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Trip Summary

There are 17 daily trains from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie. Traveling by train from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie usually takes around 3 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 55 minutes.

Distance66 mi (106 km)
Fastest train0h 55m
Lowest price€21.04
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines5

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




10 November 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Quick and pleasant. Cons: Audio - announcing stops/stations. It was very dark out And because the lights were on inside the train you could not see out to determine which stop you were actually at. Being my first time on that train I was a little nervous I was g...

Pros: Quick and pleasant. Cons: Audio - announcing stops/stations. It was very dark out And because the lights were on inside the train you could not see out to determine which stop you were actually at. Being my first time on that train I was a little nervous I was going to miss my stop but I did not. Tips: Go for it!




4 October 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: I was nervous about traveling alone for the first time, but the staff made sure I knew where I was going. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: I was nervous about traveling alone for the first time, but the staff made sure I knew where I was going. Cons: Nothing.



3 June 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: Mostly spacely between the seats. Cons: Nothing, thanks for my ride. Tips: No.

Pros: Mostly spacely between the seats. Cons: Nothing, thanks for my ride. Tips: No.

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

In the last month, €29.87 was the average price of a train ticket from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie. 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 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €17.46 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 Poughkeepsie will vary between €28 and €41. Planning a train trip to Poughkeepsie 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 Poughkeepsie by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €24 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €36 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 Poughkeepsie from Rensselaer will be about €17.46 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie?

There are 5 train lines with service from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie. Amtrak is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak76h 53m€49.97
Amtrak Empire Service71h 1m€24.42
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express11h 0m€23.85
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited11h 3m€26.30
Amtrak Maple Leaf11h 0m€27.21
  • 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 7 Amtrak trains from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie every day, as well as 11 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €21.

  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    The Amtrak Empire Service is a rail line spanning the Empire Corridor, a rail route through New York state from New York City to Niagara Falls. Several Amtrak passenger trains service this route, providing travelers with multiple options when commuting between cities in New York State. The trains themselves feature free internet, cafe service with snacks, beverages, and meals, and comfortable seats to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Hudson River Valley and Upstate New York.

  • 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 Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie are usually around on the Ethan Allen Express, but you can find deals for as low as €21. 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 Albany-Rensselaer Train Station in Rensselaer and arrives at 41 Main St in Poughkeepsie. The route takes about 1 hours and 3 minutes and ticket prices start at €21.

  • 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 Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie takes about 1 hours and 0 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie 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 Poughkeepsie?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie. 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 Poughkeepsie?

The distance between Rensselaer and Poughkeepsie is approximately 66 miles, or 106 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 55 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Poughkeepsie.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie 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.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Rensselaer at 01:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 Poughkeepsie?

There are 17 scheduled trains on most days. 10 of these are direct connections to Poughkeepsie. 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 Poughkeepsie to Rensselaer.

City Information


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.

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

  • Albany International Airport

  • South Station

  • Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

  • 321 Main St

  • Louise M. Slaughter Station

  • 55 Dick Rd

  • Schenectady, New York

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • Union Station Transportation Center

  • Burlington International Airport

  • Downtown Transit Center - Pearl St

  • Highway 7 Park and Ride

  • Ferrisburgh Park & Ride

  • 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

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