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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Boston to Albany. Traveling by bus from Boston to Albany usually takes around 4 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in 3 hours,

Distance139 mi (223 km)
Shortest duration3h 0m
Cheapest price$30.99
Trips per day2
Most frequent servicePeter Pan Lines
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Boston to Albany

(Based on 20 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Kristen

June 28, 2024- Visiting family

Peter Pan Lines

Pros: The Driver's were friendly and drove safely. Cons: The seats were very uncomfortable. Tips: Travel with some type of neck pillow there's no where to lay your head back and get some rest.

5.0

JEONGWOO

May 4, 2024- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Albany's landscape! Cons: Thank you Wanderu! Tips: Boston South Station 1 floor has warm systems all during night for waiting a bus customer!

5.0

Christine

September 8, 2022- Visiting family

Greyhound

Clean, spacious bus. Not full.

4.0

Mabel

July 25, 2022- Visiting friends

Greyhound

My driver did not know where the Albany station was and was lost for 10 mins

5.0

Zainab

July 19, 2022- Business

Greyhound

Friendly and helpful driver. the trip was the duration stated

How much is a bus ticket from Boston to Albany?

Bus tickets for a trip from Boston to Albany cost $45.51 on average. Tickets cheaper than $45.51 are an excellent bargain. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Boston to Albany in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $31 to $50. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 15, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Albany this week, bus tickets are available starting at $31.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from Boston to Albany is usually cheapest in January, when the average ticket price is only $36. If you're planning to take the bus from Boston to Albany during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $48. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 17 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $9.30 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Boston to Albany?

There are 3 bus lines from Boston to Albany available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 11 daily trips, Peter Pan Lines usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound24h 4m$39.93
OurBus13h 11m$47.90
Peter Pan Lines115h 26m$54.17
  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 2 bus trips from Boston to Albany every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 4 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Albany usually start from $31.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from $45, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Boston to Albany if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from Boston to Albany from $43. There are 11 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from Boston to Albany and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Albany. In Boston, Peter Pan Lines departs to Albany from Logan Airport Visitor Center and one other station. In Albany, Peter Pan Lines arrives at 66 Green Street .

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from Boston to Albany takes 5 hours and 26 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Albany in 3 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 11 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Albany.

Frequently Asked Questions

Trains do go to Greater Albany from Boston: The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited arrives at the Albany-Rensselaer Station after traveling at least 5 hours from Boston. The bus may be a better option, though. Buses from Boston can arrive in Albany in as little as 3 hours 15 minutes, and while the average train ticket costs around $100, bus tickets cost about $28.
Boston to Albany does not make for a great day-trip. The earliest bus from Boston arrives in Albany at 10:55 a.m., and the latest bus departs Albany back to Boston at 4:10 p.m. That leaves just over 5 hours in Albany, which isn’t really enough to fully enjoy the city. You’re better off staying overnight, or spending a full weekend there.
Albany is slightly closer to New York City than Boston. The fastest bus from Boston to Albany takes around 3 hours 15 minutes, while the fastest bus from New York to Albany takes about 2 hours 40 minutes.

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 52 minutes to cover the 139 miles from Boston to Albany. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Albany. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 7:00am and the last bus leaves at 1:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Boston to Albany, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Boston to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love tasting the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Albany

As the capital city of New York state, Albany is blessed with many historic buildings and quaint quarters, making it the perfect city to take a stroll around. One of the city’s top attractions is the famous New York State Capitol Building, a stately structure that has been around since as far as the 19th century. If you wish to learn more about the city’s rich history, head over to Bidwell House museum, which is actually a restored home filled with impressive artifacts. While staying in Albany, do take the time to visit The Egg, a unique-looking building that will certainly satisfy your architectural curiosity.

For a great dinner with a quirky twist, head over to Canvas, Corks and Forks - Schenectady. For some of the best BBQ dishes in town, don’t hesitate to give Warehouse Grill & BBQ a shot.

The busiest bus station in the area is the Albany Bus Terminal. The bus station welcomes buses from New York, Boston, Baltimore, and many other places. The nearest Amtrak train station is located in the neighboring town of Rensselaer, NY. The city’s principal airport is the Albany International Airport, located six miles northwest of Albany.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Boston?

Main departure station: Logan Airport Visitor Center

Buses to Albany leave from 4 stations in Boston.

All bus stations in Boston:

  • Logan Airport Visitor Center

  • South Station

  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

  • 39 Dalton St

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

Main arrival station: 66 Green Street

Buses arrive in Albany at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Albany:

  • 66 Green Street

  • Albany Bus Terminal

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

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