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JillDavis Dec 15th, 2016 12:37 PM

Quickest way to get from Philly to NYC
Hello there! I want to know the quickest way to get from Philly to NYC? We are staying at a hotel on 56th and 5th Avenue and with Christmas traffic, I just want to plan ahead. We will be driving our rental car.

HappyTrvlr Dec 15th, 2016 01:32 PM

Will you need a car after or before your NY visit? You certainly won't need it in NYC. Amtrak is so easy and arrives at Penn station, then taxi to your hotel. I would think your boys would love the train ride too.

JillDavis Dec 15th, 2016 01:42 PM

I will need a car while we are in Philly I think. We are in Philly for two days before we go to New York

JillDavis Dec 15th, 2016 01:43 PM

You know Happy - I haven't even thought of that. We arrive in the Philly airport and I just assumed we would need a car to get to our Philly hotel and then explore in Philly. We are actually in Philly for a medical appointment before going to NYC for fun. Would it be cheaper to UBER everything? Our rental car for two days I believe was $150.

ellenem Dec 15th, 2016 01:49 PM

"Our rental car for two days I believe was $150." Don't forget to add in the cost of fuel, parking, and tolls.

ellenem Dec 15th, 2016 02:09 PM

An example of tolls: sounds like you plan to travel from Philadelphia to NYC and then back to Philadelphia. EACH WAY you may have as much as an $11 toll on the NJ Turnpike and an additional $15 to cross the Hudson River by bridge or tunnel to reach Manhattan.

ekscrunchy Dec 15th, 2016 02:10 PM

Trust me, you do NOT want to be driving to a hotel on 5th and 56th Street this month. NYC won't be fun after that horrendous drive, andn that is just from the bridge or tunnel crossing to the hotel. Between the usual holiday snarls and the street closings near Trump Tower it will be a nightmare to drive to your hotel. Not to mention the parking charge.

This afternoon the police closed all of East 56th Street and the honking horns of the frustrated drivers could probably be heard all the way to Philadelphia.

If you do decide to drive in, I'd plan on at least 90 minutes from the Manhattan side of the tunnel to the hotel. Unless you go late at night or at the crack of dawn.

ekscrunchy Dec 15th, 2016 02:14 PM

Looked at your other thread and see that you are at the St. Regis. They get about $70 for overnight parking.

PaulRabe Dec 15th, 2016 02:50 PM

> I will need a car while we are in Philly I think

You will NOT need a rental car for two days in Philly. You can ride a cab to downtown for a LOT less than $75, at which point two, $12 Independence Passes
will be all you need. I'd even recommend buying the IP at the airport, then get downtown and anywhere around Philly your first day for $24.

If you have specific questions on how to use the IP to get from PHL to your hotel, or to get around Philly while here, feel free to ask.

BigRuss Dec 15th, 2016 04:35 PM

Thinking you should bag the car.

You DEFINITELY don't want one in the City - geez, I don't want one in NYC and I'm from there. Those people drive like New Yorkers (although it could be worse, they could drive like Bostonians).

nytraveler Dec 15th, 2016 06:26 PM

I think a car is a really bad idea for either city. In Philly as well you will have to pay for parking - overnight and each time you move it.

Really it will be cheaper to take taxis and Amtrak. Just make sure you buy train tickets at least 2 week in advance to get discounts and use the regular NE Corridor trains - not the Acela.

JillDavis Dec 15th, 2016 06:27 PM

What city is the NE Corridor trains?

janisj Dec 15th, 2016 07:17 PM

>>What city is the NE Corridor trains?<<

Both - or rather, between the two. Those are just the regular Amtrak trains (Northeast Corridor) as opposed to the Acela Express trains

PaulRabe Dec 15th, 2016 07:18 PM

> What city is the NE Corridor trains?

These Amtrak trains (basically) run between Boston & Washington. The Acela trains run at a higher speed, and cost substantially more -- for almost all travelers between Philly & NYC, just not worth the extra cost. Trains between these two cities are frequent enough,0.pdf
that you can schedule your departure at your convenience.

BigRuss Dec 16th, 2016 08:28 AM

The Acela will cut only a minimum amount of time from your trip - Philly and NYC aren't far apart. They're closer than LA and San Diego or Chicago and Milwaukee. All trains running from DC to NYC will stop at Philly.

JillDavis Dec 17th, 2016 09:11 PM

I think we are still deciding on driving the car from Philly to NYC. We have our two toddlers and our car seats and all our luggage and we don't want to have to wait for any train schedules and just want to hop in the car and head off the minute we can.

That being said - what is the fastest way to get from Philly to NYC? (56th and 5th Avenue is our hotel)

IMDonehere Dec 18th, 2016 03:32 AM

Jersey Turnpike to the Lincoln Tunnel. There are many exits at the tunnel but you want to head north and east. And good luck with the holiday traffic and Trump security as far as a specific route is concerned. Fifth Avenue runs south and 56 street west to eat.

Dukey1 Dec 18th, 2016 07:02 AM

Thank you very much for telling us about all your luggage and your kids now instead of at the beginning as well as your priorities about waiting and schedules but you DID ask about "the fastest way" and everybody here told you the answer.

Go ahead and ignore it but IMO you are not going to "just hop in the car..."

JillDavis Dec 18th, 2016 07:05 AM

I am so sorry if I upset you Dukey. That wasn't my intention.

brennynp Dec 18th, 2016 08:13 AM


We drive in Manhattan all the time. Try to avoid morning and evening rush hours. Take Pennsylvania Turnpike to NJ Turnpike.

Then, I would actually take the Holland Tunnel (second exit out of the tunnel and head due west toward the water - you want to get on West steet) go south on West Street and come up around the tip of Manhattan on the FDR north. Exit at 42nd street and take 1st ave north and make a left on East 55th. This is somewhat out of the way, but you avoid crossing 5th ave and the midtown traffic. The FDR usually runs pretty well, depending on time of day. Also, call the hotel and see if there are parking/security issues related to Trump tower.

maxima Dec 18th, 2016 01:34 PM

Since you have toddlers and car seats anyway, it may be better to have a car in Philly, that way you know your kids will be buckled into their seats. cant see how that would work out with uber or a taxi. I would value safety over the cost of parking, and moving the car.

call your hotel in nyc ask if they anticipate any street closings, or problems unloading in front of the hotel. ask about the parking, do they have valet service or do you have to take the car to a garage. it wont be cheap but
I am guessing you already know that.

you can ask if your rental car will have ez pass. as it will make it faster for the bridges toll roads and tunnel

the drive is about 2 hours, those who say less never figure in construction and traffic. and it can take longer given the congestion at the tunnel on the nj side, day of the week and time of day will make a difference, and once you are in Manhattan it can take some time to get to your hotel depending on traffic.

there are rest stops along the way.. full service if you need to change a diaper, or whatever may arise.

nytraveler Dec 18th, 2016 05:51 PM

Driving will take 2 or 3 times as long as taking the train and you will have to pay for tolls, gas and parking for each night and each time you park the car. Expect parking in NYC to be about $50 per night. Last time I was in Philly it was about $30 or so.

ekscrunchy Dec 18th, 2016 06:23 PM

Parking at the St. Regis is $70 or so per night, plus tax.

JillDavis Dec 18th, 2016 06:32 PM

We are taking the car from Philly to NYC and then dropping it off in NYC. We won't keep it in NYC - I think my two toddler boys will love taking all the taxis, subways and trains while we are in the city. So, we are literally just using the rental car to get from Philly to NYC. Plus, our hotel St. Regis, charges $70 a night for parking.

elberko Dec 19th, 2016 04:47 AM

I suspect that living in a more car-centric part of the country is impacting your decisions, and making a challenging trip even more challenging.

If you forget about renting a car to get from Phila. to NYC, you can leave the car seats at home, which cuts down on stuff you need to drag along immensely. I haven't rented a car at PHL, but I suspect getting 2 kids and stuff from the terminal to the car isn't going to be easy, for one thing.

I don't understand why the train schedule is difficult. 30th Station is huge and pretty interesting, and it has bathrooms and lots of food choices. You don't even have to wait in a long line (and go down stairs to the platform) to board--go the the Red Cap counter and a porter will take you and your stuff down in an elevator when the train arrives, and before others board, and place it on the train. All for the cost of a tip.

Christina Dec 19th, 2016 08:52 AM

It doesn't make any sense at all to rent a car just to get between Philadelphia and NYC.

brennynp Dec 19th, 2016 09:33 AM

With two toddlers, luggage and other equipment, it can make a lot of sense to rent a car.

ZacPack12 Dec 21st, 2016 08:13 AM

Rental cars are such a pain when traveling. It's just a giant pile of metal you have to care for and be worried about. You're on holiday, you want the least amount of things in your mind possible.

Also, Philly and NYC is not really the type of place you want to experience on the road -- drivers can be a bit...rushed to say the least.

Embrace the train life!

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