Traveling From New York City to Boston

(and from Boston to New York City!)

Boston is located about 220 miles northeast of New York City. This iconic New England city has a population of nearly 650,000 and is one of the oldest cities in America. It played an important role in the American Revolution, which can be explored by walking the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail which covers many of the important landmarks. In addition, the Quincy Market, the Boston Museum of Science, and Fenway Park are all popular Boston attractions.

To get from New York City to Boston there are several transportation options. Consider the pros and cons of each option to choose the best transportation option for you. Advance booking many of these options can offer additional savings.

Boston is an ambitious, but do-able day trip from New York City. I recommend spending at least one night there to make travel worthwhile and enable yourself to really get a taste of Boston, which has a ton of rich New England history for visitors to discover and lots of delicious seafood to eat!

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    New York City To Boston By Train

    Train Passengers Wait for an Amtrak Posting at New York's Penn Station
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    Traveling to Boston from New York City is a quick, low-stress option. Trains travel from Penn Station in Manhattan to Boston's South Station. Acela service takes three and a half hours, while other trains take as long as five-and-a-half hours. You can purchase tickets in advance on Amtrak's website or in person at Penn Station.

    Pros: quick, direct from Manhattan to Boston, MA
    Cons: pricey (costs $67-164 each way, depending on route & times)

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    New York City To Boston By Bus

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    Bus service from New York City to Boston, MA is an easy, affordable option for visitors. Trips take about four hours and upwards, depending on traffic. Only Greyhound departs from within Port Authority Bus Terminal, while other bus services depart curbside.

    Pros: cheap, frequent service
    Cons: traffic, not as comfortable as train

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    New York City To Boston By Car

    Speed Limit Reduces To 25 MPH In New York City
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    You can drive from New York City to Boston -- the most direct route takes you through Connecticut on I-84 to I-90 in Massachusetts and is about 220 miles. The drive passes through New Haven and/or Hartford, Connecticut, both of which can be troublesome during rush hour. For most visitors it doesn't make a lot of sense, since you won't need a car in either city and parking can be difficult and expensive. Plan on about four-and-a-half hours of travel time, though stops and traffic will add to overall time. Visitors to New York City will find that they can rent cars right in Manhattan, though rates at the airports tend to be cheaper, if less convenient.

    Pros: good value if traveling with a group, no schedule to adhere to
    Cons: traffic, parking

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    New York City To Boston By Plane

    Plane's Final Approach into Boston's Logan Airport
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    Flying to Boston, MA is the fastest way to travel, with the flight taking just an hour, but that doesn't include time spent getting to and from the airport, clearing security, etc. That said, shuttle flights from New York City to Boston, MA can be cheaper than the train and run frequently. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is the closest and most convenient airport to downtown Boston and the T runs from the airport to downtown. The biggest challenge with this plan is getting to the airports in New York City from Manhattan for your flight.

    Pros: fast, often less expensive than train
    Cons: airport hassles, NYC airports are outside of Manhattan