Burlington International Airport is 35 minutes northwest of Montpelier and has direct flights from several cities on Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Airways. Rental car agencies are located at the airport, and taxi or bus service (four times daily on Greyhound) is available to Montpelier. Other options include the Manchester Boston Regional Airport, about two hours south of Montpelier; and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, about two hours northwest.
Amtrak’s Vermonter runs daily between Washington, D.C., and New York City to St. Albans, Vt., stopping in Montpelier. Keep in mind that the station is about a mile outside of downtown.
In addition to its airport service, Greyhound serves Montpelier four times per day from many cities and towns and has a convenient station at the Rhapsody Natural Foods Buffet (really!) on Montpelier’s Main Street. Dartmouth Coach connects New York and Boston to Hanover, N.H, less than an hour from Montpelier. Dartmouth Coach has first-run movies and free bottled water. Big Yellow Taxi, will connect bus riders to Montpelier from Hanover.
While bicycles, feet and even cross-country skis are the best ways to get around Montpelier, the Green Mountain Transit Authority (GMTA) has bus service (and bike racks) for the Capital District and beyond. The buses are safe and operate from early morning through early evenings; you’ll need exact change in dollars and coins or a bus pass in order to ride. If you need to take more than one bus to reach your destination, ask the driver for a transfer. During winter months, the GMTA also offers service to Stowe and the Mad River Valley for skiers.
If you’re considering Montpelier travel for just a day or two you may not need a car. But, if you are driving, keep an eye on the two-hour parking meters, or use a parking garage or park for free on residential side streets. Watch out for joggers and bikers when pulling out. And remember that roads can be slick from November through April, and populated with slow-driving leaf-peepers in September and October.