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Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

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Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

We'll be staying one block from DC's Eastern Market Metro. Our destination is NYC's Upper West Side, 91st Avenue. Which train station in DC do we depart from? Will it take us directly to Penn Station, NYC? I hope we don't have to transfer trains.

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1. Re: Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

Take Metro at the Eastern Market station heading in the direction of Vienna or Franconia/Springfield. In other words, it doesn't matter whether or not the train is a blue or orange line train. Get off at Metro Center, transfer to the red line heading in the direction of Glenmont. Get off at Union Station and follow the signs to the Amtrak area.

So, yes, you will have to transfer once when using Metrorail, then board an Amtrak train to NYC.

Edited: 3:50 am, March 20, 2013
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2. Re: Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

A faster alternative that will eliminate the need for a transfer on the Metrorail system is to take the Orange Line train from Eastern Market to New Carrollton. Then catch the same Amtrak train to NYC from there.

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True. However, depending on the time of day and how many are in the OP's party, it may be tough to get seats together if the OP picks up the train in New Carrollton. Or perhaps the OP is taking the Acela which doesn't stop in New Carrollton.

BTW, JG, you said 91st Avenue---do you mean 91st Street?

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4. Re: Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

Despite the proximity to the Eastern Market Metro, I probably would spend the few extra dollars to take a taxi to Union Station. Taking the Metro will likely take a lot longer, as you are back-tracking on the Orange / Blue lines to Metro Center, and then have to come east again on the Red line. A cab should be less than $15, including tip, depending on how many passengers you have.

Taking the Orange Line to New Carrollton to board amtrak is a possibility, but as noted not all trains from Union Station to New York stop there. So you'll want to check the train schedule and weigh that in deciding which station to leave from.

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5. Re: Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

Definitely consider the taxi if you decide on Union Station. Metro's own website puts the travel time via subway at 20 minutes, and the cost of the cab really won't be all that much more (especially since you're talking two or more passengers in your party).

Assuming you're not taking the Acela--it's possible but unlikely you could have a seating issue getting on at New Carrollton at peak times. Even when there are only scattered single seats around--most passengers traveling solo are courteous enough to offer to switch seats when they see you talking to someone sitting two rows ahead of you without your having to ask.

Also worth noting that the change in trains from Metro to Amtrak is far easier at the smaller NCR station, and you could leave Eastern Market about 20 minutes later to catch the same train there vs. Union..

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6. Re: Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

Also, spring is here! If the weather is decent, your luggage is on wheels, and you're up for a scenic walk--it's 25 minutes to Union Station on foot. You'll pass by the Library of Congress, Capitol and Supreme Court on your way.

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7. Re: Eastern Market Metro to Penn Station NYC

Really, Tubman? I've only seen someone offer to switch seats once. It was on the Acela and someone offered to switch seats to help out a woman traveling with 3 kids. Have you seen the lines on the weekends to board a regional train to NYC?

That said, if the OP has lots of luggage, taking a taxi to Union Station would be best.

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