BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The excitement generated by the Buffalo Bills first playoff bid in seventeen years has sparked a rush by fans to find ways of getting to the game in Jacksonville, Florida.
While air travel to Jacksonville is preferred, many flights, especially return flights to Buffalo on Sunday night after the game, are already sold out. There are still seats available to get to Florida but prices have shot up. AAA Travel Manager Angela Wawrzynek found some round-trip flights to areas with access to the stadium were nearly $1,000 as of noontime Tuesday January 2nd.
Driving is another option. The AAA said it takes 15 1/2 hours to get to Jacksonville without stops. Since gas prices are low, an average compact car, such as a 2016 Ford Escape, can make the round trip for about $186. Bigger vehicles, like a 2015 Chevy Tahoe, would use approximately $250 in gasoline.
AAA reminds Bills fans to be mindful of weather conditions when traveling by air or car, especially if heading to cities where connecting flights are scheduled.
For those interested in taking a 25+ hour train trip, an Amtrak train will depart Depew at 4 a.m. Saturday morning January 6th, connect through NYC, and arrive in Jacksonville about three hours before kickoff on Sunday January 7th.
7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more about travel plans in his report. Ed also talked with one fan who is determined to get to the game by any means he can.