Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.

New York City

New York City is the most highly populated city in the United States, located within New York State. The city is home to the headquarters of the United Nations, and is often described as the cultural capital of the world.

The city benefits from a 24hr public tranpsort system, central to which is the New York City Subway. The city is also served by a network of buses and rail links. Amtrak services to NYC serve Pennsylvania Station, whilst the Port Authority Bus Terminal offers national bus links. 

How to get to New York City from
Route 1:

The Adirondack, operated by Amtrak, runs daily between New York City and Montreal. On the journey, which lasts around eleven hours, the train travels along the Hudson Valley. Passengers are treated to some spectacular scenery, including forests, beaches, rivers and mansions.

If travelling towards Montreal, the train leaves New York's Penn Station early in the morning, before arriving in Montreal in time for supper. Travelling towards New York, the train leaves Montreal's Central Station at 09.30am, before arriving in New York at 20.40pm.

On-board the train, a lounge car provides drinks and snacks. Reservations are mandatory, so make sure you book in advance through a provider such as Voyages SNCF (see links below). Seats are large, comfortable, and feature fold-down tables and individual reading lamps.

As this route operates on track not solely owned/operated by Amtrak, the journey does tend to suffer from delays, with the journey only being on-time around 60% of the time. Nevertheless, the journey is well worth it, so just make sure you factor in sufficient contingency time if booking connecting services.

Further information about this route can be found in the Amtrak route guide.

Crossing the USA/Canada Border

If you are crossing the border on this service, you need to make sure you are in posession of all required documentation. For US citizens this could be your passport, driver's licence etc. For Canadian citizens, this could be your passport, trusted traveller card or driving license. For citiziens of other countries, a valid passport and, in most cases, a visa are required. Please check with the appropriate government agencies before travelling.

Route 2:

If you have a lot of time to spare, a serious hatred of flying, or just spending a month on a ship, then travelling to Australia or New Zealand by sea freighter might be the route for you!

This service, operated by CMA CGM, The French Line, can accommodate up to six fare paying passengers on each of their freighters.

The service calls at various European and American destinations, amongst others before calling at Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. It's somehow unlikely that you will choose to do the full round trip (84 days) by freighter, but this option is available. Please note that it is not possible to book just the journey between Europe and USA (trans-atlantic) on this service.

There are a total of three passenger cabins onboard. All the rooms are double rooms with windows, and upgrades are available to the Owner's or Officer's rooms, which are larger.

There is an upper age limit for passengers of 80 years, although people aged between 75 and 80 will be asked for a medical certificate before being permitted to travel.

There are various visa requirements for those wishing to travel this route, and non-US citizens will require a full visa (visa waiver programme is not applicable).

If you would like to enquire about this journey, contact Strand Travel, a well respected company specialising in passenger journeys on cargo ships.

Click here for a PDF giving more information about this route.