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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Rensselaer to New York. Traveling by train from Rensselaer to New York usually takes around 2 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 2 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance134 mi (216 km)
Fastest train2h 23m
Lowest price€30.36
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rensselaer, NY to New York, NY

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)




5 June 2021 - Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

On time and efficieny

On time and efficieny



13 June 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

The punctuality, departing and arrival on time.

The punctuality, departing and arrival on time.


Mary Anne

6 December 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

On time, scape to plugin devices

On time, scape to plugin devices



27 September 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

Beautiful ride along the Hudson River

Beautiful ride along the Hudson River



24 July 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Adirondack



How do you find cheap train tickets from Albany to New York?

In the last month, €30.36 was the average price of a train ticket from Rensselaer, NY to New York, NY. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. 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 €13.88 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 Rensselaer to New York will vary between €30 and €35. Planning a train trip to New York within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Rensselaer over the next 7 days is €30. 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 Rensselaer to New York by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €33 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rensselaer to New York in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €41 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 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to New York from Rensselaer will be about €13.88 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Rensselaer to New York?

There are 4 train lines with service from Rensselaer, New York to New York, New York. Amtrak Empire Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service72h 33m€32.66
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express12h 35m€32.92
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 32m€36.34
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 40m€33.27

Frequently Asked Questions

How come the train leaves from Rensselaer and not Albany?

The Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station is the train station that serves the Albany area. Although it is right across the Hudson River from downtown Albany, the station is technically located in Rensselaer, NY.

What is the cheapest train from Albany to NYC?

Amtrak has several lines that run from the Albany-Rensselaer Station in Albany to New York City. Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited line offers the cheapest average price at about $49, but there is only one Lake Shore Limited trip offered per day. If you need to take a different train that fits your schedule better, all Amtrak tickets for this trip typically cost around $50, or just over.

Is there an express train from Albany-Rensselaer to NYC?

There is technically an express train from Rensselaer to NYC: Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express between New York City and Rutland, VT, is designated express, but the trip from Rensselaer to New York usually takes about 2 hours 35 minutes and as little as 2 hours 20 minutes — just like the other Amtrak options for this route.

Is there a bus from Albany to New York?

There are 23 direct bus trips per day from Albany to New York, with tickets averaging about $23. Bus lines that cover this route include Adirondack Pool, Adirondack Trailways, Greyhound, Megabus and Peter Pan Lines. Buses leave from within Albany rather than Rensselaer.

Is it safe to travel by train from Rensselaer to New York 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.

How long is the train ride from Albany to New York?

The distance between Rensselaer and New York is approximately 134 miles, or 216 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 23 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

What is the busiest day for trains from Albany to New York?

Trains from Albany to New York are the busiest on Wednesday. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Sunday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Rensselaer at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. 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 New York?

There are 10 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Rensselaer to New York.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New York to Rensselaer. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Rensselaer to New York for €12.64.

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 Rensselaer?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Rensselaer.

Where is the train station in New York?


Arrival stations

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.

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