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Berkshire Hills Transportation

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

Pittsfield MA Transportation Center
BRTA Intermodal Transit Center in Pittsfield MA, the hub of public transit in the Berkshires.

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).

BRTA Intermodal Transit Center

The BRTA Intermodal Transit Center, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, 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).

There's public parking on the street, and in the public parking lot at 55 Summer Street, a block north of the Transit Center.

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...

Greyhound runs one bus early each morning from Albany to Pittsfield and Lee MA, returning late in the afternoon. The trip takes one hour.

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

BRTA Route Maps
Click on the maps for a larger PDF version.

By Train

Berkshire Flyer from New York City

Amtrak's Berkshire Flyer is a summer weekend train connecting New York City (Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station) with Pittsfield's BRTA Intermodal Transit Center in about 4 hours, Friday & Sunday, late May through early October (also on Monday of the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays). The train travels along the Hudson River with the Catskill Mountains in view, stopping at Yonkers, Croton-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Hudson, and Albany-Rensselaer. It's probably the easiest and most pleasant way to go from New York to the Berkshires for a weekend of culture.

Amtrak's Berkshire Flyer train route map
Berkshire Flyer Route Map.

Via Albany NY or Springfield MA

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

Lake Shore Limited from Albany or Boston

Amtrak's daily Lake Shore Limited express between Boston MA, Albany-Rensselaer NY and Chicago IL stops at Pittsfield's BRTA Intermodal Transit 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.

If you arrive by train at Pittsfield's Intermodal Transit Center, you can take a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) bus, taxi or rideshare app car to Lenox or to other Berkshire towns.

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 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. See above for bus and train connections between Albany and Berkshire towns; see below for limousine companies serving Albany 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 train also connects Boston with Pittsfield. (See above "By Train.")