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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from New York to Buffalo. Traveling by train from New York to Buffalo usually takes around 8 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in 7 hours and 59 minutes.

Distance292 mi (471 km)
Fastest train7h 59m
Lowest price$68.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York, NY to Buffalo, NY

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Masoodur

September 23, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: I was happy and best luck to Amtrak. Cons: Reduce time so increase speed. Tips: Yes.

Pros: I was happy and best luck to Amtrak. Cons: Reduce time so increase speed. Tips: Yes.

5.0

Selina

September 21, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Spacious. Cons: Staff behaviour!

Pros: Spacious. Cons: Staff behaviour!

5.0

Erik

August 20, 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: chance to let someone else do the driving while we relax and enjoy the scenery. Cons: Upgrade the cars amenities like phone charging in both coach and business class. Seem very dated.

Pros: chance to let someone else do the driving while we relax and enjoy the scenery. Cons: Upgrade the cars amenities like phone charging in both coach and business class. Seem very dated.

4.0

Jasmine

July 13, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: It was very for family and friends. Cons: The WiFi need to be working I couldn’t get in contact with my family and friends to let them know where I was because I am a Taurus that don’t have a data plan. Tips: Make sure you got a data plan on your phone just in ca...

Pros: It was very for family and friends. Cons: The WiFi need to be working I couldn’t get in contact with my family and friends to let them know where I was because I am a Taurus that don’t have a data plan. Tips: Make sure you got a data plan on your phone just in case the train doesn’t have a Wi-Fi plan and you will be fine for the rest of the ride.

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5.0

Patricia

January 5, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: The train ride was relaxing and comfortable. Cons: The bathroom on the train from Buffalo to NY-Penn was not the cleanest. It could have been 100% cleaner. Tips: BE ON TIME.

Pros: The train ride was relaxing and comfortable. Cons: The bathroom on the train from Buffalo to NY-Penn was not the cleanest. It could have been 100% cleaner. Tips: BE ON TIME.

New York to Buffalo Route Map

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What is the price of a train ticket from New York to Buffalo?

In the last month, $70.05 was the average price of a train ticket from New York, NY to Buffalo, NY. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 28 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $22.33 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 New York to Buffalo will vary between $68 and $124. Planning a train trip to Buffalo within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New York over the next 7 days is $68. 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 New York to Buffalo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $70 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Buffalo in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $85 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 28 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Buffalo from New York will be about $22.33 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Buffalo?

2 train services operate from New York, New York to Buffalo, New York. Amtrak Empire Service 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
Amtrak Empire Service28h 4m$83.89
Amtrak Maple Leaf18h 0m$76.60
  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from New York to Buffalo start from $68, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Buffalo. Amtrak Empire Service in New York leaves from Penn Station . And in Buffalo trains arrive at 75 Exchange St .

    From New York to Buffalo train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 8 hours and 4 minutes. If you are looking to get to Buffalo faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 59 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Service offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Buffalo.

  • Amtrak Maple Leaf

    Amtrak Maple Leaf

    Amtrak Maple Leaf train tickets from New York to Buffalo start from $68, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Maple Leaf schedules to Buffalo. Amtrak Maple Leaf in New York leaves from Penn Station . And in Buffalo trains arrive at 75 Exchange St .

    From New York to Buffalo train travel on Amtrak Maple Leaf takes 8 hours and 0 minutes. If you are looking to get to Buffalo faster, Amtrak Maple Leaf offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 7 hours and 59 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Buffalo on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Maple Leaf scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from New York.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York to Buffalo 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train 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 train.

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 long is the train journey from New York to Buffalo?

The distance between New York and Buffalo is approximately 292 miles, or 471 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 59 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?

Trains departing from New York to Buffalo tend to have the most passangers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Wednesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs New York at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. 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 New York to Buffalo?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from New York to Buffalo.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Buffalo to New York. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from New York to Buffalo for $20.00.

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.

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.

Buffalo

Buffalo is a great budget destination that will not burn through your pocket. Located just a few hours’ drive away from Niagara Falls, the city serves as a transportation hub for tourists who want to marvel at the sights of the famous landmark. Visitors can either enjoy the tour from a boat, or walk around the section behind the falls themselves. If you opt for a more idyllic and peaceful destination instead, Forest Lawn is a good choice. A beautiful cemetery that is far from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the destination is a perfect spot for a picnic. As the day winds down to an end, don’t hesitate to attend a performance at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, which features lavish interiors as well as amazing Broadway shows.

Buffalo’s chicken wings are the city’s trademark dish, and tourists who wish to grab a bite could do so at Duff’s Famous Wings or Anchor Bar. For a wider selection, The Left Bank is an even better option.

The principal bus station in Buffalo is the Metropolitan Transportation Center downtown. Travelers can catch buses by Greyhound, New York Trailways, Fullington Trailways and Barons Bus Lines from this station. The main Amtrak train station in Buffalo is located on Exchange St not too far from the bus station. Buffalo is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s principal airport is the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which is located in the suburb area of Cheektowaga. The city is also served by the nearby Niagara Falls International Airport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New York?

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Departure stations

Pennsylvania Station, or just Penn Station, is the main train station in New York City. All Amtrak trains to and from NYC use Penn Station as their only train stop in Manhattan. Penn Station offers easy connections to various other types of transportation, including commuter rail (the Long Island Rail Road and the NJ Transit both operate out of Penn Station), airport transit, and six lines of the NYC Subway, making it the busiest train station in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the heart of Manhattan, right by the world-famous Madison Square Garden, Penn Station is close to various points of interest such as Times Square and the Empire State Building, as well as many restaurants and retail stores.

All train stations in New York:

  • Penn Station

Where is the train station in Buffalo?

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Arrival stations

Situated in a busy area, the Amtrak Station on Exchange Street is a central hub of transportation for the city of Buffalo. The primary services provided by the station include the Amtrak train lines, Empire Service and Maple Leaf, as well as intercity buses on Amtrak Thruway. The station is not the first passenger train station on Exchange Street, as there have been four previous stations on the same street. The most recent building includes a state-of-the-art waiting area as well as drop-off and pick-up zones. The station also features a parking lot with plenty of spaces. Possible destinations from Buffalo include Niagara Falls and New York City.

All train stations in Buffalo:

  • 75 Exchange St

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