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

SERVICE ALERT

Service along the route of the Vermonter, which has been suspended since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be fully restored on Monday, July 19th.

As an alternative to the Vermonter, until service is restored, please consider using Amtrak’s Valley Flyer service which currently operates with one southbound train (out of Greenfield, MA) in the morning and one northbound train in the evening (to Greenfield, MA) seven days a week.


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 | By Roman Daniels | December 29, 2014

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

Not available at this time

Please visit the Amtrak website for the latest schedule information


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–Burlington, VT | Starting at $33
    • ⮂ Brattleboro, VT | $12
    • ⮂ New Haven, CT | Starting at $28
    • New York, NY / Penn Station1 | Starting at $56
    • ⮂ Philadelphia, PA1 | Starting at $65
    • ⮂ Washington, DC1 | Starting at $82
    • Northampton
    • ⮂ Essex Junction–Burlington, VT | Starting at $35
    • ⮂ Brattleboro, VT | $13
    • ⮂ New Haven, CT | Starting at $27
    • New York, NY / Penn Station1 | Starting at $56
    • ⮂ Philadelphia, PA1 | Starting at $65
    • ⮂ Washington, DC1 | Starting at $82
  1. The higher price listed is the fare when a ticket is purchased less than fourteen (14) days in advance.
  2. Higher fares are possible during peak travel times and when seats are limited on a particular train.
  3. Discounted fares are available for Children (12 and under), Seniors (65 and­ over), Military (Active), Veterans Advantage, and members of the Rail Passengers Association.
  4. The sample fares listed are for tickets purchased on April 26, 2021 for travel on July 20, 2021.

Tickets

Tickets should be purchased on Amtrak’s mobile app or the Amtrak 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.


Bikes on the Vermonter

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

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)

Please 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: April 26, 2021
Page last reviewed: June 14, 2019