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Jul 31st, 2012, 06:10 AM
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best time to drive between DC and NY

Hi, I'm planning to take a bus from DC to NY this Friday. The bus leaves at 2 p.m.

Can someone with experience tell me if you think I'll hit a lot of traffic? I'm trying to decide if it's worth the premium to take Amtrak.

Also, I have three options for a return bus on Sunday - one departs at 10, the other 11:30, the third at 2. how will traffic be along the route at these times? All else equal, I'd like to take either the 11:30 or 2 pm bus.

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Jul 31st, 2012, 07:00 AM
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Yes, a bus leaving DC at 2 pm on Friday is likely to hit heavy traffic on the way to NYC. Yuo would be better off leaving either Thursday after 6 pm or early Friday am - at about 7 am or so.

On Sunday afternoon you are likely to hit beach traffic in Jersey.

(Sorry almost anytime on a summer weekend you can expect traffic between the two cities considering the many tens of thousands of people going away for the weekend, ending or starting weekly beach rentals - or just heading to the shore for the day.)
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Jul 31st, 2012, 07:35 AM
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Since the bus goes up I-95 I would go ahead and take any of the departures. These bus drivers are quite adept and I am not really convinced there is going to be that much "beach traffic" on the NJ Tpke headed back into the city; at least not enough to make some major difference given the five lanes northbound.
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Jul 31st, 2012, 07:47 AM
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Thanks, nytraveler and dukey! Dukey, I think there is some confusion though - the departures I mentioned are for my return trip to DC on Sunday, so I'm going southbound. Does that change your reply, or do you still think it's fine?
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Jul 31st, 2012, 09:08 AM
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That drive is totally unpredictable -- hit an accident and you could get hung up for an hour or so.
Leaving DC @ 2 puts u in the NYC area at rush hour. Fridays are esp bad.
Your returns on Sunday sound equal.
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