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Trip Summary

There are 11 daily trains from New York to Rensselaer. Traveling by train from New York to Rensselaer usually takes around 2 hours and 31 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£29.05
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Rensselaer

(Based on 54 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Michele

16 January 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Ease of trav. Cons: Did have bathroom backup Not sure anyone notified staff We were almost in Albany when I noticed it, so didn’t say anything.

Pros: Ease of trav. Cons: Did have bathroom backup Not sure anyone notified staff We were almost in Albany when I noticed it, so didn’t say anything.

5.0

E Robert

14 January 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: On time, redcaps were great, people in the stations were terrific and friendly. Cons: Rest rooms could be cleaner; better and eralier indicator and of where our train would be departing. Tips: if going to NYC, this is a major ment over driving into the city.

Pros: On time, redcaps were great, people in the stations were terrific and friendly. Cons: Rest rooms could be cleaner; better and eralier indicator and of where our train would be departing. Tips: if going to NYC, this is a major ment over driving into the city.

5.0

Harold

14 December 2022- Regular commuter

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: The Quiet car. Cons: More quiet cars. Tips: Try the Quiet car.

Pros: The Quiet car. Cons: More quiet cars. Tips: Try the Quiet car.

5.0

Caitlin

22 October 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Service

The views

The views

5.0

Wynne

14 October 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Comfortable No hassle Staff very helpful. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Pros: Comfortable No hassle Staff very helpful. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

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

£35.25 is the average price of a coach ticket from New York to Rensselaer. Taking a coach is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a coach ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

£48£32£16JanFeb

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from New York to Rensselaer will vary between £31 and £44. Planning a train trip to Rensselaer within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New York over the next 7 days is £31. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from New York to Rensselaer 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 £37 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Rensselaer in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £68 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

£61£48£36£24£123020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 17 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Rensselaer from New York will be about £20.29 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Rensselaer?

There are 5 train lines with service from New York to Rensselaer. Amtrak Empire Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Adirondack12h 33m£37.02
Amtrak Empire Service82h 31m£40.36
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express12h 30m£43.42
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 40m£46.42
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 35m£49.36
  • Amtrak Adirondack

    Amtrak Adirondack

    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.

  • 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 Ethan Allen Express

    Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

    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 £29. Onboard amenities include WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating options for added comfort.

  • 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 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 £29.

  • 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 New York to Rensselaer takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York 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.

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 New York to Rensselaer?

The distance between New York and Rensselaer is approximately 134 miles, or 216 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 31 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for train travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to Rensselaer, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs New York at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many train trips to Rensselaer are there per day?

There are 11 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

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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.

Rensselaer

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?

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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 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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