How to Travel From Boston to New York

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New York and Boston are northeastern cities favored by visitors as well as business travelers.
New York and Boston are northeastern cities favored by visitors as well as business travelers. (Image: Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Some 215 miles separate Boston from New York City, including the state of Connecticut and the Long Island Sound. You'll need to devote between three and five hours of travel time, whether you go by plane, train, bus or car. The best way to travel between the two cities depends on your budget, your tolerance for traffic and the purpose of your trip.

Boston to New York: Plane

Flying direct from Logan Airport in Boston to either JFK or LaGuardia in New York can be done daily on airlines such as American, Delta, JetBlue, United and USAirways. You'll find 27,214 seats available every week on flights that start in Boston and end in New York. Delta is a leader on this route, providing 90 direct flights and 32 percent of the total flights, according to FareCompare. The earliest flights leave at 6 a.m., and you can expect to be in the air for just more than an hour.

Boston to New York: Train

Amtrak offers a Boston to New York route on its Northeast Regional trains. The trains run nearly hourly, and you can hop aboard at Boston's Back Bay station or South Station, then arrive in New York's Penn Station. The trip is around four hours and a lot cheaper than a plane ticket, especially if you book two weeks or more in advance. You can also take a high speed Amtrak Acela train, which cuts your journey to just more than three hours and goes from South Station to Penn Station. The train is an ideal way to travel for business travelers who can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets near the seats.

Boston to New York: Bus

If budget is your biggest concern, traveling between Boston and New York can be done by bus for just a few dollars. A number of discount bus lines, including Megabus, BoltBus, Lucky Star Bus and others run major specials between the two cities. You can also take the LimoLiner bus line if you want more luxury, you'll just need to be prepared to pay more. Catch a bus out of Boston hourly from around 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Most bus lines will pick you up in Boston's South Station terminal and deposit you in the Port Authority bus terminal in New York. Bus trips will take about four hours.

Boston to New York: Car

If you're willing to deal with traffic, tolls and the high price of gas, driving from Boston to New York can provide freedom and flexibility along your route. It will take between three and a half to four hours, unless you run into an accident, construction or rush-hour traffic along the way, in which case you'll spend more time in the car. The Massachusetts Turnpike will take you from Boston to Interstate 84 in Connecticut, which you will follow until picking up I-91 and I-95 into New York.

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