Amtrak has two rail lines that go through eastern and central New Hampshire. Discover a world of breathtaking landscapes, small villages, and fascinating sights by rail across New Hampshire. The Lake Shore Limited runs from Chicago to Boston, stopping at stations along the way. The Vermonter travels between Washington, D.C., and Burlington, Vt., stopping at stations throughout New Hampshire.
Both trains run frequently in summer and fall, less so in winter. There are bus connections with most towns on both routes. Fares vary depending on how you travel and when you book. A one-way ticket from Chicago to Boston on the Lake Shore Limited is $139 adults, $94 children; from Washington, D.C., it's $99/$69. A round-trip ticket covers all stops except Manchester and Concord. The Vermonter costs $20-$30 more per trip.
Amtrak tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at an Amtrak station. Both train routes connect easily with other carriers for trips beyond New Hampshire. The Lake Shore Limited also connects with MBTA buses and trains in Massachusetts and Connecticut, while the Vermonter goes as far as Montreal and Halifax in Nova Scotia.
New Hampshire has no direct connection with Amtrak, but there are several connecting cities including Boston, Montreal, and Virginia Beach.
The Amtrak Downeaster (Northern New England Passenger Train Authority) with stations in Dover, Durham, and Exeter, and the Vermonter with stops in Claremont Junction and Vermont villages in the Connecticut Valley, offer passenger rail service in New Hampshire.
Both the Downeaster and the Vermonter run daily between Boston and Portland, Maine, with some additional weekend and holiday trips. The Downeaster also runs between Portsmouth and Montreal, Canada, while the Vermonter connects New York City with Washington D.C..
There are three major train stations in New Hampshire: the Manchester Transportation Center, the Nashua River Rail Terminal, and the Keene Railroad Station. The Manchester Transportation Center is the largest of the three and serves as the hub for all services to and from Manchester.
The Nashua River Rail Terminal is located just south of downtown Nashua on the banks of the Merrimack River and offers direct service to Boston's North Station and Providence, Rhode Island. This is the only terminal that accepts cash payments for tickets. The Keene Railroad Station is located in the center of Keene and serves as the starting point for several popular tourist trains in New Hampshire. It is also the last stop before crossing into Vermont at Wallingford, Connecticut.
New Hampshire has no railroad history but it did have a prosperous railway industry until the 1960s.
Amtrak is the sole rail service that runs from Manchester, New Hampshire to New York, New York. The train only travels twice a day, therefore the timetable is rather limited. There are also only a few types of seating available.
The Vermonter runs between Boston and Washington D.C. via Montreal and Halifax. It is one of two daily trains that run between Boston and Washington D.C. The other one is the Crescent. Both trains operate daily except for Monday and Thursday when there is no service. Travel time is about 14 hours.
There are four classes of seating on the Vermonter. First class consists of couchettes with single or double beds, private showers, and dining cars. These cars are usually more expensive than other classes but they are much nicer with soft seats and larger windows. Second class has open compartments with bunk beds, shared bathrooms, and dining cars. These are the cheapest options but they are still comfortable enough for most people. There are also "VIP" tickets that offer extra legroom and access to certain restaurants. Finally, there are standard seats which are reasonably comfortable too although not as spacious as first class.
You can book tickets online through Amtrak's website.
Colorado Amtrak Rail Amtrak is a well-known national passenger rail company that operates two east-west passenger routes inside Colorado: the California Zephyr and the Southwest Chief. The major line runs west from Union Station in downtown Denver, linking mountain towns such as Fraser, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction. The second line runs north from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon.
Both lines are operated under contract by Amtrak's Western Region. The first section of track in Colorado was built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway between 1901 and 1903 to serve gold miners in Boulder County. The line was later acquired by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and then by Amtrak when it took over the CB&Q in 1975. Today, most trains that run through Grand Junction stop there to pick up or drop off passengers; some continue on to Las Vegas, Nevada, while others turn around and return to Denver.
Amtrak's California Zephyr provides daily service between Chicago and San Francisco via Denver and Grand Junction, with a stop in Salt Lake City. The train also stops in Powell, Wyoming, and Casper, Wyoming - both less than an hour away from Denver. The route is popular with commuters and travelers who want to see the western United States at a reasonable price. In addition to standard seating, special roomettes are available for $10 more per night. There are also family rooms with two beds and a sleeper sofa for $140.
North Station is exclusively served by the Amtrak Downeaster train route, which connects New Hampshire and Maine communities to Boston. Don't forget to book a hotel and a rental vehicle in Boston to round off your trip.
Amtrak provides service throughout the whole east coast of the United States, with stops in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Stamford. It is not a commuter railroad and is frequently much more expensive than Metro North, although it boasts more upscale facilities (comfortable seating, more leg room, wi-fi, etc).
Both companies operate using high-speed trains called "Hudson River Service" cars that were built by Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. under contract to Amtrak. These are based on the Japanese bullet train technology but use traditional railcars instead of a single decker.
The Metro-North Railroad connects New York City with the rest of the country. In addition to serving the five boroughs of Manhattan, it also operates lines in Westchester County, Connecticut, and Rockland and Putnam counties in New York.
Its main line runs north-south between New York and Boston, with branches running west to Washington, D.C. and east to Poughkeepsie. The railroad has two divisions: the Metropolitan Division serves the Brooklyn/Manhattan corridor, and the Long Island Rail Road Division handles service to and from Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.
Amtrak's main line runs along the Hudson River from New York to Chicago, with branches going south to Florida and north to Maine. There are plans to extend service into Canada but this is still under discussion.
Amtrak and Illinois 11 Amtrak routes pass Illinois, offering a center for travelers as well as a chance for Illinois to provide great service that influences countrywide travel. Amtrak connects Illinois travelers to Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin on a daily basis. Additionally, several trains per day go all the way to New York City, providing access to the world beyond Illinois' borders.
Amtrak's Chicago Hub is located at 800 West Randolph Street. The hub is an easy walk to the Red Line 'L' train station, which is only a few blocks west of the Chicago Loop. Passengers can transfer to other trains heading east or west across the country; there are connections to NYC, St Louis, Indianapolis, and more.
Amtrak runs daily from Chicago to Detroit and Cleveland. In addition, there is one daily departure for San Diego at mid-day. Finally, there is one weekly departure for Los Angeles called the Pacific Surfliner. This train stops only in Santa Ana, California at the Universal Studios backlot. From Los Angeles, passengers can continue on to San Francisco.
Amtrak has five main lines making up its national network: the Northeast Corridor, the Keystone Service, the Southwest Chief, the Sunset Limited, and the Texas Eagle. Each line has multiple tracks with designated areas where trains can wait for others to pass before proceeding.