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I'll be in Boston with a vehicle, but want to visit New York City for a weekend. What are the pros and cons of driving from Boston to a NYC suburb (e.g. New Rochelle), parking at the commuter rail station, then taking the train to Manhattan? I would then avoid hunting for parking in NYC, while having a more flexible schedule compared to taking a plane, train, or bus.

If this makes sense, which commuter rail station would be best? Should I get close to NYC (e.g. New Rochelle) or just drive to somewhere in Connecticut (e.g. New Haven)?

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  • Your plan seems excellent. A car is a liability in NYC. Jul 17 at 15:13
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    Probably depends on where in Boston you would depart from, but your plan doesn’t make sense to me. There are hourly departures from Penn Station to Boston, so you can just sit in a train and actually make use of the time rather than have to drive for hours.
    – jcaron
    Jul 17 at 15:19
  • @DJClayworth +1 for "A car is a liability in NYC." Jul 17 at 23:10

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Why drive at all? The Amtrak Northeast Regional will take you all the way from Boston South/Back Bay to New York Penn Station in about four and a half hours, not terribly different from the estimated driving time given to me by Google Maps. There are nine departures daily throughout the day, and coach class tickets are available from $31 if you book a couple months in advance.

If you want a faster train, the Amtrak Acela will also take you from Boston South/Back Bay to New York Penn in approximately three hours and forty-five minutes, with nine departures throughout the day on weekdays and three departures in the morning on weekends. However, the Acela does not have coach class; business class tickets start from $58.

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    If you will have a vehicle and want to drive to the train station, then depending where in the Boston area you are coming from, you could also consider the Route 128 station in Westwood. I believe all Northeast Regional trains stop there, and parking should be much easier and cheaper. Or park at some other suburban MTBA station and take a commuter train to South Station / Back Bay / Route 128 to catch your Amtrak train. Jul 27 at 18:32
  • @NateEldredge Amtrak also goes to Providence, so depending on where you are on the CR network, that could also be the best choice. But since OP said they were in Boston, I went with Back Bay and South Station as the most likely choices.
    – Andrew Ray
    Jul 28 at 13:14

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