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How to get to Albany by bus

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What is a good price for a bus ticket to Albany?

$5.75 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Albany, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Albany. In the last month, buses from Colonie to Albany had the lowest average price at $5.88.

Where is the bus station in Albany, NY?

The busiest bus station in Albany is Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St. As Albany's main station, it has the most buses coming and going. However, a popular alternative is SUNY Albany - 1400 Washington Ave at Collins Cir.

Where should you stay in Albany?

The best areas to stay in Albany are Downtown and Pine Hills. Albany Bus Terminal, the busiest bus station in Albany, is located right Downtown, which will make it easy to navigate from the bus terminal to your hotel. Downtown Albany is also thick with attractions, including theaters, museums and parks.

Pine Hills, a popular area with college students, is slightly northwest of the city center and easily accessible from Albany Bus Terminal by a direct ride on the 114 bus. Pine Hills is a lively neighborhood, filled with local restaurants and bars.

Ten Broeck Triangle is another neighborhood located close to the Albany Bus Terminal, just a mile away. This historic corner of Albany has some good eateries, too, and some very reasonably priced accommodations in charming brick buildings.

What is the best way to get around Albany?

The best way to get around Albany without a car is to ride local buses, which are operated by the Capitol District Transportation Authority (CDTA). The CDTA offers transportation to many major Albany landmarks, including the New York State Capitol, The Egg performance center, and Washington Park. The base fare for a bus ride is $1.50.

If you’re staying in the Downtown area near the Albany Bus Terminal, the city is also fairly walkable.

What are some places to visit in Albany?

Albany is the state capital of New York, so you’ll want to take a free tour of the New York State Capitol building. The city’s museums include the Albany Institute of History & Art (where you can view the previously misidentified mummy Ankhefenmut), the New York State Museum (which is only .7 miles from the Albany Bus Terminal), and the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum where the USS Slater — the last Destroyer Escort ship from World War II — stays afloat.

For interesting and historical architecture, check out the Schuyler Mansion, site of Alexander Hamilton’s wedding to Elizabeth Schuyler, the Ten Broeck Mansion (built in 1797), Cherry Hill, the Lark Street district, and (for something more modern) the performing arts center known as The Egg for its unique shape.

If you’re up for a longer bus ride, consider visiting Watervliet Shaker Historic District, America’s first Shaker settlement or the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

What are some good restaurants in Albany?

Albany has some good restaurant options that are both affordable and easily accessible by bus.

Iron Gate Cafe is a charming breakfast, brunch and lunch spot near Washington Park, and Cider Belly is a tasty spot for donuts if you’re closer to Downtown.

A Better Bite is perfect for lunch or a mid-afternoon meal break between the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History & Art.

For dinner, great options include The Cuckoo’s Nest and The City Beer Hall (which has more than just beer, although a free personal pizza does come with each beer you buy).

Finally, for a splurge option, make a reservation at the New World Bistro Bar, where executive chef Chef Ric Orlando of Food Network fame offers a small but delicious menu.

What is the best time to visit Albany by bus?

Summer and fall are probably the best times to visit Albany by bus. Summer is the busiest tourist season, which means you’ll likely find both the highest prices for accommodations and the most events. Fall weather is slightly warmer and less rainy than spring, plus it’s a better season for avoiding other tourists.

Winter is not a great season to visit Albany, especially by bus. Albany can get very cold, and winter weather conditions can make roads slippery for bus travel.

New York

There are 10 scheduled buses per day from New York to Albany. The route can be as long as 135 miles, or 217 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 3 hours and 16 minutes. There are 3 bus lines that operate on this route. Adirondack Pool has the most daily buses. Buses from New York usually arrive in Albany at Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St.
Avg. Time
3h 16m
Avg. Price
$30.41

Newark

There are 9 scheduled buses per day from Newark to Albany. The route can be as long as 135 miles, or 216 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 5 hours and 39 minutes. One bus company, Greyhound, connects Newark to Albany. Buses from Newark usually arrive in Albany at Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St.
Avg. Time
5h 39m
Avg. Price
$27.57

Abilene

There are 8 scheduled buses per day from Abilene to Albany. The route can be as long as 1581 miles, or 2543 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 49 hours . One bus company, Greyhound, connects Abilene to Albany. Buses from Abilene usually arrive in Albany at Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St.
Avg. Time
2d 1h 0m
Avg. Price
$181.50

Ridgewood

There are 8 scheduled buses per day from Ridgewood to Albany. The route can be as long as 118 miles, or 189 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 2 hours and 42 minutes. There are 3 bus lines that operate on this route. Adirondack Pool has the most daily buses. Buses from Ridgewood usually arrive in Albany at Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St.
Avg. Time
2h 42m
Avg. Price
$29.28

Birmingham

There are 6 scheduled buses per day from Birmingham to Albany. The route can be as long as 948 miles, or 1525 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 38 hours and 8 minutes. One bus company, Greyhound, connects Birmingham to Albany. Buses from Birmingham usually arrive in Albany at Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St.
Avg. Time
1d 14h 8m
Avg. Price
$234.33
Located in New York, Albany is accessible by bus from 254 other cities. You can choose from 504 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Albany on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Bus companies serving Albany

Greyhound

There are 121 scheduled Greyhound buses per day. Greyhound can get you to Albany from 120 cities, including Newark.
Greyhound
Greyhound
Avg. Time
19h 36m
Avg. Price
$94.25

Jefferson Lines

There are 72 scheduled Jefferson Lines buses per day. Jefferson Lines can get you to Albany from 99 cities, including Luverne.
Jefferson Lines
Jefferson Lines
Avg. Time
1d 21h 37m
Avg. Price
$201.02

Adirondack Trailways

There are 55 scheduled Adirondack Trailways buses per day. Adirondack Trailways can get you to Albany from 26 cities, including Colonie.
Adirondack Trailways
Adirondack Trailways
Avg. Time
3h 37m
Avg. Price
$34.20

Pine Hill Kingston

There are 18 scheduled Pine Hill Kingston buses per day. Pine Hill Kingston can get you to Albany from 12 cities, including Fleischmanns.
Pine Hill Kingston
Pine Hill Kingston
Avg. Time
5h 5m
Avg. Price
$32.23

Adirondack Pool

There are 21 scheduled Adirondack Pool buses per day. Adirondack Pool can get you to Albany from 10 cities, including New York.
Adirondack Pool
Adirondack Pool
Avg. Time
2h 37m
Avg. Price
$25.42

Trailways NY Pool

There are 6 scheduled Trailways NY Pool buses per day. Trailways NY Pool can get you to Albany from 4 cities, including Batavia.
Trailways NY Pool
Trailways NY Pool
Avg. Time
10h 36m
Avg. Price
$47.87

Trailways NY

There are 6 scheduled Trailways NY buses per day. Trailways NY can get you to Albany from 4 cities, including Gouverneur.
Trailways NY
Trailways NY
Avg. Time
7h 9m
Avg. Price
$50.54

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