Getting Around the Valley
The Pioneer Valley offers a variety of transit options. You can easily explore the Greater Springfield area by car, bus or train. The valley also features lengthy walking and biking trails that pass through several cities. Many visitors reach destinations in western Massachusetts by combining two or more modes of transportation.
If you prefer to drive, use the turnpike or Interstate 91 to visit Springfield. Route 10 and I-91 link the city to Northampton, Hadley and Amherst. Motorists can quickly travel between Chicopee and Holyoke on I-391. If you reach the area without a car, consider using one of Greater Springfield's many limousine, taxi or auto rental services.
Another convenient option is to ride a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus. The PVTA serves Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, Northampton and other nearby towns. Tickets remain very inexpensive, and the buses make numerous stops in each city. The public transit system operates vans for disabled travelers as well.
You may also board a Peter Pan bus at one of the local universities or transit stations. The buses stop at Hampshire College in Amherst, the University of Massachusetts, Springfield's Peter L. Picknelly Transportation Center and several other establishments. If you have more specific needs, consider using Peter Pan's charter service.
King Ward Coach Lines offers a variety of charter buses and vans. You can use their vehicles to tour local attractions or bring your extended family to an event. They also provide a scheduled bus service that picks people up in Springfield and takes them to the popular Mohegan Sun casino. It makes daily stops at the Eastfield Mall.
Amtrak operates a passenger rail station on Lyman Street in Springfield. The trains carry travelers to Boston, New York and other major cities. You can board a Valley Transporter shuttle bus at the station. An alternative is to walk to the bus terminal and buy a Peter Pan ticket. Amtrak also runs a smaller train station in Amherst.
If you want to get some exercise, try walking or biking across the Pioneer Valley. There's a three-mile bike path that connects Northampton's State Street to a park in Florence. The longer Norwottuck Rail Trail links Amherst and Northampton. You can also travel from Amherst to Hadley on the Norwottuck Bike Trail.
The best transit option is different for every person. It may vary depending on your itinerary, budget or personal preferences. For more details about visiting the Pioneer Valley, feel free to contact us at the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Browse our website for information on local attractions and services.