New York Train

Penn Station (33rd St btwn Seventh & Eighth Aves) is the departure point for all Amtrak (800-872-7245; www.amtrak.com) trains, including the Metroliner and Acela Express services to Princeton, NJ, and Washington, DC (note that both these express services will cost twice as much as a normal fare; one-way to DC starts at $69). All fares vary, based on the day of the week and the time you want to travel. There is no baggage-storage facility at Penn Station.

Long Island Rail Road (718-217-5477; www.mta.nyc.ny.us/lirr/) serves some 280, 000 commuters each day, with services from Penn Station to points in Brooklyn, Queens and to Long Island. Prices are broken down by zones. A peak-hour ride from Penn Station to Jamaica Station (en route to JFK via AirTrain) costs $6.65 if you buy it online (a whopping $12 on board!). New Jersey Transit (800-772-2222; www.njtransit.com) also operates trains from Penn Station, with services to the suburbs and the Jersey Shore.

Another option for getting into NJ’s northern points such as Hoboken and Newark is the New Jersey PATH (800-234-7284; www.panynj.gov/path), which runs trains ($1.50) along the length of Sixth Ave, with stops at 33rd, 23rd, 14th, 9th and Christopher Sts, as well as at the reopened World Trade Center site.

The last line departing from Grand Central Terminal, Park Ave at 42nd St, the Metro-North Railroad (212-532-4900; www.mnr.org) serves Connecticut and the Hudson Valley.
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