Once you've scheduled your relocation from New York to Florida, the hard part is over! While you'll rest easy knowing that your belongings will make the journey safe and secure, you still need to decide how you and your family will make the trip down south.
From planes to trains and automobiles, here's what you need to know about the best way to make it to the Sunshine State from New York.
Traveling From New York to Florida by Car
Interstate 95 is one of the longest stretches of freeway in the country and by far the quickest way to navigate the Eastern Seaboard.
For a direct route via I-95, your trip starts simply and stays that way for more than 1,000 miles. The interstate is readily accessible from New York City, either directly via the George Washington Bridge, from Midtown via the Lincoln Tunnel and across Jersey City, or via an I-278 merge across Staten Island.
From there, simply take I-95 all the way south to Miami, or hop onto Interstate 4 in Daytona Beach for the final leg if you're headed to Orlando instead.
In each case, your trip will comprise around 1,290 miles and just under 20 hours of drive time. It can certainly be done in a single day of hard driving, but the easier alternative is to split the trip into two days of around 10 hours of driving, leaving a few easy hours for rest stops, dining and relaxing in a hotel.
Where timing is concerned, your chief obstacle is the dense urban stretch from New York into Maryland, particularly near Washington, D.C., where rush-hour traffic is notoriously slow. To skip the gridlock, it's best to leave southern New York either very early in the morning (think 3 or 4 a.m.) to avoid morning rush hour or at around 10 a.m. to bypass the afternoon rush.
Traveling From New York to Florida by Train
If you prefer to ditch the car but still want the romance of overland travel, hopping on an Amtrak train is your best bet. Both the Silver Star and Silver Meteor lines make regularly scheduled journeys to Florida, with a travel distance of around 1,100 miles and a total trip length of around 28 to 32 hours.
Service can slow considerably in the Northeast Corridor during weekday rush hours, so schedule a start very early in the morning or in the middle of the day to skip the worst if you're able. Otherwise, the busiest rail travel day is Monday, while Wednesday and Thursday are usually the lightest.
Since your rail trip is guaranteed to include one sleeping period, the duration can actually feel shorter than driving, but trying to pass the night in a passenger seat is notoriously uncomfortable. If the budget allows, it's always best to reserve a sleeping cabin instead.
Additionally, food options offered by Amtrak have dwindled significantly in recent decades, so you should plan to bring at least two meals and plenty of snacks, focusing on easily transported items like sandwiches and prepackaged goodies. It's also a good idea to pack wet wipes for quick refreshers in the washroom.
Traveling From New York to Florida by Plane
Making your trip by plane is by far the quickest option, with most flights lasting around three hours to cover approximately 1,100 miles. At a typical economy ticket price of around $300 per person, the plane is often even cheaper than a train ticket, though seasonal factors vary.
The only major timing concerns are seasonal, and you should avoid the heaviest travel holidays, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and the winter holidays.
Whatever your chosen method, Steinway Moving & Storage helps guarantee an easy move to the Sunshine State.