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Old 01-06-2010, 02:53 AM
 
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Hi guys, I don't have a car and live in NYC. I want to go to Hartford, what is the cheapest transportation, bus train? I know Amtrak is about 70 round ticket is there any cheaper way to go there?
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, (sometimes) work in CT
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There are cheap buses now that will do it. Look into either Bolt or Megabus (low cost inter city travel or www.boltbus.com). The fare varies based on how far into the future your ticket is and other factors, but it goes roughly from about $1 (yes, $1!) to about $20 each way.
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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Well, one less expensive (but longer) alternative would be to take a MetroNorth train from GCS to New Haven. Once you're there, you can take an Amtrak train to Hartford, which would get you there in about 30-45 minutes. Round trip from NH to NYC is only $28, and to get to and from Hartford would be less than that I bet.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, (sometimes) work in CT
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I want to note that Bolt and Megabus are owned by the major bus companies, Greyhound, etc. They are not scams. They came about in competition to "Chinatown" buses that cheaply connected the Chinese immigrant population with travel between "Chinatown" neighborhoods in Boston, NYC, Philly, and DC. They were so cheap many people took them despite problems with schedules, crowding, etc. (and they are still in existance). But Bolt and Megabus in addition to these cities stops in Hartford as well.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:07 PM
 
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Megabus doesnt stop in Hartford anymore.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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Well, one less expensive (but longer) alternative would be to take a MetroNorth train from GCS to New Haven. Once you're there, you can take an Amtrak train to Hartford, which would get you there in about 30-45 minutes. Round trip from NH to NYC is only $28, and to get to and from Hartford would be less than that I bet.
I try to find the schedule for this online but I can't, can you please write me the link here?
I can't find it here or I don't know how to find it:
MTA Metro-North Railroad Schedules
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:27 PM
 
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I just found this article which was apparently in the Hartford Courant:
Chinatown Bus - Bargain Buses- The Hartford Courant

Also had to share a link to a fairly new website for Metro-North train schedules that is much easier to use than the official one:

bettermetronorth.com
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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I try to find the schedule for this online but I can't, can you please write me the link here?
I can't find it here or I don't know how to find it:
MTA Metro-North Railroad Schedules
Well, you're on the right website. All you have to do is choose East of the Hudson River because where you're going is East of the river. From there, just choose the date you want to leave and from where you're leaving (Grand Central) to where you're going (New Haven) and that's it. It lists the departures and the fares.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:38 PM
 
Location: 35 yrs CO, 3 yrs CT
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Have you checked Peter Pan Bus Line ?? From Port Authority Terminal in NYC direct to Hartford, as low as $18 one way. I did a round trip Farmington to NYC. Nice comfortable ride.

see Peter Pan Bus :: Home
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:29 AM
 
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Well, one less expensive (but longer) alternative would be to take a MetroNorth train from GCS to New Haven. Once you're there, you can take an Amtrak train to Hartford, which would get you there in about 30-45 minutes. Round trip from NH to NYC is only $28, and to get to and from Hartford would be less than that I bet.
You could also take a Peter Pan bus from New Haven up to Hartford, which would be most like be cheaper than taking Amtrak.
Alternately, you could take a Peter Pan bus from NYC (Port Authority) to Hartford. It takes about 3 hours.
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