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Trip Summary

There are 7 daily trains from Rochester to Syracuse. Traveling by train from Rochester to Syracuse usually takes around 3 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in one hour and 20 minutes.

Distance74 mi (119 km)
Fastest train1h 20m
Lowest price£13.69
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rochester, NY to Syracuse, NY

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Terri

20 July 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: Relaxing. Piece and quiet. Cons: Cost of beverages. Tips: No.

Pros: Relaxing. Piece and quiet. Cons: Cost of beverages. Tips: No.

5.0

Vanessa

2 August 2020 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Was my first time on the train and was amazing! And very few people, easy to social distance. Cons: Could be helpful to have live feed of where train or bus is. Train was running a couple minutes late, like 15. I was also late so I was grateful but would have bee...

Pros: Was my first time on the train and was amazing! And very few people, easy to social distance. Cons: Could be helpful to have live feed of where train or bus is. Train was running a couple minutes late, like 15. I was also late so I was grateful but would have been nice if I didn’t have to wonder id I’ll make it or should try for another ticket. Tips: Don’t NEED to print out to ticket. They ask foe your name on train. And I answered no ti wifi question simply because I don’t know and there was no N/A option.

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3.0

Ethyn

28 June 2019 -

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Cons: The train left Rochester nearly 2 hours late and WiFi wasn’t available on the train. Tips: Make sure you have the Amtrak app so you can receive alerts regarding arrival and departure times.

Cons: The train left Rochester nearly 2 hours late and WiFi wasn’t available on the train. Tips: Make sure you have the Amtrak app so you can receive alerts regarding arrival and departure times.

4.0

Virginia

10 June 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Room to get up and walk around.

Room to get up and walk around.

What is the price of a train ticket from Rochester to Syracuse?

In the last month, £15.45 was the average price of a train ticket from Rochester, NY to Syracuse, NY. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £5.79 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£22£14£7JulAug

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Syracuse from Rochester is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about £15 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Rochester to Syracuse 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 £16 whenever you decide to board the train to Syracuse.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Rochester to Syracuse 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 Rochester to Syracuse?

There are 4 train lines with service from Rochester, New York to Syracuse, New York. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 3 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak36h 21m£19.89
Amtrak Empire Service21h 27m£15.24
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited21h 23m£14.33
Amtrak Maple Leaf11h 21m£14.16
  • Amtrak

    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 3 Amtrak trains from Rochester to Syracuse every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £19.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Rochester to Syracuse 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Rochester to Syracuse?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Rochester to Syracuse. 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.

How long is the train journey from Rochester to Syracuse?

The distance between Rochester and Syracuse is approximately 74 miles, or 119 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 20 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Rochester to Syracuse are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Monday 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 Rochester at 05:00 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.

Is there a direct train from Rochester to Syracuse?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Syracuse. 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 Syracuse to Rochester. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Rochester to Syracuse for £7.21.

City Information

Rochester

Perched on the shore on Lake Ontario, Rochester is an idyllic city with a small-town vibe, making it the perfect destination for those looking for some family-friendly fun. Rochester’s pride is Highland Park, which is one of the oldest arboretums in the U.S. Designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the park features idyllic paths cutting through treelines and fragrant lilac bushes. If you wish to marvel at the beauty of the Genesee River’s Gorge, go on a hiking trip on the Genesee Riverway Trail. For more cultural activities, George Eastman Museum, the world’s oldest photography museum, would be a great choice.

Rochester’s food scene features many quirky dishes, including the famous local garbage plate, which features your choice of meat along with decadent sides. For the best garbage plates, you might want to check out Nick Tahou Hots.

The city’s busiest bus station is the Trailways Terminal downtown. The station serves several bus carriers, including New York Trailways, Greyhound and OurBus, among others. The principal Amtrak train station is Louis M. Slaughter Station, which is located just across the street from the bus station. Rochester is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s commercial air services are served by the Greater Rochester International Airport, located 3 miles southwest of downtown.

Syracuse

Syracuse might not be the top destination for tourists in New York, but it does have plenty of quirky and fun destinations for all age groups. Upon your first arrival to the city, don’t miss out on the chance to take a stroll around the historic Armory Square, considered to be the top destination by locals. The square also features plenty of restaurants and nightclubs if you are looking for the quarter with the best nightlife in town. If you want to mingle with a good crowd for some fun, the Carrier Dome, which is located within the campus of Syracuse University, will offer the adrenaline rush you need. For those seeking a more culturally-inclined activity, head towards the Everson Museum of Art and marvel at the most significant collection of American ceramics in the country.

Syracuse features a vibrant and diverse food scene. If you enjoy brunch, Modern Malt, a local favorite, is the place to be. And for some amazing authentic Cuban dishes, head to Esquina Habanera.

The busiest bus and train station in the city is the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center. From there you can catch an Amtrak train or a bus run by Greyhound, New York Trailways, OurBus or Jefferson Lines to various cities, including New York, Boston, and Albany. Syracuse is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is the principal airport in the city, and it is located five miles northwest of downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Rochester.

Where is the train station in Syracuse?

Arrival stations

Syracuse receives travelers from Rochester at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Syracuse:

  • Syracuse Hancock Intl Apt

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