For other places with the same name, see Montpelier (disambiguation).
Vermont State House

Montpelier is the capital city of Vermont, the smallest state capital in the United States with a population of 8,035.


Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States. It is also the only state capital that does not have a McDonald's restaurant. The local newspaper is the Times-Argus.


Downtown flooding has become more common in the last few years. While not a danger to people, some shops or roads in the downtown area may be closed for a few days in the early spring.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 28 33 42 55 69 78 83 81 73 59 46 32
Nightly lows (°F) 3 6 16 30 42 53 58 55 47 35 26 13
Precipitation (in) 3.0 2.7 2.9 3.2 3.9 4.1 4.4 4.1 3.5 3.9 3.6 3.4

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By car

A common way to get to Montpelier is by auto. It is located along Interstate 89. It is about 3 hours from Boston and Montreal.

By plane

You can also fly into Burlington, Vermont, which is about a 45-minute drive from Montpelier. Or, if it is a weekday, you can take the bus from Burlington to Montpelier.

By train

Amtrak has the Vermonter passenger train with daily service between Washington, D.C., New York and St. Albans, Vermont. The train station is about 1.5 miles from the downtown area and there aren't sidewalks for a good portion of the distance.

By bus

Get around





Book stores

Enjoy shopping the fine book stores in Montpelier, all within close walking distance.




Go next

Montpelier is an excellent place to stay and get out to see other area sites.

Routes through Montpelier

St. Albans Essex Junction  N  S  White River Junction Springfield
Burlington Richmond  N  S  White River Junction Concord
Burlington Richmond  W  E  Jct W Lancaster St. Johnsbury
END  W  E  Barre Littleton
END Jct  N  S  Northfield Windsor

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