This page will provide you with an overview of the passenger rail travel options available in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts.
Passenger rail service in our region is operated by Amtrak.
The regional hub for passenger rail and intercity bus service in the region is Springfield Union Station. Frequent Amtrak service from Springfield is available to points south in Connecticut and onward along the Northeast Corridor to New York City, Washington and Virginia.
North-south service in the valley is provided by Amtrak’s Vermonter service which travels through the region once a day in each direction in the afternoon.
East-west service is provided by Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited service which stops in Springfield once a day in each direction in the afternoon.
Visit Amtrak.com to check schedules and book tickets.
For further local details, including connections, click on one of the pages listed below for the station that you would like to travel to or from.
Note that on June 16, 2018 the Connecticut Department of Transportation will launch the CTrail Hartford Line service between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven. This service will provide much more frequent service along this rail corridor.
- Connections are available at New Haven Union Station for other Amtrak service, Metro-North’s New Haven Line service and the CTrail Shore Line East service.
- Driving to Connecticut to take Metro North’s New Haven Line to New York City? If you do this we recommend using one of these two stations:
New Haven station at 50 Union Ave, New Haven, CT where parking is $18/day in the garage.
West Haven station | 20 Railroad Ave, West Haven, CT — one station stop to the west of New Haven — where parking is $6/day Mon-Fri and FREE on weekends and holidays.
- We are also aware of people who travel to Boston by train using the MBTA Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line. If you do this we recommend that you us one of these two stations:
Worcester Union Station | 2 Washington Sq, Worcester, MA — where parking ranges from $4 – $16/day.
Grafton station | 1 Pine St, North Grafton, MA — the next station on this line after Worcester — where parking is $4/day. Using this station, which is only 4 miles further drive, will also save you about 10 minutes in travel time in each direction — since you won’t have to travel into/out of Worcester.
Here is a comprehensive listing of the parking options at/near the passenger rail stations that are commonly used by residents of the Pioneer Valley.
The parking rates listed on this chart were last checked in March 2018. If you find a different rates please let us know so we can update the chart.
We are hopeful that city officials in Springfield will find a way to offer a day-rate at the parking garage that is far less than $20 by the time the CTrail Hartford Line service starts in June 2018.
A Word about Amtrak Ticket Prices
The cost of an Amtrak ticket is generally higher when you purchase your ticket less than about 3 weeks before your travel date — so book early to get the best price. Fares are generally higher during holidays and peak travel periods and can vary based on the day of the week and time of day.
Tickets can be purchased on the Amtrak.com.
Note that discounted tickets prices are available for Seniors (65+), Military (Active), and members of the Rail Passenger Association. (aka NARP)
For additional details check out Amtrak’s [Guide to Fares] web page.
Hint! If your travel dates are flexible and you’re looking for a lower ticket price be sure to check out the unofficial AmSnag website.
The AmSnag site allows you to compare ticket prices between any two points on Amtrak’s network over a range of dates, e.g., you can compare the ticket price for travel from Northampton (NHT) to New York City (NYP) for the next 30 days.
Peter Pan Bus Lines operates an extensive network of short and long-distance intercity bus routes from its regional hub at Springfield Union Station.
Peter Pan’s station stops in the Pioneer Valley include Amherst, Charlemont, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hampshire College, Holyoke, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, South Hadley, Springfield, and UMass Amherst.
Greyhound Bus Lines provides service in the Pioneer Valley, from Springfield and Greenfield, to/from Albany, White River Junction, Boston, and New York City.
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) operates local fixed-route bus service in Hampden and Hampshire counties.
The Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) operates local fixed-route service in Franklin County as well as a service that operates between Greenfield and Northampton.
Using Google Maps for Public Transit Directions
You can get directions for driving, public transit, walking, biking, and flying on Google Maps.
In our region the public transit portion of Google Maps includes the schedule information for Amtrak, Greyhound, and Peter Pan as well as the PVTA and FRTA local bus networks.
For help using Google maps click on this link.
Page last update: May 2, 2018
Page last reviewed: March 8, 2018