2016 Train Rides

The dates and schedules below are for the 2016 season. The Green Mountain Railroad does not run during the week other than for Fall Foliage Train Rides out of Chester and other special events, such as the 3rd of July Burlington Firworks train, should it fall on a weekday. The Green Mountain Railroad train rides do not have a frequent schedule due to our busy freight schedule during the week and weekends. Below is a list of dates that we will be running with a link to purchase tickets for each train ride.  Thank you for riding with us!

Fall Foliage Train Rides

All trips are round trips departing from Chester

 Adults: $25.00    Kids: $20.00    Under 3 FREE

Experience  Fall Foliage like  never before!
One of the region's best scenic train rides! View the beautiful fall foliage by train. Roll past rivers, farms, and covered bridges. Experience sights you can't see from the road while sipping on fresh apple cider with your family and loved ones. 

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First Class Fall Foliage Experience
For the very first time, we are giving our guests the opportunity to experience travel in way that only the top business executives of the 19th century would travel. Ride with leisure in our Macintyre Private Car on any of our regular Fall Foliage excursions out of Chester, for only $55.00 per person. Enjoy complementary soft drinks, a local cheese plate and dessert while taking in the beautiful sights that Okemo Valley has to offer. A  passenger representative will ride with you to personally narrate your journey and answer your questions. We hope to make your Fall Foliage ride on the Green Mountain Railroad unforgettable.  

Already bought your tickets? We are only a phone call away and would be happy to help you upgrade. Call 800-707-3530 to make your reservations or upgrade today!
Minimum party of two, Maximum party of 8
Upcoming Chartered Events
  1. The North Pole Express
    Dec 3 & 4
    The North Pole Express
    Each December THE NORTH POLE EXPRESS Christmas Train arrives at The Freighthouse, in Lyndonville, VT. This is a magical journey aboard heated vintage train coaches where the Magic of Christmas Comes Alive. Please Sign Up To Receive Our Email Newsletter to be notified first when tickets become available for the 2016 event:
  2. Halloween Express!
    Oct 29 & 30
    Halloween Express!
    Enjoy Halloween in a whole new way aboard the Halloween Express train on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 29 & 30, 2016 at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. This kid- focused, family-friendly event features a pre-boarding Halloween party at the ECHO Center starting one hour before your train ride departure. After the party, enjoy a spirited 60-minute train ride to Shelburne and back featuring Halloween story time with a cookie and juice box for each child, popular costumed characters, goodie bag and more! Costumes are encouraged! All ages welcome!
  3. The Polar Express Burlington
    Dec 10 & 11
    The Polar Express Burlington
    The VCTF Polar Express™ "Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe." —Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express™ A family holiday adventure that brings the magical story to life! Eight trains daily: Noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7pm (children under 1 ride free) The Polar Express™ runs through rain, hail, sleet and snow! Free parking at Perkins Pier!
  4. The Polar Express Hartford
    Dec 10 & 11
    The Polar Express Hartford
    Come and celebrate our 10th anniversary with us in 2016 "All Aboard!" For an exciting train ride along a meandering river to the North Pole. Children of all ages will enjoy The Polar Express Story and Holiday Sing-Alongs while sipping Hot Cocoa with a Yummy Homemade Cookie. Santa will board to greet each child and to hand out the first gift of the season - The Polar Express Bell. After returning to the station, you may choose to have your photo taken with Santa, enjoy a warm lunch or browse our Polar Express Gift Shop.
  5. Santa Train
    Dec 3 & 4
    Santa Train
    The Santa Train will be departing the Downtown Rutland, Vermont Amtrak station at 5 different departure times throughout the day – 10am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm. An approximate 45 minute ride will take you through a magical Santa’s Village that you’ll never forget. Our beautifully decorated Santa Train will include refreshments, stories, songs and more. No matter what age, this will be the most enjoyable Christmas experience you’ve ever had and one you’ll never forget.
  6. The Jingle Bell Express
    Nov 26 & 27
    The Jingle Bell Express
    ALL ABOARD for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington's 4th annual Jingle Bell Express! This is our largest and most popular fund-raising event of the year! The Jingle Bell Express is a fun, festive, Holiday train ride from Main Street Landing in Burlington to Charlotte and back. Guests receive a Goodie Bag loaded with items from participating local businesses and will be treated to a sing-a-long, visits from Santa and Frosty and others. Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26 & 27, 2016, for six rides at 10AM, 1PM and 3 PM on each day. Tickets on sale in October 1! Proceeds received stay right here in Burlington allowing us to serve hundreds of families with seriously ill children seeking medical assistance at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Updated website for tickets coming soon.
  7. Manchester Elf Express
    Dec 17 & 18
    Manchester Elf Express
    This whimsical holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 17th and 18th, 2016, taking its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont. Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy under the direction of Broadway and Hollywood song and dance man Jim Raposa. Adding to the memories of this holiday ride, the elves will be reading a special story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins, who will be hidden on every train in the greenery peeking to see who's been naughty and nice! Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift. In addition, there will be a special guest appearance granted by Santa Claus for Christopher Pop-In-Kins to pop into Manchester, VT and share in the excitement of the season. Join Christopher and his friends on a fun-filled, sing-along mini-performance adventure through the Green Mountains.