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Here's how to decide whether your trip between New York City and Boston should be by car, bus, train or plane.



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For a trip between New York City and Boston MA, consider three factors: time, cost and comfort/ convenience.

Travel time between New York City and Boston, city center to city center, is between 3 and 4-1/2 hours, no matter how you travel.

  Car Bus Train Plane
Time 4.5 hr 4.5 hr 3.5-4.5 hr 3-4 hr
Cost $45+ $15-$89 $49-$146 $44-$170+
Comfort Low-Med Low-Hi Med-Hi Low

Car

It's 214 miles (345 km) between New York City (Manhattan) and Boston MA (map), taking between 4-1/4 and 4-1/2 hours driving time under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it may take 5+ hours. Follow I-95 to I-84 to I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike).

In a car getting 20 miles per gallon of fuel, and fuel costing $3.75 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, including tolls, may be about $45. But then...there's the substantial cost and/or hassle of parking your car in New York, which can easily exceed all the other costs of the trip combined.

Driving your own car gives you total freedom, but you must spend your time driving, and contend with traffic, which can be very heavy through Connecticut. It is not a particularly pleasant drive. (I've driven it many times, and on one trip my car, stopped on the highway by heavy traffic, was hit by another car at 60 mph and totally wrecked.)

Even if your car is a luxury model, comfort is less than on a train, where you can get up, walk around, plug in your laptop or mobile phone, relax, do your email, sleep, etc.

Bus

Hourly buses every day, city center to city center, by budget bus lines with fares as low as $1 (but most $15 or higher), and ultra-comfortable luxury lines competing with train and plane fares on the 4-hour trip (longer in heavy traffic).

The cheapest buses have low comfort, but get the job done. Luxury buses can be cheaper and more comfortable than the train, with Wifi, movies, snacks and drinks, toilets, but they take a bit longer than the train. More...

Train

Amtrak's business-class Acela Express trains cover the distance between New York City's Pennsylvania Station and Boston's South Station, city center to city center, in 3 hours and 20 minutes to 4 hours for $104 to $146 one-way, in high comfort. There are power outlets for your laptop and phone, Wifi Internet, you can get up from your seat and walk around, go to the café for snacks, light meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages). It's a civilized way to travel. More...

Amtrak's normal Northeast Regional trains take slightly longer (4-1/4 hours to 5-1/4 hours), but cost less: $64 to $126 one-way. Fares vary by season, date and departure time. More...

Plane

New York City has six airports. The Boston area has four (Boston-Logan, Manchester-Boston, TF Green Airport in Providence RI, and Worcester MA Airport).

Boston-Logan (BOS) is closest to the city center; the others are about an hour's drive from Boston.

Fares for the one-hour, one-way flight range from $44 to $215 and up, but to the airfare you must add the costs of transfers to and from the airports in New York City and Boston.

Total ground-transport costs can range from $10 for subway in both cities, to $20 or $25 for airport buses, to $50 or more for taxis. Some airports are not served by the cheapest public transport, so you'll pay more.

You must also take into account the time needed to go to and from the airports, which depends upon the city, the airport, and the time of day:

—The trip by taxi between Boston city center and Logan Airport can be as short as 15 minutes, more in heavy traffic.

—By taxi or airport bus between Manhattan and John F Kennedy International Airport may be an hour or more in rush-hour traffic.

...as well as the time needed for airline check-in, security inspection, walking to and from gates, finding and/or waiting for ground transport, etc.

In general, you should allow at least three hours, and more normally four hours, for the journey by air between New York City and Boston, city center to city center.

—by Tom Brosnahan



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Below, South Station, Boston MA.

South Station, Boston MA
South Station, Boston MA. 




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