The Adirondack, operated by Amtrak, runs daily between New York City and Montreal. On the journey, which lasts around eleven hours, the train travels along the Hudson Valley. Passengers are treated to some spectacular scenery, including forests, beaches, rivers and mansions.
If travelling towards Montreal, the train leaves New York's Penn Station early in the morning, before arriving in Montreal in time for supper. Travelling towards New York, the train leaves Montreal's Central Station at 09.30am, before arriving in New York at 20.40pm.
On-board the train, a lounge car provides drinks and snacks. Reservations are mandatory, so make sure you book in advance through a provider such as Voyages SNCF (see links below). Seats are large, comfortable, and feature fold-down tables and individual reading lamps.
As this route operates on track not solely owned/operated by Amtrak, the journey does tend to suffer from delays, with the journey only being on-time around 60% of the time. Nevertheless, the journey is well worth it, so just make sure you factor in sufficient contingency time if booking connecting services.
Crossing the USA/Canada Border
If you are crossing the border on this service, you need to make sure you are in posession of all required documentation. For US citizens this could be your passport, driver's licence etc. For Canadian citizens, this could be your passport, trusted traveller card or driving license. For citiziens of other countries, a valid passport and, in most cases, a visa are required. Please check with the appropriate government agencies before travelling.