Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.

New York - Montreal (Amtrak Adirondack Train)

Rail

The Journey

The Adirondack, operated by Amtrak, runs daily between New York City and Montreal. On the journey, which lasts around eleven hours, the train travels along the Hudson Valley. Passengers are treated to some spectacular scenery, including forests, beaches, rivers and mansions.

If travelling towards Montreal, the train leaves New York's Penn Station early in the morning, before arriving in Montreal in time for supper. Travelling towards New York, the train leaves Montreal's Central Station at 09.30am, before arriving in New York at 20.40pm.

On-board the train, a lounge car provides drinks and snacks. Reservations are mandatory, so make sure you book in advance through a provider such as Voyages SNCF (see links below). Seats are large, comfortable, and feature fold-down tables and individual reading lamps.

As this route operates on track not solely owned/operated by Amtrak, the journey does tend to suffer from delays, with the journey only being on-time around 60% of the time. Nevertheless, the journey is well worth it, so just make sure you factor in sufficient contingency time if booking connecting services.

Further information about this route can be found in the Amtrak route guide.

Crossing the USA/Canada Border

If you are crossing the border on this service, you need to make sure you are in posession of all required documentation. For US citizens this could be your passport, driver's licence etc. For Canadian citizens, this could be your passport, trusted traveller card or driving license. For citiziens of other countries, a valid passport and, in most cases, a visa are required. Please check with the appropriate government agencies before travelling.


Amtrak Amfleet Trains

Amtrak Amfleet trains were first introduced in the 1970s and 1980s, and are generally used outside of the Western United States. The trains offer a rounded experience, apparently due to the designers' desire to emulate the shape of aircraft.

Amfleet trains may consist of a combination of different carriages, including:

  • Regional Coach Class;
  • Regional Business Class;
  • Club Dinettes (business class seats, snack bar and tables);
  • Full Dinettes (tables either side of snack bar, with standard seating); and
  • Diner-Lites (tables and snack bar).

All Amfleet carriages are air-conditioned, and seats have drop-down tables. Depending on the route you are travelling on, you may or may not have a choice of Business Class and Standard/Coach Class (some routes do not offer a Business Class). 

Coach Class

Coach Class seats are wide and comfortable, and have a drop-down table integrated into the seat in front. All seats recline, have individual reading light and access to electrical sockets.

Business Class

Business Class is available on most short and medium distance trains. Seats are wide and comfortable, and offer more legroom than Standard Class. All seats recline, have fold-down trays, individual reading lights and access to power sockets.

Passengers are permitted to travel with up to three items of checked-in baggage, and up to two items of carry-on baggage. Check-in items must be registered at least 30 minutes before the train's scheduled departure. Upon arrival, checked-in luggage will generally be available within 30 minutes, although this process can take up to 60 minutes. Carry-on items exclude handbags, laptops, briefcases etc. All hand luggage must be tagged with the passenger's name and address.

Amfleet trains have space for luggage above and beneath each seat.

Bicycles

Some trains have bike racks to take fully assembled bicycles. As these spaces are limited, advanced reservation is suggested. The routes operating the Bicycle Service include:

  • Cascades;
  • Capitol Corridor;
  • San Joaquin;
  • Pacific Surfliner (excluding trains 798/799);
  • Downstate Illinois Service;
  • Missouri River Runner;
  • Downeaster; and
  • Piedmont.

Those that do not have dedicated spaces may offer to take your bicycle as checked-in baggage (subject to an additional $5 charge). Checked-in bikes must be at the station at least one hour before departure, and must be transported in suitable bike boxes. These can be bought at the station if required ($15) per box. Checked-in bicycles will usually be required to be disassembled.

Folding bicycles may be taken on-board as hand luggage, although only one folding bicycle per person will be allowed. Folded bicycles should be stored in the luggage storage areas at the end of the car (lower level).

Food & Drink

Most Amfleet services operate with an on-board snack bar. These offer passengers a variety of snack-type food (hot and cold), as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The cafe accepts debit and credit cards, as well as cash (US $).

Disabled Passengers

Accessible seating is available in both Coach and Business Classes for those in wheelchairs or with mobility impairments. These seats offer a greater amount of space, allowing passengers to get from their wheelchairs into the seat. Wheelchairs may be stored nearby. Alternatively, passengers with wheelchairs may remain seated in them in the designated space, althoug there are no wheelchair lockdown devices fitted.

Timetable

The is only one service in either direction per day on this route. A connecting service is available between Washington D.C. and New York.

Station69Station68
New York Penn Station08.15Montreal Central Station09.30
Yonkers08.39St Lambert09.45
Croton-Harmon08.58CBSA Lacolle-
Poughkeepsie09.38Rouses Point*12.05
Rhinecliff09.52Plattsburgh12.35
Hudson10.15Port Kent12.58
Albany-Rennselaer11.05Westport13.40
Schenectady11.29Port Henry14.04
Saratoga Springs11.57Ticonderoga14.28
Fort Edward-Glens Falls12.19Whitehall15.00
Whitehall12.44Fort Edward-Glens Falls15.25
Ticonderoga13.17Saratoga Springs15.48
Port Henry13.39Schenectady16.50
Westport14.08Albany-Rennselaer18.00
Port Kent14.48^Hudson18.25
Plattsburgh15.12Rhinecliff18.51
Rouses Point16.00Poughkeepsie19.05
CBSA Lacolle*17.36Croton-Harmon19.45
St Lambert18.47Yonkers20.04
Montreal Central Station19.10New York Penn Station20.40

* not a passenger stop - customs inspection only. The train is subject to delay from this point.
^: Seasonal stop - trains stop here when the ferry is in operation. 

Price

Finding precise prices for Amtrak services is notoriously difficult. Fare information is not readily available to the public, perhaps due to the number of variations in price, relating to how far in advance you book, what time of year you plan to travel, etc.

The prices below are approximate standard fares, and are based on a one-way adult journey. The best thing to do is to check on the Amtrak website for the price of your trip, and to see if any special offers are available.

RouteReserved Seat
New York - Montreal (one-way)from $62

Amtrak tickets are available to buy up to 11 months before your journey. There are five pricing levels, with the price level increasing the closer to the journey date. Every Tuesday, Amtrak update its list of special offers, which offer savings of up to 90%. Offers are generally valid for journeys up to five weeks away. 'Weekend Getaway' deals are also available, which give special fares for certain routes with a Saturday departure and Sunday return (tickets must be reserved at least 3 days before departure). Amtrak Rail Passes can also offer significant savings, especially if you make a particular journey regularly.

Top Tip: Amtrak offer a 100% refund for cancellations on tickets that haven't been printed. If you wait until the day of departure to pick up your ticket, you might have time to spot a better offer for the same route. Simply cancel your existing ticket, and then buy a new one (at the lower price)!

Available Discounts:

There are a range of discounts available for eligible passengers. It is important to remember however, that these discounts are for the standard fare, and not for the supplement paid for sleeping accommodation.

Children (2-15) get 50% off adult fares. Children under 2 years old travel for free.

Seniors (62+) receive 15% off the lowest available fare on most Amtrak trains. On cross-border services run by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, a 10% discount is available. 

American Automobile Association (AAA) Members , as well as their spouses and children (2-15) save 10% on the lowest available adult fare when using an AAA card.

Active duty members of the US military, their spouses and children save 10% on most Amtrak fares. When buying a ticket, you must present a valid active-duty US Armed Forces ID card.

National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) Members receive a 10% discount on the lowest available fare on most Amtrak routes.

College Students and High School Seniors receive a 15% discount on the lowest adult fare on most Amtrak services, on presentation of a Student Advantage Card. You can buy an Advantage Card here.

International Students save 15% on the lowest adult fare on most Amtrak routes, on presentation of a valid International Student ID card and a valid photo ID. You can buy an ISIC card here.

Veterans Advantage Members Cards entitle their holder to a 15% discount on the lowest available fare on most Amtrak trains.

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