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Trip Summary

8 trains operate daily from Rensselaer to Boston. The train trip from Rensselaer to Boston is usually about 17 hours and 13 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train can get you there in as little as 4 hours and 57 minutes.

Distance138 mi (222 km)
Fastest train4h 57m
Lowest price£14.29
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rensselaer to Boston

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)




15 November 2023- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I liked it very much and felt very safe. The driver did a great job! Cons: A little more spacious seats and a little more friendliness. Tips: This is a great, inexpensive and safe way to travel.



8 June 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It was great no problems encountered. Cons: Wi-Fi.



7 April 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Comfortable, relaxing Amtrak ride. Tips: Wifi/cell service is spotty on the route (I have Tmobile), which is expected in the hills of western MA. It gets considerably better once you pass Springfield.



11 September 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Spacious seats! Thought I was in business class because of the size of the seats. Cons: Bathrooms could be much cleaner.



6 June 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Efficient and reasonable price. Cons: AC was broken and it was terribly cold. Door between car was broken and kept opening and closing automatically. Cafe car was without many items Bathrooms nasty. Tips: Bring headphones and a jacket.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Rensselaer to Boston is £97.63, If you find a ticket that costs less than£97.63, you’ve scored a great deal. By booking your trip at least 29 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay £72.65 more.

Average prices by travel date


For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Rensselaer to Boston will range from £83 to £148. If you're planning to travel by train to Boston in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Rensselaer you can find in the next 7 days is £90. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly average prices


Ticket prices for the train from Rensselaer to Boston often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only £78,

If you're thinking of traveling from Rensselaer to Boston during March, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £105 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in March, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from Rensselaer to Boston, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save £72.65 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Rensselaer to Boston?

2 train services operate from Rensselaer to Boston. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited 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
Amtrak621h 5m£157.24
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited215h 14m£109.78
  • 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 6 Amtrak trains from Rensselaer to Boston every day, as well as 10 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £46.

  • 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 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in Rensselaer and arrives at Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St in Boston. The route takes about 15 hours and 14 minutes and ticket prices start at £11.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Rensselaer to Boston. 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.

The distance between Rensselaer and Boston is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 17 hours and 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 57 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.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Rensselaer to Boston 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 Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Rensselaer at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 8 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston to Rensselaer.

City Information


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.


Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Rensselaer?

Main departure station: Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Rensselaer where you can board the train.

All train stations in Rensselaer:

  • Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • Chicago (Union Station), Illinois

  • Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

  • 321 Main St

  • Louise M. Slaughter Station

  • 332 Erie Boulevard

  • Pacific Central Station

  • 10251 St Edwards Dr

  • 125 W 14th St

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

  • 1200 N Depot St

  • 485 West Van Vleek Street

  • 131 Tyler Ave

Where is the train station in Boston?

Main arrival station: Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Boston receives travelers from Rensselaer at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Boston:

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • South Station

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