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City Information

As the capital city of New York state, Albany is blessed with many historic buildings and quaint quarters, making it the perfect city to take a stroll around. One of the city’s top attractions is the famous New York State Capitol Building, a stately structure that has been around since as far as the 19th century. If you wish to learn more about the city’s rich history, head over to Bidwell House museum, which is actually a restored home filled with impressive artifacts. While staying in Albany, do take the time to visit The Egg, a unique-looking building that will certainly satisfy your architectural curiosity.

For a great dinner with a quirky twist, head over to Canvas, Corks and Forks - Schenectady. For some of the best BBQ dishes in town, don’t hesitate to give Warehouse Grill & BBQ a shot.

The busiest bus station in the area is the Albany Bus Terminal. The bus station welcomes buses from New York, Boston, Baltimore, and many other places. The nearest Amtrak train station is located in the neighboring town of Rensselaer, NY. The city’s principal airport is the Albany International Airport, located six miles northwest of Albany.

Station Information

The Albany Bus Terminal is a busy hub of intercity bus travel in downtown Albany. Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Adirondack Trailways, and Peter Pan operate bus trips that stop at this station. The terminal has customer service staff on-site, as well as restrooms and a small cafe. Several parking lots are available around the station, and a hotel is available just down the street. It is only a few blocks to downtown Albany and the New York State Capitol complex from the station.

Popular bus stations in Albany:

  • Albany Bus Terminal

  • Albany Airport

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

  • 128 Central Ave.

  • 1400 Washington Ave

What bus companies travel to Albany, New York?

Located in New York, Albany is accessible by bus from 257 other cities. You can choose from 985 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Albany on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Bus companies serving Albany

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound1101d 3h 5m$186.32
Adirondack Trailways633h 38m$48.16
Jefferson Lines581d 21h 12m$272.08
Adirondack Trailways453h 7m$35.99
Trailways NY219h 45m$81.03
Pine Hill Kingston175h 44m$38.96
Adirondack Pool153h 1m$42.83
Peter Pan Lines125h 45m$77.55
FlixBus US123h 8m$35.29
Trailways NY Pool89h 36m$75.09
  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines is a well-established intercity bus company with service to some of the Midwest’s top travel destinations. As one of the United States’ largest bus service providers, Jefferson Lines is beloved by students, commuters, and vacationers in America’s heartland. Travel with Jefferson Lines is comfortable thanks to reclining seats, individual climate controls, restrooms, and free WiFi. You can even check the status of your trip with their bus tracker tool.

  • Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Bus Lines is one of the biggest bus carriers in the Northeast region of the United States. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, the company offers affordable bus tickets and comfortable bus trips to over a dozen destinations across nine states and the District of Columbia. Peter Pan is known for their reliable bus service and green certified modern coaches that offer amenities such as onboard restrooms, free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom between seats.
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a bus ticket to Albany?

$1.30 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Albany, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Albany. In the last month, buses from Rensselaer to Albany had the lowest average price at $2.59.

Where is the bus station in Albany, NY?

The busiest bus station in Albany is Albany Bus Terminal. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Albany are:

  • Albany Bus Terminal
  • Albany Airport
  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

Which bus service has the best service to Albany?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Albany by bus with Peter Pan Lines giving them a 5 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Peter Pan Lines had the most comfortable bus service to Albany taking into account the seats and amenities that Peter Pan Lines offers. They rate Peter Pan Lines a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Albany punctually travelers suggest that Vermont Translines has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Albany, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to Albany, NY?

The closest airport to Albany is Albany Intl Airport (ALB), it is located 7 miles from the city center of Albany.

Where should you stay in Albany?

The best areas to stay in Albany are Downtown and Pine Hills. Albany Bus Terminal, the busiest bus station in Albany, is located right Downtown, which will make it easy to navigate from the bus terminal to your hotel. Downtown Albany is also thick with attractions, including theaters, museums and parks.

Pine Hills, a popular area with college students, is slightly northwest of the city center and easily accessible from Albany Bus Terminal by a direct ride on the 114 bus. Pine Hills is a lively neighborhood, filled with local restaurants and bars.

Ten Broeck Triangle is another neighborhood located close to the Albany Bus Terminal, just a mile away. This historic corner of Albany has some good eateries, too, and some very reasonably priced accommodations in charming brick buildings.

What is the best way to get around Albany?

The best way to get around Albany without a car is to ride local buses, which are operated by the Capitol District Transportation Authority (CDTA). The CDTA offers transportation to many major Albany landmarks, including the New York State Capitol, The Egg performance center, and Washington Park. The base fare for a bus ride is $1.50.

If you’re staying in the Downtown area near the Albany Bus Terminal, the city is also fairly walkable.

What are some places to visit in Albany?

Albany is the state capital of New York, so you’ll want to take a free tour of the New York State Capitol building. The city’s museums include the Albany Institute of History & Art (where you can view the previously misidentified mummy Ankhefenmut), the New York State Museum (which is only .7 miles from the Albany Bus Terminal), and the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum where the USS Slater — the last Destroyer Escort ship from World War II — stays afloat.

For interesting and historical architecture, check out the Schuyler Mansion, site of Alexander Hamilton’s wedding to Elizabeth Schuyler, the Ten Broeck Mansion (built in 1797), Cherry Hill, the Lark Street district, and (for something more modern) the performing arts center known as The Egg for its unique shape.

If you’re up for a longer bus ride, consider visiting Watervliet Shaker Historic District, America’s first Shaker settlement or the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

What are some good restaurants in Albany?

Albany has some good restaurant options that are both affordable and easily accessible by bus.

Iron Gate Cafe is a charming breakfast, brunch and lunch spot near Washington Park, and Cider Belly is a tasty spot for donuts if you’re closer to Downtown.

A Better Bite is perfect for lunch or a mid-afternoon meal break between the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History & Art.

For dinner, great options include The Cuckoo’s Nest and The City Beer Hall (which has more than just beer, although a free personal pizza does come with each beer you buy).

Finally, for a splurge option, make a reservation at the New World Bistro Bar, where executive chef Chef Ric Orlando of Food Network fame offers a small but delicious menu.

What is the best time to visit Albany by bus?

Summer and fall are probably the best times to visit Albany by bus. Summer is the busiest tourist season, which means you’ll likely find both the highest prices for accommodations and the most events. Fall weather is slightly warmer and less rainy than spring, plus it’s a better season for avoiding other tourists.

Winter is not a great season to visit Albany, especially by bus. Albany can get very cold, and winter weather conditions can make roads slippery for bus travel.

Is Albany a popular bus travel destination?

Albany ranks number 27 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 463 in United States. Albany ranks number 3 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Albany via bus service. On average 236 direct daily bus trips serve Albany.

What is the population of Albany?

The population of Albany is 98469. Albany ranks number 30 in terms of population in New York and number 345 in all of United States.

How much do bus tickets to Albany cost?

Bus tickets to Albany range from $1 for a short trip to Albany, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Albany starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Albany can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $14 .

What type of traveler does Albany attract?

People who take the bus to Albany are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Albany easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What bus station is located closest to the city center of Albany?

The closest bus station to the city center of Albany is Albany Bus Terminal, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Albany Bus Terminal as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Albany. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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