miami, Canada, Texas and finishing up in California.
The rail pass is £300 its great value and you meet some cracking yanks as well m8.
Pm me if you've got any more questions.

5. Posted by Bman8 (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Quoting Turbo

Quoting mark24

Hi Everyone!

Me and my friend are going travelling for 7 months in September and are starting our adventure in New York. We are hoping to spend 6 weeks travelling from NY and finally arriving in LA 6 weeks later! could anyone give us some advice of the best ways to get from East to West without flying! we have looked into using the Greyhound and also even looked at buying a car perhaps! is this a good idea???? any input to this would be great!

Thanks!

Mark (Hull, England)

Alright m8, I did exactly what you are about to undertake last summer. I bought a 30 day rail pass which will get you cross country, I went all the the way down to Miami, Canada, Texas and finishing up in California.
The rail pass is £300 its great value and you meet some cracking yanks as well m8.
Pm me if you've got any more questions.

Hi there, i'm off to NY on June 3rd to guess what.............to travel from NY to LA over 6 weeks:)
Just wanted to ask about the rail pass, did u buy it over there and if so where from?
Also did you use buses much and did teh trains offer much coverage within individual states?
Cheers.

6. Posted by patience (Full Member 118 posts) 8y

thats train pass sounds really good. is there a website where i can check that out???

id actually like to plot where id stay in each state should when that trip across the states. are those WHA hostels all across the states? or do people tend to just stay in motels and places like that?

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Here's that website for routes and rates:
http://tinyurl.com/34jxfh

Just wanted to warn you about Amtrak - it's nothing great! It is the total opposite of Britishrail - it has very little coverage, and is best in the NE corridor (Boston-Washington) and midwest. However, it is possible to do a transcon trip if you plan well. For instance, you could do New York to Florida to New Orleans to Los Angeles to Seattle to Chicago to New York. The cars are roomy, but often dirty - most equipment is old, food is expensive and terrible, and the staff could care less about passengers. We mostly drive in the States, but with $4. a gallon gas, everyone's trading in their huge SUV's for Toyota Hybrids. The train is also extremely slow and often has to wait for freight trains to pass as most tracks are owned by the freights. When you ride the train here, plan on being late - VERY LATE!

If I need to go any distance, I fly, but to see the entire country the cost would be out of sight. Only the poor here use the bus. Motels are expensive in the cities, and we have very poor 3rd class hotels. I can't afford to travel in my own country, so I go to Asia!

8. Posted by Turbo (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Here's that website for routes and rates:
http://tinyurl.com/34jxfh

Just wanted to warn you about Amtrak - it's nothing great! It is the total opposite of Britishrail - it has very little coverage, and is best in the NE corridor (Boston-Washington) and midwest. However, it is possible to do a transcon trip if you plan well. For instance, you could do New York to Florida to New Orleans to Los Angeles to Seattle to Chicago to New York. The cars are roomy, but often dirty - most equipment is old, food is expensive and terrible, and the staff could care less about passengers. We mostly drive in the States, but with $4. a gallon gas, everyone's trading in their huge SUV's for Toyota Hybrids. The train is also extremely slow and often has to wait for freight trains to pass as most tracks are owned by the freights. When you ride the train here, plan on being late - VERY LATE!

If I need to go any distance, I fly, but to see the entire country the cost would be out of sight. Only the poor here use the bus. Motels are expensive in the cities, and we have very poor 3rd class hotels. I can't afford to travel in my own country, so I go to Asia!

I couldn't really have put it better myself.
All that being true Im one of those people who doesnt feel the need to keep to deadlines, am interested in meeting the citizens of the country, and to see the scenery by land. All of this is accessible by train. Type in Amtrak into google and you'll find the website, just follow the links on there and ou'll find the pass.
I Hopped on the greyhound when my pass ran out in Arizona, there are a few weirdos on board, I heard some horror stories from people who rode the greyhound in states such as Louisiana and Alabama, but generally its all well and good, and you dont mind these kind of people.

9. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

I did the same thing by amtrak rail pass and found that it was good value for money. I really enjoyed the journeys, imo Denver to San-Francisco is the best i've been on. But what people are saying is 100% right. I was normaly running anything from 3-8 hours late into the final stop. But i had no meeting to get to and found the trains a great place to meet a cross section of real americans that would talk your ears off all night if you let them.

I took 5 weeks to cross and it did feel alittle rushed btw.

Have fun
Leon

10. Posted by CityWalker (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

I've got great memories from family trips on amtrack.
but i totally agree about the bad food and slow crappy service.

I hear that Canada has an amazing trans continental rail...
i don't know if it makes sense to use them for the east west part of the trip and then head south
this might be totally unfeasible... but something like miami to maine via amtrack with lots stops along the way and then cross the continent via canadian rail and then south along the west coast.

[ Edit: Edited on May 13, 2008, at 8:38 AM by CityWalker ]