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Schenectady - Rochester Train Schedule
There are 5 daily trains from Schenectady to Rochester. Traveling by train from Schenectady to Rochester usually takes around 3 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in 3 hours and 33 minutes.
|Distance||187 mi (301 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 33m|
|Trains per day||5|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak Empire Service|
What is the price of a train ticket from Schenectady to Rochester?
In the last month, $47.34 was the average price of a train ticket from Schenectady, NY to Rochester, NY. 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 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $13.84 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 Rochester will vary between C$47 and C$51. Planning a train trip to Rochester within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Schenectady over the next 7 days is C$47. 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 Rochester by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$49 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Schenectady to Rochester in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$56 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 14 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Rochester from Schenectady will be about C$13.84 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Schenectady to Rochester?
There are 3 train lines with service from Schenectady, New York to Rochester, New York. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Schenectady 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 Schenectady to Rochester?
The distance between Schenectady and Rochester is approximately 187 miles, or 301 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 33 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 Schenectady to Rochester are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Schenectady at 10:00am 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.
Is there a direct train from Schenectady to Rochester?
There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Schenectady to 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.
Where is the train station in Schenectady?
There is one train station in Schenectady.
Where is the train station in Rochester?
Rochester has one train station.
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