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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Buffalo to Rensselaer. Traveling by train from Buffalo to Rensselaer usually takes around 6 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 5 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance261 mi (420 km)
Fastest train5h 23m
Lowest price£39.05
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Buffalo, NY to Rensselaer, NY

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)




24 July 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Wifi was awful. Train was late getting to renselear.

Wifi was awful. Train was late getting to renselear.

What is the price of a train ticket from Buffalo to Rensselaer?

In the last month, £39.17 was the average price of a train ticket from Buffalo, NY to Rensselaer, NY. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 7 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £2.86 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 Buffalo to Rensselaer will vary between £39 and £42. Planning a train trip to Rensselaer within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Buffalo over the next 7 days is £40. 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

Traveling from Buffalo to Rensselaer by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around £39 whenever you decide to board the train to Rensselaer.

Prices as travel date approaches


Since the average price of train trips from Buffalo to Rensselaer remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Buffalo to Rensselaer?

There are 3 train lines with service from Buffalo, New York to Rensselaer, New York. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak17h 21m£40.01
Amtrak Empire Service25h 26m£41.70
Amtrak Maple Leaf15h 33m£39.29
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from Buffalo to Rensselaer every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £39.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Buffalo to Rensselaer 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 Buffalo to Rensselaer?

The distance between Buffalo and Rensselaer is approximately 261 miles, or 420 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 23 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 Buffalo to Rensselaer are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Buffalo at 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00. 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 Buffalo to Rensselaer?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Rensselaer. 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 Rensselaer to Buffalo. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Buffalo to Rensselaer for £15.91.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Buffalo?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Buffalo.

Where is the train station in Rensselaer?

Arrival stations

Rensselaer has one train station.

Need a return trip from Rensselaer to Buffalo?

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