How to Get to Bradley Airport on Public Transit

This page has been written for people in the Pioneer Valley who are interested traveling to/from Bradley International Airport on public transit.

If you wish to use public transit to reach Bradley from points within Connecticut, please visit the Public Transit page on the Bradley Airport website.

CTtransit Route 24 bus waiting at Windsor Locks station | August 30, 2021

On August 22nd, 2021, the Connecticut Department of Transportation inaugurated its new CTtransit Route 24 bus service between the Windsor Locks CT train station and Bradley International Airport.

This new bus route makes it possible — for the first time in many years — to use public transit to reach Bradley Airport from the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts.

On this page we’ve outlined the available public transit options for travel to Bradley Airport from our region, how to get tickets, and what travel to the airport from our region costs.


How to finding a public transit connection to Bradley

The easiest way to find a way to Bradley Airport using public transportation is with Google Maps.

As example, here’s what Google Maps shows for early morning departures from Northampton to Bradley Airport.

For help finding transit connections on Google Maps click on this link.


Step-by-Step guides

Traveling to Bradley by public transit

  1. Plan your journey to Bradley Airport using Google Maps.
  2. Take the train to Windsor Locks (the first stop after Springfield)
  3. Step off the train and look for the CTtransit Route 24 bus, which should be waiting at the station
  4. Step on the bus and pay the fare of $1.75 (using $1 bills and/or coins)
  5. Enjoy the 13 minute ride to the airport

Important Notes

CTtransit Route 24 (between Windsor Locks station and Bradley) only operates on weekdays at the moment.

Route 24 buses will hold at the station in Windsor Locks for up to 10 minutes for late arriving trains.

The southbound Valley Flyer trains and Hartford Line trains arrive in Windsor Locks in time to make the bus connection over 95% of the time. If for some reason you do miss the bus connection you will need to call an Uber, Lyft or a taxi to get to the airport.

At this time we are not recommending that people use the southbound Vermonter (Amtrak train 55) as the first leg of a journey to Bradley because this train is not consistently arriving within the 10 minute window to make the Route 24 bus connection at Windsor Locks station.

Returning home from Bradley Airport by public transit

1. Plan your journey home from Bradley Airport using Google Maps.

2. Upon arrival proceed to the lower level/baggage claim.

3. Collect your bags and exit the terminal through doorway 4.

Door 4 on the lower level of Bradley Airport | August 30, 2021

4. Proceed to the CTtransit bus stop, which in on the outer roadway on your right as you exit the terminal.

View from outside Door 4 on the lower level of Bradley Airport | August 30, 2021

5. Step on the CTtransit Route 24 bus (Be sure that the destination sign on the bus reads “24 Windsor Locks RR Stn“)

6. Pay the $1.75 fare ($1 bills and/or coins accepted) and enjoy the 13 minute ride to the train station.

7. Board the northbound Amtrak of CTrail train in Windsor Locks.

Important Note

Keep in mind that if you are taking an Amtrak train at Windsor Locks you will need to purchase your ticket before you board the train.


The options for traveling to/from Bradley Airport

If you coming from . . .

Greenfield
Take an Amtrak train to Windsor Locks and transfer to the CTtransit Route 24 bus to Bradley.

Holyoke
Option 1: Take an Amtrak train to Windsor Locks and transfer to the CTtransit Route 24 bus to Bradley.
Option 2: Take a PVTA bus to Springfield Union Station, then take a Hartford Line train to Windsor Locks and transfer to the CTtransit Route 24 bus to Bradley.

Northampton
Option 1: Take an Amtrak train to Windsor Locks and transfer to the CTtransit Route 24 bus to Bradley.
Option 2: Take a PVTA Route G73E express bus to Springfield Union Station, and then take a Hartford Line train to Windsor Locks and transfer to CTtransit Route 24 bus to Bradley.

Springfield
Take a Hartford Line train to Windsor Locks and transfer to CTtransit Route 24 bus to Bradley.

As example, here are the two trains/bus combos that allow you to get to the Bradley from Greenfield and Northampton on weekday mornings:

Valley Flyer train 495
dp. 5:45 am Greenfield
dp. 6:10 am Northampton
dp. 7:05 am Springfield
ar. 7:24 am Windsor Locks
– connect to:
CTtransit Route 24
dp. 7:35 am Windsor Locks
ar. 7:50 am Bradley Airport, Terminal A

Amtrak Valley Flyer train 471
dp. 7:35 am Greenfield
dp. 8:00 am Northampton
dp. 8:55 am Springfield
ar. 9:14 am Windsor Locks
– connect to:
CTtransit Route 24
dp. 9:20 am Windsor Locks
ar. 9:35 am Bradley Airport, Terminal A

And here are the two bus/train combos that you back to Greenfield and Northampton from Bradley on weekdays:

CTtransit Route 24
dp. 1:56 pm Bradley Airport, Terminal A
ar. 2:12 pm Windsor Locks
– connecting to:
Amtrak Vermonter train 56
dp. 2:22pm Windsor Locks
dp. 3:15pm Springfield
ar. 3:58 pm Northampton
ar. 4:22 pm Greenfield

CTtransit Route 24
dp. 7:51 pm Bradley Airport, Terminal A
ar. 8:07 pm Windsor Locks
– connecting to:
Amtrak Valley Flyer train 494
dp. 8.33 pm Windsor Locks
dp. 9:15 pm Springfield
ar. 9:57 pm Northampton
ar.10:23 pm Greenfield

Important notes

The Route 24 bus only operates on weekdays at the moment.

CTtransit has scheduled its Route 24 service to connect with most — but not all — Hartford Line, Vermonter, and Valley Flyer trains at Windsor Locks station.


How to purchase a train ticket to/from Windsor Locks

There are a couple of options for purchasing you train ticket for this journey.

For travel between:
Greenfield, Holyoke or Northampton and Windsor Locks station
Option 1: Purchase a ticket using the Amtrak app
Option 2: Purchase a ticket using the Amtrak website
Option 3: Purchase a ticket by calling Amtrak on 1-800-USA-Rail

For travel between:
Springfield and Windsor Locks station
Option 1: Purchase a ticket using the Amtrak app
Option 2: Purchase a ticket using the CTrail eTix app
Option 3: Purchase a ticket from at the Hartford Line ticket vending machine at either Springfield Union Station or Windsor Locks station.


Train and bus fares

Sample train fares to/from Windsor Locks

Amtrak
Greenfield to/from Windsor Locks – $20
Northampton to/from Windsor Locks – $15
Holyoke to/from Windsor Locks – $14

Lower fares are available if you purchase your ticket more than 14 days in advance.

Hartford Line (Amtrak or CTrail trains)
Springfield to/from Windsor Locks – $4

Sample bus fares

CTtransit Route 24 — $1.75 ($1 bills or coins)

PVTA – $1.50 ($1 bills or coins)

Note that the PVTA G73E express bus between Northampton and Springfield Union Station is free during the month of September.


Comparable costs

The cost to drive to Bradley

The cost to drive your vehicle to Bradley from Northampton (as example) is $28.

This cost was calculated using a distance of 40 miles and the standard mileage rate (for 2021) of $0.56/mile.

The cost to park at Bradley

As of September 5, 2021

The cost to use Uber to get home from Bradley

The estimated UberX rate between Bradley and Northampton (as example) is $62. The peak UberX rate for this journey has been reported to be $160.


Printable schedules

CTtransit Route 24 bus schedule

Hartford Line schedules

PVTA Route G73E (PDF)
Express bus between Northampton and Springfield Union Station

Valley Flyer & Vermonter schedule > see Valley Flyer page


See also

Amtrak Valley Flyer

Amtrak Vermonter

Greenfield MA station

Northampton MA station

Springfield Union Station

Windsor Locks CT station


Further information

Amtrak

Bradley International Airport

CTtransit

Hartford Line

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)

Page last updated: September 12, 2021
Page last reviewed: September 12, 2021