I spent the weekend in New York City a few weeks back and I’ve decided to break it up into several posts. Today’s installment is all about the easiest way to travel from Connecticut to New York City for a day trip, a weekend, or a night on the town. See previous installments of my trip here: brunch and shopping in Soho, how to walk through Midtown Manhattan and a walk through Union Square, Flatiron and Gramercy.
Proof that I don’t just tell you to follow a travel tip, I actually do it myself too, here I am with Mike taking the train to New York City as I advised in How to Take the Train to New York City.
I am a committed train travel enthusiast; I think it’s the most elegant way to ride. Maybe not Metro North’s infamous “vomit comet” (picture it: last train out of the City on a Friday night, happy hour-ed out passengers), but a nice long Amtrak ride along the CT Shoreline sure beats a nice long wait in traffic on 95.
Taking the Train to New York City Pictures
//// Mike, bravely wearing his Red Sox hat into the belly of the beast.
Taking the Train to New York City Itinerary
A few weeks back, we took half days on a Friday and headed down to South Norwalk to get a mid-afternoon train into Grand Central. This meant we were able to buy non-peak tickets, and avoid the crush of commuters. If you are traveling into New York City with less than four people, you are much better off taking the train. If you have four or more, and don’t mind traffic and city driving, you should look into parking in the city.
- Round trip ticket on Metro North from New Haven to Grand Central = $39 peak / $29.50 off-peak
- Night of parking in midtown Manhattan = $35 with a coupon
Street parking is available on weekends, but you gotta work for it, and by “work for it” I mean “drive around and hunt for a space.” Even with the extra charge, I would still choose to read a book on the train than sit in traffic on a Friday afternoon on the Cross Bronx Expressway.
You can look up Connecticut Metro North station addresses here: Metro North Railroad Map. Tip: the easiest ones to park at are New Haven, Fairfield and Greenwich.