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Trip Summary

There are 17 daily trains from New York to Schenectady. Traveling by train from New York to Schenectady usually takes around 6 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 3 hours and 3 minutes.

Distance145 mi (234 km)
Fastest train3h 3m
Lowest price€34.58
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Schenectady

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)




22 March 2022- Couples trip

Amtrak Empire Service

Very organized, clean train and stations. Helpful, courteous workers.

Very organized, clean train and stations. Helpful, courteous workers.



6 June 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Cons: Good. Tips: Good.

Cons: Good. Tips: Good.



4 July 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Very fast. Cons: Not so many ppl in one car. Tips: Book in advance.

Pros: Very fast. Cons: Not so many ppl in one car. Tips: Book in advance.



19 June 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: On time. Cons: Add more schedule for departure fromNYC. Tips: Be there One hour. earlier than your time.

Pros: On time. Cons: Add more schedule for departure fromNYC. Tips: Be there One hour. earlier than your time.



15 August 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: Good service. Smooth ride. Cons: Everything was good. Tips: None.

Pros: Good service. Smooth ride. Cons: Everything was good. Tips: None.

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

In the last month, €72.93 was the average price of a train ticket from New York to Schenectady. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €43.77 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from New York to Schenectady will vary between €64 and €116. Planning a train trip to Schenectady within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New York over the next 7 days is €73. 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


If you are trying to decide when to travel from New York to Schenectady by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €40 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Schenectady in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €95 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


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Schenectady from New York will be about €43.77 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Schenectady?

There are 5 train lines with service from New York to Schenectady. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 12 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak127h 28m€99.44
Amtrak Empire Service23h 8m€47.63
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express13h 9m€42.62
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited13h 47m€51.57
Amtrak Maple Leaf13h 18m€40.39
  • 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 12 Amtrak trains from New York to Schenectady every day, as well as 58 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €44.

  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from New York to Schenectady start from €35, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Schenectady. Amtrak Empire Service in New York leaves from Penn Station . And in Schenectady trains arrive at Schenectady, New York .

    From New York to Schenectady train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 3 hours and 8 minutes. If you are looking to get to Schenectady faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 3 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Service offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Schenectady.

  • 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 Schenectady are usually around on the Ethan Allen Express, but you can find deals for as low as €35. 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 Penn Station in New York and arrives at Schenectady, New York in Schenectady. The route takes about 3 hours and 47 minutes and ticket prices start at €35.

  • 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 Schenectady takes about 3 hours and 18 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York to Schenectady 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 New York to Schenectady?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from New York to Schenectady. 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 New York to Schenectady?

The distance between New York and Schenectady is approximately 145 miles, or 234 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 3 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from New York to Schenectady on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs New York at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 New York to Schenectady?

There are 17 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Schenectady. 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 Schenectady 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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New York?

Departure stations

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

All train stations in New York:

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • Newark Penn Station

  • 110 Callahan Dr

  • Penn Station

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • Union Station

  • 7519 Staples Mill Rd

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • Newark Intl Airport

  • Union Station

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • Amtrak/Metro North Station

  • Metro-North Station - 1 Railroad Plz

  • 525 Water St

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