Transportation To and From the Ride

THE best way to get to the Pittsburgh start line is to catch the Amtrak train from Moynihan Hall -- the new wing of Manhattan's Penn Station.  It's across the street from Madison Square Garden in the former main post office building at W. 31st Street and 8th Avenue.

We'll have our truck parked right outside -- drop off your fully-assembled bike with us along with your gear -- all you need on the train is a small bag.


Everyone MUST book their own train ticket -- we do NOT book train tickets for you.  (We looked into purchasing as a group and it was actually more expensive than you booking your own trip!)

This is MUCH less complicated than it sounds -- just take it slow and you'll be fine! Please follow these directions carefully.

You are going to book two, completely separate, one-way tickets. Here's what to do.

1. Make sure you have registered for the ride BEFORE you buy a train ticket.  This is vital.  

2. Go to the Amtrak web page here.

3. Book your first one-way ticket:

FROM:  New York - Moynihan Train Hall  (Again, Moynihan Train Hall is the new extension of Penn Station -- located at W. 31st Street and 8th Avenue in the old post office building).

TO:  Pittsburgh - Union Station. (Careful -- there is more than one Pittsburgh train station).


You want to depart on Friday June 7th.

Your screen on the Amtrak website should look like this:

There are several train departures on this day -- you want the one that leaves NYC at 10:52 a.m.

We always have a very few folks who want to go from the finish line in Cumberland, MD back to Pittsburgh where we started the ride. (Most people go from the finish straight straight back to NYC without backtracking to Pittsburgh first).  

You can sign up for that Cumberland to Pittsburgh transport during ride registration.  Already registered and now want to add the trip back to Pittsburgh? No problem -- just drop us a note here.  Always glad to hear from you.

Careful! Make sure you pick these exact stations.



You will see a range of prices for tickets, and the difference is mostly about refunds and cancellation fees.  (The cheapest tickets allow no refund, the next more-expensive allows some refunds, etc. etc.)  The decision is yours.

Remember that we will be taking your bike and luggage in our truck. Amtrak allows only a very few bicycles on this train and charges extra -- do NOT pay to bring your bike on the train.

4. Now book another, completely separate, one-way ticket:

FROM:  Altoona, Pennsylvania (NOT Pittsburgh!)

TO: New York City - Moynihan Hall


Depart on Tuesday June 11th at 10:03 a.m.

Your screen should look like this:

There are several trains that day -- you want the one that departs at 10:03 a.m.