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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Rochester to New York. Traveling by train from Rochester to New York usually takes around 8 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 7 hours and 4 minutes.

Distance251 mi (404 km)
Fastest train7h 4m
Lowest price€44.83
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Ekiah

12 February 2021 - Couples trip

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Clean, not many stops! Quiet and great price. Cons: Lights being turned on and off wasn't sure why? WiFi was slow but we had a lot of people so I understand I used my personal hotspot instead! Tips: Nope.

Pros: Clean, not many stops! Quiet and great price. Cons: Lights being turned on and off wasn't sure why? WiFi was slow but we had a lot of people so I understand I used my personal hotspot instead! Tips: Nope.

5.0

Robert

9 May 2020 - Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Service

I haven't been on a train ride in 23 years. I enjoyed it very much besides the tree that hindered us for about an hour

I haven't been on a train ride in 23 years. I enjoyed it very much besides the tree that hindered us for about an hour

5.0

Henry

22 January 2020 -

Amtrak Empire Service

Wonderful

Wonderful

5.0

Beth

10 January 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: So easy to plan and everyone on your staff were very friendly and helpful. Cons: I can’t think of any yet it was my first time taking the train. But my sister and I plan on taking a train trip again we loved it!

Pros: So easy to plan and everyone on your staff were very friendly and helpful. Cons: I can’t think of any yet it was my first time taking the train. But my sister and I plan on taking a train trip again we loved it!

5.0

Kristie

3 November 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Employees were great, my one year old was great too. Easier than plane and car. My go to for kids

Employees were great, my one year old was great too. Easier than plane and car. My go to for kids

Rochester to New York Route Map

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

In the last month, €46.31 was the average price of a train ticket from Rochester, NY to New York, NY. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €33.63 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Rochester to New York will vary between €45 and €60. Planning a train trip to New York within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Rochester over the next 7 days is €47. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Rochester to New York by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €47 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rochester to New York in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €57 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 21 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to New York from Rochester will be about €33.63 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Rochester to New York?

There are 4 train lines with service from Rochester, New York to New York, New York. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak19h 13m€48.84
Amtrak Empire Service27h 19m€60.04
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited18h 49m€55.70
Amtrak Maple Leaf17h 58m€49.54
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    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 1 Amtrak trains from Rochester to New York every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €45.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Rochester 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 journey from Rochester to New York?

The distance between Rochester and New York is approximately 251 miles, or 404 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 11 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 4 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?

Trains from Rochester to New York are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Rochester at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 13:00. 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 Rochester to New York?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to New York. 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 New York to Rochester. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Rochester to New York for €16.92.

City Information

Rochester

Perched on the shore on Lake Ontario, Rochester is an idyllic city with a small-town vibe, making it the perfect destination for those looking for some family-friendly fun. Rochester’s pride is Highland Park, which is one of the oldest arboretums in the U.S. Designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the park features idyllic paths cutting through treelines and fragrant lilac bushes. If you wish to marvel at the beauty of the Genesee River’s Gorge, go on a hiking trip on the Genesee Riverway Trail. For more cultural activities, George Eastman Museum, the world’s oldest photography museum, would be a great choice.

Rochester’s food scene features many quirky dishes, including the famous local garbage plate, which features your choice of meat along with decadent sides. For the best garbage plates, you might want to check out Nick Tahou Hots.

The city’s busiest bus station is the Trailways Terminal downtown. The station serves several bus carriers, including New York Trailways, Greyhound and OurBus, among others. The principal Amtrak train station is Louis M. Slaughter Station, which is located just across the street from the bus station. Rochester is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s commercial air services are served by the Greater Rochester International Airport, located 3 miles southwest of downtown.

New York

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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 Rochester?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Rochester.

Where is the train station in New York?

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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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