|Transportation for Burlington, Vermont|
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Burlington has Vermont's largest and busiest airport, an Amtrak train station at neighboring Essex Junction, and bus connections to Boston MA, Hartford CT, Montréal QC and New York City as well as to most Vermont towns.
Interstate 89, US Routes 2 and 7 connection Burlington to the rest of the country.
From Boston, follow Interstate 93 north toward Manchester and Concord NH, then I-89 to White River Junction and Montpelier VT, then to Burlington. I-89 continues north to the Canadian frontier east of Missisquoi Bay.
From Montréal, take Route 15 south to the US frontier, continuing south on Interstate 87 to US Route 11 east via Rouses Point to US Route 2 south to Burlington.
Bennington VT: 133 miles (214 km) S, 2.75 hours
Boston MA: 225 miles (363 km) SE, 4 hours
Brattleboro VT: 154 miles (248 km) SE, 2.5 hours
Montpelier VT: 39 miles (63 km) SE, 45 minutes
Montréal QC: 98 miles (158 km) N, 2 hours
New York City: 300 miles (483 km) S, 6 hours
Rutland VT: 83 miles (134 km) S, 1.75 hours
Stowe VT: 36 miles (58 km) E, 50 minutes
Green Mountain Transit’s Chittenden County Purple Line (old bus routes 11 & 12) connects BTV airport with the center of Burlington: Church Street, the ECHO Center on the Burlington waterfront, and the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC). Here are schedules and a map.
Burlington (VT) International Airport, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) east of Burlington's Church Street Marketplace (map), is served by Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue Airways, Porter, and United Airlines, with service to Atlanta, Boston MA, Charlotte NC, Chicago IL, Detroit MI, Newark NJ, New York City, (JFK & LGA), Orlando FL, Philadelphia PA, Toronto ON, and Washington DC (DCA & IAD). More...
Green Mountain Transit’s Chittenden County Purple Line bus (see above) connects the airport and Burlington city center.
When you make your train reservations and/or buy your ticket, remember that your destination is Essex Junction, Vermont, not Burlington. Amtrak train schedules do not list Burlington as a station stop, only Essex Junction.
Green Mountain Transit's Chittenden County Blue Line buses connect the Amtrak station with the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) and Burlington's Downtown Transit Center at Pearl and St Paul streets (map).
Amtrak Trains to Essex Junction
Amtrak's Vermonter runs daily between Essex Junction and Washington DC via Vermont towns in the Connecticut River Valley including White River Junction and Brattleboro, then through central Massachusetts and Connecticut to New York City (Penn Station) to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. More...
To travel by train between Boston MA and Burlington VT, you must ride the Lake Shore Limited to Springfield MA, then transfer to the Vermonter, a trip of about 8.5 hours altogether. (Driving time in a car is about 4 hours.)
From late May through mid-October, Lake Champlain Ferries can take you and your car across the lake between Burlington VT and Port Kent NY in about one hour. Even if you don't have a car, it's a nice little lake voyage. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan