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Amtrak Train Travel > New England

Amtrak New England train routes and rail services

Amtrak Downeaster in Ocean Park, Maine

Rail is the green, easy, low-cost alternative for travel to hundreds of US destinations in the New England States and beyond. Photo: Amtrak Downeaster in Ocean Park, Maine. © BMRR.


Amtrak connects New England's principal cities with frequent service. At speeds of up to 150 mph/240 kmh, Acela Express trains connect cities like Boston, Providence and New Haven with Martha's Vineyard ferries and Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino. Other major routes include regional service to Hartford/Springfield and Downeaster trains along the coast of Maine. Amtrak's Vermonter and Ethan Allen routes lead to scenic destinations around the Green Mountain State.
Many Amtrak New England routes extend to New York City and Washington, DC where passengers can connect with long-distance trains to Florida, Atlanta, New Orleans and Cincinnati. The famous Lakeshore Limited provides direct service between Beantown and Chicago.

Boston - New Haven - New York - Philadelphia - Baltimore - Washington, DC

USA's crowded Northeast Corridor is the showcase for Amtrak's high-speed Acela service. Hourly trains race between DC and NYC in under three hours including intermediate stops at Newark, Philadelphia and Baltimore; frequent trips between Penn Station and Boston run 3.5 hours and call on New Haven and Providence along the way. Metroliners have been largely phased out and those few remaining are incorporated into the Acela timetable. Services and amenities: reserved Business and First classes; Quiet Car, Cafe Car (cart service, first class), power outlets, multi-ride passes. First Class ClubAcela in Washington, Boston and New York.

Brunswick, ME - Portland, ME - Boston

New England's newest Amtrak service restores a historic rail connection. Every day, four round-trips connect Beantown and Maine's largest city. Destinations range from Colonial Exeter and New Hampshire's Seacoast Region to Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Scenic highlights include the southern Maine coast. Services and amenities:reserved Coach and Business Classes; Cafe Car, power outlets, multi-ride tickets, self-stow bicycle transport. Logan Airport shuttle available at Woburn MBTA station.

Rutland - Albany - New York

Every day, Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express traces a scenic course through the Hudson Valley, Saratoga Springs and Fort Edward (connect to Glens Falls and Lake George Village) and into the Green Mountains of Vermont. Scenic highlights include West Point, the Vanderbilt Mansion and the Adirondack Mountains. Services and amenities: reserved Coach and Business Classes; Cafe Car on selected trains, seasonal TrainCatcher shuttle from Ft. Edward to Glens Falls and Lake George Village.

New York/Boston - Albany - Cleveland - Chicago

Amtrak's legendary overnight rail journey stretches along the Great Lakes, connecting the Windy City with Beantown and the Big Apple. Scenic highlights include the Hudson River Valley, Berkshire Mountains, Erie Canal and Lakes Erie and Michigan. Services and amenities: reserved Coach and Viewliner Sleeper Classes (sleeper, NYC-Albany-Chicago), Dining Car, Lounge Car, Cafe Car (Boston-Albany), First Class Metropolitan Lounge/ClubAcela in Chicago, Boston and New York.

Boston - New Haven - New York - Washington, DC - Richmond - Norfolk

A steady stream of Amtrak intercity trains push up and down the Eastern Seaboard linking major cities with places like Hartford and Springfield... Richmond and Norfolk (connections to Virginia Beach)... and Kingston (connections to Newport, RI and Martha's Vineyard). Service runs every day from very early until very late. Services and amenities: Quiet Car, Cafe Car, power outlets, multi-ride passes. First Class ClubAcela in Washington, Boston and New York. See also: Acela Express (above).

St. Albans - Springfield - New Haven - New York - Philadelphia - Washington, DC

Daily Amtrak trains link the nation's capital with the heart of New England. theage.com.au-old route calls on major Northeast Corridor cities and stops in towns and villages in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont -- including Windsor-Mt. Ascutney, Waterbury-Stowe, and Jay Peak (via St. Albans). Scenic highlights include the Connecticut River Valley, Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Services and amenities: reserved Coach and Business Classes, Quiet Car and Cafe Car; Trails & Rails interpretive program.
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