Hello! I would be taking the train from NYC in the fall. Would I be very limited without a car? Also - any suggestions on where to stay? Thanks!
Where are you taking the train to? Manchester is about a 1/2 hour south of Rutland, the closest Amtrak stop in Vermont. I am not sure how often busses run from Rutland to Manchester. If you stay in the center of Manchester you could walk to a number of places, and there may be a bus that goes around the community. But if you wish to see foliage it is best to have a car (this applies to all of northern New England and NY).
Thanks! I thought I saw that Amtrak had several stations there. I had better look again!
Yes! There is one that seems to stop right in the middle of everything. Are these phantom ghost stations? 😬
They must be because Amtrak does not go to Manchester VT!
EDIT: I went on the Amtrack website and it looks like you can book to Manchester....weird. I'm guessing it's a combination train (to Albany?) and then bus.Edited: 22 July 2018, 06:13
Figured it out and you are right! The website at the Wilberton mentions that there is a special bus! I really appreciated that their website mentioned that you can, in fact, visit them without a car. But i think it would be the kind of vacation where you plunk yourself down with a book and some tea and don’t move very much. Actually.... right about now, that soundspretty good!
I have been in Manchester many times and I know that there are freight line tracks thru town. After all, one portion of the town is known as "Manchester Depot" but that website is very misleading.
As to plunking yourself down with a book and tea, you can do that just about anywhere. Manchester is spread out. The old part of town near the Equinox Hotel does not have much in the way of attractions. Stores and restaurants are mainly in the Manchester Center area with others, along with outlets along Routes 11 & 30 (Depot Street). That area is also known as Manchester Depot.
Many people go to Manchester for the outlet shopping. Without a car even in the center of the business area you would be limited without a car unless you were content to just sit and relax.
Thank you, Owl! This is very helpful, indeed!
As others have already stated there is no train station in Manchester itself.
Amtrak has 2 trains daily from New York to Albany, NY: The Ethan Allan and the Lake Shore imited. From the Albany Amtrak Station you could transfer to Vermont Trans Lines (bus) for a direct connection to Manchester.
I obtained this info from the Manchester Visitor Info site www.ManchesterVermont.com.
It seems that Wanderu does not keep their website regularly updated. I travel carless often and have checked them a few times and not once was the information the same the providing carrier posted (prices, destinations as well as schedules)
Is there a specific reason that you have selected Manchester as your vacation destination? If convenience of train travel from New York was an important criteria you may want check Brattleboro or Bellows Falls. Both have direct Amtrak service into town (on the Vermonter) Have not been to Bellows Falls, but went to spend a few days in Brattleboro last year.It is the larger town of the 2 with cultural offerings as well as walking/hiking trails, and in town dining options that can be reached w/o car. Brattleboro has a small local transportation system that may be useful during weekday daytime hours.
Thanks, Mimi!!! I am going to look into your two suggestions.