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We are debating among different ways of traveling to and from Boston and D.C., and would particularly appreciate hearing from anyone who has taken the Amtrak regional. What was the experience like: comfort, timeliness? Is it worth it in terms of comfort to pay more and take the Acela? What about buses? We're pretty knowledgable about air travel, but not so much about rail and bus(except for local commuting) within North America. Thank you for any help on this.

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We've talked about this quite a bit over the past week. May I suggest perusing entries during that time to pick up on how folks feel and some other decision points.

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I do this trip fairly often, and I think air is your best bet unless there are other circumstances (e.g., you're a train buff, don't want to fly for health reasons, etc.).

The Amtrak regional train takes 8 hours and the Acela takes 6:45. The flight is 1:30, so even accounting for the additional airport access, security lines & check-in times, the train is just not competitive with the plane. And if you shop around, you will almost certainly find an airfare that is cheaper than Amtrak.

The Amtrak regional trains are perfectly comfortable -- more spacious than typical airline coach seating, and it's nice to be able to get up and go to the bar car for a snack. Acela's interiors are a bit nicer but generally not worth the premium, in my opinion.

Both trains have pretty good (not perfect) on-time reliability. I recently had some relatives come up from D.C. to Boston and their trains were exactly on time both ways. The trains also tend to fare better than the planes during snowstorms and summer thunderstorms.

I wouldn't really consider the bus unless cost is the primary criterion -- it's a very long trip and you are bound to hit traffic congestion somewhere along the route.

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Fly if you can afford it

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