This page is written for people who would like to travel to or from western Massachusetts on the Vermonter. For more general information please visit Amtrak’s Vermonter web page.
The Vermonter operates daily between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., with service to Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Conn., White River Junction, Vt., and other intermediate stops.
In the Pioneer Valley the Vermonter makes station stops in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield.
For station specific information please see:
Portions of the New England Central Railroad’s main line in Vermont are subject to temporary speed restrictions when the outside air temperature is extremely cold or extremely warm. When these restrictions are in place the Vermonter will be delayed. Note that these restrictions normally occur only a few times a year, if at all.
Winter travel on the Vermonter | We strongly recommend that passengers boarding in Northampton, Holyoke and Greenfield (on weekends, when the Olver Transit Center is closed) check the status of their train before arriving at the station — to limit the amount of time standing out in the cold on the platform.
Accommodations and amenities on board
• Business Class seating (at one end of the Café car)
• Carry on Bicycle (further details below)
The most current ticket and schedule information is available on the Amtrak website: Amtrak.com
Tickets may also be purchased by calling Amtrak on 1-800-USA-RAIL, or by visiting a staffed Amtrak ticket office.
Note that discounted tickets prices are available for Seniors (65+), Military (Active), Veterans Advantage, and members of the Rail Passengers Association.
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 (station code NHT) to New York City (NYP) for the next 30 days.
Bikes on the Vermonter
Amtrak offers a carry-on bike service on the Vermonter that allows you to travel with your bicycle.
You may reserve space for your bike by selecting “add bike to trip” when you book train travel on Amtrak.com, by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL, or by visiting a staffed Amtrak ticket office.
The cost is $10/bike for travel between St. Albans, Vt, and New Haven, Conn., and $20/bike if you trip involves a station south of New Haven.
Bicycles will be stored vertically on a bike rack that has been mounted in selected coaches of the train. Look for the “bike-friendly” sticker on the train car.
Further details on this link:
Walk-On Bike Service on the Vermonter (Amtrak)
To see if a particular Amtrak train is running on-time visit Amtrak.com, click “Train Status” and enter the requested information.
You can also check on your train by looking at the near-real-time map of Amtrak trains on StatusMaps.com
CTrail Hartford Line (Springfield – Hartford – New Haven)
Vermont by Rail (Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing)
Note that the Vermonter is financed primarily through funds made available by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Page last updated: June 30, 2018
Page last reviewed: December 27, 2017