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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Boston to Rensselaer. Traveling by train from Boston to Rensselaer usually takes around 7 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train can make the trip in 5 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance138 mi (222 km)
Fastest train5h 10m
Lowest price$13.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston to Rensselaer

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Laurel

December 19, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Even though it was not the train I was expecting (trip got moved to a bus) it was still a wonderful experience. Thanks for getting me home to my family during the holidays! Tips: When the train was moved over to a bus, we arrived on location about 2/ 2.5 hours ea...

Pros: Even though it was not the train I was expecting (trip got moved to a bus) it was still a wonderful experience. Thanks for getting me home to my family during the holidays! Tips: When the train was moved over to a bus, we arrived on location about 2/ 2.5 hours early so prepare for that!

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5.0

Peter

October 3, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: The staff Could not have been nicer Great trip! Cons: Nothing perfect!

Pros: The staff Could not have been nicer Great trip! Cons: Nothing perfect!

5.0

Leigh

August 23, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Spacious leg room. Tips: Bring a sweater.

Pros: Spacious leg room. Tips: Bring a sweater.

5.0

Glory

August 1, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Very cheap and comfortable enough. Cons: Better wifi.

Pros: Very cheap and comfortable enough. Cons: Better wifi.

4.0

Jason

February 21, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Travelling by train is very relaxing and you are given more space. Cons: It would be nice if the trip were a little faster. Tips: Going from Boston to Albany, the train may cost more than a bus and take longer but is a lot less stressful. You have more space to y...

Pros: Travelling by train is very relaxing and you are given more space. Cons: It would be nice if the trip were a little faster. Tips: Going from Boston to Albany, the train may cost more than a bus and take longer but is a lot less stressful. You have more space to yourself, plenty of legroom, the ability to walk around and perhaps get something from the cafe car. Can't beat it.

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What is the price of a train ticket from Boston to Rensselaer?

In the last month, $37.96 was the average price of a train ticket from Boston to Rensselaer. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $20.27 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Boston to Rensselaer will vary between $13 and $70. Planning a train trip to Rensselaer within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Boston over the next 7 days is $28. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Boston to Rensselaer by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $66 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Boston to Rensselaer in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $108 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 14 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Rensselaer from Boston will be about $20.27 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Boston to Rensselaer?

2 train services operate from Boston to Rensselaer. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak59h 13m$59.10
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited15h 16m$26.16
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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. On average, there are 5 Amtrak trains from Boston to Rensselaer every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $19.

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  • Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    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 Lake Shore Limited departs from South Station in Boston and arrives at Albany-Rensselaer Train Station in Rensselaer. The route takes about 5 hours and 16 minutes and ticket prices start at $13.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Boston to Rensselaer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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 train 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Boston to Rensselaer?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Boston to Rensselaer. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Boston to Rensselaer?

The distance between Boston and Rensselaer is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 10 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Boston to Rensselaer on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Boston at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 12:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Boston to Rensselaer?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Rensselaer. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Rensselaer to Boston.

City Information

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Boston?

Main departure station: 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Boston where you can board the train.

All train stations in Boston:

  • 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

  • 13 Batchelder Rd

  • New London Union Station

  • Exit 8 Transportation Center

  • Washington St at Railroad Sq

  • 455 Boston Post Rd Saybrook Junction Market Pl

  • Portsmouth Transp Ctr - 185 Grafton Rd

  • Concord Transportation Center

  • Mystic Train Station

  • 60 Lincoln St at Railroad Ave

  • Bangor Transportation Center

  • UNH Durham Transit Ctr - 3 Depot Rd

Where is the train station in Rensselaer?

Main arrival station: Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

Rensselaer has one train station.

All train stations in Rensselaer:

  • Albany-Rensselaer Train Station

Need a return trip from Rensselaer to Boston?

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