How to Book Train Travel from Boston to New York

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New York, also known as the 'Big Apple' and the 'City That Never Sleeps,' is situated on the Hudson River in southeastern New York state. This metropolis is a world hub for business, finance, fashion, and entertainment, and is easily accessible from Boston via train.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with internet access

Book Your Train Travel to New York

  • Book your train travel with Amtrak's Regional or Acela Express, which runs from South Station in Boston to Penn Station in New York. There are three weekday runs from Boston to New York, and daily weekend runs. Travel time from Boston to New York averages 3.5 to 4 hours.

  • Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak's web site in the "Resources" section below. On the web site, you can book your train reservations via Amtrak's Fare Finder. You can also navigate the site if you have a PDA, Blackberry or other handheld device.

  • If you ordered your tickets online or by phone, pick them up at a ticket agent or at one of the Quik-Trak kiosks that can be found at many Amtrak locations (you'll need to enter your reservation number). If you've booked your trip far in advance, you can also request that your tickets be mailed to you.

Navigate Your Way After Arrival

  • Find your way up from the bottom. Penn Station in New York is completely underground, with the tracks four floors below ground level and the main level of the station two floors below.

  • Take the subway. New York taxis are notoriously expensive, and the subway system is statistically safer than walking the streets.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider upgrading your ticket to first class or sleeper. This will entitle you to use of the Metropolitan Lounge (located on the side of Penn Station), which has nicer-than-usual bathroom facilities, snacks and seating.
  • Purchase a MetroCard from a MetroCard Vending Machine (MVM). This will allow you to access any part of New York City by subway.
  • Be aware that, due to security concerns, Penn Station no longer provides coat-check services or storage lockers.
  • Keep in mind that some subway lines do not operate 24 hours a day. This means you may have to transfer lines, or take a more circuitous route to your destination.
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