The Amtrak train route to Montreal, named one of the “Top 10 Most Scenic Train Rides in the World” by National Geographic, is coming back after a three-year pause.
Adirondack service resumed just to Albany on December 5, but when it returns on April 4, it will offer a beautiful ride through the mountains, from NYC’s Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station all the way to Montreal, Quebec’s Gare Centrale/Central Station, covering 400 miles in 10 hours.
According to the Montreal Gazette, it will stop at Yonkers, Croton-Harmon, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Hudson, Albany-Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Fort Edward, Whitehall, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Westport, Port Kent, Plattsburgh, Rouses Point, St-Lambert, Quebec, and Montreal. It’s a 10-hour ride from beginning to end but is worth it if you want your journey to be as scenic as your destination.
“Enjoy nature’s kaleidoscope of colors on the Adirondack … as you discover why hikers, leaf peepers and snow lovers make annual pilgrimages to Lake Champlain’s shores,” Amtrak’s Adirondack page reads. “Along the way, history comes alive in places like Saratoga Springs and Ticonderoga, while ‘l’enchantement’ of Montreal gives this journey a distinctively international flavor.”
The Gazette says it is “popular with Montrealers and New Yorkers.” In 2019, the route had 117,000 passengers, which was a 5% jump from the previous year. But it hasn’t stopped in Montreal since 2020, when it was shut down during the pandemic. Service to Albany only resumed in December 2022.
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