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Easiest way to get from New York to Hartford and back

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Easiest way to get from New York to Hartford and back

I live in upstate New York and have a Metro North Station that runs to NYC. I'm going to Hartford for a night for a concert. The drive is about 2.5 hours to Hartford, so I'm contemplating taking public transportation. My question is what is the easiest way to get from NYC to Hartford and reverse in one night? Would it be by bus, train, or just to drive?

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1. Re: Easiest way to get from New York to Hartford and back

I think you are likely best off driving. Metro-North will not do the trick efficiently. Everything radiates from NYC or the immediate area. So figure whatever time it takes to get to a station where you can transfer to the New Haven line, plus about 1:40 to New Haven, plus the time for the Amtrak train to Hartford (about :50), plus time waiting for connections. I don't know what local transport needs/options are between the train and the concert venue. It is possible that you can find a bus line that makes trips between upstate NY and Hartford, but I can't help you with that.

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2. Re: Easiest way to get from New York to Hartford and back

Drive. Concert finishes way too late for train or bus out of Hartford,

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3. Re: Easiest way to get from New York to Hartford and back

You definitely should drive. Too many connections b/w NYC and Hartford as well as timing.

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4. Re: Easiest way to get from New York to Hartford and back

Go with the majority drive.

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