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
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. It’s such a great option for families – and they even offer pet-friendly trips.
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, rest rooms, 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.
While I do like the Acela, it can be expensive, so definitely compare prices before booking.
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.
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.
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?