I have a group of 4(possibly 6) who want to travel around the East Coast of the United States in late July and August (2010)
I was wondering what people thought were the best modes of travel?
Renting a car?
We would be starting in New York and then wanting to travel around a bit before heading down to Florida (Tampa to be exact) for a friend's wedding.
Nicholas, it really depends on where you want to go. Generally speaking I would say getting around by renting a car would be the cheapest option. Train service on the east coast is horribly expensive and not frequent enough. Bus is a decent option if you are only traveling from city to city, but with a group of 4 the car I would still lean toward car rental. Good luck on your trip. about 7 years ago
The cheapest mode will be renting a car, given there are four folks. Driving from New York to Tampa is not a difficult drive, should take somewhere between 18-22 hours depending on traffic. Interstate 95 makes it easy. You can stop in cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC, Charleston,(South Carolina) then it will be way hot and you would want to head right to Tampa (interstate 10 to Interstate 75.
You can also take a Greyhound bus- (not my preferred method as they stop too frequently) our train system AMTRAK has passes for travel and although not always the cheapest, it is a fun alternative.
Happy Trails! about 7 years agoAnswered by judith harris via Travellr.com
For most of the US East Coast, a car is almost your only realistic option. The exception would be between the major points between Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and New York City, where train service is a realistic option. And in regards to travel within NYC / Manhattan, driving here is not for the faint of heart. It's the one spot where I'd say "park and take the train in". For everything south of DC, a car is the way to go. Trains and buses in the southeast are a tremendous waste of time and will limit your ability to get to the "real" destinations. about 7 years ago
The area between Portland, Maine and Richmond, Virginia is relatively built-up and actually has good public transport and it is probably the only spot in the USA that you can conveniently travel without a car. In fact in this area the suburbs of one city blend into the next and you can travel New York City-Philadelphia and Baltimore-Washington DC on suburban transit. A cheaper option for getting between the main cities in this region is Chinatown buses (cheap coach services that usually depart from the Chinatown in the bigger cities).
However, once you get south of Washington, DC or Richmond, VA, then a car is your best option. A car is the most flexible transport option (and with four to six people travelling together, probably the cheapest option), and once you get south of Washington DC parking and traffic will be less of a hassle.
If I were doing it, I would travel by train (suburban train services not the expensive Amtrak trains) or Chinatown bus as far south as Washington DC or Richmond, VA and then rent a car to continue down to Florida. almost 7 years ago
iwant to go cross county from central calif. to ??? which mode(s) are cheap yet scenically inviting. no set time limit for destination about 5 years agoAnswered by susie via Travellr.com
Aussie tourists and that we would love some recommendation on best variety of transport between NYC - Washington DC - Philadelphia & Bean Town. Friends of ours have counseled the train service. will we have a tendency to please have some native recommendation. several thanks over 3 years ago