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Journey Information

There are 46 intercity buses per day from New York to Albany. Traveling by bus from New York to Albany usually takes around 3 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Distance135 mi (217 km)
Shortest duration2h 29m
Cheapest price$9.00
Trips per day40
Most frequent servicePandaNY Bus
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York to Albany

(Based on 113 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Brenda

November 21, 2022- Visiting family

Wanda Coach

Pros: THE BUS WAS EASY TO BOARD, ARRIVED ON TIME AND GOT ME TO MY DESTINATIN FOR A GREAT PRICE. Cons: THE SMELL WAS BAREABLE BUT COULD DEF BE IMPROVED. Tips: GET TO THE BUS ON TIME CUS IT LEAVES ON THE DOT.

Pros: THE BUS WAS EASY TO BOARD, ARRIVED ON TIME AND GOT ME TO MY DESTINATIN FOR A GREAT PRICE. Cons: THE SMELL WAS BAREABLE BUT COULD DEF BE IMPROVED. Tips: GET TO THE BUS ON TIME CUS IT LEAVES ON THE DOT.

4.0

ZHENGMAO

November 18, 2022- Business

Adirondack Trailways

the seat could be softer

the seat could be softer

4.0

Linette

November 18, 2022- Visiting friends

Wanda Coach

Pros: The ride wasn’t so bad , got there safe & not exactly on time but right at a good time. Cons: Nothing from now. Tips: Be there on time !!

Pros: The ride wasn’t so bad , got there safe & not exactly on time but right at a good time. Cons: Nothing from now. Tips: Be there on time !!

5.0

Jasmine

November 6, 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: I would travel again and again!! Cons: Nothing. Tips: Amazing!!

Pros: I would travel again and again!! Cons: Nothing. Tips: Amazing!!

5.0

Greta

November 5, 2022- Regular commuter

Wanda Coach

Pros: It was on-time and very enjoyable. Cons: My charger can't work in the bus.

Pros: It was on-time and very enjoyable. Cons: My charger can't work in the bus.

New York to Albany Route Map

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

$20.12 is the average price of a bus ticket from New York to Albany. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from New York to Albany is expected to range from $18 to $25. If you are looking to travel to Albany within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $18. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $18 and can be found on December 12, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $26 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Albany in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $32 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

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 28 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $5.79 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the 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 17 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 Trailways123h 18m$34.53
Greyhound103h 26m$32.17
OurBus23h 5m$17.72
PandaNY Bus172h 46m$23.95
Peter Pan Lines15h 20m$48.00
Wanda Coach52h 46m$13.00
  • Adirondack Trailways

    Adirondack Trailways

    Book Adirondack Trailways from New York to Albany from $30. There are 12 trips per day offered by Adirondack Trailways from New York to Albany and you can expect on average to pay for a Adirondack Trailways ticket to Albany. In New York, Adirondack Trailways departs to Albany from Port Authority Bus Station . In Albany, Adirondack Trailways arrives at Albany Bus Terminal and one other station.

    An average trip on Adirondack Trailways from New York to Albany takes 3 hours and 18 minutes , while the fastest available Adirondack Trailways trip will get you to Albany in 2 hours and 29 minutes .

    On weekends, Adirondack Trailways offers 14 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Albany.

  • 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 10 bus trips from New York to Albany every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 26 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Albany usually start from $22.

  • OurBus

    OurBus

    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 $9, 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.

  • PandaNY Bus

    PandaNY Bus

    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 $13.

  • Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Lines

    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 New York and Albany, offering bus tickets as low as $48.
  • Wanda Coach

    Wanda Coach

    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 $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 New York and Albany.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train that goes from New York City to Albany?

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.

What is the best way to travel from New York City to Albany?

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.

Is New York City to Albany a good day-trip?

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York 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.

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.

How long is the bus ride from New York to Albany?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 4 minutes to cover the 135 miles from New York to Albany. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 29 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.

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

Buses departing from New York to Albany tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

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.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 46 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 40 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

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

  • 152 E Broadway

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

  • 103 Canal St

  • Madison Ave btwn E 33rd and 34th St

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • McDonald's - 1651 Broadway

  • GW Bridge Bus Station, Level 3, Slip 5

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

  • Madison Ave btwn E. 26th and 27th St

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

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

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Main arrival station: Albany Bus Terminal

The Albany Bus Terminal is a busy hub of intercity bus travel in downtown Albany. Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, Adirondack Trailways, and Peter Pan operate bus trips that stop at this station. The terminal has customer service staff on-site, as well as restrooms and a small cafe. Several parking lots are available around the station, and a hotel is available just down the street. It is only a few blocks to downtown Albany and the New York State Capitol complex from the station.

All bus stations in Albany:

  • Albany Bus Terminal

  • 128 Central Ave.

  • 259 Central Ave

  • 1245 Central Ave

  • 1400 Washington Ave

  • Albany SUNY Bus Stop (Collins Circle)

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