Getting there & around
Vermont Transit (802-864-6811, 800-552-8737; www.vermonttransit.com) connects major Vermont towns and makes forays to Manchester and Keene, New Hampshire; Boston; and Albany. Greyhound (800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com) operates four buses daily between Burlington and Montreal (one way $27.50, three hours).
Vermont’s major airport is in Burlington (802-863-2874; www.burlingtonintlairport.com), but there is also a small commercial airport in Rutland (802-786-8881; www.flyrutlandvt.com). Burlington is served by Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, United and US Airways, while Rutland receives flights from Cape Air, a small regional carrier.
Vermont is not particularly large, but it is mountainous. Although I-89 and I-91 provide speedy access to certain areas, the rest of the time you must plan to take it slow and enjoy the winding roads and mountain scenery. Having said that, I-91 north of St Johnsbury offers expansive vistas, as does I-89 from White River Junction to Burlington.
Lake Champlain Transportation Company (802-864-9804; www.ferries.com) runs ferries between Plattsburgh, New York and Grand Isle; between Port Kent, New York and Burlington; and between Essex, New York and Charlotte. Fort Ti Ferry (802-897-7999; www.middlebury.net/tiferry) runs from Larrabees Point in Shoreham to Ticonderoga Landing, New York, from late May through October.
Amtrak (800-872-7245; www.amtrak.com) is relaxing, albeit inconvenient. The Ethan Allen departs New York City and stops in Fair Haven and Rutland. From New York City to Rutland costs $54 one way and takes 5½ hours. The Vermonter heads from New York City to Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Windsor, White River Junction, Randolph, Montpelier, Waterbury, Burlington-Essex Junction and St Albans. If you’re a cyclist, you can buy one ticket on the Vermonter and get on and off as many times as you like, as long as you reserve a space for yourself and your bicycle ahead of time.