Long-Distance Travel

Other Modes of Travel (long-distance)

Leave your car (or your parents' car) at home and make the trip to Champlain via mass transit such as plane, train, or bus! A few options are detailed below.

  • Burlington International Airport — To get to the airport using the city bus (free for Champlainers using your ID card):

    • Use the stop at the corner of Main Street and South Willard Street (the closest stop to campus) beside the Champlain College wall sign.

    • Take bus #1 - Williston to the UMall and transfer to bus #12 - UMall/Airport. See details and map.

    • Alternatively, If you don't mind a short walk, you can take bus #1 - Williston all the way to Aiport Drive/Kennedy Drive and then walk 0.5 miles (9 minutes) to the airport along Airport Drive. See details and map.

    • Use Google Maps to plan it out. Select the bus icon at the top, choose the day and time and it will show you what to do.

  • Amtrak — "Burlington" station is in Essex Junction. 

    • The Amtrak "Vermonter" departs Essex Junction, heading south, at 9:44 AM every morning and arrives in Essex Junction at 8:18 PM every evening.
    • Alternatively, you could take the Lake Champlain Ferry over to Port Kent, walk the 4 minutes to the station and catch the #68 Adirondack service to NYC, connecting through to Washington, DC. Ferry is seasonal.
    • We offer a FREE shuttle service for break periods to and from the Amtrak station (on specific days only). First come, first served. Must book your seat to ride by completing this signup form.
    • To get to (and from) the Amtrak station using the city bus (free for Champlain affiliates using your ID card):
      • Walk to Downtown Transit Center in Burlington (on upper Saint Paul Street).
      • Take bus #2 - Essex Junction to Amtrak (the last stop on the route).
      • To connect with the #2 bus at the Amtrak station to head to Burlington, the bus departure times after the Amtrak has arrived are:
        • 8:30, 9:07 and 10:15 PM M-F,
        • 9:00 PM on Saturday (during the Academic Year, August - May only), and
        • 8:45 PM on Sunday.
        • This schedule was specifically made to accommodate students using Amtrak.
  • Go! Vermont Bus Network — Helps you compare costs and schedules for bus travel between several New England/New York cities.

  • Vermont Translines — Daily service to Albany, NY via Rutland, Manchester and Bennington. 

  • Megabus — Direct service to Boston. The Burlington stop is on Pearl Street at the Downtown Transit Center.

  • Greyhound — There are two stops in the area: the Burlington Airport AND on Pearl Street at the Downtown Transit Center.

  • Concord Coachlines — Service from Boston's South Station to various cities in New Hampshire and Maine. Can be used for connections from Concord, NH north.
  • Wheeli — A carpooling app for college students. Find a ride home or share a seat in your car with fellow Champlain, UVM or Saint Mikes students.
  • CoTo Travel — A break specific bus service that picks up right on campus at CCM and operates between Burlington and Manhattan via Hartford, CT; White Plains, NY; and Montvale, NJ. For Spring break the dates of service are Friday, March 9th (heading south) and Sunday, March 18th (heading north).
  • Lake Champlain Ferries — Car ferry to New York State across Lake Champlain. Can be used as a foot passenger to connect to the Amtrak Adirondack for direct service to NYC. Seasonal.

Please note: Champlain College does not have official relationships with these businesses (except for partnering with GMT) and are shown for informational purposes only. Times may vary or change so please consult the schedules for each provider directly before planning a trip.