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New York - Rensselaer Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 24 daily trains from New York to Rensselaer. Traveling by train from New York to Rensselaer usually takes around 3 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance134 mi (216 km)
Fastest train2h 25m
Lowest price£23.11
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines6

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Rensselaer

(Based on 64 ratings and reviews)




27 November 2023- Regular commuter

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: I liked the spacious amount of leg room. Cons: Sometimes the wifi is inconsistent. More consistent wifi. Tips: No.



7 June 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Nice view. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Nope I didn’t know if there was Wi-Fi.



10 May 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

Pros: left on time. wide seats. Only 2 chairs not 3 like LIRR. arrived mainly on time, 10 minutes late. Cons: Patting on my seat came off. The escalator to go down to the train was broken, had to carry the bag down the stairs. Getting on was a little disorganized. But fine after. Tips: Ask for which way is the train going immediately.



5 February 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Very nice and 100% better than uses a bus! Cons: Everything is fine. Tips: Use train! More confortable and. more secure tha bus or car.



29 January 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: The Red Cap service (which I used for the first time on this voyage) was exceptional. I have severe arthritis. When travelling alone (as I was this time), i need help and extra time to get on board and settled. I was most grateful for the friendly and exceptionally kind Red Cap assistance at both ends of my travel. Cons: I can't answer "Yes" or "No" regarding working WiFi on board. It fades in and out, as you are probably aware. I don't think there's much that can be done about it, given much of the trip, the track runs along the river bluff.

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

In the last month, £42.95 was the average price of a train ticket from New York to Rensselaer. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 8 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £9.79 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Bus tickets from New York to Rensselaer are expected to cost between £28 and £74 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to Rensselaer within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from £38. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in January. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just £40 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Rensselaer in July, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to £57 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most coach companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your coach tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap coach tickets is to book at least 8 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save £9.79 on your coach ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Rensselaer?

There are 6 train lines with service from New York to Rensselaer. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 21 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak218h 20m£129.79
Amtrak Adirondack12h 40m£36.25
Amtrak Empire Service82h 31m£37.30
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express12h 30m£37.59
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 40m£50.44
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 36m£52.83
  • 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 21 Amtrak trains from New York to Rensselaer every day, as well as 41 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £26.

  • Amtrak Adirondack is a cross-border international rail service linking New York City with Montreal in Canada. The ride across the state is very comfortable with generous seat widths and legroom, an onboard café service, power outlets for passenger use, and complimentary WiFi- not to mention gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley.

  • 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's Ethan Allen Express line connects New York City to Rutland, Vermont. The scenic trip along the Hudson River Valley includes ten intermediate stops throughout New York and Vermont. This higher-speed rail service departs once daily. Ticket prices from New York to Rensselaer are usually around on the Ethan Allen Express, but you can find deals for as low as £23. Onboard amenities include WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating options for added comfort.

  • 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 NY Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in New York and arrives at Albany-Rensselaer Train Station in Rensselaer. The route takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes and ticket prices start at £23.

  • 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 Rensselaer takes about 2 hours and 36 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

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The distance between New York and Rensselaer is approximately 134 miles, or 216 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 25 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

"Friday is the busiest travel day for trains as people head from New York to Rensselaer for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your train travel for the beginning of the week."

The earliest train departs New York at 01:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. 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 24 scheduled trains on most days. 12 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 New York.

City Information

New York


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.


Rensselaer is a small town located just across the Hudson River from the New York State capital, Albany. The Amtrak train station that serves Albany is actually located within Rensselaer, so many commuters and vacationers alike will pass through the city when traveling in the Hudson River Valley.

Rensselaer itself boasts a rich industrial tradition, and it was known as a major railway hub in the 19th century. One of the appealing local attractions in town is the Crailo State Historic Site. The site is a manor house, built in 1707, that today serves as a museum dedicated to the culture of Dutch colonists in New York State. More museums, activities, parks, and sights are waiting just across the river in Albany for the curious traveler.

The city of Rensselaer is an important transportation hub for Amtrak trains throughout the region, which include the Amtrak Empire Service, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited, Amtrak Maple Leaf, and Amtrak Ethan Allen Express. Between these services, Amtrak connects Rensselaer to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and beyond. The nearest airport to the city is the Albany International Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New York?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

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

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • 525 Water St

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Union Station

  • 44 Station Road

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Union Station Transportation Center

  • Union Station

  • 211 N Academy St

  • 205 S Tamarind Ave

  • 41 Central St

Where is the train station in Rensselaer?

Main arrival station: Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

Rensselaer has one train station.

Train stations in Rensselaer:

  • Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

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