East-West Rail Service in Massachusetts

This page is written for people who wish to travel by train between the western and eastern parts of Massachusetts on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited service. For information on the East–West Passenger Rail Study please visit this page.

 

The Lake Shore Limited in Chester, MA | Jacob Pike | via Flickr

Amtrak currently operates one train daily in each direction between western Massachusetts and Boston.

The Lake Shore Limited (Amtrak trains 448 and 449) provides service between Boston South station and Albany-Rensselaer, NY, with intermediate stops in Boston Back Bay, Framingham, Worcester, Springfield, and Pittsfield.

Through service to/from Chicago, and intermediate stations, is also available.

Full route of the the Lake Shore Limited | Wikimedia Commons

Station specific information for Springfield be found on this link
Springfield Union Station

 


Current timetable

Lake Shore Limited Schedule (PDF) | Amtrak | eff. November 11, 2019

Important note
The eastbound Lake Shore Limited (Train 448) arrived on average 44 minutes late into Springfield during the 4th quarter of 2019.

People traveling east are advised to check the status of their train before traveling to the station.

 


Accommodations and amenities on board

Coach Class seating

Business Class seating

Café Car | menu (PDF)

Free Wi-Fi Onboard

Take your pet with you

• Sleeping car accommodations, for those traveling longer distances.

 


Sample fares¹

One-way in Coach (Adult)

  • Springfield Union Station
  • Boston South Station | $17 or $23
  • ⮂ Boston Back Bay Station  | $17 or $23
  • ⮂ Framingham, MA | $14 or $20
  • ⮂ Worcester, MA | $13 or $17
  • ⮂ Pittsfield, MA | $12
  • ⮂ Albany, NY | $14 or $18
  • ⮂ Chicago, IL | $90 or $112

 

Important notes

  1. The higher price listed is the fare when a ticket is purchased less than fourteen (14) days in advance.
  2. Higher fares are possible during peak travel times and when seats are limited on a particular train.
  3. Discounted fares are available for Children (12 and under), Seniors (65 and­ over), Military (Active), Veterans Advantage, and members of the Rail Passengers Association.
  4. The sample fares listed are for tickets purchased on January 10, 2020 for travel between January 11-31, 2020.

 


Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the Amtrak website [Amtrak.com] or the Amtrak mobile app.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL) or by visiting a staffed Amtrak ticket office, for example at Springfield Union Station.

Further information is available on Amtrak’s How to Purchase Tickets webpage.

 


Train one-way and bus the other

For those wanting to try the train to/from Boston you might want to consider taking the train one-way and an intercity bus in the other direction — if the train times don’t work for you.

Both Peter Pan Bus Lines and Greyhound offer daily service between Boston South Station and Springfield Union Station.

Note that some of the bus runs also stop at Worcester and/or Framingham.

 


Background

The Lake Shore Limited service is part of Amtrak’s Long Distance Service Line. It is financed primarily through funds made available by the federal government.

 


See also

East-West Passenger Rail Study

Other Rail Travel Options in the Pioneer Valley

 


Further information

Lake Shore Limited (Amtrak)

Lake Shore Limited (Wikipedia)

“East West Rail Across Massachusetts”
A travelogue by Robert Kearns | December 15, 2019

 

Page last updated: January 19, 2020
Page last reviewed: January 11, 2020