|Amtrak Trains in New England|
|Amtrak train is the most comfortable way to travel between Boston, Providence, and New York City, and trains can be useful for other trips in New England.|
(Here's how to decide whether to travel by train, plane, bus or car between Boston and New York City.)
Northeast Corridor Amtrak Trains
Most passengers who come to New England by rail do so along the Northeast Corridor via New York City. Northeast Corridor service includes trains running from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia via New York City's Pennsylvania Station ("Penn Station" for short) to New Haven and Hartford CT, Springfield MA, Providence RI, and Boston MA.
The main rail line from New York City to Boston follows the Connecticut shoreline for much of the way, and about 19 trains per weekday (14 trains per weekend day) run this route with 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 City to Springfield MA
Another Amtrak 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 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).
Types of Train Service
There are three types of service:
Acela Express is the faster, more comfortable, more expensive type, traveling between Boston (South Station) and New York City (Penn Station) in about 3-1/2 hours, then continuing to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Seating is Business Class and First Class (no Coach Class).
There are ten Acela Expresses in each direction on weekdays, five on weekends.
Northeast Regional Service
Northeast Regional is slower and less expensive, taking four to 4-1/2 hours between Boston and New York City, with more station stops. The trains continue to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, making more stops along the way.
There are nine Northeast Regional trains every day, weekdays and weekends.
Seating is Coach Class and Business Class.
Named Express Trains
Named expresses follow three routes in New England:
The Vermonter is especially useful for skiers going from Washington, Philadelphia and New York City to the ski slopes of Vermont, but is also great for a getaway anytime of year from the cities straight into the New England countryside.
The Lakeshore Limited
See the Amtrak website for details and to make reservations.