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Getting In and Around Springfield

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You’re reading this article that means you’re planning a trip to Springfield, MA. Congratulations! It is a land rich in picture-perfect spots and memorable moments.  Centrally situated in New England, Springfield offers easy access to major destinations like Canada, New York City, Vermont, Boston, and Berkshires. The network of transportation in Springfield is well-laid and fully developed, thus offering access from all directions. There is a nexus between buses and trains. Though there is no airport located in Springfield, but the city is served by nearby airports- Bradley International Airport that is 12 miles from Springfield (south) in Windsor Locks; and the Westover Metropolitan Airport that is 4 miles from Springfield (north) in Chicopee. Once you are in Springfield, the local transport facilities are also developed. There are plenitude of rental cars, taxi/cab services and moreover, it is walkable city so you can see just about everything the city has to offer simply by walking through its well-laid streets. Read further to know more about the modes of transportation in Springfield and how can you travel in and around the city with ease.

Getting to Springfield

Getting to Springfield by Plane

Springfield Airport
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Bradley International Airport: The Bradley International Airport is located about 12 miles from Springfield (south) in Windsor Locks, CT. It is the prime airport serving the Knowledge Corridor area surrounding Hartford and Springfield. It is the 2nd largest airport in New England. 

Address: Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, United States
Phone: 1 860-292-2000

Westover Metropolitan Airport: The Western Metropolitan Airport is located about 5 miles from Springfield (north) in Chicopee, MA. It has the largest military services and facilities in New England and also is used for commercial flights. 

Address: 255 Padgette Street #2, Chicopee, MA 01022, United States
Phone: 1 413-593-5543

Logan International Airport: The Logan International Airport  is about 90 miles from Springfield. It is served by several popular international airlines.

Getting to Springfield by Train

Springfield by Train
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Springfield is served by Amtrak Vermonter and the Lake Shore. The Springfield Union Station is the Amtrak Station in Springfield. It is the 5th busiest Amtrak station in the U.S. state of Massachusetts.  It is an intermodal transportation facility with areas for both buses and trains. It serves as a nexus between trains and local, intercity and regional buses. 
The main service at the Springfield Amtrak station is the New Haven-Springfield shuttle trains that connect Springfield to New Haven- Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains. Long distance train includes Amtrak’s Vermonter and Lake Shore Limited. The Lake Shore connects Springfield, Worcester and Boston everyday to Chicago and Albany. The Vermonter uses the Connecticut River Line that begins in Washington, D.C. and ends in northern Vermont, with stops along the way at Springfield and Hartford.  There are trains daily between Springfield, New York City and New Haven. Also, a commuter rail service- Hartford Line is scheduled to begin the service in 2018 January.  

Springfield Union Station
Address: 66 Lyman Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Phone: 1 800-872-7245

Getting to Springfield by Bus

Springfield Bus
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Peter Pan Bus Lines: The Peter Pan Bus Lines operates the buses in and around Springfield. It is a long-distance bus service headquartered in Springfield. It connects popular destinations in Springfield, Boston, Albany, Cape Code, and many more. 

Peter Pan Bus Lines Inc
Address: Peter L. Picknelly Transportation Center, 1776 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01102, United States
Phone: 1 800-343-9999

Greyhound: Springfield is served by Greyhound Bus Lines. 

Springfield Bus Station
Address: 1776 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, United States
Phone: 1 800-237-8747

PVTA: The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) provides fixed-route bus service as well as paratransit services in Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee and West Springfield. It operates the regional and local buses. 

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
Address: 2808 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01107, United States
Phone: 1 413-732-6248

Getting to Springfield by Car

 Springfield Highways
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Springfield is serviced by several interstate highways. It is easily accessible by I-90 also known as “The Mass Pike” that runs east to west beginning in Boston and terminating in Albany.  Another interstate highway is I-91 that runs north to south beginning from Canadian border until the New Haven, Connecticut.  The major cities along the I-91 route include Springfield, Hartford and New Haven.  Interstate-291 offers a secondary connection between Interstates 91 and 90. It is a connector from Interstate-90 in Chicopee to Springfield.  

Getting Around Springfield

Springfield is one of the most walkable cities in Northeast. Many of its points of interests, historic sites, entertainment venues and restaurants are accessible by simply walking.  All the major spots like the Forest Park and the Basketball Hall of Fame are congregated in the Metro Center neighborhood also known as the downtown Springfield. Just about everything Springfield has to offer is within walking distance.

Other areas of Springfield, beyond the Metro Center are accessible by the PVTA bus. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) buses are reliable, cheap and comfortable to get around the city. 

Getting Around Springfield by Cabs/Taxi Services

Ace Taxi
Address: 295 Allen St, Springfield, MA 01108, United States
Phone: 1 413-781-7777

Yellow Cab of Springfield
Address: 55 Randall Pl, Springfield, MA 01108, United States
Phone: (413) 534-3333

Getting Around Springfield by Rental Cars

Avis Car Rental
Address: 100 Congress St, Springfield, MA 01104, United States
Phone: 1 413-733-3092

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 765 E Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105, United States
Phone: 1 413-739-2344

Sixt rent a car
Address: 504 St James Ave, Springfield, MA 01109, United States
Phone: 1 413-731-6900

Address: 827 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01655, United States
Phone: 1 413-782-1913

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