|Amtrak Northeast Regional Trains|
|Slower and cheaper than Amtrak's Acela Express, Northeast Regional trains offer good value for trips from Boston, Hartford, Springfield, Providence and New York City.|
Most passengers who come to New England by train do so along the so-called Northeast Corridor via New York City.
Amtrak's Northeast Regional service includes trains running from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia via New York City's Pennsylvania Station ("Penn Station" for short) to Stamford, New Haven, New London and Hartford CT, Springfield MA, Providence RI, and Boston MA.
Seating is Coach Class and Business Class, and there is usually a Café Car for beverages, snacks and light meals.
New York - Providence - Boston
Monday through Friday, there are 10 Northeast Regional trains on this route; 9 trains on weekends. The journey takes between 4 and 4-1/2 hours, depending on the train.
Northeast Regional trains make these station stops:
York City, Penn
In effect, there is a train about every hour or less between 5:30 am to 7:00 pm, plus one later train.
New York to Springfield MA
Another Amtrak Northeast Regional route departs New York City's Pennsylvania Station, follows the main line as far as New Haven, then runs up the Connecticut River Valley stopping at Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin (Kensington) and Hartford CT, then Windsor and Windsor Locks CT (for Bradley International Airport), and terminating at Springfield MA.
There are two through trains (about 3-1/2 hours) daily on this route (a Northeast Regional train, and The Vermonter), and five Shuttle trains (3-1/2 to 4 hours) between Springfield and New Haven, where you change for a Northeast Regional train to New York City (Penn Station).
The Lake Shore Limited express travels daily between Boston and Chicago with stops at Worcester and Springfield MA in the Pioneer Valley, Pittsfield MA in the Berkshire Hills, Albany and other points in New York state. This is the only way to travel by train between Boston and the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. More...