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Reach Allentown from DC: train+bus?

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Reach Allentown from DC: train+bus?

I'm trying to get from DC to Allentown on a Sunday. My current plan is to take an Amtrak train in the morning to Philadelphia, and then get the 12:45 Susquehanna (or Bieber) bus to Allentown.

Does this sound like the best way? Are there any other bus companies available? I was hoping to leave a bit later in the day, but the only other bus seems to leave Philadelphia at 9pm which is too late for me. Flights are about $300.

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1. Re: Reach Allentown from DC: train+bus?

Bus service between Philadelphia and Allentown is not frequent, so you probably have the best schedule. Be sure to allow for train delays. Take a train that arrives at least an hour earlier than your bus departs.

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2. Re: Reach Allentown from DC: train+bus?

It looks possible to do Greyhound from DC to Harrisburg and then Harrisburg to Allentown.

DC to Harrisburg is 3 hours, leaving at 3 pm, and Harrisburg to Allentown is 1 hour 50 min, leaving at 6:40 pm. Not sure how this compares to the Amtrak/bus time.

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3. Re: Reach Allentown from DC: train+bus?

not sure what incremental difference is between flying and amtrak/bus.

Could you just rent a car for the day?

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4. Re: Reach Allentown from DC: train+bus?

As it turns out, flights are actually only $150 + baggage.

Amtrak will be $35 and the bus will be about $13, plus tips for the Amtrak Red Cap handlers.

Unfortunately, renting a car isn't an option.

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5. Re: Reach Allentown from DC: train+bus?

Thanks aster, I'll look into the greyhound option

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