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. Drive time from New York City - 5 hours; Albany - 2 1/2 hours
From Boston, Springfield, Hartford
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Albany. Pick up I-787 north to Cohoes. Connect with Route 7 west to I-87 north. Follow 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. Drive time from Boston - 5 hours
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. Drive time from Buffalo - 5 1/2 hours; from Rochester - 4 1/2 hours; from Syracuse - 3 1/2 hours
Take 401 east to Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on Route 86 to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Drive time from Toronto - 5 1/2 hours
Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on Route 86 to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Drive time from Ottawa - 3 hours
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. Drive time from Montreal - 2 hours
When Traveling From Canada
Subject to a background check, all US and Canadian citizens are eligible for NEXUS, allowing use of NEXUS fast lanes at Champlain/Lacolle as well as accelerated clearance at Trudeau Airport for US bound flights. And a NEXUS card is now fully valid an all non-NEXUS lanes at all times in both directions.
Enhanced Driver's Licenses
Available for US and Canadian citizens in New York State, Quebec, Ontario, and several other jurisdictions. Good at the border and always in your possession.
Available only to US citizens. Easy to carry and good at the border, but do not replace passports for other international travel.
Absolutely valid at the border and always will be. But not convenient to carry, and time at the booth will be longer as unlike NEXUS and EDL's, the info is not read as you approach but only when taken and physically scanned.
The Lake Champlain Region is within two hours driving time of three major airports:
- Albany, NY — car rental information
- Burlington, VT — car rental information
- Montreal, Quebec — car rental information
Adirondack Regional Airport
Airport Identifier: SLK
Located in Lake Clear, 16 miles from Lake Placid, it offers easy access to the entire region. Hertz and Enterprise rental cars are available on site. Service by Cape Air.
Airport Phone: 518-891-4600
Ticket Information: 1-866-cape-air
Plattsburgh International Airport
Airport identifier: PGB
Just one hour south of Montreal, Plattsburgh International Airport is conveniently located off New York's I-87, on beautiful Lake Champlain serving as "Montreal's U.S. Airport."
There is daily scheduled flight service between Plattsburgh International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport via Cape Air.
Avis Reservations and info, 518-563-4120 or 800-331-1212.
Hertz Reservations and info, 518-523-3158 or 800-654-3131.
Rent A Wreck Lake Placid, Reservations and info, (518) 523-4804.
Rent A Wreck Westport, Reservations and info, 518-962-4764 or 888-463-4764.
Priceless Rent-A-Car (Lake Placid) Reservations and info, 518-523-4838
Amtrak Operates between New York City and Montreal - local stop in Westport, N.Y. (40miles from Lake Placid). For information call 1-800-888-8478. Shuttle bus service to Lake Placid must be arranged with a reservation: 518-523-0294 or 866-226-1152.
Adirondack Trailways Service between Lake Placid, Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, Albany, and New York City and its suburbs. 1-800-225-6815.
Burlington, VT - Port Kent, NY -- Trips run June to Mid-October. Crossing time is about one hour.
Grand Isle, VT - Plattsburgh, NY -- Trips run year-round. Crossing time is approximately 12 minutes.
Charlotte, VT - Essex, NY -- Trips run year-round. Crossing time is about 20 minutes.
Chimney Pt., VT – Crown Pt., NY Crossing -- Crossing Time: 15 minutes. FREE
Note: Ferry service is subject to change. Be sure to consult ferries.com when planning your trip
Taxi / Limousine Service
Ground Force 1 - Limousine & Transportation
Corrow's Adk Taxi