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The Green Mountain State is easy to approach by plane, train, bus, car, and even ferryboat.


Because the Green Mountains of eastern Vermont and the Taconic range of western Vermont run north-south, most fast highways and railroads run north-south as well (map). You may find yourself going north or south quickly, then slowing down to cross the mountains east-west to reach your destination.

Remember that each town described on may have its own transportation page detailing local and long-distance transportation options.


For speed, take the Interstates: I-95 from New York City and Connecticut, I-93 to I-89 from Boston, and Canada 10 to 133 to I-89 if you're driving from Montreal.

For charm and beauty, and to see Vermont's fine old villages and towns, take Vermont Route 100, which winds through the center of the state from north to south, linking many of the state's ski resorts and summer recreation areas.


The Vermonter

Amtrak's Vermonter train runs daily between Burlington and these cities (among others): Washington DC, New York City (Penn Station), New Haven CT, Hartford CT, Brattleboro VT, White River Junction VT (near Woodstock), and St Albans VT, near the Canadian border. More...

The Ethan Allen Express

Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express runs daily from New York City via Albany-Rensselaer NY to Castleton and Rutland VT. The journey takes about 5.5 hours. More...

Train + Bus

Amtrak's Adirondack, Empire Service and Maple Leaf trains run daily between New York City and Albany-Rensselaer NY. You can get off the train at Albany-Rensselaer and take a bus to Bennington VT and connect to other Vermont bus routes. More...

Adirondack trains continue north to Montreal, stopping at Port Kent NY, from which you can take a ferryboat across Lake Champlain to Burlington VT. The ferry dock is near the train station in Port Kent. The journey between New York City and Port Kent takes 7 hours; from Montreal to Port Kent, about 2.5 hours.

To go by train between Boston MA and Burlington VT, you take the daily Lake Shore Limited from Boston to Springfield MA and change to the Vermonter which proceeds up the Connecticut River Valley stopping at a number of eastern Vermont towns before continuing to Burlington and St Albans.


Buses run from Albany NY, Boston MA, Hartford CT, Manchester NH, Montreal QC and New York City to several Vermont cities and towns, where you can transfer to Vermont state, regional and local transit authority buses to reach smaller communities. More...


Burlington (VT) International Airport is served by Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue Airways, Porter, and United Airlines, with service to Atlanta GA, Boston MA, Charlotte NC, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Detroit MI, Newark NJ, New York City, Orlando FL, Philadelphia PA, Toronto ON, and Washington DC. More...


Lake Champlain ferries operate between Burlington VT and Port Kent NY in the warm months. There are two other Vermont—New York ferry routes as well, one of them year-round. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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 Amtrak's Vermonter & than Allen trains route maps

Amtrak's Vermonter (left) and
Ethan Allen (right) train route maps.


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