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From New York City & New Jersey
Route Summary – all access from I-87 | I-87 (to exit 30) > NYS Route 9 > NYS Route 73
Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) north, connecting with the Adirondack Northway at Exit 24 in Albany (this is still I-87). Follow the Northway to Exit 30, turning left off the ramp onto NYS Route 9 north. Follow Route 9 for two miles to the aptly named “Malfunction Junction” (yeah, it’s kinda confusing – that name is well-earned, though, especially at night) where you turn left – well, a tiny left, then straight – onto NYS Route 73. If you see signs for New Russia, turn around and make a hard right onto Route 73 to get yourself back on track.
You’re now on the easy part of the route with spectacular views and no confusing turns! Continue on Route 73 for twenty-eight miles to the Village of Lake Placid. You’ll know you’ve arrived in Lake Placid when you see the ski jumps on the left and the Horse Show Grounds on your right. Google says the total drive time from NYC is 5 hrs and from Albany 2.5 hours. If you’re traveling peak hours, expect more of a time investment.
An important note: if you don’t want a ticket be sure to follow posted speed limits. Route 73 passes through some lovely hamlets with hikers and other local pedestrians who don’t always watch where they’re going, especially in season, so observing speed limits will keep your drive enjoyable and keep everyone else safe.
One final note: if you’re low on gas, along the route to Lake Placid there’s a gas station in Keene at Stewart’s convenience store (15 miles after exiting the Northway at exit 30) that’s open daily 5am-11pm. There’s no cell coverage between the Northway (I-87) and Lake Placid – in fact there’s no reliable cell coverage above exit 27, so if you’re low on gas and you missed the gas station at exit 27, call Stewart’s while you’re still on the highway and have a few bars to confirm they will be open when you arrive in the area. Call Stewart’s at (518) 576-2056. The staff are really nice and the store has a bathroom, ATM, and food.
From Boston, Springfield, Hartford and points East
Route Summary – all access from I-90 | I-90 > I-787 > NYS Route 7 west > I-87
Use the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) for quickest access or take a scenic route of your choice to Albany NY. Just east of Albany pick up I-787 north to Cohoes to shave 5-10 minutes off your travel time and avoid congestion. Connect with Route 7 west to I-87 north (Northway). Follow the Northway to Exit 30, then use the directions given above.
Travel note: sometimes it’s actually faster to continue on I-90 to the junction with I-87 at Albany – the mileage is slightly longer but I-787 can get very congested with local traffic during peak commuter hours and holidays.
From Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and points West
Route Summary – all access from I-81 at Watertown | I-81 > NYS Route 3 > NYS Route 86
Take I-90 (NY State Thruway) east to Exit 36 at Syracuse. Pick up I-81 north and follow to Watertown. Take NYS Route 3 and follow it east to the intersection with NYS Route 86 west of Saranac Lake, then continue along NYS Route 86 east to Lake Placid.
Once on NYS Route 3 you will be traveling through rural and remote wilderness areas – the route is scenic and beautiful! While the mileage would not suggest it, the drive from Watertown to Lake Placid should take you about 2.5 hours. So be sure to top off your tank and keep an eye out for both humans and wildlife.
If you do need gas, there is a gas station in Natural Bridge (33 miles from Watertown) open 8am-9pm, the Circle K Nice N Easy in Star Lake (55 miles from Watertown) open daily 5am-Midnight – a great stop with bathrooms, food, and a few car basics like oil. The staff are friendly and the phone is (315) 848- 2067. Last, there is Stewart’s in Tupper Lake (94 miles from Watertown and 30 miles from Lake Placid) open daily 4:30am-Midnight with friendly staff, bathroom, food (and coffee!).
Route Summary – all access from Canada | I-81 > NYS Route 3 > NYS Route 86
Take Route 15 south to Champlain Crossing, connecting with I-87 south. Take Exit 34 west, following Route 9N, then follow Route 86 to the Whiteface Mountain/Lake Placid area.
Approximate drive time: 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. Follow Route 86 and continue to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.
Approximate drive time: 3 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 86 to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.
Approximate drive time: 5.5 hours
FLY IN | Small private or corporate aircraft are able to fly directly into Lake Placid Airport. Options for non-stop service via Cape Air commuter service from Boston’s Logan Airport fly into Adirondack Regional Airport (Saranac Lake), a 20-minute drive from Lake Placid. The non-stop flight is approximately 90 minutes with 4 flight options a day. There you can arrange for car service pick up, taxi or car rental. If you’re flying into the international airports of Albany (ALB), Burlington (BTV) and Montreal (YUL), expect the drive to Lake Placid to be roughly 2 hours.
Adirondack Flying Service Charters & Aerial Tours
27 Airport Lane, Lake Placid NY 12946
Tel: (866) 439-2399 | flyanywhere.com
Cape Air at Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK)
96 Airport Road, Saranac Lake NY 12983
Tel: 1-800-Cape-Air | adirondackairport.com
Albany International Airport (ALB)
737 Albany Shaker Road, Albany NY 12110
Tel: (518) 242-2200 | albanyairport.com
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
1200 Airport Drive, Burlington VT 05403
Tel: (802) 863-1889 | btv.aero
Lake Placid Airport (LKP)
NYS Route 73, Lake Placid NY 12946
Tel: (518) 523-2473 | flyanywhere.com
Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG)
42 Airport Road, Plattsburgh NY 12901
Tel: (518) 563-1000 | flyplattsburgh.com
TRAVEL BY TRAIN, BUS OR RENTAL | Railway access via Amtrak is available from New York City, Albany and Montreal – all stops along AMTRAK’s NYC-Montreal Route. Tickets that include a shuttle ride to Lake Placid direct from the Westport Station are also available for purchase. Your best bet is calling AMTRAK for details rather than using the website. Another option is offered by Adirondack Trailways, a direct service from New York City, Port Authority Terminal and bus terminal points North with drop-offs in both Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
New York City to Montreal Route
Stop at Westport with bus to Lake Placid
1-800-USA-Rail | amtrak.com
Albany Airport Transportation Services
Tel: (518) 888-6449
Ground Force 1 Transportation Service
2402 Main Street, Lake Placid NY 12946
Tel: (518) 523-0294
Adirondack Trailways Bus
499 Hurley Avenue, Kingston NY
Tel: (800) 225-6815 | trailwaysny.com
National Charter Bus Bus
Charter Bus from NYC
Tel: (718) 233-4974 | nationalbuscharter.com
Lake Champlain Transportation Company Ferry
1 King Street Dock, Burlington, VT 05401-5293
Tel: (802) 864-9804 | ferries.com
ONCE YOU’RE HERE | Here are some options for getting around the area. Uber is also available, just go through the app to view common pickups and destinations.
Adirondack Auto Rentals Car Rentals
5625 Cascade Road, Lake Placid NY 12946
Tel: (518) 302-5097
Adirondack Express Ride Service
19 Church St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Tel: (518) 524-6963
Priceless Rent A Car Car Rentals
6176 Sentinel Road, Lake Placid NY 12946
Tel: (518) 523-4838
Uber & Lyft Ride Service
Drivers are available in the area, just
download your preferred app!
Mountain Valley Shuttle Inexpensive Shuttle Service
7533 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Tel: (518) 873-3689
Placid XPRSS Trolley/Shuttle Service FREE Shuttle Service
2693 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946
Tel: (518) 873-3689
Whiteface Mountain Valley Shuttle FREE Shuttle Service
P.O. Box 217, Elizabethtown NY 12932