|New York to Cape Cod: Train, Bus, Air|
|The fastest, most comfortable way to travel by public land transport between New York City and Cape Cod (Hyannis) is by Amtrak train and Peter Pan bus.|
Several Amtrak trains depart New York's Pennsylvania Station in the morning and early afternoon, and reach Providence RI in time for you to transfer to a Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus from Providence to Hyannis MA on Cape Cod.
The journey takes as little as 5-3/4 hours, or up to 7-3/4 hours or more, depending on connections. Here are some times for summer travel (subject to change.) This is not a complete list! Some of these trains may run only on weekdays, others on weekends, but this will give you an idea of possibilities:
Buses bound for Hyannis depart Providence's Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center (that is, the city-center bus stops; map), then they go to the Providence Peter Pan Bus terminal north of the city at I-95 Exit 25-a (1 Peter Pan [or Bonanza] Way, Providence RI 02904-1833, arriving 15 minutes later, then depart for Hyannis after about 15 minutes at the terminal.
Amtrak Station to Kennedy Plaza
You can walk from Providence Amtrak Station to Kennedy Plaza in about 10 minutes (map). If you miss the bus there, you can try taking a taxi to the Peter Pan Bus terminal 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Kennedy Plaza (I-95 Exit 25A) to board the Peter Pan bus to Hyannis. But Peter Pan recommends arriving at the bus station 30 to 45 minutes before scheduled departure time. Boarding is first-come, first-served, and begins 15 minutes before departure. There are usually enough seats for all waiting passengers, but you are not guaranteed a seat unless you reserve one in advance on the Peter Pan website.
Amtrak Station to Bus Station
Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus Station is 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the Providence Amtrak Station (map), a taxi ride of 10 minutes in light traffic.
Train & Bus Fares
Train fare on the Acela Express from New York City to Providence is around $122 one-way. Bus fare from Providence to Hyannis is around $20 one-way, for a total New York-to-Hyannis one-way cost of about $142 for the trip of under six hours. Round-trip fares are slightly less than twice as much as one-way fares.
You can save money on the train fare by taking an Amtrak Northeast Regional train (about $62 one-way) instead of the Acela Express. Northeast Regional trains take a bit longer—but total trip time can still be under seven hours. Here's a tip: go Business Class (an additional $30) on the Northeast Regional and it will be more comfortable and still cost less than the lowest-priced seat on the Acela.
Going by Bus All the Way
Just for comparison, round-trip bus fare on Peter Pan from New York City via Providence to Hyannis costs about $70 for the 6-1/2-hour trip, so train-and-bus is more expensive, but also more comfortable, and can be a bit faster.
Going by Plane
Also for comparison, round-trip airfare from New York City's Newark Airport (EWR) via Boston to Hyannis's Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) is around $360 in summer and may entail an overnight in Boston.
The exception is JetBlue Airways, which has some nonstop flights and round-trip fares from New York (JFK) to Hyannis (HYA) for as little as $58 mid-week, up to $558 for some weekend flights. Other flights, going via Nantucket (ACK), are also expensive.
Add to this the cost of city-to-airport transport in New York, and perhaps on Cape Cod (though you can walk from the airport in Hyannis to the town center. More...)
Making Train & Bus Reservations
Be sure to check the Amtrak website to confirm train times and fares, and to make reservations (required for the Acela Express trains). Confirm Peter Pan Bus times and fares, and buy tickets online, or call Peter Pan toll-free at 1-800-343-9999.
—by Tom Brosnahan