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Trip Summary

There is usually just one train option from New York to Altoona per day. The average train journey from New York to Altoona takes 6 hours and 38 minutes, but some Amtrak Pennsylvanian train trips are as short as 6 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance231 mi (371 km)
Fastest train6h 20m
Lowest price€54.50
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Pennsylvanian
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Altoona

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)




6 June 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Employees were extremely well mannered and helpful.



23 May 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

My son traveled alone and they made sure he was safe and comfortable and got to his dad and step mom safely !



19 August 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Pennsylvanian

Lots of comfort

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from New York to Altoona was €54.50. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Altoona if you book your train tickets at least 16 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra €57.62.

Monthly average prices


Ticket prices for the train from New York to Altoona 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 €79,

If you're thinking of traveling from New York to Altoona during July, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of €101 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in July, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


If you're looking to save on your train trip from New York to Altoona, book online with Wanderu at least 16 days in advance. That way, you’ll save €57.62 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Altoona?

2 train services operate from New York to Altoona. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak17h 14m€105.69
Amtrak Pennsylvanian16h 20m€80.08
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from New York to Altoona every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €79.

  • The Amtrak Pennsylvanian runs daily between New York City and Pittsburgh, passing through cities such as Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The trains feature basic amenities such as a cafe car and free onboard WiFi and offer checked baggage service. A trip from New York to Altoona takes about 6 hours and 20 minutes on the Pennsylvanian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from New York to Altoona. 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 New York and Altoona is approximately 231 miles, or 371 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 38 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 20 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.

Trains departing from New York to Altoona tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

Most days, there is only one train which leaves New York at 07:00 and arrives in Altoona around 6 hours later.

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. Luckily, this train will get you to Altoona with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Altoona 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. 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.


Altoona, PA, US - ALT-0

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Altoona is a central Pennsylvania city located deep in the Alleghany Mountains, with prominent landmarks that appeal to art and history buffs and rail fans. The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark is a popular engineering site, while Altoona features skiable mountains with challenging slopes at Blue Knob and locations for mountain biking, tennis, swimming, and golf. Train fans can also check out the Railroaders Memorial Museum, while other landmarks include the Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament, Mishler Theatre, and Jaffa Shrine Center. Families can visit Lakemont Park with roller coasters, picnic spaces, and water slides.

Beer lovers will enjoy Altoona for its breweries and festivals, like the Annual Beer Wine Spirits Festival, Rails & Ales Brewfest, and the Annual Tyrone Hops & Vines Festivals. The city is always bustling with things to do, like live music shows, spoken word nights, yoga, and flower workshops. There are also several breweries to visit and bustling nightlife in the downtown area.

Hop on an Amtrak train or Amtrak Thruway bus to get to the city from anywhere in the country. Within Altoona, the Altoona Metro Transit provides bus and paratransit services to residents.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New York?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

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 Altoona?

Main arrival station: 1231 11th Ave

Altoona has one train station.

Train stations in Altoona:

  • 1231 11th Ave

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