Image by Mary Wiseman
Photo by Mary Wiseman


Getting Here:

Traveling to and from Northampton is easy using private or public transportation.

By Air: Arrive at Bradley International Airport, Windsor, CT [near Hartford].  Or fly into Logan International Airport, Boston, MA]. Northampton also has it’s own airport for those with personal planes.

Secure a rental car using the airport car rentals.

Zipcar is also available in Northampton

By Car: Northampton is accessible by Interstate highways 90 [East/West-tolls apply] and 91[North/South].

Note: Northampton meter maids are notorious for raising the city’s revenue by means of parking tickets.  Public parking is available downtown in designated lots and via street meters-which require plenty of change.  Off street parking is available free, check the parking signs to avoid being towed.  Those visiting, during any snowstorm, watch for flashing blue lights at the major intersections throughout town.  This indicates a snow emergency and severely restricted parking. Call 413.586.6969 for details, as towing is especially enforced at those times.

By Limo: to and from the airports listed above.

By Taxi: There are a number of local Northampton taxi services available.

Taxi Green Cab 1 Roadhouse Plaza 413.584.6244

Northampton Cab Service 413.387.8763

By Bus or Train: Peter Pan Bus service comes directly into Northampton. 1 Roundhouse Plaza   413.586.1030

Pioneer Valley Public Transportation PVPT: Use the public bus all around Northampton and the Pioneer Valley.  It is vast, reliable, and economical.

Amtrak trains run to and from Springfield, MA. Car rentals, taxi or Peter Pan Bus can be taken into and out of Northampton

By Bike: Bicycles can be rented at Northampton Bikes.  Daily rates apply.  They have comfort bikes and tandems to rent as well.

Photo by Alvin-San Whaley Photography

Streets run in a grid here with Main Street [Hwy 9 running east/west], which is the center of Northampton. Hwy 5 intersects Main Street and on the south side is called Pleasant Street and north of Main, it’s King Street.  Florence is a mere 3 miles from Northampton.  You can easily bike or walk the Bike Trail or use the city sidewalks. While this is all about Northampton, I have included a couple of venues in both Florence and Hadley that I believe are special.

At one end of town you’ll find Smith College, which sits up overlooking Northampton.  Walk all the way through the city and you’ll see the side streets shoot off Main.  Anyway, you go, you can always find your way back to Main Street.  Be sure to walk all the way down Main Street, under the Bike Trail and train bridges to the Post Office area and Market Street.


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