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Buffalo - Syracuse Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Buffalo to Syracuse. Traveling by train from Buffalo to Syracuse usually takes around 2 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance139 mi (223 km)
Fastest train2h 32m
Lowest price$39.69
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Buffalo to Syracuse

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Russell

May 3, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: I liked how peaceful it was! Cons: Nothing I can think of. Tips: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and/or for help with anything.

Pros: I liked how peaceful it was! Cons: Nothing I can think of. Tips: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and/or for help with anything.

5.0

Ali

February 10, 2022- Business

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Friendliness and great service. Cons: Keep up the good work thank you. Tips: Take Amtrak.

Pros: Friendliness and great service. Cons: Keep up the good work thank you. Tips: Take Amtrak.

What is the price of a train ticket from Buffalo to Syracuse?

In the last month, $39.69 was the average price of a train ticket from Buffalo to Syracuse. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.60 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Syracuse from Buffalo is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$40 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Buffalo to Syracuse by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$41 whenever you decide to board the train to Syracuse.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Buffalo to Syracuse remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Buffalo to Syracuse?

There are 3 train lines with service from Buffalo to Syracuse. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak16h 29m$50.95
Amtrak Empire Service22h 42m$39.69
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 32m$39.70
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Buffalo to Syracuse every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $50.

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  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from Buffalo to Syracuse start from $40, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Syracuse. Amtrak Empire Service in Buffalo leaves from 75 Exchange St . And in Syracuse trains arrive at Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir .

    From Buffalo to Syracuse train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 2 hours and 42 minutes. If you are looking to get to Syracuse faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 32 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Service offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Syracuse.

  • Amtrak Maple Leaf

    Amtrak Maple Leaf

    The Amtrak Maple Leaf is an international rail line that runs from New York City to Toronto. It stops at some popular locations on its way, including Niagara Falls and Albany. Onboard WiFi and a cafe car make travel on the Maple Leaf comfortable and convenient. A trip from Buffalo to Syracuse takes about 2 hours and 32 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Buffalo to Syracuse 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Buffalo to Syracuse?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Buffalo to Syracuse. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Buffalo to Syracuse?

The distance between Buffalo and Syracuse is approximately 139 miles, or 223 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 32 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Thursday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Buffalo to Syracuse. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Thursday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Buffalo at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Buffalo to Syracuse?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Buffalo to Syracuse.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Syracuse to Buffalo.

City Information

Buffalo

Buffalo is a great budget destination that will not burn through your pocket. Located just a few hours’ drive away from Niagara Falls, the city serves as a transportation hub for tourists who want to marvel at the sights of the famous landmark. Visitors can either enjoy the tour from a boat, or walk around the section behind the falls themselves. If you opt for a more idyllic and peaceful destination instead, Forest Lawn is a good choice. A beautiful cemetery that is far from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the destination is a perfect spot for a picnic. As the day winds down to an end, don’t hesitate to attend a performance at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, which features lavish interiors as well as amazing Broadway shows.

Buffalo’s chicken wings are the city’s trademark dish, and tourists who wish to grab a bite could do so at Duff’s Famous Wings or Anchor Bar. For a wider selection, The Left Bank is an even better option.

The principal bus station in Buffalo is the Metropolitan Transportation Center downtown. Travelers can catch buses by Greyhound, New York Trailways, Fullington Trailways and Barons Bus Lines from this station. The main Amtrak train station in Buffalo is located on Exchange St not too far from the bus station. Buffalo is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s principal airport is the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which is located in the suburb area of Cheektowaga. The city is also served by the nearby Niagara Falls International Airport.

Syracuse

Syracuse, NY

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Syracuse might not be the top destination for tourists in New York, but it does have plenty of quirky and fun destinations for all age groups. Upon your first arrival to the city, don’t miss out on the chance to take a stroll around the historic Armory Square, considered to be the top destination by locals. The square also features plenty of restaurants and nightclubs if you are looking for the quarter with the best nightlife in town. If you want to mingle with a good crowd for some fun, the Carrier Dome, which is located within the campus of Syracuse University, will offer the adrenaline rush you need. For those seeking a more culturally-inclined activity, head towards the Everson Museum of Art and marvel at the most significant collection of American ceramics in the country.

Syracuse features a vibrant and diverse food scene. If you enjoy brunch, Modern Malt, a local favorite, is the place to be. And for some amazing authentic Cuban dishes, head to Esquina Habanera.

The busiest bus and train station in the city is the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center. From there you can catch an Amtrak train or a bus run by Greyhound, New York Trailways, OurBus or Jefferson Lines to various cities, including New York, Boston, and Albany. Syracuse is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is the principal airport in the city, and it is located five miles northwest of downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Buffalo?

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Departure stations

Situated in a busy area, the Amtrak Station on Exchange Street is a central hub of transportation for the city of Buffalo. The primary services provided by the station include the Amtrak train lines, Empire Service and Maple Leaf, as well as intercity buses on Amtrak Thruway. The station is not the first passenger train station on Exchange Street, as there have been four previous stations on the same street. The most recent building includes a state-of-the-art waiting area as well as drop-off and pick-up zones. The station also features a parking lot with plenty of spaces. Possible destinations from Buffalo include Niagara Falls and New York City.

All train stations in Buffalo:

  • 75 Exchange St

  • 217 West 2nd St

  • Central Ave Post Office

  • William Center Student Union

Where is the train station in Syracuse?

Regional Transportation Center (1 Walsh Cir) - SYRAMT-0

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Arrival stations

Opened in 1998, the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (commonly referred to as the RTC) serves as a multi-service stop for travel throughout Central New York. The Transportation Center serves several Amtrak train lines, including the Empire Service, the Maple Leaf, and the Lake Shore Limited, as well as Greyhound and Trailways buses. As the central ground travel hub in Syracuse, the station provides transport for roughly 153,000 people annually. In addition to providing easy access to local landmarks such as the Destiny USA shopping center and the NBT Bank Stadium, the RTC can also take you further afield to popular destinations such as Niagara Falls, New York City, and Washington, D.C., among other places. At the RTC, you will find a Dunkin' Donuts, as well as a Great States newsstand. The free WiFi and climate-controlled waiting area make it a pleasant place to wait for your bus or train.

Train stations in Syracuse:

  • Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

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