Recently we moved to Manchester and my mother waned to visit us. She lives in the Rochester, NY area. I looked into four options: Drive her own car, Amtrack Train, Flying and the bus. This would apply to other looking to get to Manchester.
The following are my thoughts on each mode of transportation.
Driving: Driving we ruled out as it would be close to a 9-hour drive with stops for food and rests. It would be about 900 miles round trip at $0.32 per mile it would cost $288 plus tolls.
Amtrack Train: Amtrack has Train service in Rochester, but no train service to Manchester. Amtrack does run a train up the coast from Boston to Maine with several stops in NH. In addition the train that comes into Boston from the West does not stop at the same station that the northern train leaves from. A person would have to make their own travel arrangements to get between the two stations. Not easy if you have luggage for a few days. The Amtrack web site, does list a connecting Bus service to Manchester, but we did not check it out. In addition, she would have to transfer in Albany, NY, which adds to the risk of complications. If she were to take a train, we would pick her up in Boston. A round trip ticket was around $100 plus you would have to add the cost of getting to the Rochester station and for us to make two roundtrips to pickup and drop off my mom.
Bus: The Bus is slightly cheaper than the Train and has service directly to the Manchester. My mother isn't to keen on taking the bus as it can get a little seedy and being on the road for 11 hours can be a little too tiring. It costs around $90.
Flying: Machester has an Airport and we priced it out. Flights from Rochester to Manchester are expensive $325. I did look at the Boston airport and found airfares considerable cheaper. At the time I looked Air Tran was having a sale and a ticket from Rochester to Boston was $78 round trip. Plus you would need to add the cost of us making two roundtrips to the airport.
We booked the airfare and it turned out to be a great trip for my mother.