I am meeting up with my sis in PHL (in town on business) and we plan on taking a train into NYC. Looks like there are 2 options: Amtrak and SEPTA. We have NEVER been on a train before. What is you take on both? Would the extra $ for Amtrak be worth not having to deal with the hassle on switching trains? Remember we are 1st timers.
1. Amtrak is more expensive at $64 each way. No luggage check… just stuff it under your seat? What is the check in process like? If I arrive 30-45 min before departure will we be okay? Seats look to be reserved. Easier to buy online?
2. Between Philadelphia and New York City on SEPTA commuter line R7 to Trenton, New Jersey. There, transfer to a New Jersey Transit commuter line to Manhattan. I am supposed to ask for the excursion rate. The trip takes an extra 30 minutes, but costs about $12 each way. CHEAPER... But looks confusing???
ANY input is appreciated.