What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC?

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Wondering if someone could help me with the following. I will be in NYC for a week in March and I am planning on heading up to Signature to catch KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. I am, however, finding it hard to figure out the best way to get up there. If anyone has done it before and could shed some light/give suggestions I would be forever grateful! Thanks so much What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC?
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You take a cab to JFK, take the plane to DC, take the cab to Signature Theater! YAY, 21st Century! re: What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC?
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Thnx Blaxx! I was trying to see about taking a bus or something that might fit a college students budget a bit better re: What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC?
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I know, love, sorry, had too much sugar tonight re: What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC?
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Posted: 2/17/08 at 2:41am
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Haha! It's all good Blaxx! And LePetiteFromage, yes this North Dakota boy needs to get his directions right! Ha! Thanks for the help!
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Posted: 2/17/08 at 2:51am
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Anything is tropical compared to here right now!
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The Signature Theatre is in the Shirlington part of Alexandria and is only reachable by bus (or taxi). If you're staying in DC, you will need to take the MetroRail Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon, and from there take the 7A or 7F bus(Direction Southern Towers) to 28th and Quincy Street, and from there walk to the theatre along 28th Street. The link below gives you the bus schedule for the 7 line. You want to look at Southbound.

edited to add that if you plan to go direct from Union Station to the theatre, you will need to take the Red Line from the train station and change at Metro Center for the Blue line.

I think another bus line goes in the same area, but I need to check further.

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If you're looking for an even cheaper way than Amtrak-- you can take Greyhound from Port Authority in NY to DC. It's $35 round-trip, around 4 hours (45ish minutes more than Amtrak) and buses usually leave on the hour. And Greyhound in DC is only a few blocks from Union Station, so you're still right around the same area people are giving you directions from.
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I have found, generally, that Amtrak is not as cheap as one would think. Only a little cheaper than flying.
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Round-Trip NYC-DC will be about $150. Sometimes you can get discounts and so forth that will bring it down to $100 (IF you're lucky). It will come nowhere close to the $35 bus fare...although the train is much quicker and more enjoyable. (Train: 3 hours. Bus: about 5 hours, as long as there are no traffic jams along the 200-mile route.)

Check out vamoose.com for cheap bus info.
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I find it best to travel by bubble. re: What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC?
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pennywise, the bus actually only takes 4 hours... I take Greyhound everytime I make the trip up to NY from DC and provided there is no traffic, it's never been more than that.
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Thank you for that information, Change. I was basing the bus ride on my experience actually DRIVING from DC to NYC. With bus lanes and so forth, the ride can be considerably shorter, but if there's an accident on the NJ Turnpike, you're done for. (The last time I drove to NYC, it took us nearly NINE hours because of an accident. That's why I always take the train now. re: What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC? )

I have never taken the bus, but I know plenty of people who have. Again, for 35 bucks, you can't beat it...as long as you don't mind long bus rides (which I do!) Also, I take the train from BWI, so it's usually only two-and-a-half hours. re: What's the best way to get to Signature Theater in V.A. from NYC?
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I take the bus all the time from DC to NYC. It's fairly clean and quiet....and CHEAP! And the ticket, although it has a time on it, can be used for any time (they usually leave on the hour). Check the greyhound website, and get the $35 round-trip "e-fare" (or whatever they call it). It leaves from the Port Authority.

I might avoid trying the bus in Virginia...it might be confusing, or late. Maybe splurge for a cab for those 2 miles or whatever.

SO: Take bus to Greyhound station in DC. Walk down 1st St. NE to Union Station (about 2 long blocks...there is a side entrance to Uion Sta. in the wall on your left) . Take Metro red line to Gallery Place, switch to yellow line heading toward Huntington. Get off at Pentagon City (or Crystal City), take cab to Signature.

***BIG HINT****: The street addresses in Arlington are confusing, even for cabbies, they have just renamed the street Signature is on, etc. Tell the cabbie "Shirlington Village" and he will put you within a block or two. (That is the little shopping/restaurant area Signature is in.) If you get lost at any point, the magic words are Shirlington Village...everyone in No. Va. knows it.
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Thank you SO MUCH EVERYONE! It's been crazy trying to figure things out from up here! You are all simply the best!!!
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chenofan: If you want to do dinner or drinks as well, just stay in that area....there are tons of cool restaurants within 2 blocks.

Actually, Signture's lobby is sort of a neat cafe'/bar unto itself. I don't think I've ever before been to a theatre whose lobby is about 5 times bigger than the theatre/house itself.

If you're going to stay more than a day in DC, check out the other small professional theatres like Studio and Wolley Mammoth. I think they both have rush-type discount things.
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I vote for the bus too. I take it all the time (actually just came back a few hours ago).

I'd also mention that if you tell the box office at Signature before the show, they will have a cab waiting for you after the performance. They really aren't very plentiful in the area so it can be a while if you hail one from the street.

Yes, Studio and Woolly also have rush tickets. Woolly's seats are in the side balcony boxes and Studio's are whatever is available. Both usually have excellent productions.
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"The street addresses in Arlington are confusing, even for cabbies, they have just renamed the street Signature is on, etc."

As mentioned in my previous posting, the 7 bus stop for Shirlington is 28th and Quincy. However, the actual street name was changed from 28th Street to Campbell Place in July. Signature is at the opposite end of Campbell Place from the bus stop -- the street that runs perpendicualr is Randolph. Both streets end at that point, and Signature is just to your left if you're walking along Campbell. It's up the street from the Harris Teeter supermarket and right next to the Shirlington Library.