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    Train to NYC

    Anyone thinking about taking a train? Good idea or Bad?


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    Re: Train to NYC

    Not I, but that could be a pretty good idea.

    You could avoid the hassle of the airport and of driving and probably sleep pretty well both going there and coming back, and see the countryside.



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    Re: Train to NYC

    Do you mean a train in for a NYC suburb or a train all the way from Iowa?

    To get into the city, sounds like a good idea, but I know that Amtrak from Iowa could take 36+ hours.



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    Re: Train to NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by aute19 View Post
    Do you mean a train in for a NYC suburb or a train all the way from Iowa?

    To get into the city, sounds like a good idea, but I know that Amtrak from Iowa could take 36+ hours.
    It basically takes an extra day. I was finding roundtrips on Amtrak from Creston at $506. Not bad for folks like me that absolutely hate flying.



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    Re: Train to NYC

    I found roundtrip on Amtrak for around $500... and i also found roundtrip by greyhound bus at around $315. I'm definately considering that.



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    Re: Train to NYC

    ^ You can find a flight for that much.



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    Re: Train to NYC

    Well, for someone who hates to fly, I guess it's a viable option. It would certainly beat driving and having to pay for parking (which can run, easily, $20+ per day at hotels in and around the city).

    As for me, personally, I'd rather spend the same amount on airfare and save the extra time it would take to get to the east coast.

    Also, keep in mind that Amtrak can routinely run hours behind schedule. Since the train journey from California to Chicago (the one that goes through southern Iowa) takes a few days, any delays that they encounter along the way essentially accumulate by the time the train gets to Iowa. I've heard stories of people waiting in Osceola for 5 hours past when the train was supposed to arrive until it actually did. Just a heads up.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.



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    Re: Train to NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    ^ You can find a flight for that much.

    Yep. Laguardia, JFK, Newark or even White Plains are airports. White Plains is on the NY/ CT border but you can take the Metro train in from Whiteplains to Grand Central Station (GCS) in about 30 min. Yankee stadium is 4 stops from GCS.


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