We love visiting New York City, and it is so easy to access from Boston. There are lots of Boston to New York transportation options, including the bus, train, flights, and driving. Over the years, we’ve experienced most of them with our family, so here are our experiences. Do you have a favorite Boston to New York transportation option? Leave a comment below, and let us know!
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Boston to New York transportation options, including the bus from Boston to NYC
The LimoLiner is a luxury coach bus that goes between NYC and Boston. It makes two stops in the Boston area – in the Back Bay and in Framingham, as well as one stop in NYC at the Hilton Midtown. This luxury bus has a restroom on board, and provides complimentary meal service, beverages, and snacks (those over 21 will even get a glass of wine on evening rides).
With complimentary WiFi, outlets at the seats, live satellite TV and radio, and an on-board attendant, your ride absolutely flies by. It does take a bit longer than the train or flying, but it can definitely be more convenient and more affordable. Because the LimoLiner has stops at popular locations, you may not even need to take a cab when you arrive. Living West of Boston, it’s so easy to get to Framingham – much easier than driving into Boston. The LimoLiner is such a great option for families – and they even offer pet-friendly trips at select times.
Acela Amtrak Train from Boston to NYC
I have always enjoyed taking the train, and Amtrak’s Acela train is a quick, convenient way to get from Boston to NYC. The Acela offers a snack car selling food and beverages, restrooms, plugs at the seats, and complimentary internet access. There are several Boston stops including South Station, Back Bay Station, and the Rt. 128 station in Westwood. In NYC, you’ll get the train at Penn Station.
If you don’t want to spring for the Acela, or if that schedule doesn’t work for you, there’s also a regional train that makes more stops and takes a bit longer to get into the city. The regional trains are still very nice, and offer lots of the same amenities as the Acela train.
I love taking the train, because it’s easy to take work done on your journey. In bad weather, it can be much more reliable than flying. Depending on where you are staying in Boston or NYC, it is usually more convenient than flying.
While I do like the Acela, it can be expensive, so definitely compare prices before booking. Don’t just assume that the train is cheaper, because that isn’t always the case.
Fly from Boston to NYC
Flying is definitely quicker than any other transportation option from Boston to NYC. However, you’ll still need to go through security at the airport, and arrive in advance of your flight. In addition, getting from the airport to the city definitely takes time. I like the option of flying for a very quick trip, but prefer other options when going for a longer stay.
During a recent trip to NYC from Boston, my daughter and I were delayed for hours because of rain and lightning in the area. What should have been a quick flight ended up taking over five hours. So definitely factor in the time of year when deciding what transportation to take for your trip.
Drive from Boston to NYC
Driving is definitely the most direct way. However, driving through the city can definitely be challenging. In addition, parking fees are usually pretty high, and you won’t always have immediate access to your vehicle (although you probably won’t need it). If you are staying for just a few days (and are traveling with the family), it may be the most cost effective way.
Check with your hotel before leaving to make sure they offer parking and find out current rates. It’s also a good idea to travel at an off peak time so you can avoid traffic which can add time to your journey and can be stressful.
Other Buses from Boston to NYC
In addition to the LimoLiner, there are other buses from Boston to NYC, including the Peter Pan bus. Those buses leave from Boston’s South Station and arrive at NYC Port Authority. They can definitely be very cost effective, but aren’t as fun with kids.
While you are in New York City, check out the TurboPass, which can give you a great discount on popular attractions.
What is your favorite way to get from Boston to NYC with your family?