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Travelling around North America. Plane or Train?

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1. Posted by AlanIRL (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi,

I was wondering what the best/cheapest form of public transport would be for travelling north America for 8 weeks. Travel plans are as follows.
July 5th - August 28th.

Chicago>L.A>San Diego>San Fran>Las Vegas>Miami>Orlando>Philadelphia>NewYork.

Any help appreciated!
Alan.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Alan,
There is no train service to Las Vegas anymore. That might rule out the train option. Take a look at using the Discovery Pass on Greyhound. $539 for 60 days.

Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jun-2010, at 17:13 by vegasmike6 ]

3. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

I guess if you just want to see big cities you may as well fly particularly between the west coast cities to the east coast cities, might want to add Boston to your list and unless you are going to Disney World theres not much in Orlando.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

Basically, you're interested in the West Coast and East Coast. I would suggest the train for you from Chicago to California. Since you want to go all the way over to the East Coast, I would fly to Vegas and on to Florida (bus would take too long/boring and the only train goes from LA to New Orleans). Southwest Airlines has pretty good one-way fares if you book well ahead. Florida north to New York is easily done on the train.

The USA has pretty spotty rail coverage, and requires a mix of travel. 8 weeks on a bus would be pure hell!
Prices go down quite a bit after Labor Day (first week of September). This is a country of autos and Interstate highways - thus our demand for so damn much oil!!!

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jun-2010, at 11:43 by Daawgon ]

5. Posted by Medsummer (Budding Member 18 posts) 6y

Buses are too long, too many stops and the toilets are not that great...but it would be an adventure!