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Armando from Rockville, MD on 6/11/2022 9:33:54 PM:
I would like to take the train from Washington, DC all the way to the start of the trail and back to DC. Can you please let me know the best way to do this? Thank you!

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 6/11/2022 11:58:25 PM:
Armando, did you mean to post this the C&O/GAP Forum (bikecando dot com)? The Erie Canal does not connect to DC. The Capitol Limited goes from DC to Pittsburgh. You’ll need to load your bike either in the bike storage area (bike ticket) or you’ll have to box it. I would get a bicycle ticket online or call Amtrak and get hold of an agent and they will tell you what dates they have bike tickets available. It’s so much easier than boxing it. John

Armando from Rockville on 6/12/2022 7:56:53 PM:
John- No I meant the Erie Canal. My question is what’s the best way To get to the Erie Canal trail? Is it taking the train to Albany, riding to Buffalo And taking a shuttle or a train back to Albany? Thanks.

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 6/13/2022 12:46:33 AM:
Thanks Armando. Sorry I misread your post. I know the most frequent and popular Amtrak route goes along DC to NYC. You could then explore a connection from NYC to Albany to Buffalo and begin your bike journey. I would call Amtrak and hang on the line and speak to an Amtrak agent who should be able to select the best train routes to take to get you there. In addition, once you complete the Buffalo to Albany portion you could then turn south and head to NYC on the newly branded Empire State Trail. You would then only need to train home from NYC to DC. Alternatively, you could do one way car rentals to get you there and back. I hope some of these are helpful. Take care, John

Armando from Rockville on 6/23/2022 10:02:29 PM:
Thank you, John. I appreciated.