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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Waterloo to Rochester. Traveling by train from Waterloo to Rochester usually takes around 8 hours and 28 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance397 mi (639 km)
Fastest train8h 28m
Lowest price$44.06
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Waterloo, IN to Rochester, NY

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Hannah

January 31, 2021 - Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Compared to other types of travel such as flying or driving it is cheaper, roomier, and you can enjoy the ride by watching the scenery, sleeping, watching a movie, or reading; no concentration required! Cons: The bathroom trash was quite full so it made me feel a...

Pros: Compared to other types of travel such as flying or driving it is cheaper, roomier, and you can enjoy the ride by watching the scenery, sleeping, watching a movie, or reading; no concentration required! Cons: The bathroom trash was quite full so it made me feel as though the bathroom hadn’t been cleaned in awhile. It was also quite cold, that is a personal preference though; many people like it different temperatures. Tips: I got quite cold especially since I was traveling during the winter and it was during the night so I was trying to sleep. I suggest either bring warm clothes or a blanket.

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Which train should you take from Waterloo to Rochester?

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is the one and only train line which connects Waterloo, Indiana to Rochester, New York. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited18h 28m$112.91

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Waterloo to Rochester during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Waterloo to Rochester?

The distance between Waterloo and Rochester is approximately 397 miles, or 639 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 28 minutes,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Waterloo to Rochester are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Waterloo at 1:00am and arrives in Rochester around 8 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Waterloo to Rochester?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Rochester with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Rochester to Waterloo.

City Information

Rochester

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 is the train station in Waterloo?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Waterloo.

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Arrival stations

Rochester has one train station.

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