How long from DC to NYC

Old Aug 24th, 2004, 01:48 PM
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How long from DC to NYC

I know I could get a map and try and figure this out, but could anyone save me the time if you already know approximately how long does it take to drive from Washington DC to NYC? We're trying to decide after 3 days in DC if it would work to drive to NYC for 2 days. Thanks.
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Old Aug 24th, 2004, 01:59 PM
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Anywhere from 4-6 hours depending on time of day, traffic, etc.
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Old Aug 24th, 2004, 02:03 PM
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I'm sure you'll hear lots of disagreement with me on this one, but I'd say budget up to 6 hours for the drive.

It's about 220 miles, which should translate to 4 hours at the speed limit (and most people drive faster, so they'd be tempted to tell you 3-3 1/2 hours). But, every time I've done the trip (at least 8-10 times) there is traffic getting out of or into NY, plus traffic at the various toll plazas along the way (NJ turnpike, Delaware bridge, tunnel at Baltimore) etc. Of course day of week, and time of day make a difference too, and add at least one or two construction slowdowns or road accidents--and then with that added time you'll probably want a pit stop/snack stop or 2...

So, I'd still say "up to 6 hours door to door" and just be pleasantly surprised if you cut off an hour or more!
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Old Aug 25th, 2004, 01:33 AM
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I agree with the 4 -6, leaning more towards the 4 end but if there is an accident or rain, leaning the other way.. Keep this in mind: leave the DC area AFTER morning rush hour traffic on the infamous "beltway"; to be safe, leave around 9:30 or 10 am. That way you will also miss the rush hour traffic in the NYC area, as you should be hitting the bridge or tunnels (not sure how you plan to go in) between 2-3 pm, before the evening rush. Don?t leave DC after Noon as you will hit the evening rush in the NYC.

As you wont' need a car in NYC, and if you have to go back to DC anyway at the end, you might consider taking Amtrak up to NYC. The train will take you right into Penn Station and you can get to hotels from there by subway or taxi (depending on luggage). You can board the train either at Union Station in downtown DC, or outside DC at the New Carrolton station in suburban Maryland, which has parking, or you can take the subway out to the station from DC. The train takes just over 3 hours to get to NYC from New Carrolton. While not cheap, it is very convenient, and if you add in the cost of gas, tolls and parking in NYC for 2 days, the Amtrak ticket price may be even more attractive. Take a look at

Another alternative is to drive up the Edison New Jersey area and park long-term at the Amtrak station in Iselin. You would then avoid having to drive into NYC and park.

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We definitely need more information particularly what day you are leaving. It is over labor day weekend it could take you over 6 hours b/c of all the beach traffic. But there are times I can make it in alittle over three hours by leaving at 4:30 in the morning. It all depends what you want to do.

If you are going during the week, I would suggest leaving DC before the morning rush hour and stopping in the metropark (edison) in NJ and take the train in and you could be in Penn station in less than 4 hours.
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