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Old 07-18-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: NY
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is it possible? this is from downtown manhattan to wilmington.
my husband has got a job there but i work in NYC. Cannot really quit the job right away, so was wondering if I can travel back and forth for a couple of months? I work only on M-W. So I would be home(DE) the rest of the days
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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Nehs, I would look into going Amtrak. Penn Station to Wilmington. Dependent on where in Wilm (or NYC) you work would require a cab or walk. I worked in NYC years ago (round trip was $45 so you know how long ago that was ). I don't know what it costs now but it was well worth it back and forth daily. On the train you can unwind instead of fighting the idiots on the hwy!
Cost effective? That is up to you.
Good luck!
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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just googled this real quick...Amtrak (1.5-2 hr ride) round trip ~$150
Maybe there is a frequent commuter discount??

maybe someone else can help you that is more familiar with this.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:59 PM
 
Location: NY
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Thank You so much! Atleast, now I know I'm not alone I thought I'd be the only person wanting to make this long commute. I looked up amtrak too and it says, acela runs this route. Not sure if both are the same though.

so anyone else running through such a commute? please share ur travel plans! Thanks again.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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There are quite a few people who commute to New York.. the ones who take Amtrak are usually reimbursed by their jobs. You can take the Chinatown bus which leaves from 4th and Market to New York. It is 35 dollars round trip which would come to about 105 dollars per week versus 450 with Amtrak.

Taking Septa to NJ Transit really doesn't make too much sense - it's cheaper to take Chinatown, Megabus, or Boltbus to NYC (20 bucks roundtrip.)

You could always drive, which is not worth the hassle, gas, tolls, parking, etc.

I recommend you look into discount bus lines.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Sunny FLA
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Acela is the New old MetroLiner. I always rode coach as it was cheaper and I was footing the bill. Yes there are more stops but cost was the main factor. I will say once you ride on the Acela, coach is really second class! I would treat myself to the metro once in a while. About 20 or 30 minutes faster if I remember correctly. I once got on the wrong train to Newark, NJ. It was the Acela. Man it was nice! Had to go back to coach in Phila.
Plus if the weather went bad, the train was the way to go. Bus, good idea but other than a school bus, I've never been on one.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: NY
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Thanks guys!
Well, I will be footing the bill, so looks like Acela would work out very expensive. Are the china town buses meant for daily commute?
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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They can be unreliable... they can be full as well. I would prefer Boltbus or Megabus, because they have an online reservation system. Chinatown buses don't reserve you a seat - it's whoever can't fit goes on the next bus.

If i were in your situation, I would experiment with the Chinatown buses in Wilmington. If you can't get on, you can walk 3 blocks to the train station and jump on a regional as not to be late that day.

If you find the Chinatown bus is unreliable, you may have to drive or take the SEPTA train to 30th in Phila and start taking Megabus or Boltbus.

Chinatown buses have many Asians and also some working class people. Greyhound and Peter Pan have extremely unsavory characters and high prices. Megabus and Boltbus are college kids and professionals.

You know a native Delawarean when they can tell you 100 ways to get OUT of Delaware
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