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Trip Summary

There are 20 daily trains from Rensselaer to Boston. Traveling by train from Rensselaer to Boston usually takes around 18 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train can make the trip in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance138 mi (222 km)
Fastest train4h 55m
Lowest price€12.78
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rensselaer to Boston

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.2

5.0

Richard

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.

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.

4.0

Iqra

21 December 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Space to move around and the ability to places my luggage wherever it worked if not in the space provided (others may have less or more baggage). Cons: Maybe its just me but the chairs made me super-stiff plus the wifi existed but kept disconnecting my device as ...

Pros: Space to move around and the ability to places my luggage wherever it worked if not in the space provided (others may have less or more baggage). Cons: Maybe its just me but the chairs made me super-stiff plus the wifi existed but kept disconnecting my device as well as the folks around me. Tips: Sooner u get in line, the more likely you are to get a window seat with the outlets right next to u.

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4.0

Kevin

25 June 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Price was very good. I was fairly comfortable throughout the ride. Cons: Perhaps more coach cars.

Pros: Price was very good. I was fairly comfortable throughout the ride. Cons: Perhaps more coach cars.

4.0

Teresa

26 February 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It gets you where you need to go. Cons: The heat was cranked up and made the trip very uncomfortable. Car temp should be much cooler. Tips: Wear light clothing.

Pros: It gets you where you need to go. Cons: The heat was cranked up and made the trip very uncomfortable. Car temp should be much cooler. Tips: Wear light clothing.

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

In the last month, €100.39 was the average price of a train ticket from Rensselaer to Boston. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €71.90 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€148€98€49AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Rensselaer to Boston will vary between €50 and €134. Planning a train trip to Boston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Rensselaer over the next 7 days is €86. 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

€221€177€133€89€44SONDJFMAMJJA

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Rensselaer to Boston by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €106 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rensselaer to Boston in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €210 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

€172€138€103€69€343020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Boston from Rensselaer will be about €71.90 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Rensselaer to Boston?

2 train services operate from Rensselaer to Boston. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 17 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak171d 0h 23m€165.74
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited312h 36m€74.71
  • 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 17 Amtrak trains from Rensselaer to Boston every day, as well as 13 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €28.

  • 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 Union Station in Rensselaer and arrives at South Station in Boston. The route takes about 12 hours and 36 minutes and ticket prices start at €13.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Rensselaer to Boston 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Rensselaer to Boston?

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.

How long is the train journey from Rensselaer to Boston?

The distance between Rensselaer and Boston is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 55 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 Rensselaer to Boston on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday 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 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.

Is there a direct train from Rensselaer to Boston?

There are 20 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

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 Renssalaer, 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

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 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

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

  • Union Station

  • Union Station

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

  • 125 W 14th St

  • 321 Main St

  • MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave

  • Schenectady, New York

  • Louise M. Slaughter Station

  • Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

  • 2702 W Washington St

  • Salesforce Plaza

  • 55 Dick Rd

  • Bus Terminal - 709 5Th Ave S

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Main arrival station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

Train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

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