April 16, 2021 Update: Amtrak has advised that service will be restored on July 17, 2021 and that tickets will be available for purchase as early as the week of April 19, 2021.
April 8, 2021 - VTrans is very pleased to announce that Amtrak passenger rail service and inter-city bus service in Vermont will resume effective July 19, 2021. “We are very pleased to announce the restart of these vital transportation services for Vermonters and those who wish to travel to and from Vermont by train or bus,” said Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn. “With the Governor’s announcement this week of the Vermont Forward Plan to re-open Vermont fully during the next few months, we now have a target date for when we will be able to safely resume Amtrak and transit services in July. Two Amtrak lines serve Vermont. The Vermonter originates in Washington, DC, travels through Connecticut and Massachusetts, and has Vermont stops in Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Windsor, White River Junction, Randolph, Montpelier, Waterbury, Essex Junction, and St. Albans. The Ethan Allen Express originates in New York City and makes stops in Castleton and Rutland. The Agency is working to extend the service to Burlington beginning in 2022 and including stops in Middlebury and Vergennes. Agency-supported inter-city transit is provided by two bus lines. VT Translines serves areas from Colchester, Vermont, to Albany, New York, including U.S. Route 7 communities in between, and also provides the Amtrak Vermont Shires Connector bus service from Manchester through Bennington to Albany, New York. Greyhound normally runs from Montreal to Springfield, Massachusetts. As long as the Canadian border remains closed, Greyhound’s northerly service termination destination will be Burlington.
SUSPENSION NOTICE - Please be advised that as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and in conformance with Governor Scott’s March 24, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe order, all Vermont passenger rail service on the Vermonter and the Ethan Allen Express is suspended beginning on March 26, 2020, until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Amtrak’s Vermonter originates in Washington, DC and operates on the Northeast Corridor up to New Haven, Connecticut where it heads north on the Springfield line to Springfield, Massachusetts. North of that point begins the Vermont state supported service that stops at Amherst, Massachusetts, Brattleboro, Bellows Falls Vermont, Claremont New Hampshire, Windsor, White River Junction, Randolph, Montpelier, Waterbury, Essex Junction, and terminating in St. Albans, Vermont. Tickets are anticipated to be available for purchase as early as the week of April 19, 2021 at https://www.amtrak.com/routes/vermonter-train.html.
Ethan Allen Express
Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express originates in Penn Station, New York City and terminates in Rutland, Vermont. The State supported portion of the route begins at the Albany/Rensselaer station and includes stops at Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, and Fort Edward, New York and Castleton, and finally Rutland, Vermont. For more Vermont attractions along the Western Corridor see https://www.newyorkbyrail.com/vermont/. Tickets are anticipated to be available as early as the week of April 19, 2021 at https://www.amtrak.com/ethan-allen-express-train.
Green Mountain Railroad offers seasonal tourist passenger trains out of Burlington and Chester, Vermont. See their website for more information.