Amtrak Routes in Massachusetts
and Train Descriptions
There are multiple Amtrak routes across the state of Massachusetts that service each of the 12 stations so getting here and getting around is a snap. These routes are interconnected by a series of named trains: Acela Express, Downeaster, Lake Shore Limited, Northeast Regional and Vermonter.
These more or less follow the routes and highways in Massachusetts; east to west with Interstate 90, north to south along western Massachusetts with Interstate 91 and north to south along eastern Massachusetts with Route 128.
In a few locations, such as the Newburyport (NBT) station, they may service a stop in the form of a bus/motorcoach; known as the Amtrak Thruway Service. Below you'll find information on each of the trains and routes Amtrak follows across Massachusetts:
The Acela Express operates as the fastest train in Amtrak's train line and provides an hourly service. A relatively newer train, their highest speeds reach up to 150 mph. If you're traveling to New York City and beyond, the Acela Express will get you there quickly and comfortably.
The train stations serviced by the Acela Express within Massachusetts are Boston - South Station (BOS) at it's northern terminus, Boston - Back Bay (BBY), and Westwood - Route 128 (RTE). The route for this train continues south to Providence, Rhode Island.
The Downeaster train takes the shoreline route between Boston and Portland, Maine and runs five trains per day. One of the nice amenities provided on this train is free Wi-Fi and bicycle accommodations.
The train stations serviced by the Downeaster within Massachusetts are Boston - North Station (BON) and it's southern terminus, Woburn (WOB) and Haverhill (HHL). The route for this train continues north to Exeter, New Hampshire.
The Lake Shore Limited train travels between Chicago, Illinois and Boston while splitting off in Albany, New York to head straight south to New York City. Coming from Chicago, the route for this train provides beautiful and scenic views of the Great Lakes along the way.
Being a longer distance train, you'll be able to stretch out on one of the many sleeping options this Viewliner-class train has to offer.
The Lake Shore Limited train has many stops in Massachusetts. Among them are Pittsfield (PIT), Springfield (SPG), Worcester (WOR), Framingham, (FRA), Boston - Back Bay (BBY) and Boston - South Bay (BOS).
The Northeast Regional train runs between Boston and cities within Virginia. In New Haven, Connecticut, an Amtrak Shuttle Train service is provided to connect with Springfield.
Some of the amenities provided on the Northeast Regional train are electrical outlets at each seat, Quiet Car service to relax and a Cafe Car for snacks and beverages.
The stations serviced by the Northeast Regional train within Massachusetts are Boston - South Station (BOS), Boston - Back Bay (BBY), Westwood - Route 128 (RTE) and Springfield (SPG) through a shuttle service.
The Vermonter Amtrak train runs daily between parts of Vermont and Washington, D.C. Through its trek in Massachusetts, the route closely follows that of Interstate 91.
The stations served within Massachusetts for the Vermonter train are Amherst (AMM) and Springfield (SPG). The Amtrak routes it follows beyond these cities are north to Brattleboro, Vermont and south to Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
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