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Journey Information

New York to Albany bus - cost & duration

Cheapest priceCA$30.28
Shortest Duration2h 45m
Trips per day10
Bus lines3

New York to Albany Route Map

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, CA$36.28 was the low point for bus fares from New York to Albany. Buses from Albany to New York are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than CA$36.28 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 26 days in advance. By doing so, you could save CA$7.97 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 3 hours and 13 minutes to cover the 135 miles (217 kilometers) from New York, NY to Albany, NY. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

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

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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. 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 10 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Albany every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

What bus companies travel from New York to Albany?

There are 3 bus lines from New York, New York to Albany, New York. With 6 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 Pool62h 56mCA$35.07
Greyhound24h 30mCA$34.17
Pine Hill Kingston23h 48mCA$53.63

Book Adirondack Pool from New York to Albany from CA$33. There are 6 trips per day offered by Adirondack Pool from New York to Albany and you can expect on average to pay CA$35 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 Term - 34 Hamilton St and one other station. An average trip on Adirondack Pool from New York to Albany takes 2 hours and 56 minutes, while the fastest available Adirondack Pool trip will get you to Albany in 2 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Adirondack Pool offers 7 trips per day. A one way ticket costs CA$35 for a weekend trip to Albany.

Book Greyhound from New York to Albany from CA$30. There are 2 trips per day offered by Greyhound from New York to Albany and you can expect on average to pay CA$34 for a Greyhound ticket to Albany. In New York, Greyhound departs to Albany from GW Bridge Bus Station - 4211 Broadway and one other station. In Albany, Greyhound arrives at Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St and one other station. An average trip on Greyhound from New York to Albany takes 4 hours and 30 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Albany in 2 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs CA$34 for a weekend trip to Albany.

Book Pine Hill Kingston from New York to Albany from CA$54. There are 2 trips per day offered by Pine Hill Kingston from New York to Albany and you can expect on average to pay CA$54 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 SUNY Albany - 1400 Washington Ave at Collins Cir and one other station. An average trip on Pine Hill Kingston from New York to Albany takes 3 hours and 48 minutes, while the fastest available Pine Hill Kingston trip will get you to Albany in 2 hours and 45 minutes, On weekends, Pine Hill Kingston offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs CA$54 for a weekend trip to Albany.

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

New York, New York has two bus stations with service to Albany, New York:

  • Port Authority Bus Station
  • GW Bridge Bus Station - 4211 Broadway

Where does the bus arrive in Albany?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Albany, New York:

  • Albany Bus Term - 34 Hamilton St
  • SUNY Albany - 1400 Washington Ave at Collins Cir

Price trends for buses from New York to Albany

Average prices by travel date

CA$57CA$38CA$19FebMar

Monthly average prices

CA$63CA$50CA$38CA$25CA$13MAMJJASONDJF

Prices as travel date approaches

CA$63CA$50CA$38CA$25CA$133020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 43 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Aaron

June 8, 2020 - Visiting friends

Greyhound

OutletsOutlets

5.0

Ena

March 6, 2020 - Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: I had space to myself since it was an early morning bus and we arrived Albany 3 mins early. Tips: Don't arrive late and pee before boarding because bus bathrooms are not for the faint-hearted. Pros: I had space to myself since it was an early morning bus and we arrived Albany 3 mins early. Tips: Don't arrive late and pee before boarding because bus bathrooms are not for the faint-hearted.

5.0

Jose

January 31, 2020 - Visiting family

Greyhound

It’s okIt’s ok

5.0

Celice

December 29, 2019 - Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: I appreciate the timing. Cons: The bus leaving was 40 min late. Pros: I appreciate the timing. Cons: The bus leaving was 40 min late.

4.0

Francisco

November 30, 2019 - Visiting family

Megabus

Pros: Ride was smooth. Cons: Seats and space. Tips: Try sitting alone seats are so close together. Pros: Ride was smooth. Cons: Seats and space. Tips: Try sitting alone seats are so close together.

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