Beyond the average race story – Planes, Trains and a Bus: We Raced From New York City to Washington, D.C. to Find Which Was Fastest

By Zach Griff, The Points Guy; May 14, 2019

Everyone has their preferred method of transit for the ~220 mile journey between New York City and Washington, DC. With a plethora of options including multiple hourly flight departures, 24/7 trains, and lots of buses, many business and leisure travelers often debate which option is the fastest, most affordable and provides the best “bang for your buck.”

TPG decided to answer just those questions. We chose five different travel methods for our race, held Monday, May 13: a 7am Amtrak Acela, a 7:05am Amtrak Northeast Regional, an 8am American shuttle from La Guardia to Reagan National, a 7:59am Delta shuttle on the same LGA-DCA route, and finally, the 7am Megabus. We strategically chose to start our race at the southeast corner of Central Park and end at the White House so that no one had a geographical competitive advantage.

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