Train or Plane? U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying

October 1, 2014

Unlike European trains, which are known for comfort and punctuality, Amtrak doesn’t have the same allure as air travel. Still, there are some domestic routes where the train competes (or even comes out ahead) in terms of time and cost. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen took a deeper look at these routes to see when the train is the better option…

The first route I considered is from New York to Boston. While Boston’s Logan International Airport is very close to downtown, all of the three major airports in New York (LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark) are a good ways from downtown Manhattan, and depending on traffic, you could be looking at an hour or more just to get to each one!

…As you can see, the train has many advantages. The first is cost, as the average one-way ticket costs just 55% of a one-way flight… In addition, with all three major metropolitan airports being a long way from Manhattan, the train is more convenient…

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