Travel Options

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.

 

To/from Springfield

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 New Haven to catch Metro-North’s New Haven Line into New York City.

 


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

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.

 


Connecting Services

Peter Pan Bus Lines operates an extensive network of short and long-distance intercity bus routes from its regional hub in Springfield.

Peter Pan’s station stops in the Pioneer Valley include Amherst, Amherst UMass, Charlemont, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hampshire College, Holyoke, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, South Hadley, and Springfield.

Greyhound Bus Lines provides service in the Pioneer Valley, from Springfield and Greenfield, to/from Albany, White River Junction, Boston, and New York City.

MAX Bus operates service between Northampton and Worcester.

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 Transit Directions

You can obtain public transit directions (inc. Amtrak and PVTA buses) using Google Maps on-line.

To get directions,

Open Google Maps.

  1.  Click Directions (the little blue arrow)
  2.  Click point on the map or type the starting point address or place name
  3.  Click points on the map or type the destination address or place name
  4.  Click the icon for transit (in the blue box | top row)

The best route to your destination is blue on the map and is the first result shown. Alternate routes are in gray on the map. See other options by clicking on the gray routes or a different card.

You can look at directions in two ways:

Map view: Hover over the white circles along the route to see key directions on the map.
To view and print directions, click Details.

You can change your travel date or time to find the best route before you leave, based on available transit schedules. Here’s how:

  • After you’ve gotten your directions, click Leave now
  • To change your travel dates or times, select Depart at or Arrive by

If you’re taking public transit, you’ll see details about the transit line, trip time, and schedule. (Some of this information might not be available for all results.)

To see other public transit times and enter a specific time, click Schedule explorer. From here, you can see key information:

Overall travel time for your route
Time spent walking (dotted lines)
Time spent on transit (solid lines)
Transportation lines used

To see the next scheduled departure, click Leave now. Or choose a different time and date for your directions in the boxes at the top.

Click on a trip to select it and see it on the map.

Click Route options to narrow your directions down to a particular type of transit. You can also choose Fewer transfers and Less walking.

 

 

Page last Update: April 25, 2016
Page last reviewed: April 25, 2016