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My family (2 Adults 2 kids) and I are planning a trip to the USA this summer. The plan was to split our time between Greensboro NC and New York City. (Due to having family in both places)

What we are trying to figure out is what is the most cost effective method of getting from one to the other. The Basic plan was to fly BA from TLV -> LHR -> JFK and then head down to NC for the majority of the trip, but the question is how, as I see it we have a few basic options:

  1. Amtrak
  2. Take a domestic Flight
  3. Rent a car

Any thoughts on which would be most cost effective?

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With 2 adults and 2 kids, I agree with @Karlson that renting a car would be the cheapest option. A road trip between NYC and Greensboro includes great destinations like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC - you can even think of breaking your journey into 2-3 days. These cities have plenty options to explore for children and adults alike. Driving, even at for extended stretches is pleasant, given the highway quality and resources along the way.

If you do not plan to go back and forth between your destinations, you should explore renting from a national chain such as Hertz or Enterprise, which specialize in one-way rentals.

Alternately, if you look early enough, you may get cheap air tickets as well (lower than train fares).

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Actually to Greensboro you bypass I-95 corridor so Phila, Baltimore and DC won't be on the agenda. :( –  Karlson Feb 12 '12 at 6:48
    
I would still prefer this route, encompassing the cities mentioned - I-81 is a narrower interstate with heavy traffic. maps.google.com/… –  rs79 Feb 13 '12 at 13:07

The cheapest way would most certainly be renting a car. It stands to reason that you would need a car in Greensboro so you might as well have one of your own so you are not dependent on your relatives to provide you with one and the cost of renting one in Greensboro would be about the same as renting it in NYC if you are returning it to the same rental place.

Having said all of that I would consider one very crucial factor in this: Are your kids given that you live in Israel prepared to travel 10 hours non-stop or if you count for stops 12-13 hours from NYC to Greensboro in the car? Most people who came to visit me(from Israel that is) consider this like flying to the moon. If not you would need to fly to Raleigh-Durham and rent a car and travel from there.

Amtrak might be cheaper then a plane but it's 12 hours based on the schedule and you will still need a car in Greensboro.

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At this point I am leaning to the train. I'm pretty sure I don't want to drive that far with 2 little kids, and well like most kids mine LOVE trains –  Zachary K Jan 29 '12 at 10:36
    
@ZacharyK The problem with the car and the train is the same. You have 12 hours between NYC and Greensboro. Something tells me that they don't like the train that much. –  Karlson Jan 29 '12 at 15:27

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