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By rail to Washington?

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By rail to Washington?

I'm visiting New York in November with my daughter and am looking to visit Washington for the day by rail. The train fares seem very expensive. Are there any deals to be had anywhere or does anyone have any advice please. I saw somewhere that it's much cheaper on Sundays but can't find discounted tickets.

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1. Re: By rail to Washington?

If you book more than two weeks in advance you will get the best price generally. Sometimes there are other specials.

I think it is too far for a day trip.

Philadelphia is closer if you think you would be interested in that

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There are discounts if you buy tickets at least 2 weeks in advance, but train to Washington is still ~$98/person roundtrip. It's really more than a daytrip. While some people do a daytrip for business, for sightseeing, you won't see that much in a day. Staying at least overnight is better. There are buses that go for much less money but then you're subject to traffic delays.


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3. Re: By rail to Washington?

Washington is a long distance from NYC. over 2300 miles. You'd need to fly, take a few hours via flight. Unless you mean Washington DC which is about 200 miles, 4 hours by coach, couple by train. If its Washington though then you need to fly!

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I agree you would want to stay overnight. Also look into Southwest Air into Baltimore. You can sometimes get deals that are cheaper than the train, but be sure to factor in the cost of getting to the airport.

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We did a day trip to Washington DC and it was fantastic!! One of the highlights of our stay in New York. We did it on an organized coach tour. It cost about $150, so not that much more than the train fare and everything was included. We left at about 6 or 7 in the morning and it took about 4 hrs to get there. We went to the Smithsonian, Madame Tussauds, White House, Capitol hill, Lincoln Memorial. We didn't get back until about 9pm but we slept o the coach and it was a really relaxing day. We booked it through Viator, I am sure it is still advertised there so I highly recommend checking it out.

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Amtrak is notorious for running late, so you can't really depend on the schedule, and it's still going to be 3 or 4 hours. Flying is also time consuming by the time you get to the airport, through security and then travel from the airport to DC. Better to take Bolt Bus. It's a fraction of the price and about 4 hours. Seats are comfortable, there's a bathroom and sometimes wi-fi. It leaves you at Union Station, same as Amtrak.

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I agree with Julie. I think Bolt Bus would be best. The earlier you buy your tickets, the cheaper they are, but they are never very expensive. Also, in case you are concerned about stories you have heard about the buses here, Bolt Bus appears to be one of the good ones. Of course, no one can predict traffic. The train is much faster, but also much more expensive.

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