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Travelling from NYC to Montreal

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Hi all,

I am travelling to Montreal from NYC along with my family of 4.
I haven't booked the tickets yet. I am confused between selecting Amtrak Train, Greyhound bus or Trailways bus.

Kindly suggest which one among these options to select. Amtrak takes 11 hours to reach. Greyhound, being a bus, that means having no space to get up and roam around takes around 9 hours. No idea about the Trailways.

Thanking you in advance.

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    Hi rahulteck,

    I often do the journey between NYC and Montreal and have tried most of the means between the two. The least painful way from NYC to Montreal is to fly. However, that can be pricey, especially for 4.

    Train Negative: The train is an unusually long way to get from NYC to Montreal. Crossing the border (agents come in and process everyone one by one at a border town) and then getting from the border to Montreal's Central Station can seem like it takes an eternity.

    Trailways or Greyhound negative: They've really improved the efficiency at the border although occasionally (especially around holidays) there can be a line-up of buses, so the border crossing can also take a while. Keep in mind, the Greyhound bus schedule is sometimes only wishful thinking due to traffice in New York City; once I spent 2 hours in the Lincoln Tunnel alone.

    Of the two choices, I tend to pick the train. Yes it's long but for the price I paid two weeks ago($68!), I was willing to suffer a bit! Besides, parts of the ride are absolutely gorgeous; you can move around as you say (I sometimes sit and read in the cafe car) and the whole experience can be kind of social. You're not stuck in your seat like in a bus (which is less pretty, sticking to highway routes), there's a bit more legroom and I like that there are more bathrooms on the bus if nature calls. I find that accepting beforehand that it's going to be a long trip going in makes it bearable.

    Another option I've done sometimes is I've taken the bus as far as Albany, spent the night in downtown Albany and then taken the train (there are 11 trains daily from Albany-NYC) from Albany-Rensselaer to New York City (or DC), which avoids the NY area traffic. I find this a nice option as far as wear-and-tear is concerned, as it divides the trip into bite-size pieces. Yes, it will mean you'll have to shell out money for a night in Albany-- however, you could make it an interesting, educational stop by visiting some of that city's sights while there (such as the Capitol, Lark Street, etc...).

    Best wishes, Daniel

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