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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from New York to Rensselaer. Traveling by train from New York to Rensselaer usually takes around 2 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance134 mi (216 km)
Fastest train2h 25m
Lowest price$36.00
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from New York to Rensselaer

(Based on 24 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Eren

January 5, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: Was on time pretty good. Cons: I will recommend to my friends. Tips: Good.

Pros: Was on time pretty good. Cons: I will recommend to my friends. Tips: Good.

5.0

Jacqueline

October 29, 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Great value. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: Great value. Cons: Nothing.

5.0

Jula

September 29, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

Everything was fine.

Everything was fine.

5.0

Leyla

August 28, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

The efficiency of the whole trip. It was easy to get on and arrival was on time as was departure. The scenery was beautiful and overall it was a very comfortable ride, I didn't worry about anything. It was nice.

The efficiency of the whole trip. It was easy to get on and arrival was on time as was departure. The scenery was beautiful and overall it was a very comfortable ride, I didn't worry about anything. It was nice.

5.0

Tammi L.

August 28, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: It was easy for us to manage and staff was very friendly and helpful. It was our first train trip in about 13 years. It was very enjoyable. Tips: Make sure you have electrical adapter for phone cord.

Pros: It was easy for us to manage and staff was very friendly and helpful. It was our first train trip in about 13 years. It was very enjoyable. Tips: Make sure you have electrical adapter for phone cord.

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

Typically $37.44 is the average price you should expect to pay for a train ticket to Rensselaer. At this price a train trip is a cheap way to travel from New York to Rensselaer. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20JanJan

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from New York to Rensselaer will vary between $36 and $46. Planning a train trip to Rensselaer within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New York over the next 7 days is $36. 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

$50$40$30$20$10FMAMJJASONDJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from New York to Rensselaer 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 $38 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Rensselaer in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $44 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

$75$60$45$30$153020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 19 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Rensselaer from New York will be about $21.85 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Rensselaer?

There are 4 train lines with service from New York to Rensselaer. Amtrak Empire Service is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service72h 34m$44.05
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express12h 35m$44.60
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 44m$48.92
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 35m$58.35
  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from New York to Rensselaer start from $36, and on average cost . Daily there are 7 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Rensselaer. Amtrak Empire Service in New York leaves from Penn Station . And in Rensselaer trains arrive at Albany-Rensselaer Train Station .

    From New York to Rensselaer train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 2 hours and 34 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rensselaer faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Service offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Rensselaer.

  • Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

    Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

    Amtrak Ethan Allen Express train tickets from New York to Rensselaer start from $36, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Ethan Allen Express schedules to Rensselaer. Amtrak Ethan Allen Express in New York leaves from Penn Station . And in Rensselaer trains arrive at Albany-Rensselaer Train Station .

    From New York to Rensselaer train travel on Amtrak Ethan Allen Express takes 2 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rensselaer faster, Amtrak Ethan Allen Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.

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

  • Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train tickets from New York to Rensselaer start from $36, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Lake Shore Limited schedules to Rensselaer. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited in New York leaves from Penn Station . And in Rensselaer trains arrive at Albany-Rensselaer Train Station .

    From New York to Rensselaer train travel on Amtrak Lake Shore Limited takes 2 hours and 44 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rensselaer faster, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Rensselaer.

  • Amtrak Maple Leaf

    Amtrak Maple Leaf

    Amtrak Maple Leaf train tickets from New York to Rensselaer start from $36, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Amtrak Maple Leaf schedules to Rensselaer. Amtrak Maple Leaf in New York leaves from Penn Station . And in Rensselaer trains arrive at Albany-Rensselaer Train Station .

    From New York to Rensselaer train travel on Amtrak Maple Leaf takes 2 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rensselaer faster, Amtrak Maple Leaf offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Rensselaer 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 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.

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 Rensselaer?

The distance between New York and Rensselaer is approximately 134 miles, or 216 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 25 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when trains 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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded trains to Rensselaer, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

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 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.

How many train departures serve Rensselaer each day?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 12 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 New York.

City Information

New York

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in New York?

New York, NY - Penn Station - NYCPEN-0

Main departure station: Penn Station

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 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 New York?

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