Traveling to Vermont by rail?
An old Vermont saying is “You can’t get there from here” as old time Vermonters commented on how to get anywhere in Vermont. Vermont is a very rural state, with its largest city of Burlington at the northwestern tip. Many Vermont Amtrak stops don’t offer taxis or buses so planning ahead of time is imperative.
TRANSPORTATION UPON ARRIVAL:
You have a few options: Vermont by Rail is working with local communities to offer transportation from the train stops to their business locations. if you are coming in by rail make sure that your destination offers a ride to their overnight accommodations.
A listing under the www.BnBbyRail.com section are those identified as having transportation to and from their local Amtrak stop, and only lists those business that are State of Vermont registered businesses. So, plan ahead of time to avoid a transportation hiccup.
Vermont stations are typically open an hour before the train is scheduled to arrive. Stations are not equipped with ticketing services. You will need to purchase tickets online ahead of time at www.amtrak.com, or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Ask for an agent, if you prefer to speak with someone, or go through the automated system. Tickets purchased well in advance of your trip will be less expensive. The longer you wait, the higher the price.
SPECIAL FARES FOR IN STATE TRAVEL:
Traveling within the state has its perks! Save 15% or more with your in state travel plans. You can get special travel deals here.
We suggest you contact the local Chamber of Commerce where you lan to travel for up to date and local information. Another great reference is the Vermont Vacation Guide, where you can find statewide events listed as well.
PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE SERVICES:
In addition, if you are planning a trip by rail and would like a private guide service, with planned itineraries, please email email@example.com. Deborah is a seasoned tourism representative within Vermont and can plan and transport your stay. Quoted on a trip by trip basis and available to sweep you away for an unforgettable Vermont experience.
AMTRAK VERMONTER & ETHAN ALLEN:
Amtrak Vermonter is available to travel south through Vermont, starting from St. Albans thru to
Brattleboro daily, seven days a week. This train travels to Penn Station in New York City and continues to Washington, DC.
Amtrak Ethan Allen travels out of Rutland daily, to Albany and on to Penn Station in New York City. This line is anticipated to reach up to Burlington within the next two years. By the end of 2017-2018 you may be able to travel right to the heart of downtown Burlington where you are greeted with the beautiful Lake Champlain waterfront. More to follow as news breaks for this western extension.
A route description can be found on this pdf.
OTHER TRAIN TOURS AND RIDES IN VERMONT:
GREEN MOUNTAIN RAILROAD
If you are looking for a scenic train ride through the Green Mountains, look no further! The Green Mountain Railroad operates out of Chester, VT and travels to Ludlow, VT on select dates in the fall. A dinner train is offered, as well as, other seasonal specials. Check out www.rails-vt.com
VERMONT DINING TRAIN-A Table with a View!
A beautifully orchestrated dining experience. Leave from Rutland, VT and travel across into New York State while enjoying a 1950’s dining car experience. Homemade from scratch enjoy, and changes weekly. a sample menu may include:
- Split Pea Soup
- Mediterranean Salad
- Braised Beef Ribs
- Pork Chop Provencal
- Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Hearty Seafood Stew
- Chef’s Pasta Creation
- Served w/ Chef’s Potato & Vegetable
- Fruit Pie or Creme Brulee Cheesecake
A complete description and ticking information at Rail & Cruise Travel Center
2016 SPECIALS AROUND THE STATE:
GLORY DAYS OF THE RAILROAD
A two day event for 2016! You can take the Amtrak Vermonter to White River Junction, right to the station, and the event. Check out the Glory Days Festival website for additional information.
Sponsorship information:Town of Hartford Parks and Recreation Department
171 Bridge Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hartford-vt.org
ROCKINGHAM OLD HOME DAYS FIREWORKS TRAIN
August 6th, 2016 – Enjoy a ride from Chester Depot to Bellows Falls and experience the 40th Anniversary of Rockingham Old Home Days with a BANG! One of the biggest shows Vermont has to offer, and you get preferred seating at the train station platform in Bellows Falls. Visit: www.rails-vt.com for additional information.
ROOTS ON THE RAILS
November 5 & 6, 2016 – You haven’t experienced Vermont or its music scene until you go on a Roots on the Rails trip. Performances by an array of artists you glide through the mountains on a two day trip from Bellows Falls to Burlington.
Overnight accommodations in Burlington and other group offers available. Visit Roots on the Rails for additional information.