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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from New York to Buffalo. The train trip from New York to Buffalo is usually about 8 hours and 29 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can get you there in as little as 8 hours and 17 minutes.

Distance292 mi (471 km)
Fastest train8h 17m
Lowest price£43.84
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Buffalo

(Based on 36 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Hameed

9 January 2024- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Travelling in a train in itself is an amazing experience. I enjoyed seeing number of cities and towns along the way. The journey was pretty scenic. Cons: Seats and cleanliness of washrooms. Tips: Travelling with Amtrak is by far most enjoyable than any other means. You see number of towns and cities along the way. Train runs along the river that make is extremely beautiful experience. I would strongly recommend anyone who wish to take advantage of train journey to travel by Amtrak. Staff is quite friendly.

5.0

mohammed

27 December 2023

Amtrak Maple Leaf

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5.0

Manuel

5 October 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: A pesar de las horas, es mucho mejor que autobús e incluso que de avión. Nos dejaron usar la mesa del comedor para jugar Rumy. Genial... Cons: Tal vez que se pudieran llenar botellas de agua para evitar ir varias veces a tomar en el vaso pequeño. Tips: Presentarse a tiempo para evitar retrasos. Evitar dejar basura al bajar del tren.

4.0

Mohammed

27 August 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: Was good and on time arrived. Cons: If it is possible to keep low and fare tickets prices. Tips: Good/ enjoyable.

5.0

Afaz

16 July 2023- Business

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: Excellent. Cons: Nothing.

New York to Buffalo Route Map

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between New York and Buffalo cost £56.45, on average. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around £36.50 more.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from New York to Buffalo will vary between £50 and £86. Planning a train trip to Buffalo within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New York over the next 7 days is £53. 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

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during May. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from New York to Buffalo, with the average price at just £63. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in July, when the average price goes up to £69. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from New York to Buffalo. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 28 days before departure, you can save around £36.50. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from New York to Buffalo?

2 train services operate from New York to Buffalo. Amtrak Empire Service usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service28h 33m£70.84
Amtrak Maple Leaf18h 22m£66.48
  • 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.

  • 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 New York to Buffalo takes about 8 hours and 22 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between New York and Buffalo is approximately 292 miles, or 471 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 17 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.

Trains departing from New York to Buffalo 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.

The earliest train departs New York at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 13:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Buffalo. 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 Buffalo to New York.

City Information

New York

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New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Buffalo

Buffalo is a great budget destination that will not burn through your pocket. Located just a few hours’ drive away from Niagara Falls, the city serves as a transportation hub for tourists who want to marvel at the sights of the famous landmark. Visitors can either enjoy the tour from a boat, or walk around the section behind the falls themselves. If you opt for a more idyllic and peaceful destination instead, Forest Lawn is a good choice. A beautiful cemetery that is far from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the destination is a perfect spot for a picnic. As the day winds down to an end, don’t hesitate to attend a performance at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, which features lavish interiors as well as amazing Broadway shows.

Buffalo’s chicken wings are the city’s trademark dish, and tourists who wish to grab a bite could do so at Duff’s Famous Wings or Anchor Bar. For a wider selection, The Left Bank is an even better option.

The principal bus station in Buffalo is the Metropolitan Transportation Center downtown. Travelers can catch buses by Greyhound, New York Trailways, Fullington Trailways and Barons Bus Lines from this station. The main Amtrak train station in Buffalo is located on Exchange St not too far from the bus station. Buffalo is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s principal airport is the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which is located in the suburb area of Cheektowaga. The city is also served by the nearby Niagara Falls International Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New York?

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Main departure station: NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

All train stations in New York:

  • NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station

Where is the train station in Buffalo?

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Main arrival station: 75 Exchange St

Situated in a busy area, the Amtrak Station on Exchange Street is a central hub of transportation for the city of Buffalo. The primary services provided by the station include the Amtrak train lines, Empire Service and Maple Leaf, as well as intercity buses on Amtrak Thruway. The station is not the first passenger train station on Exchange Street, as there have been four previous stations on the same street. The most recent building includes a state-of-the-art waiting area as well as drop-off and pick-up zones. The station also features a parking lot with plenty of spaces. Possible destinations from Buffalo include Niagara Falls and New York City.

Train stations in Buffalo:

  • 75 Exchange St

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