Driving directions to Lake Placid

Take the NY State Thruway (I-87) north to the Adirondack Northway (Exit 24 in Albany).
Follow 87 to Exit 30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two miles to Route 73.
Continue on 73 for 28 miles to Lake Placid area.

Drive time: From NYC: 4 hrs 40 mins, Albany: 2 hrs 15 min

Take Route 15 south to Champlain Crossing, connecting with I-87 south. Take Exit 34 west, following Route 9 north, then follow Route 86 to Whiteface Mountain.

Drive time: 2 hours.

Take 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 (Northway) to Exit 30, then use final directions above: "From New York City..." Drive time from Boston: 5 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 thru Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to Whiteface Mountain.

Drive time: 3 hours.

Take I-90 (NY 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 Whiteface Mountain.

Drive times: From Buffalo: 5 1/2 hours; Rochester: 4 1/2 hours; 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 86 thru Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to Whiteface Mountain.

Drive time: 5 1/2 hours.

Ferry Service

Burlington, VT - Port Kent, NY -- Trips run May 19 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.
Shoreham, VT - Ticonderoga, NY -- Trips run May 1 to Last Sunday in Oct. Crossing time is about six minutes.

For Lake Champlain Ferry schedule, pricing, etc. Please click HERE

The Lake Placid area is a 1 hour drive from the Plattsburgh, N.Y. International Airport.

The Lake Placid area is within 2 1/2 hours driving time of three major airports: Albany, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and Montreal, Quebec.
All are serviced by major airline carriers and have car rentals available.

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