Williamstown (Massachusetts)

View along Route 2 in Williamstown

Williamstown is a town in the Berkshire Hills at the northwest corner of Massachusetts. It shares a border with New York and Vermont. It is a true college town, having hosted Williams College since 1793.


Williamstown is a lovely historic town that's well worth a visit. There are quite a few tasteful 18th, 19th and early 20th-century buildings, on and off campus.

Get in

There is a bus direct from Port Authority (New York City) that takes about 5 hours. Check Peter Pan Bus lines.

Get around

Williamstown is a small town, and most locations are reachable on foot. For further trips to Vermont or neighboring North Adams, you're best off with a car, although local public transportation can get you around too. Buses run infrequently, so plan well. The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority webpage, with schedules, is at this link.


Aside from the following museums, you can enjoy walking around downtown Williamstown, looking at the outsides of buildings and walking into some of them, such as churches, if you visit when they are open.

View down Spring St.


Severance Block



Hopkins Hall, Williams College


Sherman Burbank Memorial Chapel


Williams College President's House




Williamstown Post Office

Go next

There is a Peter Pan bus to New York City on Sundays that costs $45. Buy tickets at the Williams Inn. Leaves at 4 pm.

You can take the Berkshire Transport to Pittsfield (about 20 minutes south) for many more transportation options, including a train. The bus to New York City also stops in Pittsfield.

If you are a student at Williams then log onto WSO and check out the rideboard.

Routes through Williamstown

Rutland Bennington  N  S  Lanesborough Pittsfield
Troy Becomes  W  E  North Adams Greenfield

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