Pros of Train Travel
- Flexibility in travel plans
- Quicker 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.