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Directions ~ To Hawk by Train ~ The Vermonter

The Vermonter is a train for all seasons. In winter, it takes you to some of the East's best skiing - and you don't have to worry about icy roads all the way up! Bring your skis or snowboard and check them in the Amtrak Vermonter's specially-equipped baggage car. Autumn travelers from the four corners of the world flock to one of nature's greatest shows: the multi-hued splendor of the New England countryside. The Vermonter takes you to the heart of the show - on a trip as beautiful as any in North America. Spring brings its own delights, with new green leaves coloring the mountains. And in summer, escape to the clear air and cool nights that make Vermont the perfect mountain getaway. Bring your backpack and your bike; it's easy with Amtrak's new bike carriers.

The Vermonter

The Bottom Line: If you are originating from any other city on the northeastern seaboard other than New York, and don't want to have to switch trains in Penn Station, the Vermonter should be your ticket. The drawbacks are that it's definitely longer and drops you off fifteen minutes further away than the Ethan Allen Express.

Hawk Tips:
If you want to shave an hour off the travel time on the Vermonter, you can detrain at Bellows Falls, VT. It is the same distance from Hawk as White River Junction (you simply wind-up driving northwest instead of southwest). However, this is usually an unmanned station outside of a small town without access to car rental agencies - but Enterprise Rent-A-Car will pick you up there with advance notice. We also suggest that you consider purchasing Custom Class seating on the Vermonter, particularly during holiday periods and weekends... you won't be left scrambling for a seat, as all Custom Class seating is guaranteed. With this upgrade, you will also receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and roomier seating in a quieter atmosphere for what amounts to a nominal fee. It can make all the difference on a trip from D.C.

Train Reservations

To make online reservations for Amtrak's Vermonter service, use the following link:

  • Amtrak Online Reservations
    Provides daily service between Washington DC's Union Station and White River Junction, VT, aboard the Vermonter.
    Intermediate stops include: New Carrollton, MD, BWI Airport, MD, Baltimore's Penn Station, Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, Trenton, NJ, Metropark, NJ, Newark, NJ, New York's Penn Station, Stamford, CT, Bridgeport, CT, New Haven, CT, Meriden, CT, Berlin, CT, Hartford, CT, Springfield, MA, Amherst, MA, Brattleboro, VT, Bellows Falls, VT, Claremont, NH, and Windsor, VT.
    Approximate travel time: 11 hours from D.C.; 9 hours from Philadelphia; 7 hours from New York; and 4 hours from Hartford

    ... or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Car Rental

Map from Railroad Row in White River Junction

Although Hawk will provide chauffeur service to and from the train station upon advanced request, we strongly recommend that you have a car during your stay in order to take advantage of all the attractions and amenities that Vermont has to offer. Following is a list of car rental agencies which service White River Junction, Vermont. To make online reservations, please follow the link to your preferred rental company:

Driving Directions to Hawk

From Railroad Row, follow the signs to Rt. 4 toward "Waterman Hill Rd." Travel Southwest on Rt. 4 for approximately 22 miles and turn Left onto Rt. 100A. Drive for 7 miles until Rt. 100A intersects with Rt. 100. Turn Left onto Rt. 100; and, in approximately 2 miles, you will see the entrance for Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort on your Left.
Approximate travel time: 45 minutes

See Also

The Ethan Allen Express

Back to Hawk by Train

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (802) 672-3811. Or click here for more contact information.

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