This page will provide you with a summary of Amtrak travel options from stations in the Pioneer Valley. A list of connecting local and regional transit services has also been provided.
To/from Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield
Amtrak’s Vermonter, travels through the Pioneer Valley once a day in each direction in the afternoon to points south (including New Haven, New York City, and Washington D.C.) and points north to St. Albans, Vermont.
Amtrak operates three additional routes to/from/via Springfield,
- Springfield-New Haven Shuttle service, which is timed to connect with Amtrak’s Northeast Regional service in New Haven. These trains also connect with Metro-North’s New Haven Line service and Shore Line East service.
- Northeast Regional service, which operates to/from New York City and points south along the Northeast Corridor.
- The Lake Shore Limited, which operates to points west (including Albany and Chicago), and to Boston, once a day in each direction.
Alternatively we know that some people drive 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:
Metro North’s New Haven station where parking is $2/hour or $18/day.
Metro North West Haven station (one station stop to the west of New Haven) where parking is $6/day M-F and FREE on weekends and holidays.
A Word about Ticket Prices
You should purchase your tickets early to get the best fares. Fares are generally higher during holidays and peak travel periods. In the Northeast fares typically vary based on the day of travel and the time of day.
Tickets can be purchased on the Amtrak.com website.
Note that discounted tickets prices are available for Seniors (62+), AAA members, Military (Active), Veterans, and Students.
For additional details check out Amtrak’s [Guide to Fares] webpage.
Hint! If your travel dates are flexible and you’re looking for a lower ticket price be sure to check out the unofficial website [AmSnag].
The AmSnag website 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, or 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: January 2, 2018
Page last reviewed: July 6, 2017