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Old 09-09-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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Jet Blue and Airtran are really cheap. Sometimes tickets to NYC are $79 each way.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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Amtrak is more like 12-13 hours, definitely not 18. Bus is probably a little longer, but it looks like this one doesn't make too many stops and goes through the night. By the time you get to the airport, through security and back from the airport, I think it comes out in the wash.

I wish we could get MegaBus or Bolt Bus down here.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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One thing to note. There is also an Amtrak Train that runs to NY that has a stop in Charlotte in the middle of the night. It does not stop as the NCDOT stations but it is also more expensive for the trip. I would recommend the NCDOT train, The Carolinian, at the link I posted above.

BTW, if you are just traveling within NC, you can come back on The Piedmont. It is the companion service that starts in Raleigh and terminates in Charlotte that provides mirror service within NC. They are going to add an additional mid-day state only train later this fall.

They also run special trains during special events in the state. For example there is a train to the Lexington BBQ festival and another one to the NC State Fair. Train stops right in these events making it very convenient.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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I might be wrong, but the additional fees that say USAir adds might but another $100 on this ticket and heaven help you if you need to change your itinerary. No doubt that flying is faster, but I have found that when you include the travel time to Charlotte-Douglass airport, getting through security, and the reverse at Laguardia or Newark, you have spent longer than 1/2 day.
Its not that bad (trust me, I fly just about every week). However, as far as flying to the NYC area goes, US Scare does have some cheap fares to Newark right now - I just booked a flight up there for next week and it was $59 each way - with the fees and taxes it was about $140 round trip. Then you could just hop a quick train into NYC from there.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:52 PM
 
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[quote=lumbollo;10685536]One thing to note. There is also an Amtrak Train that runs to NY that has a stop in Charlotte in the middle of the night. It does not stop as the NCDOT stations but it is also more expensive for the trip. I would recommend the NCDOT train, The Carolinian, at the link I posted above.

BTW, if you are just traveling within NC, you can come back on The Piedmont. It is the companion service that starts in Raleigh and terminates in Charlotte that provides mirror service within NC. They are going to add an additional mid-day state only train later this fall.
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What is the travel time between Charlotte and Raleigh on those trains? I will likely need to go to Raleigh every couple of months for work, and that drive gets boring.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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Thanks to all responses. My friend rather take the bus than fly. Although flying saves time, she will avoid the high cost of taking a taxi to/from airport. The bus allows her to board on Saturday night and return back to Charlotte on Sunday morning. The bus stops at Canal street, where she would start shopping before taking a train ride into midtown. She wants to do some major shopping in NYC, all in one day. I can't phantom ever doing it, but it works for her.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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Thanks to all responses. My friend rather take the bus than fly. Although flying saves time, she will avoid the high cost of taking a taxi to/from airport. The bus allows her to board on Saturday night and return back to Charlotte on Sunday morning. The bus stops at Canal street, where she would start shopping before taking a train ride into midtown. She wants to do some major shopping in NYC, all in one day. I can't phantom ever doing it, but it works for her.
I can see it! You board the bus, sleep, then get into NYC . . . do your shopping - and you have bags with you - so you just carry them back rather than having to check luggage w/ an airline (which they are charging for now). . . no big bucks for the taxi . . . get back on the bus, ride overnite . . . I suspect your friend is like me: she knows what she wants to shop for, she knows where to shop . . . she is gonna hit the stores - get in and get out! I have certainly driven to ATL and done the same thing!

If she wanted to, she could take some of those fold up canvas shopping bags and dump other bags down in them . . . easier to lug back home that way than a lot of other packages/bags.
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Oh Southwest Airlines...where art thou?
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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Oh Southwest Airlines...where art thou?
They probably are not coming here as long as the city maintains the fortress for USAir.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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Once that third runway opens up, I think there'll be room to expand ops. I know they've got their eye on us...just waiting for the right time to strike at US Fare.
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