Amtrak launches new train route from New York to one of the most beautiful cities in the country

For those who want to escape the city without worrying about traffic or chaos at the airport, Amtrak launched a new train service on Friday from New York to Burlington, Vermont.

The leisurely ride, which takes about 7.5 hours, passes through the Hudson Valley, Green Mountains and along Lake Champlain.

New stops along the way include Middlebury and Ferrisburgh-Vergennes, and the tour ends in Burlington, a small town with New England charm and a thriving arts scene. There has not been direct Amtrak service between New York and Burlington since 1953.

Prior to the extension, the Ethan Allen Express rail line ended in Rutland, Vermont. The line is extended 66 miles northwest of Burlington as part of the new route, and two new stops are made at Middlebury and Ferrisburgh-Vergennes.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express to downtown Burlington,” said Jeff Lawson, director of Hello Burlington. “It has been decades since the city had rail service, and with today’s traveler looking for more sustainable transport options, the timing couldn’t be better.”

Each day at 2:21 pm, the Northbound Ethan Allen Express will depart Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan and arrive in Burlington at 9:55 pm. At 10:10 am, the southbound train departs Burlington and arrives in New York at 5:45 pm.

Prices start at $75 round trip. Learn more about the route here and the Ethan Allen Express itinerary here.

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“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 heavy traffic and enjoying some of the the best views in the country via Amtrak,” said Roger Harris, president of Amtrak.

“The extension of service to Burlington highlights the continued growth in demand for rail travel across the country, and we are proud to meet that demand with our partners at AOT.”

Amtrak also restarted service from New York to the Berkshires earlier this month for the first time in 50 years. On Fridays and Sundays through September, the Berkshire Flyer will take travelers from New York to Pittsfield, Massachusetts in just over 4 hours.

Stops include Yonkers, Croton-Harmon, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Hudson and Albany-Resselaer. The pilot program will be evaluated to determine whether the service should continue.

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