Getting to Lake Placid
Lake Placid is approximately 2.5 hours from 3 major cities—Albany, NY, Montreal, QC, and Burlington, VT. Several modes of transportation can be utilized to travel to Lake Placid as outlined below.
From New York City, New Jersey, and points South
Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) north to Exit 24 (Albany). Take I-87 north (Adirondack Northway) to Exit 30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two miles to Route 73. Continue on Route 73 for 28 Miles to Lake Placid.
Estimated drive times: New York City - 5 hrs | Albany - 2.5 hrs
From Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and points West
Take I-90 (New York State Thruway) east to Exit 36 (Syracuse). Pick up I-81 north and follow to Watertown. Take Route 3 and follow it east to Saranac Lake, then follow Route 86 east to Lake Placid.
Estimated drive times: Buffalo - 5.5 hrs | Rochester - 4.5 hrs | Syracuse - 3.5 hrs
Take Route 15 south to Champlain crossing, connecting with I-87 (Adirondack Northway) south. Take Exit 34 west, follow Routh 9N, then Route 86 to Wilmington and on to Lake Placid.
Estimated drive time: 2 hrs
Regional airports include Burlington, VT, Albany, NY, Montreal, QC, Saranac Lake, NY, and Plattsburgh, NY.
Amtrak operates between New York City and Montreal, with a local stop in Westport, NY—40 miles from Lake Placid. Shuttle bus service to Lake Placid must be arranged with a reservation: (518) 523-0294 or (866) 226-1152.