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How to go to Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown and other Berkshire towns by car, bus, plane & train.

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The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts extend for 50 miles (80 km) from Williamstown and North Adams near the Vermont border in the north, to Sheffield and Egremont in the south by the Connecticut state line (map).

By Car

US Route 7 is the main north-south highway through the Berkshires. The main east-west highway is Interstate 90, the Massachusetts Turnpike, connecting Boston MA with Albany NY, and via Interstate 89 with New York City. MA Route 2 connects Boston and the Pioneer Valley with North Adams and Williamstown.

Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) from Albany, from the Interstate 89 interchange, or from Boston to Exit 2 at Lee; or follow MA Route 2 from Boston, the Pioneer Valley and other points east to North Adams, Williamstown and Mount Greylock in the northwestern corner of the Berkshires.

By Intercity Bus

Peter Pan Bus has daily routes between New York City and Williamstown MA stopping at Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox and Pittsfield MA; and between Albany NY and Springfield MA stopping at the same Berkshire towns. Changing buses at Springfield MA, you can continue to Worcester, Boston, Hyannis (Cape Cod MA) and to Providence RI. More...

By Regional Bus

Local and regional buses run by the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority connect Berkshire County towns and resorts with one another. The most useful routes for you are probably:

Route 1: PittsfieldNorth Adams

Route 2: PittsfieldLee

Route 3: PittsfieldWilliamstown

Route 21: Pittsfield, Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Housatonic, Great Barrington

By Train

Amtrak's daily Lake Shore Limited express between Boston MA and Chicago IL stops at the Pittsfield Transportation Center (map), taking about 3-1/2 hours to make the journey between Boston and Pittsfield, and 2 hours to travel between Pittsfield and Albany-Rensselaer NY.

There are many more trains from New York City (Penn Station) to the Amtrak stations at Albany-Rensselaer NY and Springfield MA, from which you can continue to the Berkshires by the Lake Shore Limited, by intercity bus (see above) or by rental car. More...

If you arrive by train at the Pittsfield Transportation Center, you can take a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus or a taxi to Lenox or to other Berkshire towns.

By Plane

Albany NY Airport (ALB)

The nearest airport with regular service is Albany International Airport (ALB) at Albany NY, 40 miles (64 km) west of Pittsfield MA. Vermont Translines operates buses from Albany Airport to Bennington, Manchester, Rutland, and Burlington VT. See below for limousine companies serving the airport.

Bradley Airport, Windsor Locks CT

Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks CT (north of Hartford), is 68 miles (109 km, 70 minutes) southeast of the Berkshires. Several airport limo and shuttle services connect Bradley to the Berkshires.

Limousine Companies

These companies can transport you between Albany and Bradley airports and the towns of the Berkshires:

Abbott's Limousine & Livery Service, tel 413-243-1645

Tobi's Limousine Service: tel 413-637-1224

Transport the People: 800-639-9605

Boston MA Logan Airport

Boston's Logan International Airport is 140 miles (225 km) east of Pittsfield, a 2.5-hour drive or 3-hour and 45-minute Amtrak train trip. Peter Pan Bus connects Logan with Berkshire towns. See "By Intercity Bus," above. Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited also connects Boston with Pittsfield. (See above "By Train.")

Berkshire Hills
Transportation Hub

The Pittsfield Transportation Center on Columbus Avenue just west of North Street (map) is the transportation hub of the Berkshires: the station for Amtrak intercity trains, for Peter Pan and Greyhound intercity buses, and for the regional buses of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA).

A large multi-level parking garage is located just across Columbus Avenue from the Transportation Center.


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Distances from Pittsfield MA

 

Albany NY: 40mi (64km) W, 1 hr

Boston: 138mi (222km) E, 2.75 hrs

Egremont: 24mi (39km) SW, 45 mins

Great Barrington: 21mi (34km) S, 40 mins

Lee: 12mi (19km) SE, 25 mins

Lenox: 7.7mi (12km) S, 15 mins

Montréal QC: 257mi (414km) N, 4.25 hrs

North Adams: 21mi (34km) N, 36 mins

New York City: 151mi (243km) S, 3.25 hrs

Stockbridge: 14mi (23km) SW, 30 mins

Williamstown: 21mi (34km) N, 40 mins

Windsor Locks CT (Bradley Airport): 75 miles (121 km) SE, 1.5 hours





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