This past weekend I made the trip from Greenville, SC to Washington, DC. I live in Greenville without a car, mind you, so my transportation options are extremely limited. Luckily I’m working on a company that is looking to change all of that. But back to my trip – here’s a glimpse at how I got myself to Washington, DC, without having a car:
Leg 1: Friend drives me to GSP Airport via Car
Leg 2: Flight from GSP to ATL via Plane
Leg 3: Flight from ATL to BWI via Plane
Leg 4: Shuttle from BWI to Amtrak Station via Bus
Leg 5: Amtrak Station to Union Station, DC via Train
Leg 6: Union Station to Gallery Place / Chinatown to transfer lines via DC Metro / Train #2
Leg 7: Gallery Place / Chinatown to Mount Vernon Square via DC Metro / Train #3
Leg 8: Walk from Mount Vernon Square to final destination
So, after a car ride, 2 planes, a shuttle bus, 3 trains, and a quick walk, I arrived to my destination. The total cost for transportation alone came to about $250 round trip. Which isn’t too bad – BUT – I have the convenience of sacrificing my time for money. Not everyone has that luxury. So by paying less, my total trip time was extended to about 8 hours each way.
I love public transportation more than the average person – a LOT more. But had I driven to DC, my trip time would have been about 8.5 hours each way (just 30 minutes more than it took me to fly!), with total fuel costs running at $170 ($85 each way). And that’s if I’d driven solo. With another person, that would be just $85 for the whole trip. And better yet – with a third person – just $57 per head for the total round trip. The more I travel, the more I’m reminded that flying – in most instances – is the pricier and less efficient way of getting somewhere.
Here I’ve included a photo journal from the trip: