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Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

Wigan UK
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Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

We are considering a trip which will take in the Maple Leaf from Niagara Falls to NY and someone has told us that is a very slow boring trip, can anyone give us feedback as to whether these comments are fair. Is there scenery to look at? We did the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver last year and loved it, how would this compare?

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West Grey, Ontario
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1. Re: Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

Hi nicola510;

You can NOT compare the Rocky Mountaineer excursion train to the basic passenger rail service provided by Amtrak.

As for the scenery, sorry, but it is nothing like the Rockies on this side of the continent.

Best Regards

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2. Re: Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

There are actually three trains daily from Niagara Falls, NY to New York’s Penn Station. One leaves in the wee hours of the morning, another at breakfast time, and the third (the Maple Leaf, which originates in Toronto) leaves around noon. The journey is about 9 hours from the Niagara Falls, NY station. But if you leave on the Maple Leaf from the Niagara Fall, ON station you will consume an additional two hours for the customs and immigration process. If you are starting from Niagara Falls consider crossing the border independently and entraining on the American side.

Finally there is a fourth daily train from Buffalo, which originates in Chicago.

The Niagara Falls to New York trains are typical of medium distance Amtrak services. They provide economical point-to-point transportation and are not aimed at tourists. They are two classes of accommodation, i.e. coach (2-2 seating) and business (2-1). Except for the Chicago to New York train, which has a full dining car, the food service is provided in a take-out café car, roughly equivalent to a buffet car in the UK.

The countryside is quite flat at the western end. It becomes more interesting going through the Mohawk Valley east of Syracuse. South of Albany, where the train skirts the shores of the Hudson River, is quite scenic. To enjoy that you would have to take the early morning departure from Niagara Falls, unless you were travelling in the height of summer. Otherwise it would be dark.

Wigan UK
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3. Re: Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

Thank you for the comprehensive replies.

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4. Re: Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

You're Welcome, nicola510 !

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5. Re: Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

Hi Nicola510,

Welcome to the NIAGARA FALLS TRAVEL FORUM.

Great info here from my colleagues, let me add some more.

Geographically the “central” part of North America is relatively flat… with some rolling hills here and there… some areas have large expanses of water (such as the Great Lakes), and consequently some pretty valleys where the Rivers flow that drain towards the Oceans.

The only true mountainous areas of Eastern North America are found in the Northern USA in New England… with the Adirondacks of NY State (this is where Lake Placid is… that welcomed the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980), Green Mountains of Vermont, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire… these states are extremely scenic, and well worth a visit… but something that is best accomplished by rental car.

The trains that you are interested in connecting from NF to NY City, travel to the “south” of these more mountainous regions.

The Western part of Upstate NY is predominantly flat farmland and a few towns scattered about (remember this is the most northerly part of the USA… so also one of the coldest areas for that country… consequently not a lot of population) as one approaches New York City (the US’s largest city)… east of Albany there is certainly an up-shift in the amount of towns… as well as the scenery becoming more interesting as the train passes thru the Hudson River Valley.

For more info on the route, and “the experience” you might want to take a look at this excellent Trip Report from the NIAGARA FALLS FORUM entitled *Trip Report: Amtrak Maple Leaf Train, NYC to Niagara Falls* = tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154998-i97-k441456…

This train route may not be as "exciting" as the Rocky Mountaineer in Western Canada... but it is a good way to connect to NYCity... and realtively inexpensively. The other choices are to take the bus (long and arduous, and not nearly as comfy as the train) or to fly... one can certainly find discount airlines in the USA that connect to NYCity thru Buffalo... and they can get you to "where you want to be" in under 2 Hours.

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

Edited: 02 June 2011, 15:49
6. Re: Maple Leaf train from Niagara Falls to New York

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