Visiting Lake George is a time-honored tradition for many people, and it's easy to see why. This upstate town has the best of both worlds from lakeside rentals to mountainscape hiking, and there's truly something for everyone. During the winter, Lake George becomes a haven for those seeking winter sports while the summertime holds an oasis for those seeking lakeside luxury.

Whether it's a rustic cabin or a luxe resort that's calling a traveler's name, there's no better place to relax lakeside than this upstate New York locale. For those traveling from New York City, getting there couldn't be easier - so easy, in fact, that the fastest route takes only a few hours. Getting from point A to point B is as simple as picking the best mode of transportation, and this is how everyone can enjoy Lake George's splendor when setting out from the Big Apple.

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The Easiest Way To Get To Lake George: By Car

There are a few reasons why driving to Lake George is the best option and it's not just because it makes quick work of a short trip. Driving to the lake means driving through the mountains that flank the lake on either side. As drivers near the town of Lake George, they'll be able to see the beginning of the towering peaks of the Adirondacks. On the opposite side, the peaks of Southern Vermont's Green Mountains will come into view, making for a great, scenic drive.

The landscape aside, travelers will also be driving through some of upstate New York'smost popular cities, including Poughkeepsie, Albany, and Saratoga Springs. So, if there's time to stop along the way, any one of these would make for a great road trip memory. When taking the bus or train, passengers won't have the freedom to stop and explore other towns or cities, further proving that driving is the best way to go.

Additional Infor For The Lake George Drive

  • Length: 3.5 hours
  • Pros: Freedom to stop off in any town or city, shorter travel time
  • Cons: Travelers may need to rent a car which can be pricey + the cost of gas

The Most Convenient Way To Get To Lake George: By Train

For most people living in New York City, train travel is number one in terms of transportation. Heading upstate is entirely possible thanks to the Amtrak lines that take passengers from New York City to Montreal, with stops in between that allow for visits to smaller upstate cities and towns. Among them is the town of Fort Edward, which is the closest Amtrak stop to Lake George. So, while the Amtrak is the easiest and most convenient way to get upstate, it does require a few extra steps in order to actually get there.

The town of Fort Edward is about 20 minutes from Lake George which means the remaining distance will need to be bridged via taxi, car rental, or a shuttle. Shuttles can be requested via the Greater Glens Falls Transit System. Another option is to purchase an all-inclusive travel package from Amtrak for the Lake George Area, which includes all lodging and transportation.

Additional Info For The Lake George Train Ride

  • Length of Train Ride: 7.5 hours
  • Cost of Train Ticket: ~$69
  • Cost of Amtrak Lake George All-Inclusive Package: $359/person

The Most Affordable Way To Get To Lake George: By Bus

Bus tickets are often cheaper than plane tickets and even car rentals, although passengers will need to deal with more stops. Both Greyhound and Adirondack Trailways offer bus rides to upstate New York, and travelers should check both bus lines in order to determine which one is the best for them.

The benefit of these stops is that passengers have the option to break their trip up into multiple days, with stops in various cities along the way. While this option is faster than the train, it's still not as quick as renting a car and driving. It does take the stress off travelers but it's necessary to weigh the pros and cons of all three options before deciding on one.

Additional Info For The Lake George Bus Ride

  • Length of Bus Ride: 5.5 hours
  • Greyhound Cost: $56 one-way
  • Adirondack Trailways: $61 one-way

So, Which Is The Best Option?

Truthfully, the best way to reach Lake George depends on a person's budget and the amount of time they have to spend on the road (or the rails). While buses and trains are more budget-friendly, driving still remains the easiest and the quickest option; however, for those who have their own cars, driving automatically becomes the most affordable way to travel.

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