Plane or train? The Points Guy figured out the fastest way to get from Boston to New York.

You may be surprised by the results.

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Is it faster to take a plane or a train from Boston to New York City?

The Points Guy asked four writers to race from Faneuil Hall to Rockefeller Center to find out. Three writers traveled to New York City from Boston by plane — on JetBlue, Delta, and United — and one took Amtrak’s Acela from South Station to Penn Station.

“Boston-NYC is a popular business route and many businesspeople do it as a day trip,” The Points Guy wrote. “However, after one of those ‘quick’ business trips, all you want to do is get home. So we put the airlines to the test and threw in the Acela to see if it could compete.”


The JetBlue and Delta travelers took first and second place, respectively. The JetBlue traveler arrived at Rockefeller Center in 3 hours and 12 minutes, 39 minutes before the Delta traveler. The train traveler arrived last, in 4 hours and 53 minutes.

There was just a two-minute difference between the time it took the traveler by train and the traveler on the third-place airline, United, to reach the destination, according to the article.

You can read about the journeys over on