Amtrak launches direct service from NYC to Burlington, Vermont
Photo Credit: Amtrak / Hello Burlington
For New Yorkers looking for an escape from the city without dealing with traffic or chaos at the airport, Amtrak on Friday launched new train service from New York City to the city of Burlington, Vermont. The scenic trip takes around 7.5 hours and travels through the Hudson Valley, Green Mountains, and along Lake Champlain, with new stops in Middlebury and Ferrisburgh-Vergennes before ending in Burlington, a small city with New England charm and vibrant culture. It’s the first time since 1953 that Amtrak service will connect New York City and Burlington.
Before the extension, the Ethan Allen Express rail line would end in Rutland, Vermont. As part of the new route, the line extends 66 miles northwest to Burlington and includes two new stops in Middlebury and at Ferrisburgh-Vergennes.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express to downtown Burlington,” Jeff Lawson, Director at Hello Burlington, said. “It has been decades since the city had rail service, and with today’s traveler looking for more sustainable transportation options, the timing could not be better.”
The northbound Ethan Allen Express will depart Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan at 2:21 p.m. daily and arrive in Burlington at 9:55 p.m. The southbound train leaves Burlington at 10:10 a.m. and arrives in New York at 5:45 p.m.
“Passengers who want to experience the beauty, outdoor fun, and diverse offerings of Middlebury, Vergennes, and Burlington or travel to New York City can now do so sustainably, without being in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and while taking in some of the best views in the country via Amtrak,” Roger Harris, president of Amtrak, said.
“The extension of service to Burlington highlights the continued growth in demand for train travel throughout this country, and we are proud to meet this demand with our partners at AOT.”
Earlier this month, Amtrak launched service from New York to the Berkshires for the first time in 50 years. In just over 4 hours, the Berkshire Flyer will take passengers from New York to Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Fridays and Sundays through September. Stops include Yonkers, Croton-Harmon, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Hudson, and Albany-Rensselaer. The pilot program will be evaluated to determine if the service will be continued.