Take Public Transportation on New York Trip

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Byline: Madelyn Merwin

Q: I hope you can help with this problem my sister and I have.

We are invited to a family party in Monticello, N.Y., which is about 80 miles outside New York City. We plan to stay the weekend in Monticello and then go to Manhattan for several days.

I understand we have several airport options in the New York area, but how do we get to Monticello? Being completely unfamiliar with the area, I prefer not to rent a car.

Also, after we complete our stay in Manhattan how do we get to the airport? Which airport would be best for the trip home?

New York City guidebooks do not seem to give information on this type of travel.

Thank you very much for any information you can provide.

A: You have rather a knotty problem due to the location of Monticello, but it's do-able.

I don't blame you for not wanting to rent a car. Driving and parking in New York poses difficulties, especially to anyone not familiar with the area.

So here's what I've come up with. I would fly to LaGuardia Airport because that's the closest airport to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan.

Upon arrival at LaGuardia, I'd take a cab or a bus (if available) to Penn Station where Amtrak operates a train that runs every two or three hours to Poughkeepsie. …