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Rensselaer - New York Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 13 daily train trips available from Rensselaer to New York. Traveling by train from Rensselaer to New York usually takes 2 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance134 mi (216 km)
Fastest train2h 20m
Lowest price$56.17
Trains per day13
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines6

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Rensselaer to New York

(Based on 61 ratings and reviews)




April 22, 2024- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: The train left and arrived on time. Even though it was completely full, it was very comfortable and quiet. Cons: I can't think of a thing! Tips: I strongly recommend traveling with Amtrak.



April 11, 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: The attendant was nice and helpful. Really kind lady. Highly recommend this service! Cons: Nothing really.



March 11, 2024- Regular commuter

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: The quietness. Tips: It is very relaxing.



October 10, 2023- Business

Amtrak Empire Service

The space of the seats and the prompt arrival.



September 17, 2023- Solo travel


Pros: I liked how elegant and clean the train looked from the inside. There were little tables provided fro each seat and charging ports. I liked how my trip followed the Hudson River throughout most of the ride, giving a beautiful scenery to enjoy. Cons: Offer services like water or small snacks for passengers.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Albany to New York?

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Rensselaer to New York was $60.17. Compared to most train fares, this is an excellent price. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 28 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $49.13 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Rensselaer to New York will cost between $60 and $108. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

Ticket prices for the train from Rensselaer to New York often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only $59. If you're thinking of traveling from Rensselaer to New York during May, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $70 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in May, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


By booking your train trip from Rensselaer to New York on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time, you can save about $49.13 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Rensselaer to New York?

There are 6 train lines with service from Rensselaer to New York. Amtrak Empire Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12h 35m$80.16
Amtrak Adirondack12h 35m$76.31
Amtrak Empire Service82h 33m$82.31
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express12h 37m$87.46
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 32m$94.75
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 42m$92.09
  • 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 Rensselaer to New York every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $56.

  • Amtrak Adirondack is a cross-border international rail service linking New York City with Montreal in Canada. The ride across the state is very comfortable with generous seat widths and legroom, an onboard café service, power outlets for passenger use, and complimentary WiFi- not to mention gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley.

  • The Amtrak Empire Service is a rail line spanning the Empire Corridor, a rail route through New York state from New York City to Niagara Falls. Several Amtrak passenger trains service this route, providing travelers with multiple options when commuting between cities in New York State. The trains themselves feature free internet, cafe service with snacks, beverages, and meals, and comfortable seats to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Hudson River Valley and Upstate New York.

  • Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express line connects New York City to Rutland, Vermont. The scenic trip along the Hudson River Valley includes ten intermediate stops throughout New York and Vermont. This higher-speed rail service departs once daily. Ticket prices from Rensselaer to New York are usually around on the Ethan Allen Express, but you can find deals for as low as $56. Onboard amenities include WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating options for added comfort.

  • The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard. The Lake Shore Limited departs from Albany-Rensselaer Train Station in Rensselaer and arrives at NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in New York. The route takes about 2 hours and 32 minutes and ticket prices start at $64.

  • 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 Rensselaer to New York takes about 2 hours and 42 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

The Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station is the train station that serves the Albany area. Although it is right across the Hudson River from downtown Albany, the station is technically located in Rensselaer, NY.
Amtrak has several lines that run from the Albany-Rensselaer Station in Albany to New York City. Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited line offers the cheapest average price at about $49, but there is only one Lake Shore Limited trip offered per day. If you need to take a different train that fits your schedule better, all Amtrak tickets for this trip typically cost around $50, or just over.
There is technically an express train from Rensselaer to NYC: Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express between New York City and Rutland, VT, is designated express, but the trip from Rensselaer to New York usually takes about 2 hours 35 minutes and as little as 2 hours 20 minutes — just like the other Amtrak options for this route.
There are 23 direct bus trips per day from Albany to New York, with tickets averaging about $23. Bus lines that cover this route include Adirondack Pool, Adirondack Trailways, Greyhound, Megabus and Peter Pan Lines. Buses leave from within Albany rather than Rensselaer.
The distance between Rensselaer and New York is approximately 134 miles, or 216 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 20 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.
Trains from Albany to New York are the busiest on Monday. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Thursday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

The earliest train departs Rensselaer at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 13 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Rensselaer to New York.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New York to Rensselaer.

City Information


Rensselaer is a small town located just across the Hudson River from the New York State capital, Albany. The Amtrak train station that serves Albany is actually located within Rensselaer, so many commuters and vacationers alike will pass through the city when traveling in the Hudson River Valley.

Rensselaer itself boasts a rich industrial tradition, and it was known as a major railway hub in the 19th century. One of the appealing local attractions in town is the Crailo State Historic Site. The site is a manor house, built in 1707, that today serves as a museum dedicated to the culture of Dutch colonists in New York State. More museums, activities, parks, and sights are waiting just across the river in Albany for the curious traveler.

The city of Rensselaer is an important transportation hub for Amtrak trains throughout the region, which include the Amtrak Empire Service, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited, Amtrak Maple Leaf, and Amtrak Ethan Allen Express. Between these services, Amtrak connects Rensselaer to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and beyond. The nearest airport to the city is the Albany International Airport.

New York


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 is the train station in Rensselaer?

Main departure station: Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

There is one train station in Rensselaer.

All train stations in Rensselaer:

  • Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

Where is the train station in New York?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

Main arrival station: NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

Train stations in New York:

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

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