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Trip Summary

3 trains operate daily from Boston to Syracuse. The train trip from Boston to Syracuse is usually about 12 hours and 18 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train can get you there in as little as 8 hours and 54 minutes.

Distance263 mi (423 km)
Fastest train8h 54m
Lowest price$45.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Boston to Syracuse

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Jigyasha

January 22, 2023- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I was traveling alone and I felt very safe and comfortable.Each of the staff were very friendly and helpful. Cons: Everything is perfect. Tips: Please try Amtrak.

5.0

Anthony

March 6, 2022

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: A continuous pattern that consists of excellence across the board. Cons: Honestly I would improve the way luggage is boarded. Tips: Just don't take my window seat.

5.0

Thienan

December 19, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: fast and easy more space than if I had flown there was an outlet to charge phone free wifi good selection of food. Cons: faster wifi.

5.0

Rayne

November 18, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: easy to plan and book. Cons: the mobile website for train tracking had some glitches.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Boston to Syracuse is $119.17, Tickets are generally pricier for this train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. By booking your trip at least 29 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $80.92 more.

Average prices by travel date

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For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Boston to Syracuse will range from $98 to $206. If you're planning to travel by train to Syracuse in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Boston you can find in the next 7 days is $121. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Boston to Syracuse often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only $106. If you're thinking of traveling from Boston to Syracuse during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $160 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you're looking to save on your train trip from Boston to Syracuse, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $80.92 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Boston to Syracuse?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak214h 2m$188.23
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited18h 58m$80.01
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Boston to Syracuse every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $83.

  • 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 Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St in Boston and arrives at Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir in Syracuse. The route takes about 8 hours and 58 minutes and ticket prices start at $45.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Boston and Syracuse is approximately 263 miles, or 423 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 12 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 54 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.

Trains from Boston to Syracuse are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Boston at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Syracuse. 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 Syracuse 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 tasting 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.

Syracuse

Syracuse, NY

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Syracuse might not be the top destination for tourists in New York, but it does have plenty of quirky and fun destinations for all age groups. Upon your first arrival to the city, don’t miss out on the chance to take a stroll around the historic Armory Square, considered to be the top destination by locals. The square also features plenty of restaurants and nightclubs if you are looking for the quarter with the best nightlife in town. If you want to mingle with a good crowd for some fun, the Carrier Dome, which is located within the campus of Syracuse University, will offer the adrenaline rush you need. For those seeking a more culturally-inclined activity, head towards the Everson Museum of Art and marvel at the most significant collection of American ceramics in the country.

Syracuse features a vibrant and diverse food scene. If you enjoy brunch, Modern Malt, a local favorite, is the place to be. And for some amazing authentic Cuban dishes, head to Esquina Habanera.

The busiest bus and train station in the city is the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center. From there you can catch an Amtrak train or a bus run by Greyhound, New York Trailways, OurBus or Jefferson Lines to various cities, including New York, Boston, and Albany. Syracuse is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is the principal airport in the city, and it is located five miles northwest of downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Main departure station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

Where is the train station in Syracuse?

Regional Transportation Center (1 Walsh Cir) - SYRAMT-0

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Main arrival station: Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

Opened in 1998, the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (commonly referred to as the RTC) serves as a multi-service stop for travel throughout Central New York. The Transportation Center serves several Amtrak train lines, including the Empire Service, the Maple Leaf, and the Lake Shore Limited, as well as Greyhound and Trailways buses. As the central ground travel hub in Syracuse, the station provides transport for roughly 153,000 people annually. In addition to providing easy access to local landmarks such as the Destiny USA shopping center and the NBT Bank Stadium, the RTC can also take you further afield to popular destinations such as Niagara Falls, New York City, and Washington, D.C., among other places. At the RTC, you will find a Dunkin' Donuts, as well as a Great States newsstand. The free WiFi and climate-controlled waiting area make it a pleasant place to wait for your bus or train.

All train stations in Syracuse:

  • Regional Transportation Center - 1 Walsh Cir

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