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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Schenectady to Rochester. Traveling by train from Schenectady to Rochester usually takes around 3 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in 3 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance187 mi (301 km)
Fastest train3h 33m
Lowest price€31.30
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines3

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

In the last month, €31.30 was the average price of a train ticket from Schenectady, NY to Rochester, 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 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €10.68 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Schenectady to Rochester 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 €32 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Schenectady to Rochester in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €37 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 23 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Rochester from Schenectady will be about €10.68 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Schenectady to Rochester?

There are 3 train lines with service from Schenectady, New York to Rochester, New York. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service23h 46m€32.64
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited23h 34m€32.69
Amtrak Maple Leaf13h 33m€55.64

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Schenectady to Rochester 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 Schenectady to Rochester?

The distance between Schenectady and Rochester is approximately 187 miles, or 301 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 39 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 33 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 Schenectady to Rochester are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Schenectady at 10:00 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 Schenectady to Rochester?

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Schenectady to Rochester.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Rochester to Schenectady. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Schenectady to Rochester for €40.60.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Schenectady?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Schenectady.

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Arrival stations

Rochester has one train station.

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