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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Schenectady to Rochester. Traveling by train from Schenectady to Rochester usually takes around 3 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in 3 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance187 mi (301 km)
Fastest train3h 33m
Lowest price$50.30
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Schenectady to Rochester

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Yonette

October 23, 2022- Regular commuter

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Relaxing and comfortable. Cons: Time is money, so being on time is important. Tips: Prepared to wait .

Pros: Relaxing and comfortable. Cons: Time is money, so being on time is important. Tips: Prepared to wait .

5.0

carole

August 14, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: The helpfulness of the staff as it was my first rail trip in a long time. Cons: The punctuality of the train. It was almost 2 hours late. Tips: Heck with Julie the automated service to see if you train is on time.

Pros: The helpfulness of the staff as it was my first rail trip in a long time. Cons: The punctuality of the train. It was almost 2 hours late. Tips: Heck with Julie the automated service to see if you train is on time.

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

In the last month, $56.49 was the average price of a train ticket from Schenectady to Rochester. 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $23.22 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$82$54$27DecDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Schenectady to Rochester will vary between C$50 and C$75. 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$50. 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

$68$54$41$27$14JFMAMJJASOND

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 October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$54 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Schenectady to Rochester in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$60 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

$102$82$61$41$203020100

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 Rochester from Schenectady will be about C$23.22 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 to Rochester. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service23h 42m$62.17
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited23h 50m$66.16
Amtrak Maple Leaf13h 34m$64.33
  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    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 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 332 Erie Boulevard in Schenectady and arrives at Louise M. Slaughter Station in Rochester. The route takes about 3 hours and 50 minutes and ticket prices start at $50.

  • 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 Rochester takes about 3 hours and 34 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 43 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 departing from Schenectady to Rochester tend to have the most passengers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

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 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Rochester. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

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

City Information

Schenectady

Schenectady is a city in the Hudson Valley about 20 minutes outside of the New York state capital, Albany. Schenectady is a convenient and exciting place to stay if you want easy access to some of the best Upstate destinations, from Saratoga Springs and Lake George to the Adirondacks.

Dive into the area's history by wandering through The Stockade Historic District, a residential area with over 40 homes that pre-date the American Revolution. Then, to pay homage to more recent history, like Thomas Edison's establishment of General Electric in Schenectady, the Museum of Science and Innovation includes exhibits about outer space, engineering and design, inventions, and technology. And remember to stop and smell the roses at the Central Park Rose Garden!

Schenectady is well-connected to other Upstate New York destinations via Trailways buses, including Adirondack Trailways. Intercity buses also provide service to New York City in just over 3 hours. Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited, Maple Lead, Empire Service, and Ethan Allen Express stop in Schenectady with connections to Buffalo, Chicago, Washington, and more. For those who prefer to fly, Albany International Airport is the closest airport to Schenectady.

Rochester

Rochester, NY

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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 Schenectady?

Main departure station: 332 Erie Boulevard

There is one train station in Schenectady.

All train stations in Schenectady:

  • 332 Erie Boulevard

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Louise M. Slaughter Station - ROCAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Louise M. Slaughter Station

Opened in 2017, the Louise M. Slaughter Station Rochester is nearly brand new. It serves three Amtrak train lines: the Lake Shore Limited, the Empire Service, and the Maple Leaf. The station was renamed Louise M. Slaughter Station in honor of U.S. Representative Louise M. Slaughter, who died in March 2018. This intermodal transit station is connected to the rest of the area via transit buses and taxis. Spread across 9,500 square feet, Louise M. Slaughter Station has a classic red brick design, with cast stone and granite used in various places. At the station, you will find an indoor waiting area with plenty of seats. There are also several vending machines, an ATM, and restroom facilities.

Train stations in Rochester:

  • Louise M. Slaughter Station

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