Valley Flyer

Service between Greenfield and New Haven with scheduled connections to Amtrak and Metro-North at New Haven Union Station

To book your ticket please visit the Amtrak website or use the Amtrak mobile app on your device.


Overview

The Valley Flyer travels between Greenfield, Mass. and New Haven Ct. where it connects with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service and Metro-North’s New Haven Line service.

This service is primarily designed for people in our region who wish to travel south to New York City, as example, in the morning and return to the region by train during the the evening.

Contents

Overview

Valley Flyer stations

Timetable

Accommodations and amenities on board

Sample fares and ticket information

Background


Valley Flyer stations

A few notes about connecting service in New Haven

If you are connecting with Amtrak | Your connecting train will most likely depart from the same platform that the Valley Flyer arrives on. If you should need to change platforms, to access another track, proceed down the stairs (or use the elevator) to access the other platforms.

We recommend walking towards the west end of the platform to wait for your connecting train since the first two coaches of the train are usually almost empty when it arrives in New Haven. The first coach of the train is also the designated Quiet Car.

If you are connecting with Metro-North | You will need to proceed down the stairs (or use the elevator) to access the platforms used by Metro-North’s trains.


Timetable

Greenfield MA – New Haven CT – New York City

Southbound schedule

Northbound schedule


Accommodations and amenities on board

Coach Class seating

Free Wi-Fi Onboard

Take your bike with you

Take your pet with you


Sample fares and ticket information

Sample one-way adult coach fares —

    • Greenfield
    • ⮂ Springfield MA | Starting at $14
    • ⮂ Hartford CT | Starting at $19
    • ⮂ New Haven CT | Starting at $28
    • ⮂ Stamford CT1 | Starting at $38
    • ⮂ New York NY / Penn Station1 | Starting at $45
    • ⮂ Philadelphia PA1 | Starting at $49
    • ⮂ Washington DC1 | Starting at $59
    • Northampton
    • ⮂ Springfield MA | Starting at $11
    • ⮂ Hartford CT | Starting at $15
    • ⮂ New Haven CT | Starting at $27
    • ⮂ Stamford CT1 | Starting at $37
    • New York NY / Penn Station1 | Starting at $44
    • ⮂ Philadelphia PA1 | Starting at $48
    • ⮂ Washington DC1 | Starting at $58

1 Valley Flyer / Change trains at New Haven Union Station

Important notes

  1. The fares listed are the lowest available Saver Fare for a ticket purchased more than fourteen (14) days in advance.
  2. Higher fares apply when a ticket is purchased less than 14 days in advance, during peak travel periods, and when seats are limited on a particular train.
  3. Discounted fares are available for Children (2 through 12), Passengers with disabilities, Seniors (65 years of age and­ over), Military personnel and their families, Military veterans, and members of the Rail Passengers Association. Further details on this link | Amtrak Discounts
  4. The sample fares listed were last checked on January 21, 2023.

Amtrak tickets

Tickets should be purchased on Amtrak’s mobile app or website [Amtrak.com].

Tickets can also be purchased by calling Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL) or by visiting a staffed Amtrak ticket office, for example at Springfield Union Station.

Further information is available on Amtrak’s How to Purchase Tickets webpage.

Metro-North fares and ticket information

for connecting service at New Haven Union Station

Sample one way fare —

    • New Haven Union Station
    • ⮂ Bridgeport, CT | $3.75
    • ⮂ South Norwalk, CT | $7
    • ⮂ Stamford, CT | $8.25
    • ⮂ New Rochelle, NY | $14
    • New York, NY / Grand Central Terminal
    • Off-Peak | $17.75
    • Peak | $23.50
    • Senior / Disabled / Medicare | $11.75

Important notes

  1. Discounted fares are available for Children (5 through 11), Seniors (65 years of age and­ over), Disabled persons, Medicare recipients, and Active duty members of the armed forces.
  2. Further details and information can be found on this page | Metro-North Fares & Ticket Information

Metro-North tickets can be purchased on the MTA eTix app, from a Metro-North ticket vending machine, or from a Metro-North conductor.

At New Haven Union Station the Metro-North ticket machines can be found in the main waiting room.

Passengers transferring to Metro-North at New Haven Union Station can purchase their ticket on-board the connecting Metro-North train with cash or a credit card without paying the on-board surcharge. To avoid the on-board surcharge, passengers must show the Metro-North conductor their Valley Flyer ticket before purchasing their ticket.


Background

Efforts to expand passenger rail service north of Springfield stem from the completion of the Knowledge Corridor Passenger Rail Feasibility Study in 2009. The study assessed the feasibility of future passenger rail improvements intended to reduce travel time, maximize accessibility, and provide viable transportation alternatives within the Knowledge Corridor.

The Valley Flyer is an intercity service designed to increase the Pioneer Valley’s access to the New York metropolitan area and other points on the Northeast Corridor. The service was initially offered as a pilot program which began on Friday, August 30, 2019, and was reduced during the pandemic, before resuming the full schedule on July 19, 2021. The pilot was initially recommended in the 2018 Massachusetts State Rail Plan.

On October 28, 2022 the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Amtrak announced that the Valley Flyer will become permanent service.

The Valley Flyer service between Greenfield and New Haven is financed primarily through funds made available by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.


See also

Other Rail Travel Options in the Pioneer Valley

Amtrak Vermonter

East–West rail in Massachusetts

Hartford Line


Further reading

Valley Flyer (Amtrak)

Page last updated: January 27, 2023
Page last reviewed: June 14, 2021