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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Syracuse to Rochester. Traveling by train from Syracuse to Rochester usually takes around 2 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in one hour and 14 minutes.

Distance74 mi (119 km)
Fastest train1h 14m
Lowest price$24.52
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Syracuse to Rochester

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

LaDre

January 3, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Spacing was great. Cons: The heating was absolutely cold.

Pros: Spacing was great. Cons: The heating was absolutely cold.

5.0

Laurel

December 12, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: No stops. Cons: East on time. Tips: No.

Pros: No stops. Cons: East on time. Tips: No.

5.0

Veronica

March 28, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: With Wanderu it was less expensive and faster travel than originally considered. Cons: Perfect. Tips: Use Wanderu whenever possible wifi was great!

Pros: With Wanderu it was less expensive and faster travel than originally considered. Cons: Perfect. Tips: Use Wanderu whenever possible wifi was great!

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

In the last month, $27.30 was the average price of a train ticket from Syracuse to Rochester. 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 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $15.17 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$39$26$13MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Syracuse to Rochester will vary between C$25 and C$35. Planning a train trip to Rochester within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Syracuse over the next 7 days is C$27. 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

$32$26$19$13$6JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Syracuse to Rochester by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for May. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Syracuse to Rochester in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$31 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

$65$52$39$26$133020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Rochester from Syracuse will be about C$15.17 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Syracuse to Rochester?

There are 4 train lines with service from Syracuse to Rochester. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak45h 18m$40.50
Amtrak Empire Service21h 24m$26.70
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited21h 18m$27.31
Amtrak Maple Leaf11h 19m$26.72
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Syracuse to Rochester every day, as well as 7 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $35.

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  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from Syracuse to Rochester start from $25, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Rochester. Amtrak Empire Service in Syracuse leaves from Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir . And in Rochester trains arrive at Louise M. Slaughter Station .

    From Syracuse to Rochester train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 1 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rochester faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 14 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 Rochester.

  • 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 Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir in Syracuse and arrives at Louise M. Slaughter Station in Rochester. The route takes about 1 hours and 18 minutes and ticket prices start at $25.

  • 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 Syracuse to Rochester takes about 1 hours and 19 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Syracuse 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.

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

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Syracuse to Rochester. 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 Syracuse to Rochester?

The distance between Syracuse and Rochester is approximately 74 miles, or 119 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 14 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 Syracuse to Rochester on Monday. Tickets for Monday 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 Syracuse at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Syracuse to Rochester?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 5 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 Syracuse.

City Information

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.

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 Syracuse?

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

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Departure 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.

All train stations in Syracuse:

  • Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

  • Syracuse Hancock Intl Apt

  • Downtown Potsdam, Depot St

  • 21182 Salmon Run Mall

  • Court Offices Parking Lot

  • Route 11

  • 19 Miner St

  • Trailways Bus Station

  • 3739 Route 13

  • 49 E Main St

  • Rte 37

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Louise M. Slaughter Station - ROCAMT-0

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Arrival stations

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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