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Dec 13, 2002
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Question about driving from Toronto to New York City

Hi,

I am looking to drive from Toronto to New York city during the Canadian Thanksgiving, and I would like to know if there is any gas station(s) that opens 24 hours. I will be taking the buffalo route and we will start off from TO at about 2am to try to make it to NY in the morning.

Also, if anyone has any tips about driving on this route, please let me know.

Thanks for the help
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GTA to NYC is 10-hour drive, if you aren't planning on feeding NY State Troopers with your hard-earned dollars in the form of speeding tickets. So, starting at 2 am, you wouldn't be in NYC earlier than noonish time. Most pumps on Interstates are 24 hours, except on the X-Mas night. Most ppl. take I90-I81-I380-I80.
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NYC is not a 10 hour drive. If you do the speed limit, you'll be looking at an 8 hour drive at most. Even as a Canadian, you can get away with going with the flow of traffic and can cut the trip down to about 7 hours.
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It is about 800 km. Taking into account at least one refueling stop plus some time spent crossing the border, I wouldn't bet on anything less than 9 hours, and taking I80 in the middle of the night in October at 115 is pretty reckless, if you ask me. BTW, 73 mph (65+"eight is great, nine and you're mine") is 117.5 km/h.
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Even google maps only gives it 8+ hours, and they tend to err on the side of caution.

This weekend just past Iwas at a wedding in High Falls, NY, and it was just about exactly 7 hrs of driving between Mississauga and High Falls. As NY is an hour farther, you could definitely do it in 8-8.5 hrs of driving....it all depends on your pit stops.

And yes, there were troopers all over the interstates, but if you're not an idiot, that won't be a problem.
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I 81 can get a bit annoying with fog and animals. Be careful for deer around sun rise and sun set.

I drive this route every year and we stop in Binghamton, theres a 24 hour denny's too.

Other than that fill up the tank in New Jersey before you hit NYC, gas (and parking) is much cheaper.
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We went back in July and took us roughly 10 hours with plenty of stops for food and gas.

The route I took was as follows;
- I90 to Syracuse
- 81 South
- 380 South
- 80 East

We only ended up paying a toll on I90 and @ the Lincoln Tunnel.

There are plenty of gas station stops along the way (like on 401) so you won't have a problem. From my experience, I've found that the gas is the cheapest right before you get into NJ. Around Buffalo, it was 3.11/gallon while in NJ I paid 2.73.

BIGGEST ADVICE - don't speed! I had my cruise set to about 5-10mph over throughout the trip and stuck to the far right lane and haven't had problems with popo's, even though I've passed many.
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Another alternative is to fly from Buffalo - NY with fares as low as $59.00 with Jetblue depending when you travel.
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Dec 13, 2002
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thanks for the info, we've booked a car for the long weekend and we will stopping at woodbury first before we head down to NYC.

With the canadian dollar at par now with the USD, the bargin at woodbury should be greater.
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wamtt wrote:
Sep 28th, 2007 5:47 pm
...we've booked a car for the long weekend.
which car rental company will allow you to drive a car across the border? I m thinking of doing something similar next year...
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tempperm wrote:
Oct 3rd, 2007 11:04 pm
which car rental company will allow you to drive a car across the border?
I know about Avis & Hertz. They're not the cheapest around. Avis's week-long rental for midsize runs for approx. 250 CAD and includes 3000 km mileage.
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deep wrote:
Sep 24th, 2007 12:54 pm
Even google maps only gives it 8+ hours, and they tend to err on the side of caution.

And yes, there were troopers all over the interstates, but if you're not an idiot, that won't be a problem.
Just returned from the trip to the Washington, DC. Google gave me 9.5 hours for this trip and my actual driving time was about 9 hours. Mind you, I was either going with the traffic or doing 8 miles over the posted limit all the time and traffic was either going well above limit (80 mph on 65 mph highway near DC) or was very light to non-existent. So I think Google's estimate was pretty damn accurate. Unless you know the way how to prevent troopers (which are aplenty there) from nailing you for going 20 mph over the speed limit. I don't. And I've seen 1-2 drivers per hour who (mistakenly) thought they can fool the system.

By the way, I know that NY traffic ticket is as bad for your Ontario insurance as a local one. What about PA, MD, VA?
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Mar 12, 2007
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I will fly to Philadelphia and need to rent a full size car there. I will then drive to Washington DC and back to Pila 2 days after. Any recommended rental car company, Avis? Thanks.
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Budget will let you drive across the border as well. Most of the US rental car companies generally will.

Avis
Hertz
Alamo
National
Enterprise

I'll be pulling a Canadian resident renting a US car and driving back to Canada - which is illegal.

I'm not sure if there is something similar for American renting a CAN car and driving back to USA.
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