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Trains from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie

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Schenectady - Poughkeepsie Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie. Traveling by train from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie usually takes around 2 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Ethan Allen Express train can make the trip in one hour and 37 minutes.

Distance77 mi (124 km)
Fastest train1h 37m
Lowest price$30.72
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines4

What is the price of a train ticket from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie?

In the last month, $32.13 was the average price of a train ticket from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $18.29 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie will vary between C$31 and C$50. Planning a train trip to Poughkeepsie within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Schenectady over the next 7 days is C$31. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$32 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$49 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Poughkeepsie from Schenectady will be about C$18.29 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie?

There are 4 train lines with service from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service21h 51m$38.79
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express11h 37m$34.63
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 52m$36.88
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 10m$36.33
  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie start from $31, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Poughkeepsie. Amtrak Empire Service in Schenectady leaves from Schenectady, New York . And in Poughkeepsie trains arrive at 41 Main St .

    From Schenectady to Poughkeepsie train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 1 hours and 51 minutes. If you are looking to get to Poughkeepsie faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 37 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 Poughkeepsie.

  • Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

    Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

    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 Schenectady to Poughkeepsie are usually around on the Ethan Allen Express, but you can find deals for as low as $31. Onboard amenities include WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating options for added comfort.

  • Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    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 Schenectady, New York in Schenectady and arrives at 41 Main St in Poughkeepsie. The route takes about 2 hours and 52 minutes and ticket prices start at $31.

  • 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 Schenectady to Poughkeepsie takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie 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 Schenectady to Poughkeepsie?

The distance between Schenectady and Poughkeepsie is approximately 77 miles, or 124 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 37 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie on Wednesday. Tickets for Wednesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Schenectady at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 Schenectady to Poughkeepsie?

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Schenectady to Poughkeepsie.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Schenectady?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Schenectady.

All train stations in Schenectady:

  • Schenectady, New York

Where is the train station in Poughkeepsie?

Arrival stations

Poughkeepsie has one train station.

Train stations in Poughkeepsie:

  • 41 Main St

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