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Journey Information

There are 59 intercity buses per day from Albany to New York. Traveling by bus from Albany to New York usually takes around 3 hours and 6 minutes, but the fastest Wanda Coach bus can make the trip in 2 hours,

Distance135 mi (217 km)
Shortest duration2h 0m
Cheapest price$13.00
Trips per day50
Most frequent servicePandaNY Bus
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Albany to New York

(Based on 197 ratings and reviews)




November 25, 2023- Visiting family

PandaNY Bus

Pros: I was able to rest. Cons: The people being respectful not smoking. Tips: Be respectful to the driver and passengers.



November 21, 2023- Visiting friends

Adirondack Trailways

Pros: Best. Cons: NA.



November 11, 2023- Visiting friends

Wanda Coach

Pros: Easy and a good price. Cons: Thw arrival time was wrong And impossible, even in no traffic. Just update the arrival time. No sense in telling people it'll be 2 hours when that simply isn't possible.



November 10, 2023- Visiting friends

Wanda Coach

Pros: The price of the ticket was very nice! Cons: Expand to have more drop-off and pickup spots.



October 25, 2023- Business

Wanda Coach

Pros: My first time traveling to NYC by Wanda Bus and it was fast and easy. They had USB connections for you phone/Ipad ... just have to bring you own cord. Cons: A/c could have been cooler but it wasn't too Bad. Tips: Buy Tickets in advance...

How much is a bus ticket from Albany to New York?

Bus tickets for a trip from Albany to New York cost $22.87 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. 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


Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Albany to New York is expected to be between $24 and $30. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is December 5, 2023, when tickets are available for December 5, 2023. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $24.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Albany to New York are at their cheapest average price in May. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $19. On the other hand, traveling on this route during August might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for August trips cost $27, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 23 days in advance to save up to $5.95.

What bus companies travel from Albany to New York?

There are 6 bus lines from Albany to New York available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 23 daily trips, PandaNY Bus 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
Adirondack Trailways153h 29m$36.66
Greyhound93h 37m$39.27
OurBus13h 8m$29.22
PandaNY Bus232h 59m$22.95
Peter Pan Lines14h 45m$48.00
Wanda Coach112h 39m$16.31
  • Adirondack Trailways connects areas in New York such as the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley with New York City, serving a total of 94 cities. Some of its top routes include those going to Albany, Ithaca, and Syracuse. Onboard, Adirondack Trailways vehicles have Wi-Fi for internet connectivity on the move and additional amenities, including power outlets, restrooms, air conditioning, overhead lighting, and reclinable seats with footrests.

  • 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 9 bus trips from Albany to New York every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 37 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to New York usually start from $25.

  • 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 $13, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Albany to New York if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Panda NY Bus is an American bus company known as a Chinatown bus line that conducts trips to and from some of the largest and most unique Chinatown districts on the eastern seaboard. Aboard Panda NY buses, you can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets, comfortable reclining seats, and a restroom. Panda NY offers some of the cheapest bus tickets from Albany to New York, with prices starting from $15.

  • Peter Pan Bus Lines is one of the biggest bus carriers in the Northeast region of the United States. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, the company offers affordable bus tickets and comfortable bus trips to over a dozen destinations across nine states and the District of Columbia. Peter Pan is known for their reliable bus service and green certified modern coaches that offer amenities such as onboard restrooms, free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom between seats. Running an average of 1 bus trips every day during the week and 1 trips on weekends, Peter Pan is one of the main bus carriers between Albany and New York, offering bus tickets as low as $48.
  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 11 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from $13 and convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, Wanda Coach is one of the preferred bus carriers for passengers looking to travel between the Chinatown districts of Albany and New York.

Frequently Asked Questions

The fastest bus from Albany to New York City is operated by OurBus, and takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes. OurBus tickets for this route average about $32. However, OurBus only has 1 bus per day on this route. If that sells out, you can consider traveling by Greyhound, which takes about 3 hours and has tickets averaging $26.
There are 30 daily scheduled trips from Albany to NYC between 6 bus carriers. Out of those 30 trips, 20 are direct routes that do not require a transfer. The typical duration for a direct bus between Albany and New York is between 2 and 3.5 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. The earliest bus leaves Albany at 2:00 a.m. EDT, with the latest bus departing at 11:00 p.m. EDT.
Even though the duration of a train trip is the same amount as a bus trip, bus routes are a bit cheaper. Train tickets average about $47, whereas bus tickets average just $20. Traveling by train has the added advantage that you’re not subject to traffic and weather conditions, so if arriving on time is more important to you than saving money, the train may be a better option.

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 135 miles from Albany to New York. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Albany to New York at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Albany to New York, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 59 scheduled buses that travel from Albany to New York every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 50 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Albany to New York; ticket prices start at $38.00.

City Information


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.

New York


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. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

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. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Albany?

Main departure station: 128 Central Ave.

Buses to New York leave from 8 stations in Albany.

All bus stations in Albany:

  • 128 Central Ave.

  • 1245 Central Ave

  • 66 Green Street

  • Albany Bus Terminal

  • Albany (SUNY)

  • 1256 Central Ave

  • 259 Central Ave

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

Where does the bus arrive in New York?

New York, NY -  Port Authority Bus Station - NYCPAS-0

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Main arrival station: Port Authority Bus Station

Port Authority Bus Terminal is the largest bus station in New York City. First opened in 1950, it is the main Manhattan bus stop for various regional and nationwide bus carriers that provide intercity transportation to and from NYC such as Greyhound, NY Trailways, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and Ourbus, among many others. Port Authority’s central location just steps away from Times Square provides easy connections to various other forms of transportation, including 13 lines of the NYC Subway, 11 lines of the NYC Bus, over 60 lines of the NJ Transit Bus, and shuttle services to each of the three airports in New York’s metropolitan area. At the terminal, you will find a variety of fast food restaurants and convenience stores, as well as a USPS branch and a bowling alley.

All bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • 6th Ave between 31st St and 32nd St

  • 152 E Broadway

  • Port Authority - 301 W 41st St

  • 103 Canal St

  • Madison Ave btwn E 33rd and 34th St

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

  • 47 Chrystie St

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • Park Avenue South (b/w E 26th St. and E 27th St.)

  • 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

  • 42 4th Ave

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