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Taking the train from Manhattan to go to West Point

Missouri
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Taking the train from Manhattan to go to West Point
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Hey guys...cant express how much i appreciate this site and all the info shared. I am learning so much. My wife and I will be taking a Vac to NY in May. I am still learning all the ins and outs for our visit. We will be attending the West Point graduation on the Saturday of our trip.

I was hoping someone could explain how to go about this so we are not late.

Thanks So much.

By the way...this is our first trip to NY.

We will be staying at the Washington Jefferson Hotel

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There are no trains that go directly to West Point. Below is the travel info from the West Point website:

http://www.usma.edu/

Railroad:

Metro-North has rail service from Grand Central Station in mid-town Manhattan, up the east bank of the Hudson. Trains to Garrison, NY, directly across the river from West Point, take approx 1 hour and 10 minutes and cost a little under $15. If you don’t have a car, get off at Peekskill, one stop south of Garrison, where cabs are often waiting. You may want to call to reserve a Highland Falls or Peekskill cab. Driving time from Garrison or Peekskill to West Point is approximately 20 minutes.

Bus:

Short Line Bus offers daily bus service from the New York City Port Authority, near Times Square in midtown Manhattan, to the West Point Visitors Center; one-way trip takes 1 hour 40 minutes and costs approx $15. Short Line also has day trip packages with sightseeing and local discounts.

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Before 9/11 people could just go up to West Point and walk around like they owned the place. Post 9/11 the place is a bit more of a fortress and I don't think the general public still has the same access.

I used to take the bus up there because it was direct and economical. The taxi to / from Peekskill and West Point isn't cheap.

The train is much more frequent so if the schedule of the bus doesn't work for you - you can take the train and a taxi. May is a beautiful time of year in the Hudson Valley.

I believe the bus that goes to West Point is operated by Short Line Bus Company.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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The Point is actually in Highland Falls - my wife went to college there in the 60's - so the closer you are to HF the better - and there is tight security to gain access to the facility - make sure you have tow forms of photo ID if possible and also invitations to the graduation or any paperwork that might be pertinent to the occcasion.

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Think Short Line has now merged with CoachUSA; you'll find the current NYC-West Point (and return) schedule at the very bottom of page 2 of this PDF; the last bus of the day to leave West Point is at 5:07; don't know if that's late enough for you. You might consider taking the bus up and then MetroNorth back.

http://www.coachusa.com/CoachUsaAssets/files/98/pough-nwbrg.pdf

But I would call the Director of Public Relations [phone number in tiny print on this page]

http://www.westpoint.edu/Dcomm/wppc.asp

to find out if the Academy is arranging for shuttle service from/to the train station at either Peekskill or Garrison on graduation day. I imagine the local cab companies would be hard pressed to handle the crush of business for the occasion.

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I would also look in to renting a car, spending one night in that area or making it one long day, it is very historic and beautiful. It is a very easy and scenic drive and you will not have to worry about bus, train or taxi schedules.

Have a great time. Some links for you.

http://travelhudsonvalley.org/

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/lowerhudsonvalley/

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