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Journey Information

There are 29 intercity buses per day from New York to Rochester. Traveling by bus from New York to Rochester usually takes around 8 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Wanda Coach bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance251 mi (404 km)
Shortest duration5h 40m
Cheapest price$26.48
Trips per day16
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from New York to Rochester

(Based on 98 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

yu

May 27, 2024- Visiting friends

FlixBus US

Pros: it's good,sometimes when it stop,I can buy some food. Cons: time is so long. Tips: no.

4.0

Olalekan

May 24, 2024- Business

FlixBus US

Cons: Temperature in the bus was too low. The temperature could be increased slightly. I was also assigned a nonexistent seat. Tips: Arrive early and bring a hoodie or sweater in case the temperature in the bus is too low. I forgot to do this and was cold throughout most of the trip.

5.0

Chike victor

May 23, 2024- Solo travel

Wanda Coach

Pros: Smooth ride. Cons: To stop on more locations. Tips: Relax and enjoy the ride.

5.0

Shadari

April 20, 2024- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: I absolutely loved everything about my trip. It was short but I would definitely take that long hours ride for him again. Cons: The amount of time we have when stopping for breaks. Tips: BRING A NECK PILLOW AND A BLANKET TO SLEEP COMFORTABLE. THE SEATS ARE ALREADY SLIGHTLY UNCOMFORTABLE. MAKE IT WORK.

5.0

Kristin M

April 7, 2024- Solo travel

FlixBus US

Pros: It's quiet efficient and comfortable. Tips: Seriously nice people.

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

Bus tickets for a trip from New York to Rochester cost $57.64 on average. Tickets cheaper than $57.64 are an excellent bargain. 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 Rochester in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $51 to $68. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on July 17, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Rochester this week, bus tickets are available starting at $55.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from New York to Rochester is usually cheapest in May, when the average ticket price is only $50. If you're planning to take the bus from New York to Rochester during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $71. 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 24 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $19.20 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Rochester?

There are 6 bus lines from New York to Rochester available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 daily trips, Greyhound 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 Trailways88h 19m$75.81
FlixBus US87h 1m$62.06
Greyhound108h 59m$59.96
OurBus16h 55m$45.85
PandaNY Bus16h 30m$40.87
Wanda Coach15h 40m$37.45
  • 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.

  • 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 8 trips per day from New York to Rochester, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 Rochester every day, with the average journey taking around 8 hours and 59 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Rochester usually start from $26.

  • 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 $29, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from New York to Rochester 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 Rochester, with prices starting from $30.

  • Wanda Coach is one of the leading Chinatown bus carriers in the U.S. The company offers 1 daily bus trips to and from more than 70 cities across the East Coast and the Midwest. With bus ticket prices starting from $30 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 Rochester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Five companies offer bus trips from New York to Rochester: Adirondack Trailways, Greyhound, Megabus, Trailways NY Pool and OurBus. OurBus and Megabus have the cheapest average prices of the group, but with only 1 OurBus and 3 Megabus trips per day, tickets may sell out quickly, so make sure to book in advance.

Yes, there are three Amtrak Lines that offer service from New York City to Rochester: Amtrak Empire Service, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited and Amtrak Maple Leaf.

However, with only 4 daily trips between them — the absolute shortest train ride taking about 6 hours 40 minutes with tickets costing around $70 — the train may not be the most efficient or budget-friendly way for you to get to Rochester. Bus trips on this route take as little as 5 hours 35 minutes and cost an average of $44. With 19 daily trips, it will also be easier to find a bus that fits your schedule.

The best way to get to Rochester from NYC depends on your priorities, but taking the bus is a great option. The bus costs just $44 on average, compared to an average price of $69.50 for a train ticket and a much higher price for a flight. The bus can also be even faster than a train, taking as little as 5 hours 35 minutes to make a trip that takes a train at least 6 hours 38 minutes.

The bus takes an average of 8 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 251 miles from New York to Rochester. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 40 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.

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, 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 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Rochester, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 29 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Rochester every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 16 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 Rochester; ticket prices start at $57.00.

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.

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 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

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

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • Chinatown - 28 Allen St (eastside b/w Hester and Canal St)

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

  • 7-11 - Jd Foods

  • 95 Canal St

  • New York, NY

Where does the bus arrive in Rochester?

Main arrival station: Rochester Bus Stop

Buses arrive in Rochester at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Rochester:

  • Rochester Bus Stop

  • 186 Cumberland St

  • Rochester International Airport (ROC) Arrivals

  • 733 Monroe Ave

  • 400 Jefferson Rd

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