Travel to the Adirondacks from New York City without a Car

New shuttle service to Lake Champlain Region 

It’s the origin of the word “vacation.” Wealthy city dwellers in the late 1800s would “vacate” the stifling heat of the city and head north to explore the wilderness in the crisp mountain air of the Adirondack Mountains.  

Today, the region remains a favorite year-round destination for people of all means, and although most visitors arrive by automobile, there are other ways to get to this special State Park.

Amtrak’s Adirondack line links from Penn Station to Albany to New York’s Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain, with stops along some of the most scenic railway in the U.S. 

New this year, shuttle service will pick up guests arriving to Ticonderoga from both the north and southbound Amtrak trains where they will be transported to Ticonderoga’s Best Western Plus Inn and Suites and the Fort Ticonderoga museum campus. The service will be provided free of charge to Amtrak travelers through September 7, 2015.

The 2015 season marks the fourth year of Fort Ticonderoga and Amtrak’s partnership. The Ticonderoga Train station located at Fort Ticonderoga has been a popular stop for guests along Amtrak’s Adirondack line. This year, Amtrak will offer one free companion rail fare with the purchase of one regular adult rail fare, on the state supported Adirondack line to and from Fort Ticonderoga, New York, through October 31, 2015.  Participating travelers will also receive a buy one/get one free discount on daily admission to Fort Ticonderoga.

 Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga and Amtrak partner for the 2015 season to provide a shuttle service for visitors traveling between the Ticonderoga Amtrak station, Fort Ticonderoga, and the Best Western Plus Hotel. Photo: Aerial image of Fort Ticonderoga.



To take advantage of the Fort Ticonderoga program, Amtrak customers simply need to purchase tickets a minimum of 3 days in advance. Fare discount will be automatically applied when qualifying travel is selected. The Northbound Amtrak Adirondack operates daily between New York City and Montreal, departing New York Penn Station at 8:15 am, and arriving in Ticonderoga at 1:22 pm. The Southbound Adirondack departs Montreal at 10:20 am, arriving in Ticonderoga at 3:18 pm.

Passengers can also head further north to other communities along the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain, and link to the High Peaks region via the Westport station. 

The Amtrak Adirondack typically arrives at the Westport station in early afternoon, approximately 6 hours later. Departure from Albany-Rensselaer station is usually around 11am, leaving a 3-hour ride to Westport. This popular line ends in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The return trip is slightly longer, allowing additional rest after participating in all of that Adirondack outdoor recreation. 

In Westport, lodging properties will pick guests up at the station. Passengers with tickets to Lake Placid will be met in Westport by a shuttle that takes them on a gorgeous 45 minute ride to their hotel.  

Once in Lake Placid, dining, shopping and many activities are all within walking distance. The free, year-round Placid XPRSS trolley is ADA compliant and runs a circuit throughout the village. In winter, the free Mountain Valley Shuttle will take visitors to ski Whiteface or hike High Falls Gorge. 



Information about Ticonderoga, Westport and New York's Adirondack Coast can be found at

Comprehensive information about visiting Lake Placid, from lodging to rental cars, shuttles and licensed outdoor guides is at

Westport Train Station and Depot Theatre