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 Google Maps to plan it out. Select the bus icon at the top, choose the day and time and it will show you where to walk to the stop and which line to catch.

    • PURPLE LINE - Use the stop at the corner of College Street and South Willard Street and take bus Purple Line - Airport to the terminal. 

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

  • Amtrak — "Burlington" station is 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, 7 days per week.
    • 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 listed below only). NEW...no sign up required.
      • TO AMTRAK - The pickup is on the CCM Promenade (where the normal Lakeside shuttles pickup and drop off). Please be there at 8:45am. The shuttle will depart Champlain promptly at 9:00am (the train departs at 9:44am). Please be on time so that you do not delay others. The driver will not wait. The shuttle will drop you off right at the station.
      • FROM AMTRAK - the pickup stop will be on the north side of Center Street adjacent to the station. Look out for the Mountain Transit Bus. It will be there before the train arrives and wait until you all arrive. They will drop you off on the CCM promenade. 
      • Dates for 2019-2020 are:
        • Thanksgiving Break - Wednesday November 27th
        • Thanksgiving Break - Sunday December 1st
        • Winter Break - Saturday December 14th
        • Winter Break - Sunday January 12th
        • Spring Break - Saturday March 7th
        • Spring Break - Sunday March 15th
        • End of Spring Semester - Saturday May 2
    • To get to (and from) the Amtrak station at other times. use the city bus (free for Champlain using your ID card):
      • Walk to Pearl Street (stop on corner of S. Willard and Pearl) or go to the Downtown Transit Center in Burlington (on upper Saint Paul Street).
      • Take Blue Line - Essex Junction to Amtrak (the last stop on the route).
      • FROM: Take the Blue Line bus at the Amtrak station to Burlington. The bus departure times after the Amtrak has arrived are:
        • 8:40, 9:10 and 9:40 PM M-F,
        • 8:35 and 9:35 PM on Saturdays, and
        • NO SERVICE on Sundays.
  • 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 Boston. Also operates between Burlington and Manhattan via Hartford, CT; White Plains, NY; and Montvale, NJ. 
  • 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.