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Journey Information

There are 24 intercity buses per day from New York to Rochester. Traveling by bus from New York to Rochester usually takes around 8 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Wanda Coach bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance251 mi (404 km)
Shortest duration5h 40m
Cheapest price$39.55
Trips per day15
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York to Rochester

(Based on 95 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Shadari

April 20, 2024- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: I absolutely loved everything about my trip. It was short but I would definitely take that long hours ride for him again. Cons: The amount of time we have when stopping for breaks. Tips: BRING A NECK PILLOW AND A BLANKET TO SLEEP COMFORTABLE. THE SEATS ARE ALREADY SLIGHTLY UNCOMFORTABLE. MAKE IT WORK.

5.0

Kristin M

April 7, 2024- Solo travel

FlixBus US

Pros: It's quiet efficient and comfortable. Tips: Seriously nice people.

5.0

Renel

March 27, 2024- Business

Greyhound

Pros: Nice. Cons: Decrease the prize. Tips: Maybe soon.

5.0

Tanina

February 17, 2024- Visiting family

Adirondack Trailways

The driver was very informative and safe driving in the bad snow

5.0

Chimamanda

January 14, 2024- Solo travel

OurBus

Pros: I liked the driver, very friendly and relatable. I liked that my luggage remained in great condition throughout. The stop at Burger King was great for someone like me who had to get all the way to Rochester, and the general bus condition was very conducive and comfy. Cons: The added insurance of making sure people take only their own luggage would be comforting. I don't know how possible it is to get more charging ports (I didn't have one on my row). Tips: Make sure the weather conditions are gonna be alright for your trip, else you might just have to get off after settling in when the call comes around.

How much is a bus ticket from New York to Rochester?

$67.32 is the average price of a bus ticket from New York to Rochester. Any tickets cheaper than $67.32 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$102$68$34MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from New York to Rochester is expected to range from $59 to $95. If you are looking to travel to Rochester within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $61. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $59 and can be found on June 13, 2024.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $68 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Rochester in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $97 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$136$109$82$55$273020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$47.19 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Rochester?

There are 6 bus lines from New York to Rochester available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Adirondack Trailways68h 2m$95.54
FlixBus US77h 28m$84.85
Greyhound98h 53m$88.84
OurBus16h 51m$64.99
PandaNY Bus16h 30m$48.23
Wanda Coach15h 40m$47.18
  • Adirondack Trailways connects areas in New York such as the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley with New York City, serving a total of 94 cities. Some of its top routes include those going to Albany, Ithaca, and Syracuse. Onboard, Adirondack Trailways vehicles have Wi-Fi for internet connectivity on the move and additional amenities, including power outlets, restrooms, air conditioning, overhead lighting, and reclinable seats with footrests.

  • 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. On average, FlixBus US operates 7 trips per day from New York to Rochester, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 performs about 9 bus trips from New York to Rochester every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 53 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Rochester usually start from $43.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from $40, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from New York to Rochester if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Panda NY Bus is an American bus company known as a Chinatown bus line that conducts trips to and from some of the largest and most unique Chinatown districts on the eastern seaboard. Aboard Panda NY buses, you can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets, comfortable reclining seats, and a restroom. Panda NY offers some of the cheapest bus tickets from New York to Rochester, with prices starting from $41.

  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 1 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from $41 and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, Wanda Coach is one of the preferred bus carriers for passengers looking to travel between the Chinatown districts of New York and Rochester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Five companies offer bus trips from New York to Rochester: Adirondack Trailways, Greyhound, Megabus, Trailways NY Pool and OurBus. OurBus and Megabus have the cheapest average prices of the group, but with only 1 OurBus and 3 Megabus trips per day, tickets may sell out quickly, so make sure to book in advance.

Yes, there are three Amtrak Lines that offer service from New York City to Rochester: Amtrak Empire Service, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited and Amtrak Maple Leaf.

However, with only 4 daily trips between them — the absolute shortest train ride taking about 6 hours 40 minutes with tickets costing around $70 — the train may not be the most efficient or budget-friendly way for you to get to Rochester. Bus trips on this route take as little as 5 hours 35 minutes and cost an average of $44. With 19 daily trips, it will also be easier to find a bus that fits your schedule.

The best way to get to Rochester from NYC depends on your priorities, but taking the bus is a great option. The bus costs just $44 on average, compared to an average price of $69.50 for a train ticket and a much higher price for a flight. The bus can also be even faster than a train, taking as little as 5 hours 35 minutes to make a trip that takes a train at least 6 hours 38 minutes.

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 404 kilometers from New York to Rochester. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 40 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Because many passengers travel from New York to Rochester at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Rochester, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 24 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Rochester every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 15 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from New York to Rochester; ticket prices start at $73.65.

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Rochester

Rochester, NY

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Perched on the shore on Lake Ontario, Rochester is an idyllic city with a small-town vibe, making it the perfect destination for those looking for some family-friendly fun. Rochester’s pride is Highland Park, which is one of the oldest arboretums in the U.S. Designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the park features idyllic paths cutting through treelines and fragrant lilac bushes. If you wish to marvel at the beauty of the Genesee River’s Gorge, go on a hiking trip on the Genesee Riverway Trail. For more cultural activities, George Eastman Museum, the world’s oldest photography museum, would be a great choice.

Rochester’s food scene features many quirky dishes, including the famous local garbage plate, which features your choice of meat along with decadent sides. For the best garbage plates, you might want to check out Nick Tahou Hots.

The city’s busiest bus station is the Trailways Terminal downtown. The station serves several bus carriers, including New York Trailways, Greyhound and OurBus, among others. The principal Amtrak train station is Louis M. Slaughter Station, which is located just across the street from the bus station. Rochester is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s commercial air services are served by the Greater Rochester International Airport, located 3 miles southwest of downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

Main departure station: Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

Buses to Rochester leave from 9 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • Chinatown - 28 Allen St (eastside b/w Hester and Canal St)

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • 95 Canal St

  • New York, NY

Where does the bus arrive in Rochester?

Main arrival station: Rochester Bus Stop

Buses arrive in Rochester at 7 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Rochester:

  • Rochester Bus Stop

  • 186 Cumberland St

  • Rochester International Airport (ROC) Arrivals

  • 400 Jefferson Rd

  • 733 Monroe Ave

  • Rhees Library - 755 Library Rd

  • Grace Watson Hall - Dorm Cres

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