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AJV from Pottstown, PA on 1/16/2023 12:02:48 PM:
We are 2 older guys planning to bike the GAP, C&O trail from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. We plan to drive a car to Washington and leave it parked in Wash.
But now we need a way to get us and bikes back to Pittsburgh to start our bike ride.
What is best way? Maybe rent a car for one day? Any suggestions where? Or is there a service that takes people from Washington to Pittsburgh?
Any suggestions?
thank you.

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 1/16/2023 6:54:39 PM:
You could do a one way car/van rental from National Airport and drop it off somewhere close to your Pittsburgh hotel. Something like a mini-van but a car could work if it has a huge trunk for two bikes with the front wheels removed.

There’s also Amtrak, DC to Pittsburgh (Capitol Limited line). Try to reserve a bicycle ticket (roll-on, roll-off) or if those are unavailable, just buy a bike box but know you need to twist your handle bars and remove your pedals (have those tools on your person). The bicycle tickets are trickier to reserve (only so many) but Amtrak with a bike box isn’t the worst thing, I’ve done it a few times.

Let us know what you ended up going with and good luck.


Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 1/16/2023 8:05:06 PM:
There are private shuttle services that will transport you between various points on these trails including DC to Pittsburgh but the options John W. cites are the least expensive. For info, Amtrak's Capitol Limited train arrives in Pittsburgh from DC daily about midnight. However, there a few hotels not far from the train staion.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 1/17/2023 3:15:59 PM:
We went with a one-way minivan. Easy peasy. Not any more expensive than Amtrak, and considerably less drama and hassle. Plus convenient for last minute errand running.