Taking a Train to New York City

Trains offer stress-free travel to New York City

Metro North New Haven
••• The Metro North train will take you from New Haven, CT to Grand Central Station in NYC. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Trains can be a great way to travel to New York City. For visitors from nearby states, commuter trains offer convenient, affordable access to the city without the hassle or expense of parking once you arrive. For visitors from further away, train travel offers travelers a great chance to see the United States up-close and is an adventure in itself. It's also a good option for people who are scared of flying or who appreciate the convenience of arriving directly into the city center, since NYC-area airports are all located outside of Manhattan.

Train Services to New York City

Pros of Train Travel

  • Flexibility in travel plans - other than at peak travel times (holidays, especially Thanksgiving/Christmas), it's usually pretty easy to book a last minute train trip.
  • Quicker travel times than buses, as they aren't affected by traffic
  • No need to get from the airport to the city, as trains bring you directly to the city
  • Room for walking around
  • Food service and sleeping accommodations on longer routes

Cons of Train Travel

  • Expensive -- it can sometimes be cheaper to fly than to take the train long distance
  • Limited space to walk around
  • Longer travel times than planes
  • Long distance service can have limited availability/scheduling
  • Commuter trains can be crowded at peak times

What To Know About Train Travel to NYC

  • Reserving seats on commuter trains is not possible -- arrive early at peak times to get a seat.
  • Some Amtrak trains offer or require seat reservations.
  • Commuter trains offer discounts during off-peak times and on weekends.
  • You may be asked to present photo ID when boarding Amtrak.
  • Commuter trains don't have checked luggage facilities or luggage assistance.
  • Most trains have a bathroom on board.
  • On long train rides, there is often food service.
  • Trains allow you to bring along your own food and non-alcoholic beverages on board.
  • Many commuter rail stations offer free parking on weekends -- check in advance to find out parking policies if you plan to park at a station.

Train Service to New York City

Tips for Train Travel to New York City

National Train Services

Amtrak
Amtrak is the United States largest train network -- with a 22,000-mile route system including 500 stations in 46 states. Long distance routes typically offer dining cars and sleeping accommodations. There are also rail passes available for International visitors and other travelers looking to explore the United States and/or Canada.

Trains arrive at New York City's Penn Station.

Commuter Train Services

Long Island Rail Road
Daily commuter service from Long Island and Brooklyn into New York City's Penn Station.

MetroNorth
Daily commuter service from north of New York City, including upstate New York and Connecticut into Grand Central Terminal

New Jersey Transit
Daily commuter service from throughout New Jersey, including connections to Philadelphia arriving in New York City's Penn Station. Service also connects to Newark Airport.

Tips for Train Travel to New York City