Pros: Less security More legroom Better baggage policies Concessions available Scenery
Cons: Travel time much greater Intermediary stops (if you get annoyed by that kind of thing) Less accessible (far fewer stations than airports/many places don't have one anywhere near) Stations located in "the bad part of town" (not always)
Overall is say the train in more leisurely and perhaps more adventurous, but far less efficient pruely as transportation.
Northeast corridor (DC - Baltimore - Philly - NYC - Boston) - Amtrak is generally better than flying (although bus may be even better than Amtrak). Pretty much anywhere else, Amtrak is not worth taking... unless you have plenty of time and want to enjoy a scentic route.
Boston-NYC-DC yes if the price makes sense. Acela is worth the money; once. Amtrak is expensive during peak hours but at least the ride is comfortable and the trains leave from proper stations.
The bus network on the Northeast Corridor is cheap and frequent as others have mentioned. However the bus is the most ghetto means of transportation and the distribution of journey times can be a sick joke. I've traveled route ~25 times with journey times from 2:45 to 7:00. These trips have included a fender bender, a hit and run and a complete engine failure. None of these were the longest journey. Which brings me to...
>>922133 >Less accessible (far fewer stations than airports/many places don't have one anywhere near) >Stations located in "the bad part of town" (not always)
Many of the bus services don't have stations. You wait on the curb and a high school dropout with an bright vest grunts at you. At first I dismissed this as a logical consequence of a rock-bottom fare. But then I discovered their poor maintenance and operations management. You can easily be stuck sitting on a curb for 1:30 in be a cold, raw rain while your possessions are damaged. For this reason I no longer ride Megabus or "Chinatown" services.
Amtrak elsewhere: no comment except than you'll occasionally be driving on the highway and overtake a train running parallel to you...and despair.
a few more points: getting from NYC to/from any airport is very painful. Also most other large cities. Even if you take the nicest bus, you'll still be stuck in traffic just as if you were driving yourself. If you take a low-end bus, you're not just risking getting delayed. They have fatal accidents every few months I've taken Amtrak a few times outside the north-east corridor (Montreal, Virginia...) one major inconvenience is that every once in a while the train just stops to yield to a freight train. Still more comfortable than airplane delays.
In practice, in NYP there's one staircase with a guy on top checking ids, comparing the name with that in the ticket, and lettinf people through very slowly. There are a couple more staircases going to the same platform with no one checking ids, giving smarter passengers the chance to get there first and pick nicer seats. (They do check the tickets once the train starts moving.)
I suppose it depends on the distance, after a certain mileage you save time on the plane. But once you factor in check in and screening time, as well as transfers to and from the airport, train would come out on top in some circumstances. Also train is most likely going to get you closer to where you want to go since airports are usually out away from everything.
Debating between going by train, bus, or plane to Spring Break destination place. I'm looking at the prices and the differences is huge. I'm not quite sure what the big deal is? Are the former two that much more dangerous?
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>>922120 >Is traveling by train any more convenient than traveling by plane? Not. At. All.
There can be some train-expresses like up in the northeast, DC-NY, but not any cheaper or better than grabbing a Delta Shuttle or similar.
People who take trains are afraid to fly, or have a single moment away from the internet. People who want their full size liquids/no major security hassles like remaining in your seat or standing in multiple queued lines, people with medical reasons to use a restroom every 15 minutes, for instance who don't want to sit down before landing.
There is an advantage to taking an auto train, like FL-VA...you get to rest yourself from night driving and take your own vehicle with you on your trip. Rather than a hotel stop midway, someone drives for you. But, cheaper it is not.
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