Transportation Options to and From Williamstown, MA

Updated on October 2021  

It’s not always easy to get to and from Williamstown, especially if you do not have your own car.  But, it is possible!   Hopefully this guide to alternative transportation options will be of help - it’s organized by mode of transportation in alphabetical order. 

 

Please contact Kira at kbingemann@cwmars.org with any additional questions!

Bicycles

Williamstown Bike Path

A bike path (a.k.a. a ‘shared use path’) is under construction in Williamstown, and basic information is provided on the town site.  Once completed, our path will parallel the Hoosic River, and run several miles from Syndicate Road to the end of the Spruces.  Once a bike path is built through North Adams, we will also be able to bike all the way to Pittsfield via the Ashuwillticook Bike Path which runs through Adams, Cheshire and Lanesborough.

Berkshire Bike Path

This “storymap” website provides details about past, present and future bike path construction projects in Berkshire County.

Rights and rules for cyclists in Massachusetts

The statewide organization, MassBike, outlines the rules that cyclists and motorists in the state must follow, in addition to cyclists’ rights.

Buses

For travel within Berkshire County:

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)

Line 3 serves Williamstown.  From North Adams, multiple other lines/routes are available as well.  

Paper schedules are at the library, and also available  on this site.  From Williamstown, tickets must be purchased with cash on the bus, or you can purchase passes in advance.

For travelling to and around Bennington County, Vermont:

Green Mountain Express

The purple line stops in Williamstown four times a day, Monday-Friday.  Paper schedules are available at the library as well as on the Green Mountain Express website.

 

For travel to major cities and airports:

Peter Pan

The Peter Pan bus can take you to destinations all over Massachusetts, in addition to several major cities out-of-state.  From Williamstown, tickets must be purchased online in advance,  or with cash on the bus (no change is provided).  Schedules are only available online.  Please note that fares out of Pittsfield tend to be substantially lower.

Car Rental

Daily or weekly car rental:

T&M Auto/Hertz, North Adams

T&M partners with Hertz, and is at present the closest car rental business to Williamstown.  T&M is located on Route 8 in North Adams.  

Other car rental options:

In addition, multiple national rental companies have offices in Pittsfield, Bennington and/or Albany, and may deliver a car to Williamstown for a fee.

Taxis

Serving Northern Berkshire County:

RJ’s Taxi

RJ’s only has a Facebook page online.  Call (413) 346-4907 to schedule a ride.  Might be the most dependable and economical taxi service in this area!

Norm’s Limo

Norm’s only has a Facebook page online.  Call (413) 663-8300 to schedule a ride.  Highly dependable!

 

Transport the People

No phone number provided, contact them through the website.

Ride-sharing services in Western Massachusetts:

Lyft or Uber

Both services require the use of their apps on a smartphone.  In Massachusetts, Lyft drivers go as far south as Springfield, and as far east as Athol.  However, rides with Lyft  and Uber out of Williamstown are not always available since no drivers are based here.

Trains

National:

Amtrak

Amtrak provides service out of Pittsfield and Albany.  These routes are especially useful for traveling south to New York City and north to Montreal.

Regional:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

If you can get yourself to Wassaic, NY, the MTA takes less than three hours to get to New York City from there, and is usually more economical than Amtrak.

For Williams College Community Members

Williams College Transportation Guide

Are you a part of the Williams College community?  There are additional options outlined for you on this web page.