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About Rensselaer

Rensselaer is a small town located just across the Hudson River from the New York State capital, Albany. The Amtrak train station that serves Albany is actually located within Rensselaer, so many commuters and vacationers alike will pass through the city when traveling in the Hudson River Valley.

Rensselaer itself boasts a rich industrial tradition, and it was known as a major railway hub in the 19th century. One of the appealing local attractions in town is the Crailo State Historic Site. The site is a manor house, built in 1707, that today serves as a museum dedicated to the culture of Dutch colonists in New York State. More museums, activities, parks, and sights are waiting just across the river in Albany for the curious traveler.

The city of Rensselaer is an important transportation hub for Amtrak trains throughout the region, which include the Amtrak Empire Service, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited, Amtrak Maple Leaf, and Amtrak Ethan Allen Express. Between these services, Amtrak connects Rensselaer to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and beyond. The nearest airport to the city is the Albany International Airport.

What train companies travel to Rensselaer, New York?

Located in New York, Rensselaer is accessible by train from 24 other cities. You can choose from 126 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Rensselaer on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Rensselaer are also available.

Train companies serving Rensselaer

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak2979h 40m$149.60
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited217h 41m$93.30
Amtrak Empire Service151h 56m$45.82
Amtrak Maple Leaf152h 50m$54.57
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express141h 38m$47.53
Amtrak Adirondack81h 38m$43.37
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is an overnight train that runs along some of the best shorelines in the U.S., connecting New York City and Boston with Chicago. The service provides top-tier amenities to its passengers, including free WiFi and dining onboard.

  • The Amtrak Empire Service is a rail line spanning the Empire Corridor, a rail route through New York state from New York City to Niagara Falls. Several Amtrak passenger trains service this route, providing travelers with multiple options when commuting between cities in New York State. The trains themselves feature free internet, cafe service with snacks, beverages, and meals, and comfortable seats to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Hudson River Valley and Upstate New York.

  • The Amtrak Maple Leaf is an international rail line that runs from New York City to Toronto. It stops at some popular locations on its way, including Niagara Falls and Albany. Onboard WiFi and a cafe car make travel on the Maple Leaf comfortable and convenient.

  • Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express line connects New York City to Rutland, Vermont. The scenic trip along the Hudson River Valley includes ten intermediate stops throughout New York and Vermont. This higher-speed rail service departs once daily. Onboard amenities include WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating options for added comfort.

  • Amtrak Adirondack is a cross-border international rail service linking New York City with Montreal in Canada. The ride across the state is very comfortable with generous seat widths and legroom, an onboard café service, power outlets for passenger use, and complimentary WiFi- not to mention gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley.

Which train carrier has the best service to Rensselaer?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Rensselaer by train with Amtrak Adirondack giving them a 5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Adirondack had the most comfortable train service to Rensselaer taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Adirondack offers. They rate Amtrak Adirondack a 5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Rensselaer punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Ethan Allen Express has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Rensselaer, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$9.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Rensselaer, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Rensselaer. In the last month, trains from Bennington to Rensselaer had the lowest average price at $11.00.

The main train station in Rensselaer is Albany-Rensselaer Train Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Rensselaer.

The closest airport to Rensselaer is Albany Intl Airport (ALB), it is located 7.9 miles from the city center of Rensselaer.
Among train travelers Rensselaer is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 26 in United States. Rensselaer ranks number 5 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Rensselaer via train service. On average 108 direct daily train trips serve Rensselaer.
The population of Rensselaer is 9433. Rensselaer ranks number 18 in terms of population in New York and number 428 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Rensselaer range from $9 for a short trip to Rensselaer, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Rensselaer starts at , and a longer trip by train to Rensselaer can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $9.
People who take the train to Rensselaer are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Rensselaer easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Rensselaer is Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, located just 0.1 miles away. Select Albany-Rensselaer Train Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Rensselaer. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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