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Journey Information

There are 62 intercity buses per day from New York to Albany. Traveling by bus from New York to Albany usually takes around 3 hours and 16 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance135 mi (217 km)
Shortest duration2h 20m
Cheapest price$15.00
Trips per day52
Most frequent servicePandaNY Bus
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from New York to Albany

(Based on 204 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

QUENIAH

February 22, 2024- Solo travel

Wanda Coach

Pros: Got to and from safe. Cons: The timing and communication. The vus going to NYC from Albany was over 40 min late. We wouldn't have known anything if almost everyone waiting didn't call the bus company multiple times to know what was happening. An email would have eliminated all that. Also with nowhere to wait inside, that's not good when the temperature was so low. Tips: Be on time and if you can get a ride so they can let you sit in the car when the weather is bad. Bring things to snack on.

4.0

Teresita

February 19, 2024- Visiting friends

PandaNY Bus

Cons: The windows were rattling a lot, especially the emergency window. Almost shaking out of the frames. Felt unsafe. Also, someone was smoking on the bus and no one enforced the no smoking policy. Was disruptive for me especially while I had a sinus infection, even though I was masked. Not a fan of smelling like cigarettes and being a lifetime non smoker. Gross. Tips: Where a mask.

4.0

Kenya

February 19, 2024- Regular commuter

Wanda Coach

Pros: Nothing much, it was very cramped and seating was bad. Cons: Their system for assigning seats and making sure people have enough space and not crammed up on each other. Tips: Head to bus early and hope for open seats.

4.0

Karen

February 17, 2024- Visiting family

Wanda Coach

Cons: They can improved people stop smoking 🚬 and the bus. Tips: People need to stop smoking on the bus it's health for others.

5.0

Stephanie

January 21, 2024- Vacation

PandaNY Bus

It was a quick and good trip.

New York to Albany Route Map

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

Bus tickets for a trip from New York to Albany cost $28.29 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

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If you're planning to travel by bus from New York to Albany in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $26 to $39. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on March 13, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Albany this week, bus tickets are available starting at $28.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from New York to Albany is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $19. If you're planning to take the bus from New York to Albany during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $27. 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 27 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $6.12 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Albany?

There are 6 bus lines from New York to Albany available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 24 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 34m$36.47
Greyhound173h 24m$37.97
OurBus34h 1m$27.97
PandaNY Bus242h 51m$23.63
Peter Pan Lines45h 44m$51.63
Wanda Coach52h 45m$18.00
  • 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 17 bus trips from New York to Albany every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 24 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Albany usually start from $21.

  • 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 $15, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from New York to Albany 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 New York to Albany, with prices starting from $18.

  • Book Peter Pan Lines from New York to Albany from $41. There are 4 trips per day offered by Peter Pan Lines from New York to Albany and you can expect on average to pay for a Peter Pan Lines ticket to Albany. In New York, Peter Pan Lines departs to Albany from 321 W 42nd St and one other station. In Albany, Peter Pan Lines arrives at 66 Green Street .

    An average trip on Peter Pan Lines from New York to Albany takes 5 hours and 44 minutes , while the fastest available Peter Pan Lines trip will get you to Albany in 2 hours and 20 minutes .

    On weekends, Peter Pan Lines offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Albany.

  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 5 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from $18 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 New York and Albany.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Amtrak offers 12 daily routes from New York City to Rensselaer, which is just across the Hudson River from Albany. The duration of the routes range from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes. Tickets through Amtrak start at $35, but average closer to $47. The first train departs at 7:00 a.m. EDT, while the last train of the day departs at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

The best way to travel to Albany from New York City is by bus. Although taking a train is an option, it is more expensive and there are only 12 daily routes through Amtrak.

Traveling by bus, there are 5 companies that offer this route, with 33 daily scheduled trips between them. The duration of the trip ranges from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 7 hours. On average, bus tickets for this route cost about $17, but can be found for as cheap as $5.

New York City to Albany does make a good day-trip if you take a direct bus. Direct bus routes can get to Albany in as fast as 2 hours and 45 minutes, meaning you can enjoy a full day in Albany before returning.

The earliest bus leaves NYC for Albany around 6:45 a.m., and the last bus from Albany back to New York City departs around 11:00 p.m. With that kind of flexibility, you could make it to Albany early, do some sightseeing, and still make it back home at a reasonable time.

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 16 minutes to cover the 135 miles from New York to Albany. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. 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.

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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Albany, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 62 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 52 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 New York to Albany; ticket prices start at $39.00.

City Information

New York

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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.

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 New York?

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Main departure 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

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • New York, NY

  • 152 E Broadway

  • 103 Canal St

  • Madison Ave btwn E 33rd and 34th St

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • 321 W 42nd St

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • 42 4th Ave

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

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

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

Main arrival station: 66 Green Street

Buses arrive in Albany at 8 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Albany:

  • 66 Green Street

  • 1245 Central Ave

  • 128 Central Ave.

  • Albany Bus Terminal

  • Albany (SUNY)

  • 259 Central Ave

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

  • 737 Albany Shaker Rd

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