Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train: Stops, Stations, & Things to Know (A Complete Rider Guide)

The Berkshire Flyer is a seasonal Amtrak passenger train service that runs from New York City to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, via the Hudson Valley. Throughout the summer, the weekly train departs Penn Station on Friday afternoons and returns on Sundays. The route’s 2023 season began on May 26 and continued through October 9, marking the second year of a three-year demonstration program. In this blog post, you will get a complete rider guide about Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train, including stops, stations, and other things that you should know.

This is not Amtrak’s official website and is not affiliated with Amtrak; this is just for the reader’s guide.

Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train Route & Stops

Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train Route map
Lake Shore Limited to Springfield / Boston
190 mi306 km Pittsfield
Massachusetts New York
Empire Corridor
141 mi227 km Albany–Rensselaer Train reverses
114 mi183 km Hudson
100 mi161 km Rhinecliff
80 mi129 km Poughkeepsie
40 mi64 km Croton–Harmon
18 mi29 km Yonkers
Harlem River
To Philadelphia
0  New York City 
  To New Haven
Source: wikipedia

Starting point: 

  • New York City (Moynihan Train Hall)

End point: 

  • Pittsfield, MA (Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center)

Intermediate stops:

  • Yonkers, NY
  • Croton-Harmon, NY (mention scenic Croton Gorge)
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Rhinecliff, NY
  • Hudson, NY (mention “upstate’s favorite downtown”)
  • Albany-Rensselaer, NY

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Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train Trip Schedule & Booking

If there are two times, the first is the arrival and the second is the departure; if there is just one, it is a quick stop.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Berkshire Flyer operates as a seasonal train. Tickets are not currently available, and the information is based on the 2023 timetable.

3:15pNew York, NY (NYP)Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station7:10p0
3:39pYonkers, NY (YNY)6:38p14
3:58pCroton-Harmon, NY (CRT)6:10p32
4:40pPoughkeepsie, NY (POU)5:30p73
4:55pRhinecliff, NY (RHI)Kingston, NY5:12p88
5:15pHudson, NY (HUD)4:50p114
5:45p | 6:17pAlbany-Rensselaer, NY (ALB)4:10p | 4:30p141
7:12pPittsfield, MA (PIT)3:00p190
*Monday on Memorial and Labor Day weekends.

Use this as a guide; exact times may vary at any time, so check or your eticket.

Tickets and Fares

Economy tickets start at $45 and do not exceed $105 one-way. Book early to secure a seat! The Flyer usually sells. Purchase your ticket now.


  • Last summer, the federal mileage rate increased to 65.5 cents per mile. Driving to the Berkshires from NYC would cost more than $100 each way. Take the train to save!
  • Memorial Day weekend, Labor Day weekend Flyer services provide the only weekends in which passengers can spend two full days and three nights in the Berkshires.

Where do I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets via, the Amtrak app, Amtrak ticket desks and kiosks, and through 1-800-USA-RAIL.

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Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train Onboard Experience

Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train Onboard Experience

Seating options:

There are two seats available on this train.

Coach Class

  • Fold-down tray
  • Individual reading lights.
  • The wall has 120v grounded (three-prong) electric outlets.
  • There are overhead and storage racks at the end of the car to keep your belongings.

Business Class

Amtrak offers Business Class, a premium, enhanced experience on most corridor services across the system. This class includes extra legroom, a wide and comfortable seat, and a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. Seat selection is available on many Northeast routes, making boarding more seamless. Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points. Many routes feature fixed forward and backward seating, but passengers can change their seats upon reservation. Child car seats cannot be secured to any seats onboard Amtrak trains or buses. Passengers traveling with an infant/small child in a child car seat may place the seat in a vacant seat if it is not needed for a paying passenger. Children under 2 years of age may be required to ride on the passenger’s lap, and the child’s car seat should be stored in an appropriate baggage area.

Baggage allowance:

Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train Baggage allowance

What’s Allowed?

Each passenger may bring:

  • one personal item, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches, and 
  • two carry-on items, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each
    (Pacific Surfliner: up to 28 x 22 x 11 inches each). 

Make sure you have a tag with your name and address on the outside of all your bags.


Amtrak Berkshire Flyer Train Amenities and Policies

  • Business Class offers exclusive amenities like extra legroom, a wide, comfortable seat, and a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage.
  •  Seat selection is available on many routes in the Northeast, providing a seamless boarding experience.
  • Business Class customers receive a 25% bonus on Amtrak Guest Rewards points.
  • Seat orientation is fixed forward and backward, but can be changed upon reservation completion.
  • Child car seats cannot be secured to any seats on Amtrak trains or buses.
  • All passengers are asked to use earphones or headphones for sound-emitting devices.
  • Overweight bags must be repacked to under 50 lbs.
  • A $20 excess baggage fee is charged for each carry-on and personal item above the quantity and size limits.
  • Carry-on bags must fit in the sizer at the station.
  • Infant items under the age of two may be brought onboard, which does not count toward the carry-on baggage or personal item limit.
  • Personal items must fit under the seat and carry-on bags must fit in overhead racks or luggage towers.


Carry-on/Trainside bicycles can weigh up to 50 pounds. Standard bike sizes apply. Maximum tire width is 2″. Check the link for more information; bike service may not be provided at every station.


Amtrak accepts dogs and cats weighing up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) for excursions lasting up to seven hours. Spots may be restricted, so be sure to check the Amtrak pet policy before reserving.

If you have a service or comfort animal, please review the Amtrak service animal policy before reserving.

Food Service

The Berkshire Flyer does not provide food service, so bring a delectable treat and even a bottle of wine (alcohol is permitted) to enjoy during the journey. 

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