Do you want a car in VT? depends where you go. I think most places wil have a shuttle from the Airport to the resort, so you don't *need* a car. However, if you drive you can stay further from the resort, maybe in a town and perhaps payless. And most importantly, have more options. If you want to rent a car at the airport then drivng up will be cheaper. The train might be an interesting altenrative, but from looking at amtraks prices it doesnt seem much cheaper then flying. IMO the rubric is:
If you plan your trip very well and in advnace, staying almosts exclusively at the resort, then flying will be cheaper, and faster, and better. If you want options, if you don't really know where you are going, or if you want to keep options open then drive. If you want to go shopping and buy a lot of stuff, explore, and see the country side, then best to drive.
Also consider, if you drive 4 people in a car thats maybe a few hundered for 1 nights hotel and food, if you fly 4 people at $300 each thats $1200. The more you have the cheaper driving is. If its 2 people, or just a single traveler flying a good option.
Here's what I found on the 'net:
All aboard the Ultimate Ski Train. Why drive to Killington from NYC when Amtrak can get you there faster and easier? Package includes round-trip ticket between from Penn Station to Rutland, VT, shuttle to and from Rutland station and lodging accommodations, lodging and lift passes for a minimum of 2 day & nights. 2 day/night package starts at just $245 per person early season based on maximium occupancy. Some restrictions apply. Call Killington Central Reservations for more information & reservations at 1-800-888-3359.
From $245 per person for 2 days & nights
Dec 03, 2003 through Apr 02, 2004
In summary, $245 for train/shuttle/lodge/lift for 2 days & nights.
The only thing you may have to do is make arrangement to ride the train from wherever you live to the Penn Station.
Also, you don't have to worry about the snowy weather when you just sit back and relax riding the train to VT.
What do you say?
Flying takes just as long as driving if you go into Albany or Manchester (maybe you can shave an hour).
Plus, when you throw car rental on top of it you are out alot more dough.
Out your front door you will be in **Killington** 6 1/2 - 7 hours later if you fly and go to one of those airports.... and you still have a 2 - 3 hour drive componant of the trip.
The train to Stowe is train 54 and it leaves Union Station at 7:30, the trip takes most of the day, but then you can take a taxi, or some of the hotels can pick you up at Waterbury station for the 10 miles up the hill to Stowe.
Once at Stowe, many of the hotels and B&Bs can give you Stowe Bucks, some as a complimentary benefit, that are good for the shuttles and buses. So renting a car, unless you're traveling to other places or resorts, is a waste of money. K'ton has a shuttle system and so does Stowe.
If you are a Veteran or a service member, you can also get a significant discount that may even be half price.
The train to Killington leaves NYC, but transfering from one to the other is very easy at Penn Station.
During my College days, the Amtrak train was calle the Montrealer, and made runs between DC and Montreal. There was even a piano onboard. Nowadays it is a lot more sedate, but you will likely encounter a College crowd interspersed with vacationers.
[This message has been edited by lbotta (edited 12-09-2003).]
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Gatkinso is correct about flying v. driving. I have done both and one time my wife flew up to join me in S.VT while I drove up earlier. We departed for home at the exact same time and she got home only 1 hour earlier!
We make several weekend trips/yr to S.VT leaving on Friday evenings and it takes 7-1/2hrs to get to Weston from downtown DC. Now if you are talking about going to Stowe definitely don't drive unless its for a week.
You will want a car because seeing VT is really part of the fun (unless you are at Stowe where I think they have bus shuttles to town)
If you are going mid-week go to Killington. You won't be sorry.
When you travel by Amtrak to Vermont, do you take along skis? If so, does Amtrak let you carry them on or do you have to make special arrangements?
I found a DCA to burlngton far for $200 nonstop, midweek. I prefer to fly cuz you can sleep on the plane. Also, its jsut more relaxing, I think not to have to sit still. Maybe I need a better car.
I can be from my apt in DC to DCA in 30 min via metro, 1 hour for check in, 2 hours flight, 30 min to colect my bags, 1 hour trip from burlington to... Maybe 5 hours travel time. So if I leave home at 6 am I could be skiing by noon. Thats crucial IMO.
You are not getting from Burlington to Killington in an hour - it has been a while but that was more like 1.5 - 2 hours if I recall correctly. But K is not the only game in town up there.
No one really ever mentions it, but I really think Suicide Six is a cool place. It is like the Canaan of Vermont, with nice little BnB's.
More than likely by renting a car (or having someone pick you up)!
There go your savings... and you endup driving 2+ hours anyway. May as well just drive the whole way.
Just my opinion.