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Old 10-26-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Okay, I'm having a hard time making a decision.

In two months, I'm flying down to New Orleans to party my brains out with a buddy of mine.

The bad news is that he can only take the weekend off, but the good news for me is that I get the whole following week off from work. (actually next two)

Anyways, I love adventures and I don't feel like flying back to Boston on Sunday night so I'm planning on taking the train or bus. I've had some long train rides in my life (boston-LA, Boston-Portland, OR, Virginia to Orlando and a number of trips through Asia) and I've also had a few long bus rides (not as long as my train rides though).

My question is if you had the choice, which mode of transportation would you take?

I like the idea of taking the train because it keeps me from being confined to one area the entire trip and there are many fascinating people on board. I like the idea of the bus because I love the adventure of the open road and it's cheaper. What would you choose?
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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Train. In the States. In Europe. In Asia. In Central America. For me, it would always be train over bus, anywhere, anytime, anyhow.
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'd love to do the train...
but what sort of accommodations are available?
and are there extended ride deals?

If there are...
1) NOLA north to Chicago (On "The City of New Orleans") with 1 or 2 nights in Memphis
2) Chicago east to Albany (On the "Lake Shore Limited) with stops in Cleveland & Albany
3) Albany to Boston = sleep (you'll be pooped).


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Old 10-26-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I'd love to do the train...
but what sort of accommodations are available?
and are there extended ride deals?

If there are...
1) NOLA north to Chicago (On "The City of New Orleans") with 1 or 2 nights in Memphis
2) Chicago east to Albany (On the "Lake Shore Limited) with stops in Cleveland & Albany
3) Albany to Boston = sleep (you'll be pooped).


City of New Orleans -- Steve Goodman - YouTube
I've been through Chicago twice by train. I plan on taking the direct train to NYC and then the Northeast Regional after that.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Train in a heartbeat and it's not even close. Granted the bus is cheaper and will probably get you there faster but you can't go anywhere, you get stuck in traffic, you sit next to some "interesting charactors" to put it nicely. Sure, the train stopping for traffic is worse then the greyhound sitting in traffic, but at least you can walk throughout the train, go get something to eat/drink.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Fly and take another adventure somewhere...

By all means in USA take the train over the bus... Bus = very dangerous / very inconvienent (long cold stops in the middle of night or hot sun of day.) Very disfunctional travel partners on bus. (often not even good for conversation / wacked out on some unknown drug of choice). I did 2 (short) bus trips this yr... very bad choice. I will hitchhike or post on any number of good 'rideshare' websites. (I have had GREAT success with that mode of travel)
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:13 AM
 
Location: California
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Train for sure ... You get to walk/move around more and there are better bathroom facilities than the bus.

I guess you could do both... bus down to NewOrleans and take the train back, get to see things from both perspectives
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:19 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Train! More comfortable, and most of the times faster.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:53 AM
 
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I like the idea of taking the train because it keeps me from being confined to one area the entire trip and there are many fascinating people on board. I like the idea of the bus because I love the adventure of the open road and it's cheaper. What would you choose?
Other than being cheaper i dont see any other advantage to the bus, as for it being an adventure?Perhaps at some of the seedy bus stations that bus will stop at on its journey down a boring interstate highway.
Take the train you'll meet a more friendly class of people and get to walk around, scenery will be improved as it wont be endless Interstates clogged with cars.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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I am flying down, but I think I'll take the train back. I think I was fooling myself that the bus ride might be interesting. I still like the adventure, but my wife threatened to divorce me if I hitchhiked
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