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Journey Information

There are 29 intercity buses per day from Rochester to New York. Traveling by bus from Rochester to New York usually takes around 8 hours and 19 minutes, but the fastest PandaNY Bus bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance251 mi (404 km)
Shortest duration5h 50m
Cheapest price$39.80
Trips per day17
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Rochester to New York

(Based on 97 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Ingrid

April 9, 2024- Visiting friends

Adirondack Trailways

Pros: Very friendly drivers. Smooth ride. Cons: Better wifi please. It kind of worked most of the time but it was very slow. The outlets on the outbound bus were not working. Severe delay on the return trip. Clearer signs and earlier info needed re which gate to line up at in Rochester. Stricter rules around devices - head phones should be required. We had two kids playing kids music loudly on ipads for everyone to hear on the outbound trip and a lady listening to an audio book without headphones the entire return trip. Extremely disturbing for all other passengers and they didn’t adjust despite some people asking them to be quiet. Pockets on the seat backs in all buses please. Tips: Bring headphones PLS. And earplugs if you want to sleep.

4.0

Lakeima

March 28, 2024- Visiting family

Wanda Coach

Driver slow down was driving too fast

5.0

Edmund

March 8, 2024- Visiting family

PandaNY Bus

On time, safe, and comfortable

4.0

Victoria

December 30, 2023- Visiting family

Adirondack Trailways

The driver communicates well with the passengers as well as checking that every passenger has returned when the bus stops.

4.0

Shannon

December 27, 2023- Solo travel

PandaNY Bus

Pros: How it felt like we went through a time warp and got there in record time with many stops. Cons: It was freezing the whole time full blast AC 🥶. Tips: Blanket & pillow are pro moves!

Rochester to New York Route Map

Rochester New York

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

$79.46 is the average price of a bus ticket from Rochester to New York. Any tickets cheaper than $79.46 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

$103$69$34JunJul

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Rochester to New York is expected to range from $73 to $96. If you are looking to travel to New York within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $74. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $73 and can be found on July 10, 2024.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $74 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rochester to New York in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $99 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

$137$110$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 9 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$25.11 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Rochester to New York?

There are 6 bus lines from Rochester to New York available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 11 daily trips, FlixBus US 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 Trailways117h 57m$106.78
FlixBus US118h 26m$83.50
Greyhound49h 13m$80.86
OurBus17h 10m$71.71
PandaNY Bus15h 50m$54.94
Wanda Coach16h 1m$57.97
  • 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 11 trips per day from Rochester to New York, 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 4 bus trips from Rochester to New York every day, with the average journey taking around 9 hours and 13 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to New York usually start from $47.

  • 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 Rochester to New York 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 Rochester to New York, 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 $55 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 Rochester and New York.

Frequently Asked Questions

A bus ticket from Rochester to New York is cheaper than a flight. One-way nonstop flights generally cost between $75 and $150, whereas a bus ticket averages about $40. A flight would be faster, though—a one-way nonstop flight usually takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, compared to a bus trip that takes at least 5 hours 35 minutes.
The cheapest bus ticket from Rochester to New York is usually from OurBus. An OurBus ticket averages about $44 on this route, but there is only 1 trip per day, so tickets may sell out quickly. Megabus and Adirondack Trailways are only slightly more expensive, and the companies with the most trips, Trailways NY Pool and Greyhound, still only average $55 and $52 per ticket, respectively.
No, Rochester to New York City does not make for a good day-trip. With bus trips that last at least 5 hours 35 minutes, it’s best to stay in New York City overnight to take full advantage of your time in The Big Apple.

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 19 minutes to cover the 404 kilometers from Rochester to New York. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 50 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.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Rochester to New York, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 29 scheduled buses that travel from Rochester to New York every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 17 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 Rochester to New York; ticket prices start at $74.18.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Rochester?

Main departure station: Rochester Bus Stop

Buses to New York leave from 5 stations in Rochester.

All bus stations in Rochester:

  • Rochester Bus Stop

  • 186 Cumberland St

  • Rochester International Airport (ROC) Arrivals

  • 400 Jefferson Rd

  • 733 Monroe Ave

Where does the bus arrive in New York?

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Main arrival station: Port Authority Bus Station

Port Authority Bus Terminal is the largest bus station in New York City. First opened in 1950, it is the main Manhattan bus stop for various regional and nationwide bus carriers that provide intercity transportation to and from NYC such as Greyhound, NY Trailways, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and Ourbus, among many others. Port Authority’s central location just steps away from Times Square provides easy connections to various other forms of transportation, including 13 lines of the NYC Subway, 11 lines of the NYC Bus, over 60 lines of the NJ Transit Bus, and shuttle services to each of the three airports in New York’s metropolitan area. At the terminal, you will find a variety of fast food restaurants and convenience stores, as well as a USPS branch and a bowling alley.

Bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority Bus Station

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

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • Port Authority - 301 W 41st St

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

  • 95 Canal St

  • 127 East Broadway

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

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