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About New York

New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Station Information

Penn Station

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0
Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

Popular train stations in New York:

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

What train companies travel to New York, New York?

Located in New York, New York is accessible by train from 596 other cities. You can choose from 2577 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to New York on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to New York are also available.

Train companies serving New York

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak5441d 5h 50m$193.35
Amtrak Northeast Regional473h 4m$71.03
Amtrak Silver Service3420h 20m$157.34
Amtrak Crescent335h 39m$130.36
Amtrak Vermonter282h 42m$79.50
Amtrak Cardinal2315h 18m$127.63
Amtrak Carolinian226h 33m$112.98
Amtrak Palmetto194h 15m$100.89
Amtrak Keystone Service171h 57m$55.70
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited1610h 59m$75.71
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • Amtrak Northeast Regional

    Amtrak Northeast Regional

    The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. The Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.

  • Amtrak Silver Service

    Amtrak Silver Service

    The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car.

  • Amtrak Crescent

    Amtrak Crescent

    The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom.

  • Amtrak Vermonter

    Amtrak Vermonter

    The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café.

  • Amtrak Cardinal

    Amtrak Cardinal

    The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café.

  • Amtrak Carolinian

    Amtrak Carolinian

    The Amtrak Carolinian is a passenger train service which connects New York City and Washington, DC to some of the most charming destinations in North Carolina. The Carolinian boasts seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available in the Café car.

  • Amtrak Palmetto

    Amtrak Palmetto

    The Palmetto is an Amtrak train service that runs a total of 829 miles from New York City to Savannah, GA, connecting 20 cities from the Northeast to the Southeast along the way.

  • Amtrak Keystone Service

    Amtrak Keystone Service

    The Keystone Service is a daily train service that Amtrak operates from New York City to Harrisburg, PA. The route is notable for its high-speed rail portions, where the train can reach up to 125 mph. The train’s amenities include free WiFi, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and a Quiet Car for those who prefer to sleep, work, or study in a quieter atmosphere.

  • Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard.

Which train carrier has the best service to New York?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to New York by train with Amtrak Ethan Allen Express giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Cardinal had the most comfortable train service to New York taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Cardinal offers. They rate Amtrak Cardinal a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to New York punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Acela has the best on time performance on their train schedules to New York, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to New York?

$10.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to New York, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to New York. In the last month, trains from New Rochelle to New York had the lowest average price at $16.01.

Where is the train station in New York, NY?

The main train station in New York is NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around New York.

What is the closest airport to New York, NY?

The closest airport to New York is New York La Guardia Airport (LGA), it is located 8.3 miles from the city center of New York.

Where should you stay in New York?

If you’re visiting New York and hoping to find budget-friendly accommodations, you’re best off avoiding most of Manhattan — at least from Central Park on south. Consider staying further afield in Queens, Harlem or across the Hudson in Hoboken, New Jersey. All are still accessible to downtown attractions, but will cost you far less than a hotel in Midtown.

If you are willing to spend a bit more and want to be near a lot of bar and food options, the East Village and the Lower East Side are two terrific parts of town to consider. Brooklyn is also a somewhat more budget-friendly location with a full life of its own, meaning you won’t even need to venture into Manhattan.

The most expensive accommodations you’ll find are in Midtown and nearby areas like Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper East Side. While they will cost you far more, you’ll be in walking distance of Times Square, Fifth Avenue and Central Park, which is a big perk.

In general, the great thing about visiting New York is that there are always things going on closeby, no matter where you’re staying. After all, it’s the city that never sleeps.

How do you get around New York City?

Many people get around New York City by walking. Not many own a car in the city, so the most cheap and convenient forms of transportation besides walking are taking the MTA subway or a bus.

The closest subway station to New York Penn Station is 34th Street-Penn Station, which services the 1, 2, and 3 subway lines, making it convenient for train travelers to step off of Amtrak and jump right on the subway.

If you want to use public transportation while in New York, you will need to purchase a metro ticket from one of the self-serve kiosks in most New York subway stations. The cost of a single-ride subway ticket is $3.00, or $2.75 if paid with a MetroCard.

What are some fun things to do in New York?

A popular destination for television fans is Central Perk, modeled after the coffee shop in the hit TV show “Friends.”

For travelers looking for a more moving and introspective experience, consider The 9/11 Memorial. There you’ll find all the names of the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and can see where the Twin Towers used to stand.

For fans of art, walk the elevated High Line walkway down to the gorgeous Whitney Museum of American Art.

What are some good restaurants in New York City?

A great local restaurant in New York is Brindle Room. They serve American comfort food in sizeable portions, while also being reasonably priced.

Another good option is Park Avenue Tavern, located right down the street from Grand Central Station. It’s an upscale bar on the edge of Murray Hill, and includes a self-service tap system alongside American food favorites.

Arriving into or departing from Penn Station? Grab a cheap bagel and schmear at Liberty Bagels, just a block north on 35th Street.

What is the best time to visit New York City by train?

Train routes to New York are known for their beautiful fall foliage, whether you’re taking the Adirondack down from Montreal or the Acela (or Northeast Regional) down from Boston. While the trip to New York is scenic in any season, autumn is special in that regard.

Amtrak has 1,034 routes to New York, coming from 614 destinations, which means there are tons of options to choose from when deciding which train to take. Amtrak Acela alone has 127 daily routes to New York City coming from 13 destinations.

Is New York a popular train travel destination?

New York ranks number 13 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 106 in United States. New York has the most train connections in the region. There are 813 train schedules arriving in New York each day.

What is the population of New York?

The population of New York is 8175133. New York ranks number 9 in terms of population in New York and number 66 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to New York cost?

Train tickets to New York range from $10 for a short trip to New York, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to New York starts at , and a longer trip by train to New York can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $11.

What type of traveler does New York attract?

People who take the train to New York are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to New York easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of New York?

The closest train station to the city center of New York is NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station, located just 2.7 miles away. Select NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of New York. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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