Amtrak: NYC to Boston


When deciding on how to travel from New York to Boston on our latest USA trip, we had several options. We could fly, drive, take a bus, or take the train. As neither of us had taken a train in the US before, we decided to opt for the latter. The train from NYC to Boston is fairly swift (around 4 hours) and we booked onto first class for a little extra space too.

We were excited to experience train travel in another country and I was especially looking forward to seeing Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as we whizzed by - the train line wends its way north along the coastline and I was excited to see the Atlantic from a new vantage point.

We journeyed down to Penn Station with our suitcases and perched in the lounge to await our train. The station is absolutely vast, with escalators and corridors going every which way! I was really grateful we had a porter to help us find our train and carriage as otherwise who knows what journey we may have ended up on.


Our travel day was clear and warm, with beautiful skies. It was lovely to look back at the city as we left the five boroughs behind and made our way onwards. The seats were comfortable and the air conditioning welcome, and we soon got comfy and read our books and played a little Uno as we travelled through the industrial belt just outside of New York City proper.


Lunch was either a light meal (curry or a sandwich), a late breakfast platter, or cheese. I enjoyed nibbling on some cheese as we barreled through the countryside - ever the turophile!


The views as we traveled along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coasts were absolutely stunning. Blue skies and sparkling ocean stretched out for as far as the eye could see. Posses of sailboats and charming houses punctuated the scenery.


The pictures don't truly do it justice (we were moving at a fair clip, hence the blur, and shooting through windows is always tricky), but it was so lovely to see a part of the world we would have missed entirely had we flown.


I was especially charmed to speed through Mystic, Connecticut - setting of one of my favourite chick flicks ever, the eighties delight that is Mystic Pizza


Our journey went brilliantly...until we reached Providence, Rhode Island. There, problems on the line meant our entire train had to disembark, and wait for a half hour before boarding the municipal train (think London Overground) on the Boston. Rather a shock to the system with big suitcases, and at least two hours added to the journey, but luckily we'd planned in time for any delays so it didn't disrupt us beyond a mild inconvenience. And hey, I can cross another state visited off the list!

I liked the comfort of the Amtrak train and the views were a huge highlight, but the issues and delays would definitely be in my mind were we ever to consider booking again. There are far fewer lines in the East US than here in the UK or in Europe, so when there's an issue, everything seems to fall apart a little.
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23 comments:

  1. Oh this would be lovely to do during the summer or crisp autumnal day. US is definitely on my list of places to go, there seems to be so much to do x

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  2. I only been to USA once but would love to do a road trip! Sounds like it was so much fun apart from the hick up at Rhode Island!

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  3. It sounded like a lovely trip until the line problems - glad you got there ok though x

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  4. Your photos look lovely and it sounds like you had a lovely trip. I really want to go to Boston at some point.

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  5. It does sound like a lovely trip aside from having to disembark with all of your luggage and wait for another train. It would be a great way to see some of the countryside as long as you didn't have to absolutely be at your destination on time, I might not trust it for getting me there on time!

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  6. Amtrak is a great way to travel. We took a trip from San Francisco to Seattle and it felt like going back in time.

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  7. I have only been to Florida in the US but want to go to so many more places!! Sounds like an awesome trip overall despite the trouble!

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  8. Shame about the difficulties at Rohde Island but it is great that the rest of the trip went well. It is good that the weather was warm!

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  9. Other than the delay at the end and having to get another train it sounds like you had a lovely time. The scenery there looks beautiful.

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  10. Such a shame that you had delays but what a lovely way to enjoy the sights of America x

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  11. Sorry you had to experience those delays, but it looked you had an amazing trip!

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  12. This is brilliant. I am from the American Southwest and we don't have the train service they do in the NE. I know it's not the same as here in the UK, but it seems like it was still a great way to see New England. x

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  13. It looks and sounds despite the mishap that you had a lovely time and I have to say I would love to be able to travel more

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  14. Sounds like you had a wonderful time all things considered! I really want to visit New York x

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  15. this sounds like a lovely idea but like you I would have to think twice about delays - I find it hard enough to cope with pants UK trains - I don't think I do it somewhere else.

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  16. I think going by train sounds so idyllic and lovely!

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  17. Sounds like you had an amazing time, just a shame about the delays though

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  18. I would love to go to America and travel, it sounds amazing.

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  19. It's my dream to go travelling throughout the USA, sounds like you had a lovely trip! xo

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  20. Apart from a few hiccups sounds like a lovely journey for sure. I would like to try the train in the states as I have done Europe and Asia and Africa

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  21. Great photos! It looks like you had a fantastic time. I'm hoping to explore America more in 2017.

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  22. Me and the hubby have said we are going to do a trip to America next year. We want to do Nashville and Memphis!

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  23. This is something I would love to do, I have done NYC and some upstate NY but never Boston so, this would be a perfect trip and way to see other places on the way.

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