Amtrak Vermonter

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, White River Junction and other intermediate stops.

Northbound in Holyoke

 

In the Pioneer Valley the Vermonter makes station stops in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield.

Vermonter Route Map - 2016_04_07
Vermonter Route Map

Station specific information can be found on these links:

Amtrak Station | Greenfield, Ma. (GFD)

Amtrak Station | Holyoke, Ma. (HLK)

Amtrak Station | Northampton, Ma. (NHT)

Amtrak Station | Springfield Union Station (SPG)

 


Current timetable

 

Note | Planned new rail service in the Pioneer Valley

Amtrak will be added additional North-South service in the valley starting on Fri. August 30th, 2019.

The new service, to be called the Valley Flyer, will operate from Greenfield to New Haven in the morning and north from New Haven to Greenfield in the evening. The new trains will have scheduled connections with both Amtrak and Metro-North service at New Haven Union Station.

For further information please follow this link
Valley Flyer

 


Accommodations and amenities on board

Coach Class seating

Business Class seating (at one end of the Café car)

Café Car (usually the last car of the train) | menu (PDF)

Free Wi-Fi Onboard

• Carry on Bicycle (further details below)

Take your pet with you

 


Sample fares¹

One-way in Coach (Adult)

  • Greenfield
  • ⮂ Essex Junction, VT | $32 or $40
  • ⮂ Brattleboro, VT | $11
  • ⮂ New Haven, CT | $28 or $35
  • ⮂ New York Penn Station | $54 or $67
  • ⮂ Philadelphia, PA | $62 or $78
  • ⮂ Washington, DC | $74 or $99
  • Northampton
  • ⮂ Essex Junction, VT | $34 or $43
  • ⮂ Brattleboro, VT | $13 or $16
  • ⮂ New Haven | $26 or $33
  • ⮂ New York Penn Station | $54 or $67
  • ⮂ Philadelphia, PA  | $62 or $78
  • ⮂ Washington, DC | $74 or $99

 

Important notes

  1. The higher price listed is the fare when a ticket is purchased less than fourteen (14) in advance.
  2. Higher fares are possible during peak travel times and when seats are limited on a particular train.
  3. Fares listed are for travel on either the Valley Flyer or the Vermonter.
  4. Discounted fares are available for Children (12 and under), Seniors (65 and­ over), Military (Active), Veterans Advantage, and members of the Rail Passengers Association.
  5. The sample fares listed are for tickets purchased on August 23, 2019 for travel between August 30 and September 28, 2019.

 


Tickets

Tickets may be purchased from the Amtrak website | Amtrak.com

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

 

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 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 (station code NHT) to New York City (NYP) for the next 20 days.

 


Bikes on the Vermonter

Amtrak offers a carry-on bike service on the Vermonter that allows you to travel with your bicycle.

Amtrak Bike Sticker - 2016-06-16

You must reserve space for your bike when you book your ticket on Amtrak.com.

The cost is $10/bike for travel between St. Albans, Vt, and New Haven, Conn., and $20/bike if your 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 “bicycle-friendly” sticker on the train car.

Further details
Walk-On Bike Service on the Vermonter (Amtrak)

 


Train status

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

Status Map Sample
StatusMaps.com / Northeast Region Map
(Click on the sample map and then click on the number for your train)

 

Note

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 speed restrictions normally occur only a few times a year, if at all.

For those traveling on the Vermonter in the winter — 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.

 


See also

Other Rail Travel Options in the Pioneer Valley

Planned Vermonter Extension to Montreal

Vermonter Data

 


Further information

Vermonter (Amtrak)

Vermont by Rail (Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing)

Vermonter (Wikipedia)

 

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: September 12, 2019
Page last reviewed: June 14, 2019