Things to do / Travel Guide
Visitors can fly into Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Vermont or into nearby Manchester Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire, which together receive the bulk of the flights into the region and are served by several major American carriers, including budget airlines. Other options are taking a connector/commuter flight into Rutland State Airport (RUT), in Vermont or Lebanon Airport (LEB), in New Hampshire. Interestingly, LEB offers cash-back program for people who use it as a transportation hub during their vacations to the region.
Many travelers don't even actually fly directly into the region, preferring to arrive in Bangor, Maine or Boston's Logan Airport, and completing the journey into New Hampshire and Vermont by rented car, train, or bus. This alternative is often cheaper, easier to schedule and has the added benefit of allowing you to take in New England's gorgeous scenery from ground level on your way to your final destination.
Most of the trains that arrive in Vermont and New Hampshire originate and/or pass through major East Coast cities like Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. By rail, Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express offers daily service from New York City to Rutland, Vermont, taking about five and a half hours. The company's Vermonter line also offers daily service to the region from Washington DC. With stops in Vermont at Brattleboro, Bellow's Falls, White River Junction, Randolph, Montpelier, Waterbury, Burlington/Essex Junction, and St. Albans, the Vermonter offers easy access to many of the region's main population centers. It also provides service into Claremont, New Hampshire. The ride on the Vermonter takes almost 14 hours from DC's Union Station to the terminus point at St. Albans, also stopping at New York City's Penn Station about four hours into the ride.
There are plenty of ways to bus into the region from major cities like New York City, Boston, and even Montreal, Canada. Greyhound and Vermont Transit Lines are the main operators shuttling visitors into the region, with stops in cities as big as Burlington, Vermont and towns as small as North Conway, New Hampshire.
Traveling to the New Hampshire and Vermont by car can be quite rewarding, with charming little towns and lovely scenery all the way. The main East Coast artery, I-95, passes through Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the very southeast tip of the region. For those arriving by car by way of New York's scenic Adirondack Mountains, there is a ferry that crosses Lake Champlain to I-89, which takes you and your car towards the White Mountains from Burlington.
Below you'll find the approximate distances and driving times to Burlington from other major cities within and outside the region.
- New York City: 300 miles; 5 hours 45 minutes
- Boston: 215 miles; 3.5 hours
- Philadelphia: 380 miles; 7 hours
- Bangor, Maine: 280 miles; 6 hours
- Concord: 155 miles; 2.5 hours
- Portsmouth: 210 miles; 3 hours 20 minutes
- Montpelier: 40 miles; 40 minutes
One of the more unique and enjoyable ways to arrive into the region from New York State is via a ferry across Lake Champlain. You can even take a car with you! The lake sports a ferry system called the Lake Champlain Transportation Company, which offers services from Essex, New York to Charlotte, Vermont, Plattsburgh, New York to Grand Isle, Vermont, and Port Kent, New York to Burlington, Vermont. When the road conditions are treacherous in the wintertime, the ferry is among the more practical routes into Vermont as they are able to cut through the frozen lake to get you to the other side safely. Prices run pretty cheap, about $5 per person, and $15-$25 to bring along a car, depending on the length of the vehicle.
Airports Serving Burlington, Stowe, Rutland and the New Hampshire and Vermont mountains
Albany County Airport (ALB)
Logan International Airport (BOS)
Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM)