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Journey Information

New York to Albany bus - cost & duration

Cheapest priceUS$24.00
Shortest Duration2h 45m
Trips per day11
Bus lines3

New York to Albany Route Map

New York Albany

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train that goes from New York City to Albany?

Yes, Amtrak offers 12 daily routes from New York City to Rensselaer, which is just across the Hudson River from Albany. The duration of the routes range from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes. Tickets through Amtrak start at $35, but average closer to $47. The first train departs at 7:00 a.m. EDT, while the last train of the day departs at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

What is the best way to travel from New York City to Albany?

The best way to travel to Albany from New York City is by bus. Although taking a train is an option, it is more expensive and there are only 12 daily routes through Amtrak.

Traveling by bus, there are 5 companies that offer this route, with 33 daily scheduled trips between them. The duration of the trip ranges from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 7 hours. On average, bus tickets for this route cost about $17, but can be found for as cheap as $5.

Is New York City to Albany a good day-trip?

New York City to Albany does make a good day-trip if you take a direct bus. Direct bus routes can get to Albany in as fast as 2 hours and 45 minutes, meaning you can enjoy a full day in Albany before returning.

The earliest bus leaves NYC for Albany around 6:45 a.m., and the last bus from Albany back to New York City departs around 11:00 p.m. With that kind of flexibility, you could make it to Albany early, do some sightseeing, and still make it back home at a reasonable time.

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York to Albany right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from New York to Albany?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, US$29.13 was the low point for bus fares from New York to Albany. Buses from Albany to New York are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than US$29.13 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 10 days in advance. By doing so, you could save US$7.39 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 3 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 135 miles (217 kilometers) from New York, NY to Albany, NY. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Albany. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 08:00 and the last bus leaves at 18:00. To see the times for all buses from New York to Albany, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

What bus companies travel from New York to Albany?

There are 3 bus lines from New York, New York to Albany, New York. With 6 daily trips, Adirondack Pool usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Adirondack Pool62h 57mUS$28.76
Greyhound33h 59mUS$28.17
Pine Hill Kingston23h 49mUS$42.50

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

New York, New York has two bus stations with service to Albany, New York:

  • Port Authority Bus Station
  • GW Bridge Bus Station - 4211 Broadway

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Albany, New York:

  • Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St
  • SUNY Albany - 1400 Washington Ave at Collins Cir

Price trends for buses from New York to Albany

Average prices by travel date

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Albany, NY
4.6
Based on 43 ratings and reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Adirondack Pool report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 20 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.3
Value
3.4
Condition
4.1
Alexandra
5.0
4 October 2019Visiting family
Pros
bus arrived on time
Cons
bus left late
Raquel
5.0
9 August 2019Visiting family
Pros
Driver was safe
Cons
Bathroom was filthy! Could smell it from my seat
Joseph
4.0
26 July 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The driver was amazing
Naomi
3.0
24 July 2019Visiting family
Pros
arrived a few minutes early
Cons
I purchased a ticket from Wanderu that was supposed to drop off at SUNY Albany - Collins Circle. The driver said he would only drop off at the Renssalear Rail Station. He did not drop me off at the ticket destination - I had to find a ride from Renssalear.
Tips
Do not expect to be dropped off in the correct location.
Carol
4.0
9 June 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was quick and very safe driving.
Cons
Very large passengers should purchase 2 seats and not sit on the other passengers
Tips
This bus is always packed. Get on the boarding line early if you want your choice of seats. I've taken this trip with Adirondack pool many times and this was the only time I got sat on and the trip was quick so I feel it was a good deal.

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
3.0
Value
3.0
Condition
5.0
Pearl
5.0
27 November 2019Visiting family
Pros
Ride was smooth and safe despite hindrances. Bus driver drove safely.
Cons
Place bus on exact location as advertised. The location was on the roadside and not at the address advertised. If the bus was on time, I would have missed my bus. I could not find the bus location easily and when the number was called, help was not readily available ...More
Tips
Wanderu was able to find a trip that was cheaper that the other carriers. Thank you Wanderu!

Based on 13 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 60 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
3.9
Value
3.7
Condition
4.2
Aaron
5.0
8 June 2020Visiting friends
Pros
Outlets
Jose
5.0
31 January 2020Visiting family
Pros
It’s ok
Celice
5.0
29 December 2019Solo travel
Pros
I appreciate the timing
Cons
The bus leaving was 40 min late
Alison
4.0
15 November 2019Visiting friends
Pros
I liked that we left & arrived on time.
Cons
The WiFi didn't work, the outlets didn't work, the bus seats could have more room & be cleaner
Tips
No
Jeanine
5.0
29 September 2019Couples trip
Pros
We will do this again

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 36 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.9
Staff
3.7
Value
4.0
Condition
4.4
Ena
5.0
6 March 2020Visiting friends
Pros
I had space to myself since it was an early morning bus and we arrived Albany 3 mins early.
Tips
Don't arrive late and pee before boarding because bus bathrooms are not for the faint-hearted.
Francisco
4.0
30 November 2019Visiting family
Pros
Ride was smooth
Cons
Seats and space
Tips
Try sitting alone seats are so close together
Andrew
5.0
18 October 2019Vacation
Pros
My Trip Was Good . I Like My Rest 💤 , Good Food & Travel Was Nice .
Cons
Maybe More Leg Room . & Snacks On The Bus .
Nathalie
4.0
12 July 2019Visiting family
Pros
I liked that there were several trips to choose from I liked that the stop and bus were clean
Cons
1) Thank goodness where we had to wait for the bus there was a tree so we didn’t have to stand in the hot sun that day! 2) We had to walk far away to find a toilet😓! Not fun! 3) there was no where to sit while waiting ☹️Not nice 4) have a plug for phone and WiFi 🥰
Tips
Go to the bathroom before you get to the bud stop
Deia
4.0
14 June 2019
Pros
It got me where I needed to go safely and on time, so I can't complain too much.
Cons
The bus we had was not the bus promised on the booking site - I needed an outlet to do work on my laptop and picked a trip that listed power as an option, but no dice once we got on board. Also, the signage at the boarding area was incorrectly labeled, causing several ...More
Tips
Take the bus amenities promised with a grain of salt...

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