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Date: 5/7/12 5:44 PM

Some friends of mine and my husband are going to be meeting me in NYC after the PR Weekend. They are driving there but thought that it might be a better idea to park outside of the area and take the train in.
Can anyone advise me as to their best options? They will be coming from Ontario (crossing in Buffalo).
Thanks for the help!!

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Date: 5/8/12 1:36 PM

Connie, someone from NYC might have a better idea than me, but I think most trains run out of Penn Station. NJTransit has some lines that run north to the NY border with NJ, maybe they could park at one of those stations? I think it might be necessary to transfer at Secaucus to one of the other lines to get in to Penn Station, but I'm not sure...

I've taken these trains from Penn Station to Newark, it is quick, cheap, and easy.

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Date: 5/8/12 2:05 PM

Since you're coming from Canada - i.e. north of NYC you will probably come into Grand Central Station. If Penn Station is an option it is just as good. Both are in midtown Manhatten and you can walk or subway anywhere you want from there. Take a look at some of the destinations from Connecticut for a parking option and train to Grand Central. New Jersey is on the other side of NYC and would add more time to the trip.

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Date: 5/8/12 2:19 PM

the train ride from Montreal to NYC is suppose to be spectacular because the tracks run along the Hudson. Having a car in Manhattan is just not fun.


AMTRAK comes into Penn Station.


Having said that, on can stay in a hotel in NJ across the hudson from Manhattan and take a bus, train or ferry into the city. Hotels are far less expensive in NJ than in Mahattan.

There also also a whole bunch of hotels that have been popping up in Queens and in Brooklyn near public trasnport, but one will still have issues with parking there.

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Date: 5/8/12 4:14 PM

If they are driving down then they would be on I95 I assume. There are commuter stations in Westchester for Metro North which comes into Grand Central. However, a lot of places have limited parking and and may not allow you to park overnight or to have a commuter pass just to park and it may not be secure. It really varies by municipality. Parking in NYC is very expensive these days and as Sarah said hotels are not cheap.

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Date: 5/8/12 6:03 PM

check MEGABUS.com thats been my mode of transportation to NYC regularly for the last year or so.... I took it just last week to go see a Broadway show

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Date: 5/8/12 6:38 PM

They could drive into Hoboken or Jersey City: the NJ PATH train is practically part of our subway system. There's a parking lot in Hoboken a half a block from the PATH: can anyone post parking information for Jersey?

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Date: 5/8/12 6:48 PM

Quote: ConnieBJ
Some friends of mine and my husband are going to be meeting me in NYC after the PR Weekend. They are driving there but thought that it might be a better idea to park outside of the area and take the train in.

Can anyone advise me as to their best options? They will be coming from Ontario (crossing in Buffalo).

Thanks for the help!!


a bus trip on Megabus from Buffalo to Manhattan is $37 pp one-way..... that's wayyyyyyyy less than parking in NYC for a day and cheaper than in NJ if multiple days are involved.

as for as the PATH system, its cheap & fast... but keep in mind NJ is the stolen car capital of the USA.... while it is fine to leave the car there during the day, Id not want to leave it parked in a lot overnight.... you could take the train in from Journal Square ( Jersey City, NJ) or Hoboken, NJ..... Keep in mind, there are extra tolls when driving from NYC into NJ which will negate some of the savings from parking there

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Date: 5/8/12 6:59 PM

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a bus trip on Megabus from Buffalo to Manhattan is $37 pp one-way

Seriously? That's a whole day's drive. That's astonishing. I had never heard of them before -- are they safe (just wondering because of the incredible price)?

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Date: 5/8/12 7:12 PM

Ha, I was going to say that $37 is pretty expensive, since I can take a bus from DC to NYC for $10. But Buffalo is probably not as competitive for prices... You would need a place to leave the car in Buffalo, though, and depending on where the bus pickup is, options might be limited.

These buses are fine, Megabus is one of the larger companies. Actually, they offer service to NYC from Toronto, $39 on unpopular days and $85 on high-demand days.

Buffalo is mostly west and somewhat north of of NYC, so CT is probably not the best choice. I'd probably take 81 down to Scranton and then 84 east and take the train from somewhere like Middletown or Point Jervis, depending on where the best parking is available.
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