I know, I know…. New York City is not part of New England. Hey, some might even try to argue that Connecticut (where I grew up) isn’t truly “New England” either… but I beg to differ.
Anyways, I bring this up because now that I’m back on the east coast and living in Boston, loving all things New England, I still frequently travel to the big N-Y-C to visit my old stomping grounds, hang out with the fam & frolick with my besties that still live there.
And rather than not include NYC on the blog just because it isn’t officially part of New England, I’m just going to extend the perimeters of my blog coverage 🙂
While it won’t happen weekly, sporadically you’ll see tidbits of NYC pop up on The New England Life. With a city so embedded in my upbringing, there’s just no way to avoid it.
To start, if you live in New England, here’s a few quick ways to hop down to NYC for a weekend:
My favorite way to travel, while not the cheapest, I find it to be the most relaxing. Hop on at South Station in Boston (or several other stops throughout Mass., Rhode Island and Connecticut) for a quick four hour ride. If heading to NYC, make sure to grab a seat on the left side of the train for views of the New England coastline. If you’re heading home, sit on the right side to get those views again! The stretch between Rhode Island and Connecticut is beautiful.
I’ve actually never flown from NYC to Boston or vice versa but know plenty that have. Jet Blue seems to be the most popular & flight time is only about an hour or so.
If you’re balling on a budget, there’s no cheaper way to travel from city to city than by bus. I’m sure you know them all… Bolt Bus, Mega Bus, etc.. Typically, the ride is a little over 5 hours and if you’re in no rush, it’s an affordable option. Just beware – I do not recommend traveling via bus on holiday weekends. Traffic = hell.
via Luxury Bus
Yes, this exists! Limoliner is an awesome upgrade from the option listed above. The luxury coach bus has reclining leather seats (hell ya!), free wi-fi, and an on-board attendant that distributes meals and drinks. Oh, and if you take the evening bus, you get a complimentary glass of wine. Woohoo!
Unless you’re making pit stops in Rhode Island or Connecticut, I don’t really recommend driving to NYC. Between traffic, having to find parking, etc… it just becomes a hot mess and an inconvenience. Obviously, you get to decide when you come and go, but I personally don’t think the time & effort it takes to get into the city this way is worth it.