UVM offers free shuttles (see schedule) to help you get to and from Burlington International Airport, Amtrak (Essex Junction) and Burlington Transit Center during breaks. If you are traveling during non-break times, the local Green Mountain Transit buses provide students free trips to the transportation hubs. The #11 Line will take you to the Burlington International Airport and the Essex Junction #2 Line will take you to Essex Junction Amtrak Station (the Vermonter). From campus you can catch the #1, #2, and #8 Lines (towards Burlington) to the Downtown Transit Center. You can take the #1, #8, or #11 to the Burlington Amtrak Station (the Ethan Allen). Both the Downtown Transit Center and the Burlington Amtrak station are within a 30 minute walk from campus. The airport is about a 45 minute walk from campus.
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- Students have many transportation options to get them to and from home.
- See links below to help you get started to where you want to go.
A map showing Long Distance Travel Providers and their routes to and from Burlington, VT. Remember, UVM runs shuttles to connect you to long distance transit providers before and after school breaks.
By Carpool: This NEW student ride share platform built on Teams provides UVM students with a way to connect and find rides home for breaks. Thanksgiving is approaching, and carpooling with friends or classmates can be an efficient, flexible, and likely cheaper way to travel. Carpooling may help Passengers avoid expensive flights- if you live too far away to drive, consider carpooling to a larger airport and getting a non-stop home. This is a closed platform and you must have a student ID to log-in.
By Rail: Amtrak Vermonter and Ethan Allen Lines
Essex Junction Station (29 Railroad Avenue, Essex Junction VT): The Vermonter offers service to Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. The station is accessible by GMT bus route #2 Essex. UVM uses CATS buses as free student shuttles to the station during academic breaks- see schedule.
Burlington Station (1 Main Street, Burlington, VT): Ethan Allen Express offers service to New York City through Rutland and Albany. The station is under 1.5 miles from UVM and is accessible by GMT bus.
Coach Bus: Vermont Translines
Vermont Translines, through the Vermont Agency of Transportation, provides transportation originating in Burlington, VT, that travels the Route 7 corridor to the Albany, NY, bus terminal, Amtrak station and Albany airport, with stops along the way in Middlebury, Brandon, Rutland, Manchester and Bennington.
Vermont Translines runs buses daily, 7 days a week. Arrivals and departures are near the Downtown Transit Center, on Pearl Street in front of the John J. Zampieri State Offices. The Green Mountain Transit #1 and #2 Lines (towards Burlington) will take you to the Downtown Transit Center. During breaks UVM will provide shuttle service to the Downtown Transit Center. Check our shuttle page for the latest schedules
Coach Bus: Breakliner Bus by CoTo Travel
College break bus services for UVM students to and from:
- Connecticut (Hartford & Bridgeport)
- White Plains, NY
- New Jersey (Montvale, Woodbridge, Robbinsville)
- King of Prussia, PA
- Metro Boston area (Tyngsborough, Newton & Logan Airport).
Coach Bus: Greyhound (Service to Boston, Montreal, New York, Manchester, White River Junction, Albany, Concord, Middlebury and beyond)
Arrivals and departures are at the Downtown Transit Center. The Green Mountain Transit #1 and #2 Lines (towards Burlington) will take you to the Downtown Transit Center. During breaks UVM will provide shuttle service to the Downtown Transit Center. Check our shuttle page for the latest schedules
Coach Bus: Megabus/DATTCO (Direct service to Boston and Montpelier)
Note: This bus generally only operates routes on Fridays and Sundays. Look out for a bus that says MegaBus or DATTCO.
Arrivals and departures are near the Downtown Transit Center, on Pearl Street in front of the John J. Zampieri State Offices. Please confirm pick-up/drop-off locations with Megabus. The Green Mountain Transit #1 and #2 Lines (towards Burlington) will take you to the Downtown Transit Center. During breaks UVM will provide shuttle service to the Downtown Transit Center. Check our shuttle page for the latest schedules
By Water: Lake Champlain Transportation Company currently offers three ferry crossings:
- Grand Isle, VT-- Plattsburgh, NY
- Burlington, VT-- Port Kent, NY
- Charlotte, VT--Essex, NY.
Academic Break Travel Tips
Riding home with a friend is a cost-effective option. Consider sharing the cost of gas. Even if you can’t carpool all the way home, you could arrange to be dropped off at a bus, train, plane, or wherever your parents pick you up. Check out the Student Ride Board and find someone to carpool with today.
2 BOOK EARLY
Buses, trains, and planes can fill up especially fast during break times. Be sure to secure your seat and the price ahead of time.
3 BE FLEXIBLE
Not looking forward to layovers on your way home? See if you can ride with someone to Boston or New York where there might be more direct flights.
4 ALTERNATIVES TO RIDESHARE
Rideshare services are limited in Burlington, something prices can reflect. Students can ride GMT bus trips to Essex Jct Amtrak, Burlington Amtrak station, Downtown Transit Center, and BTV airport (see recommended routes at the top of this page). Campus CATS buses also run to both Amtrak stations, the downtown transit center, and BTV airport during academic breaks. Burlington Amtrak and Downtown Transit Center are walkable within 30 min and accessible by GMT bus.
SUSTAINABILITY - Every flight and Single-Occupancy-Vehicle trip not taken helps keep our carbon emissions low. When people choose efficient transportation alternatives, that helps ensure a future with plentiful climate-friendly travel options.