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Journey Information

Boston to Albany bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$24.00
Shortest Duration4h 40m
Trips per day2
Bus lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Amtrak go from Boston to Albany, NY?

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.

Is Boston to Albany a good day-trip?

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.

Is Albany closer to Boston or New York City?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Boston to Albany during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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 bus 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 bus.

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 much is a bus ticket from Boston to Albany?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $24.50 was the low point for bus fares from Boston to Albany. Buses from Albany to Boston are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $24.50 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 19 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $14.81 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours and 2 minutes to cover the 139 miles (223 kilometers) from Boston, MA to Albany, NY. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 40 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Boston?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am 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.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Boston to Albany. One bus is a direct connection, meaning that you can stay on the same vehicle for the entire trip, without having to transfer onto a connecting bus at any point.

What bus companies travel from Boston to Albany?

There is one bus company that operates from Boston to Albany. Greyhound is the one bus line that services this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different travel times to choose from each day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound25h 2m$31.43

Book Greyhound from Boston to Albany from $23. There are 2 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Boston to Albany and you can expect on average to pay $31 for a Greyhound ticket to Albany. In Boston, Greyhound departs to Albany from South Station Bus Terminal, In Albany, Greyhound arrives at SUNY Albany - 1400 Washington Ave at Collins Cir and one other station. An average trip on Greyhound from Boston to Albany takes 5 hours and 2 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Albany in 4 hours and 40 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Albany.

Where does the bus leave from in Boston?

Most buses depart from the main station in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • South Station Bus Terminal

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Albany, New York:

  • SUNY Albany - 1400 Washington Ave at Collins Cir
  • Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St

Price trends for buses from Boston to Albany

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15FebMar

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Boston, MA to Albany, NY

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Subira

December 27, 2019 - Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: Staff informed us when there was a delay. Cons: Bus was late to leave. Pros: Staff informed us when there was a delay. Cons: Bus was late to leave.

4.0

Joshua

December 19, 2019 - Visiting friends

OurBus

Pros: Was fast and cheap. Cons: Wasn't very comfortable. Wifi cut out and never came back. Pros: Was fast and cheap. Cons: Wasn't very comfortable. Wifi cut out and never came back.

4.0

Alison

June 14, 2019 - Visiting family

Greyhound

Didn't give us enough time to actually get food in the station in Springfield so I was really hungry. They gave us like 7 minutes to go all the way down the end to the station and I felt like they were going to leave if I waited in line for a sandwich. It suckedDidn't give us enough time to actually get food in the station in Springfield so I was really hungry. They gave us like 7 minutes to go all the way down the end to the station and I felt like they were going to leave if I waited in line for a sandwich. It sucked

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