Because SDL is so far away from ROC, we recommend simply booking a flight. Other options to SDL do exist, but going by plane will save you valuable time. Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.
For these medium length trips, it's important to book your tickets as soon as possible. While there are train, bus, flight or by car transportation options available, the sooner to book the better. While prices for buses or trains might not fluctuate as much as flights, their availability certainly will. It's recommended to book these flights at least 2 weeks away, but even more if you are able.
While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to SDL is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the ROC/SDL buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from ROC is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between ROC NY and SDL during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!
The plus side of taking the train from ROC to SDL? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of SDL traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to SDL is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.
|Cheapest Way||Bus — $130|
|Fastest Way||Flight — 7h 40min|
|Eco-Friendly Way||Bus — 164 lb CO2|
|Available Modes||4 modes — train, bus, flight and by car|