Notice to all travelers: you can now board a train from the Big Smoke to the Big Apple.
On Monday, June 27, Amtrak, in partnership with VIA Rail, announcement that he brings back the Maple Leaf train from Toronto to New York after being closed for the past two years.
Anyone interested in this train ride can already book their tickets, as the first 6ix train to New York already left Union Station earlier Tuesday morning.
“After two years of [the] pandemic, people are eager to travel again this summer, and the Maple Leaf Experience allows passengers on both sides of the border to book a great vacation and travel beyond Toronto on VIA Rail trains that can connect them anywhere in Canada,” VIA Rail’s senior director for commercial affairs, Michael Acosta, said in the press release.
Map of the Maple Leaf train route from Toronto to New York.Amtrak
So what will the The whole trip be like? Well, the roughly twelve and a half hour train ride will take you past Niagara Falls, past the Finger Lakes and through the Hudson River Valley before arriving at Penn Station, which is right in the heart of Manhattan and down the street from the Empire State Building.
It will also make tons of stops along the way, including St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Rochester, and Buffalo before ending in New York.
There are some things travelers should keep in mind if they choose to take the train between Canada and the United States
In addition to wearing a mask on the train, passengers bound for the United States should be fully immunized with a WHO US FDA approved vaccine. Anyone entering Canada will need to use the ArriveCAN app to provide their vaccination record.
Travelers can go to Amtrack website for a full list of what they need to know before boarding.
Amtrak Maple Leaf Train
The Amtrak train from Toronto to New York.
Price: Starting at $312 round-trip (confirmed at the time of this article’s publication)
When: From June 27
Address: Toronto Union Station to New York Penn Station
Why you need to go: You can skip the airport trip and opt for a train ride instead, where you can take in all the sights from Ontario to New York State while you travel head for the Big Apple.
Accessibility: reservations for accessible spaces are mandatory in advance. Anyone in a wheelchair can traverse high platforms using a bridge plate and low platforms via a station-based mobile lift, with using Amtrak.
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.