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Albany - Rochester Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Albany to Rochester. Traveling by bus from Albany to Rochester usually takes around 6 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest Adirondack Pool bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance198 mi (319 km)
Shortest duration4h 55m
Cheapest price$47.00
Most frequent serviceAdirondack Trailways
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Albany to Rochester?

$49.43 is the average price of a bus ticket from Albany to Rochester. Any tickets cheaper than $49.43 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Albany to Rochester is expected to range from $51 to $60. If you are looking to travel to Rochester within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $51. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $51 and can be found on May 17, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Albany to Rochester by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $59 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 10 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $13.48 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Albany to Rochester?

There are 3 bus lines from Albany to Rochester available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 3 daily trips, Adirondack Trailways 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 Pool14h 55m$51.50
Adirondack Trailways37h 52m$60.21
Greyhound16h 10m$51.81
  • Adirondack Pool

    Adirondack Pool

    Part of the nationwide Trailways bus network, Adirondack Trailways serves routes across New York State. Most of its service connects the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley with New York City. On the Albany to Rochester route, Adirondack Trailways tickets are on average, but you can score a cheaper ticket as low as $50 if you book well in advance. Buses are comfortable and well-equipped with Wi-Fi, power outlets, restrooms, air conditioning, and reclinable seats with footrests.

  • Adirondack Trailways

    Adirondack Trailways

    Part of the nationwide Trailways bus network, Adirondack Trailways serves routes across New York State. Most of its service connects the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley with New York City. On the Albany to Rochester route, Adirondack Trailways tickets are on average, but you can score a cheaper ticket as low as $50 if you book well in advance. Buses are comfortable and well-equipped with Wi-Fi, power outlets, restrooms, air conditioning, and reclinable seats with footrests.

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 1 bus trips from Albany to Rochester every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 10 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Rochester usually start from $47.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Albany to Rochester 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 long is the bus ride from Albany to Rochester?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 198 miles from Albany to Rochester. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 55 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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.

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

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Albany?

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Albany to Rochester, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Albany to Rochester every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

City Information

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.

Rochester

Rochester, NY

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Perched on the shore on Lake Ontario, Rochester is an idyllic city with a small-town vibe, making it the perfect destination for those looking for some family-friendly fun. Rochester’s pride is Highland Park, which is one of the oldest arboretums in the U.S. Designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the park features idyllic paths cutting through treelines and fragrant lilac bushes. If you wish to marvel at the beauty of the Genesee River’s Gorge, go on a hiking trip on the Genesee Riverway Trail. For more cultural activities, George Eastman Museum, the world’s oldest photography museum, would be a great choice.

Rochester’s food scene features many quirky dishes, including the famous local garbage plate, which features your choice of meat along with decadent sides. For the best garbage plates, you might want to check out Nick Tahou Hots.

The city’s busiest bus station is the Trailways Terminal downtown. The station serves several bus carriers, including New York Trailways, Greyhound and OurBus, among others. The principal Amtrak train station is Louis M. Slaughter Station, which is located just across the street from the bus station. Rochester is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s commercial air services are served by the Greater Rochester International Airport, located 3 miles southwest of downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Albany?

Main departure station: Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

Albany has two bus stations with service to Rochester.

All bus stations in Albany:

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

  • Albany Bus Terminal

Where does the bus arrive in Rochester?

Main arrival station: Trailways Term - 186 Cumberland St

The intercity Trailways Terminal at 186 Cumberland St is the main bus station in Rochester, NY, and offers convenient travel right from the city's Central Business District. Both New York Trailways and Greyhound operate from the Trailways Terminal. The station offers a small indoor waiting area. Charles Carroll Plaza, Genesee Crossroads Park, and Aqueduct Park are among the popular places near the bus station. You can catch a bus from the Trailways Terminal to various destinations like New York City, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Ithaca. Locally, you can easily catch a public transit bus from Rochester Trailways Terminal to the Frederick Douglass - Greater Rochester International Airport. In addition, the bus station is a short walk away from Amtrak's Louise M. Slaughter Station.

All bus stations in Rochester:

  • Trailways Term - 186 Cumberland St

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