Trains to The Big E

Please note

This information on this page is currently out of date. The page will be updated for the 2022 Big E in early September 2022.

Days of Operation
Sat/Sun September 18th & 19th
Sat/Sun September 25th & 26th
Sat/Sun October 2nd & 3rd

Big E – Union Station shuttle bus schedule

8.5″ x 11″ Printable Saturday schedule (PDF)

8.5″ x 11″ Printable Sunday schedule (PDF)

Pickup locations

At Springfield Union Station

Passengers should proceed to Bus Berth 24

The King Ward Big E Shuttle at Berth 24
Springfield Union Station | September 18, 2019

At the Big E

Passengers should proceed to the Transportation Center, which is located behind the Avenue of the States buildings.

Please note that the King Gray motor coaches that are being used for this service are wheelchair accessible.

Still on the fence about taking the train?

Consider these points —

1. Why not let someone else do the driving this year?

2. The Big E shuttle buses bypass most of the traffic on Memorial Drive by accessing the fair grounds via a special entrance that is not open to the public.

3. CTrail and Amtrak trains are never delayed in Big E traffic!

4. Traffic on Saturday’s around the Big E is horrendous! (see the Google traffic map below from 2018)

Traffic headed from CT to the Big E | Google Maps
Sat. September 22, 2018 | 11:30 am

Current traffic near the Big E | Google Maps

Train information

From the south…

Take a Hartford Line train from New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, or Windsor Locks to Springfield.

Easy connections between the Hartford Line and Metro-North’s New Haven Line are available at New Haven Union Station.


Hartford Line service

Please refer to the Hartford Line website for the current schedule.


Sample Fares Hartford Line Fares

Hartford – Springfield | $6.00
Berlin – Springfield | $8.00
Meriden – Springfield | $9.25
Wallingford – Springfield | $10.25
New Haven – Springfield | $12.75

Discount One-way
– senior citizens (65 and older) and people with disabilities

Hartford – Springfield | $3.00
Berlin – Springfield | $4.00
Meriden – Springfield | $4.50
Wallingford – Springfield | $5.00
New Haven – Springfield | $6.25

Children one-way
Up to four children ages 2-12 with a paying adult – $1 per child

Additional children ages 2-12 charged half the adult fare.

Under age 2 – Free

Parking costs

Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford | Free on the weekend

Windsor and Windsor Locks | Free, but parking is limited at these stations

From the north…

Take Amtrak’s Valley Flyer or Vermonter to Springfield.

As example, here is the connection using the Valley Flyer —

Valley Flyer train 461
dp. 9:15 am Greenfield
dp. 9:40 am Northampton
dp. 9:55 am Holyoke
ar. 10.23 am Springfield Union Station
— Walk to Bus berth 24
dp. 10.30 am Shuttle bus to the Big E (Berth 24)

dp. 6:00 pm Big E (from the Transportation Center)
ar. Springfield Union Station (Bus berth 24)
— Connect to: Valley Flyer train 488
dp. 6:45 pm Springfield Union Station
ar. 7:11 pm Holyoke
ar. 7:27 pm Northampton
ar. 7:53 pm Greenfield

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PVTA Route R14 Bus to the Big E

You can also get to The Big E by taking the PVTA R14 Feeding Hills/Springfield Bus which departs Springfield Union Station from berth 14.

The best way to find a public transit connection to the Big E with Google Maps.

The links below will show you connections to the Big E from the following locations:

From Connecticut on the Hartford Line:

New Haven Union Station

Hartford Union Station

From points north in the Pioneer Valley:

Holyoke Transit Center

Northampton (Academy of Music stop)

Further information

The Big E (Official website)

Hartford Line (Official website)

Page last change: October 4, 2021
Page last reviewed : September 7, 2021