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Journey Information

There are 16 intercity buses per day from New York to Albany. Traveling by bus from New York to Albany usually takes around 3 hours and 9 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 44 minutes.

Distance135 mi (217 km)
Shortest duration2h 44m
Cheapest price$14.99
Trips per day11
Most frequent serviceAdirondack Pool
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Albany, NY

(Based on 49 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Nathan

September 5, 2021- Solo travel

Adirondack Pool

Pros: We left on time and arrived early. Everything was clean and quiet. Tips: Great value overall.

Pros: We left on time and arrived early. Everything was clean and quiet. Tips: Great value overall.

5.0

Akilah Malaika

July 16, 2021- Visiting family

Adirondack Pool

Pros: I like the driver Jacki he did his job well. There was a complication but he navigated the situation well. Cons: Everything was fine.

Pros: I like the driver Jacki he did his job well. There was a complication but he navigated the situation well. Cons: Everything was fine.

5.0

Anastasia

July 9, 2021- Visiting friends

Adirondack Pool

Bathroom smell - I walked in and had to walk right out, it was unusable.

Bathroom smell - I walked in and had to walk right out, it was unusable.

4.0

Mohammed Rezaul

February 27, 2021- Vacation

Adirondack Pool

seatting arrangement is poor. Seats very close to each other.

seatting arrangement is poor. Seats very close to each other.

5.0

Aaron

June 8, 2020- Visiting friends

Greyhound

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New York to Albany Route Map

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

$32.32 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 $27 to $48. If you are looking to travel to Albany within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $27. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $27 and can be found on December 3, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Albany in September, 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $7.89 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Albany?

There are 5 bus lines from New York to Albany available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 daily trips, Adirondack Pool 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 Pool93h 1m$38.09
FlixBus US12h 50m$21.82
Greyhound43h 37m$34.76
OurBus22h 57m$25.86
Pine Hill Kingston23h 44m$44.00
  • Adirondack Pool

    Adirondack Pool

    Book Adirondack Pool from New York to Albany from $26. There are 9 trips per day offered by Adirondack Pool from New York to Albany and you can expect on average to pay for a Adirondack Pool ticket to Albany. In New York, Adirondack Pool departs to Albany from Port Authority Bus Station . In Albany, Adirondack Pool arrives at Albany Bus Terminal and one other station.

    An average trip on Adirondack Pool from New York to Albany takes 3 hours and 1 minutes , while the fastest available Adirondack Pool trip will get you to Albany in 2 hours and 44 minutes .

    On weekends, Adirondack Pool offers 9 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Albany.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 1 trips per day from New York to Albany, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 4 bus trips from New York to Albany every day, with the average journey taking around 3 hours and 37 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Albany usually start from $24.

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  • 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 $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.

  • Pine Hill Kingston

    Pine Hill Kingston

    Book Pine Hill Kingston from New York to Albany from $44. There are 2 trips per day offered by Pine Hill Kingston from New York to Albany and you can expect on average to pay for a Pine Hill Kingston ticket to Albany. In New York, Pine Hill Kingston departs to Albany from Port Authority Bus Station . In Albany, Pine Hill Kingston arrives at Albany Bus Terminal and one other station.

    An average trip on Pine Hill Kingston from New York to Albany takes 3 hours and 44 minutes , while the fastest available Pine Hill Kingston trip will get you to Albany in 2 hours and 44 minutes .

    On weekends, Pine Hill Kingston offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to 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.

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 New York to Albany?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 9 minutes to cover the 135 miles from New York to Albany. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 44 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?

Because many passengers travel from New York to Albany 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. 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 16 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 11 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.

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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Departure stations

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

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

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

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

  • McDonald's - 1651 Broadway

  • W 53rd St & 6th Ave

  • 44th St & 3rd Ave

  • AMC/Modell's Sporting Goods Lot

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

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Arrival stations

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

  • SUNY Albany - Collins Circle

Need a return trip from Albany to New York?

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