After a successful pilot season, Amtrak announced the return of the seasonal route, the Berkshire Flyer, this summer back in April.
The Berkshire Flyer is made possible thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). Rail service will depart NYC’s Penn Station as soon as Friday, May 26th to head towards Pittsfield, MA. Service will proceed for all summer weekends through Columbus Day Weekend.
Its seasonal service will give New Yorkers a chance to explore all of the exciting summer activities Massachusetts has to offer. “The Berkshires have plenty to offer in the arts, culture, history, and hospitality, and the Berkshire Flyer provides accessible, convenient travel for those who wish to visit, creating a catalyst for regional economic growth and sustainability,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
The Berkshire Flyer will feature the same amenities as all other Amtrak trains. Highlights include:
- Free WiFi
- Spacious seats
- Two personal items & two carry-on bags
“Amtrak is pleased to offer the Berkshire Flyer between New York City and the Berkshires once again after last summer’s successful launch” said Amtrak Vice President State Supported Services Ray Lang. “Thanks to our partners at MassDOT, NYSDOT and CSX, customers can enjoy a sustainable and relaxing weekend trip with great weather and beautiful scenery all season long.”
The entire trip from NYC to the Berkshires will take around 4 hours, as the line will make numerous stops along the way at Yonkers, NY, Croton-Harmon, NY, Poughkeepsie, NY, Rhinecliff, NY, Hudson, NY, and Albany-Rensselaer Station.
“There is no better way to experience the scenic beauty and natural splendor of the Northeast Region than by riding the rails and under Gov. Kathy Hochul’s leadership, New York State is committed to making train travel even more pleasurable and convenient,” said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez. “We are proud to partner with our colleagues at Amtrak and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to once again offer the Berkshire Flyer service this summer as part of our mission to create a 21st Century transportation system that connects communities and creates opportunities for all to enjoy the beauty of upstate New York and the Berkshires.”
Tickets are now on sale for the Berkshire Flyer, and you can secure them on the Amtrak website, the app, Amtrak desks and kiosks, or through 1-800-USA-RAIL.
Learn more about the Berkshire Flyer on Amtrak’s website.