Traveling to Vermont: How to Get to Brattleboro From Every Direction

You’re probably eager and ready to get eyes on Brattleboro’s scenic sights and attractions, but first thing’s first: you need to consider how to get here. We’re still working on our teleportation unit, so until then, you have a few other options. Daily buses and trains allow you to get to Brattleboro from east, west, north, and south. Here are some choices for traveling to southern Vermont from your city or region.

The Brattleboro, Vermont train station.
Photo: Adam Moss / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

NORTHBOUND: BOSTON, MASS. / WASHINGTON D.C. → NEW YORK CITY →  HARTFORD, CONN. → BRATTLEBORO, VT

Amtrak’s Vermonter train is a transportation staple. With complimentary Wi-Fi and a food cart, you can plan your Brattleboro itinerary during your ride to the Green Mountains. The train leaves from Washington, D.C., at 8:00 a.m. and passes through Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Trenton before its late morning stop at Penn Station. If you’re coming in from Hartford, your train will leave around 2:00 p.m. You’ll arrive in Brattleboro just before dinnertime, so don’t forget to pick a restaurant by the end of your journey. Alternatively, you can ride on the Megabus if you’re coming in from Hartford, Amherst, New Haven, or the Big Apple.

Just a little over two hours from Brattleboro, Bostonians are within perfect proximity to make a weekend getaway to southern Vermont. The MAX Regional Bus runs to and from Brattleboro each day, with stops in Worcester, Fitchburg, and Greenfield. The bus arrives at the Brattleboro Transportation Center, just steps away from The Latchis.

SOUTHBOUND: MONTREAL, CANADA via BURLINGTON, VT.

The Brattleboro, VT train station.
Photo: Adam Moss / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

If you’re looking to visit Brattleboro from Montreal, drive the distance down I-91, or take the Amtrak going southbound. The northernmost train stop on Amtrak’s Vermonter route is the town of St. Albans, Vermont — you can park there and catch the morning southbound train.

If you’re situated near Burlington, you can catch the train at the Essex Junction station around 9:30 a.m. for a mid-afternoon arrival in downtown Brattleboro. The Megabus can also take you to Brattleboro from Burlington or Montpelier.

EASTBOUND: ALBANY, NY.

Upstate New Yorkers, there’s no railroad to connect us. Instead, you’ll be heading eastbound on Route 9 — you can make the drive yourself, or take a Greyhound if you don’t mind waking up a little early. It’s one of the most scenic drives you’ll encounter; the rolling Green Mountains never disappoint.

WESTBOUND: PORTLAND, ME / MANCHESTER, NH

There are two ways to venture through New Hampshire and into our neck of the woods: make the drive yourself, or take the bus. The Greyhound departs from Portland just a couple times each week, while offering daily transport from Manchester. Either way, you can count on a scenic ride through New Hampshire right before crossing the Connecticut River and landing at the Brattleboro Transportation Center.

The bridge over the river in Brattleboro, VT.

Travel doesn’t have to stand in the way of a great experience. Whether you’re driving yourself and making a road trip out of it, or taking a bus or train for a relaxing trip, be sure to make travel part of the experience as you plan your getaway to southern Vermont.