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richarddd Oct 28, 18 6:01 pm

NYC to Harrisburg PA?
 
We're trying to figure out an efficient way to get from NYC to Harrisburg, PA and back.

Driving is 3 to 5 hours, depending on timing. Sitting behind the wheel for this long is no fun.

LGA-MDT is about 3:30 (with a stop), plus getting to the airport, security, etc. A non-stop flight would work, but they don't appear to have existed for many years.

Amtrak is about 3:30, plus getting to Penn Station, etc.

A helicopter is absurdly expensive.

Am I missing something? Is there a better or easier way?

steveman518 Oct 29, 18 1:01 am

There's always the bus-both Greyhound and Fullington have stops in Harrisburg, but I don't believe Fullington runs a direct service between the two. There's also the Great Wall bus if that interests you. Other than that there aren't really any other major options that I'm aware of.

Repooc17 Oct 29, 18 1:03 am

By train

bitburgr Oct 29, 18 12:16 pm

Train is a great option...but how many people?

richarddd Oct 29, 18 2:14 pm

Two people.

I was hoping I'd missed some option that's faster than Amtrak. I really miss the non-stop from LGA.

MSPeconomist Oct 29, 18 2:18 pm

Maybe it's improved, but that train line has/had a reputation for being very late quite often.

Where are you really starting (NYC or some suburb?) and do you own a car or would you be renting for a weekend or whatever?

Time of the year and time of day could also make a difference if it would involve driving in bad weather or bad traffic conditions.

richarddd Oct 29, 18 3:11 pm

Amtrak was 2 minutes late one way, 2 minutes early the other.

kipper Nov 1, 18 7:03 pm


Originally Posted by MSPeconomist (Post 30369636)
Maybe it's improved, but that train line has/had a reputation for being very late quite often.

Where are you really starting (NYC or some suburb?) and do you own a car or would you be renting for a weekend or whatever?

Time of the year and time of day could also make a difference if it would involve driving in bad weather or bad traffic conditions.

Amtrak is much improved.

kipper Nov 1, 18 7:12 pm

I'd opt for Amtrak. I work in Harrisburg and have made the trip to NYC a few times. Mr. Kipper and I drove once or twice, and I've used Amtrak quite regularly. I've never had a drive to NYC or from NYC that took only between 3-4 hours. I prefer Amtrak because I can avoid all traffic and still get some work accomplished while on the train.

If the trains run late, it's usually only a few minutes. That said, you'll want to look at train stops before booking, as some of the Keystone Service trains make additional stops around Philadelphia, while others will skip certain stops. We took Amtrak from NYC on Tuesday. Taking the one that left at 2:11 PM took 3 hours, 10 minutes to reach Harrisburg. The 2:44 PM train took 3 hours, 45 minutes or some such due to the additional stops.

Jenna Carpenter Dec 12, 18 12:55 pm

Iím sure youíve already done the trip but Amtrak is going to the cheapest and easiest. I always drive Harrisburg to NYC because itís not too terrible a drive. As to flying MDT is the most absurdly priced airport in existence, so Iíd not recommend it.


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