I am wondering what is the most inexpensive and best way to travel for the day to NYC from Philly?
Thanks in advance,
Do you want the least expensive, or the best? They are NOT the same thing. And neither is fast.
I am not a fan of the "Chinatown Bus", though it is the cheapest $10 each way, I believe). Its safety has come into question.
U suggest taking the SEPTA R7 train to Trenton, and switching to the New jersey Transit train to NYC Penn Station. The trains are generally coordinated, so there is no waiting for the connection. The entire trip should take 2-2.5 hours. Cost is about $20 each way ($7 on SEPTA, $13 on NJT) The price could vary a few dollars based on time of day (rush hour or not).
You could take Amtrak for a 90 minute ride and over twice the cost.
I'm a fan of the Septa-NJT route. It's easy, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive. And I do this commute at least 2x a month for work!
Depending on where in NYC you can also change to the PATH system at Newark
I agree with Loonbeam - I have also done the NJ transit route and find it to be fine (and this coming from a girl of the 'burbs who has little to no clue regarding public transportation.) It leaves you right off at Penn Station in Manhattan.
Definitely the NJT to Septa route....
I prefer the Septa-NJT combo myself as the seats (especially on NJT) are more comfortable and the view relatively more scenic.
However, a happy medium between the train and the Chinatown bus (which I've also endured going to DC) might be Greyhound. Most trips between Philly and NYC are non-stop and, barring traffic tie-ups are just as quick as the train. If you buy your tickets far enough in advance, the cost is comparable to the SEPTA-NJT duo.
Thanks Guys!!! Your advice was very informative and appreciated.
If your destination in New York City is south of 33rd Street, consider making the final leg of your trip on the PATH light rail system instead of the NJ Transit train or AMTRAK train.
We are travelling on a greyhound bus for $40 for 2 adults return.
How safe is the Greyhound? I noticed that it is cheaper. Where does the bus stop in NYC?
Greyhound will take you to the Port Authority, and the Philadelphia terminal is nog the most pleasant place in the city. Not the most convenient location, and not how I would go- I prefer the train which takes you to Penn Station, which while also not the most convenienet, is way more so than the Port Authority. The train stations are much nicer on both ends.