Stowe, VT Travel Guide

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Getting Around Stowe, VT

The best way to get around Stowe is by car. Although Stowe only has one car rental option (Madadashcar) within its town limits, visitors can rent vehicles from one of several carriers at Burlington International Airport (BTV) in South Burlington, Vermont, and Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (MVL) in Morrisville, Vermont. Limited public transportation is provided in town via Green Mountain Transit (GMT) – a regional bus service – but weekday transfers are only offered between Waterbury, Vermont's Amtrak station (WAB) and Stowe Village. Or, in winter and early spring, travelers can take GMT's free Mountain Road Shuttle from Stowe Village to Stowe Mountain Resort. Taxi services are also available from a few local companies, but meter rates can quickly add up. And during the warmer months, bicycles are a viable option for shorter distances.

Car

Driving is the easiest way to travel in Stowe. The town itself lacks an abundance of parking or car rental options, but complimentary public parking is available at Stowe Mountain Resort and in Stowe Village. (Time restrictions may apply.) Travelers who fly into Burlington International Airport or Morrisville-Stowe State Airport can hire cars on-site. Madadashcar, a local company, also offers a limited number of vehicles for hire. Car rentals start at approximately $20 per day.

Bus

Stowe's lodging options along Mountain Road, as well as Stowe Mountain Resort and Stowe Village can be accessed via Green Mountain Transit's No. 108 bus – the Mountain Road Shuttle. However, this complimentary transfer service only operates between 6:45 a.m. and 10 p.m. from late November to early April.

To get to and from the closest Amtrak station, visitors can take the No. 100 bus – the Route 100 Commuter – which stops in Stowe Village and is available from 6:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. on weekdays. One-way rides cost $2 per adult, while reduced fares for children between 6 and 17 and seniors ages 60 and older cost $1 each. Travelers can also ride the No. 103 bus – the Morrisville Shopping Shuttle – to Stowe Village from Morrisville-Stowe State Airport between 10:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Adult fares for the Morrisville Shopping Shuttle cost $1 each. Kids 5 and younger ride for free on all bus routes.

Taxi

For a quick (albeit pricey) way to get from point A to point B, visitors can hail a taxi. Cabs are not readily available in Stowe, so calling ahead or hailing one at one of the airports is required. Taxi rates will vary by company, but expect to pay a flat rate of about $7.50, plus an additional $2.50 per mile traveled. Uber operates in and around Stowe as well.

Bike

Exploring Stowe on a bicycle is an affordable and scenic option in the warmer months. Several shops, eateries and hotels, plus top attractions like Trapp Family Lodge and the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum sit alongside or within a short ride of the central Stowe Recreation Path. But some sights cannot be reached by bicycle from the heart of town, so consider visiting bike-accessible attractions within the same day. Mountain and road bike rentals start at approximately $9 per hour but are also available on a half-day, daily or multiday basis. Most rental rates include one loaner helmet; bicycle locks can be borrowed for an additional $3.

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