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Old 05-17-2017, 02:11 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Elizabethtown
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Public Transportation to the North Country

I have been researching how to get up here by public transportation and which methods are best (fastest and/or cheapest).
Air: there are airports useful for the ADKs at Albany, Burlington, Montreal, Lake Clear (Saranac Lake), Plattsburgh and (I guess), Watertown. Any others?
I or my family have used Albany, Burlington and Montreal and these airports are well served. To use Montreal, of course, requires a passport.
Lake Clear is served by Cape Air, but only from Boston. I always thought that was expensive, but one of my Elizabethtown friends chose it as a route to Seattle, via Boston. I was hoping for Plattsburgh, since it's the closest to Elizabethtown: Pen Air flies from Boston and Allegiant and Spirit fly from Florida with Spirit having connections to other cities. Although haven't used it, the fastest from NYC would be Burlington (about 90 minutes) for about $150 RT. Of course, you would have to rent a car! It's cheaper than Albany.

Train: Amtrak's Adirondack stops in Westport once a day between 2:00 and 3:00 from either Montreal or New York (and points in between); it's about a 6:00 hour trip. I've used it southbound twice and it is acceptable ($69 one way), but it gets into Penn Station at almost 9:00 PM, if there are no delays (which they're usually are). The Northbound train leaves Penn Station at 8:15 and gets to Westport at 2:04. If you can get to Saratoga or Albany, there are more trains.

Bus: Adirondack Trailways goes up US9 to Plattsburgh, with many stops along the way; it also goes to Keene Valley and, looking at the North Country Public Transit Map (, seems to continue through Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Malone, Messena, and then down US11 to Pottsdam, Canton, Watertown, and beyond. Many individual counties have their own bus routes, including Essex, Clinton, and Franklin.

If anyone has any first hand experience with any of these possibilities, please post them.
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