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    New York Washington: how to organize a day tour

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    If you are in New York and you want to discover another beautiful and important city around the Big Apple, one of the most valid options - and certainly one of the most popular with travelers and tourists - is a visit to Washington, the capital of the United States, a city where you can breathe the American dream, borrowing a passionate expression from the beautiful piece by our Lorenzo, entitled What to see in Washington.

    In this in-depth article, we want to give you all the information to organize yours excursion and New York in Washington in the day, detailing the times, methods and costs of transfers from one city to another. In this way, you can calmly organize your visit to Washington DC, the city where the main American government bodies are based, as well as one of the best known and most fascinating on the East Coast.



    So let's find out what is the best way to organize an itinerary along the way New York Washington DC!

    Index

    • New York Washington in auto: conviene?
    • New York Washington by train: the fastest solution
    • New York Washington by bus: the cheapest solution
    • Organized tours from New York to Washington: the most comfortable solution
      • Day trip from New York to Washington by train
      • 1 day tour from New York to Washington by bus
      • All tours from New York to Washington available
    • Other excursions around New York

    New York Washington in auto: conviene?

    Generally speaking, take a 'car hire in New York to go to Washington in the day is not at all advisable, due to the often exaggerated prices even for very short rental periods. In addition to this, you are very likely to get stuck in traffic to get out of the Manhattan frenzy and get on the road to the capital.



    However, renting a car in New York can have its advantages if your out-of-town excursion lasts two or more days (and perhaps it extends to other areas of the East Coast and beyond) and if you are 2 or more by car: in these two cases, the expense would be quite amortized - especially by comparing it with the train fares per person - but there would still be some headaches not really nice:

    • find a parking space, in case your hotel in Washington does not have one;
    • put into account at least 4 hours on I -95 for travel from New York to Washington, traffic permitting.

    If on your personal scale the merits of the defects are heavier, we refer you to our page dedicated to car rental in the USA, where you can find advice and tips to snatch a low cost offer.

    New York Washington by train: the fastest solution

    Probably, if you have decided to take a day trip from New York to Washington, rather than by car, you will have immediately thought about train, which is actually the most comfortable and fastest means of transport to move between the two cities. Let's go immediately to find out what types of trains are available, what prices they have and how long it takes to cover the route.

    The cheapest and slowest trains of Amtrak, the reference railway company for extra-urban routes in the USA, are all departing from Penn Station in New York:


    • Carolinian
    • Northeast Regional
    • Palmetto
    • Vermonter

    These four trains take an average of 3,20 h and you can save considerable amounts if you manage to win category tickets Saver o Value, ranging from $ 30 to $ 88. If you reduce yourself at the last moment, you risk having to buy the much more expensive fares Premium e Flexible, for which you'll have to pay $ 133 to $ 173, basically to arrive at the same time.


    The most frequent train is the Northeast Regional (one train departing every hour), while the Carolinian, Palmetto and Vermonter are rarer trains, usually departing early in the morning: in all likelihood, your train will be a Northeast Regional.

    If, on the other hand, it is your intention to take a faster train - not that much, actually! - you will have to buy a train ticket That Express: the train leaves from Penn Station from 6 in the morning until about 21 and takes 2.50 ha to travel the New York-Washington route. It is not a great time saver, you will say ... well, in a single day, that half hour put in your pocket never hurts! Of course, you will pay dearly for this advance: the lowest rate is the Value, and the one-way price is around $ 150, but if you want to travel in the best train classes you'll have to shell out over $ 300. Obviously, prices change depending on how close your purchase is to departure.


    As soon as you arrive on the tracks of the impressive neoclassical building of the Union Station of Washington, you can immediately begin your tour to discover the city.

    New York Washington by bus: the cheapest solution

    Those of you who consider the cost of the train a bit excessive, will probably be attracted by the bus. Cheapness, of course, but at what cost? Without neglecting the inconvenience of the journey, let's not forget that, just like the car, the New York-Washington journey is subject to the unknown traffic, both for the Big Apple and for the capital. The choice of the bus becomes prohibitive on the weekend, when you really risk spending more than 5 hours in the seat of the bus.

    In any case, if the criterion of choice is the expense, we are going to mention i more concretely reliable services, in a quality-price ratio.


    • Greyhound: from our direct experience and beyond, the best known and most reliable company. The price is around $ 35 to $ 40 for a single ride. Put into account at least 5 hours of travel. The bus stop in Washington is at 1005 First St, a ten-minute walk from Union Station, while in New York it is at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (625 8th Avenue), 500 meters from Penn Station.
    • Washington Deluxe: A good alternative to Greyhound is the Washington Deluxe bus, which offers great service and comfortable, fairly on time travel according to many reviews. The price is around dollars 35 and, unlike other smaller bus companies, it stops near the main train stations in Manhattan and Washington.

    Organized tours from New York to Washington: the most comfortable solution

    If you would like to visit Washington in peace and without worries and are thinking of relying on a organized tour, you can take advantage of some interesting travel packages, which include various services and options included in the price, in the convenience of not having to deal with the organizational and logistical aspects.

    Day trip from New York to Washington by train

    • Duration: 12-16 hours
    • What it includes: tickets of train return from Penn Station, trasferimento between the station and downtown Washington, day pass for bus hop-on hop-off  (hop-on hop-off bus to visit attractions) in Washington, lunch all’Hard Rock Cafe.

    Book on Expedia

    Book on Viator

    1 day tour from New York to Washington by bus

    • Duration: About 12-14 hours
    • What does it include: moving from downtown Manhattan to Washington in air-conditioned bus, guided panoramic tour in Spanish o English, visit the main most representative sites of the National Mall in Washington DC, wi-fi a bordo.

    Prenota on Hellotickets

    Enter the TRAVEL code to obtain 10 euro discount on a minimum purchase of 150 euros

    Book on Viator

    All tours from New York to Washington available

    The offer of organized excursions from New York to Washington DC is decidedly vast, to see it in its entirety you can refer to the links included below:

    All tours on Hellotickets

    Enter the TRAVEL code to obtain 10 euro discount on a minimum purchase of 150 euros

    All tours on GetYourGuide

    All tours on Viator

    Now that you have all the data to organize your tour da New York a Washington, you just have to set out to conquer the American dream!

    Other excursions around New York

    For all other visits around New York take a look at our section dedicated to NYC excursions.

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