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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from New York to Rochester. Traveling by train from New York to Rochester usually takes around 7 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 6 hours and 48 minutes.

Distance251 mi (404 km)
Fastest train6h 48m
Lowest price$53.00
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Jane

August 21, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Surprisingly clean and spacious. Really good trip!

Surprisingly clean and spacious. Really good trip!

4.0

Abigail

June 25, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: I enjoyed the nice view from the train. The on-train staff were very nice and friendly, and the train food wasn’t bad. I especially appreciated the vegan food options in the train. Cons: The train station staff in New York were not friendly. The checked baggage p...

Pros: I enjoyed the nice view from the train. The on-train staff were very nice and friendly, and the train food wasn’t bad. I especially appreciated the vegan food options in the train. Cons: The train station staff in New York were not friendly. The checked baggage police was confusing on the train information received with my ticket, and when I went to customer service to ask about what I should do, they were quite rude/indifferent to my questions. Tips: Overall, I enjoyed this experience. I would travel by this train again.

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5.0

Beverly

April 1, 2021

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: I wiped down the seats and they was dirty and I notice that you guys don't go and wipe or spray seats down after someone leave. Cons: Keep in mind that the virus is still alive and keep your patience safe. Tips: Travel with your Clorox wipes and disinfectant spra...

Pros: I wiped down the seats and they was dirty and I notice that you guys don't go and wipe or spray seats down after someone leave. Cons: Keep in mind that the virus is still alive and keep your patience safe. Tips: Travel with your Clorox wipes and disinfectant spray.

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5.0

Colista

January 2, 2020- Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: I loved the windows and the very very spacious seats. I was able to rest a lot. Cons: Hmmmm, I say nothing. Nothing needed to be improved. The ride was very comfortable thank you. Tips: Enjoy the spacious seats!

Pros: I loved the windows and the very very spacious seats. I was able to rest a lot. Cons: Hmmmm, I say nothing. Nothing needed to be improved. The ride was very comfortable thank you. Tips: Enjoy the spacious seats!

5.0

Vincenza

September 30, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Very convenient way to travel

Very convenient way to travel

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

In the last month, $53.97 was the average price of a train ticket from New York, NY to Rochester, NY. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $35.01 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 Rochester will vary between $53 and $63. Planning a train trip to Rochester within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from New York over the next 7 days is $53. 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 Rochester 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 $56 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Rochester in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $69 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 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Rochester from New York will be about $35.01 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from New York to Rochester?

There are 3 train lines with service from New York, New York to Rochester, New York. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service26h 50m$62.05
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited17h 27m$74.38
Amtrak Maple Leaf16h 54m$59.52

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from New York to Rochester 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 Rochester?

The distance between New York and Rochester is approximately 251 miles, or 404 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 48 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 from New York to Rochester are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded 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 3:00pm. 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 Rochester?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from New York to Rochester.

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

Rochester

Rochester, NY

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Perched on the shore on Lake Ontario, Rochester is an idyllic city with a small-town vibe, making it the perfect destination for those looking for some family-friendly fun. Rochester’s pride is Highland Park, which is one of the oldest arboretums in the U.S. Designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the park features idyllic paths cutting through treelines and fragrant lilac bushes. If you wish to marvel at the beauty of the Genesee River’s Gorge, go on a hiking trip on the Genesee Riverway Trail. For more cultural activities, George Eastman Museum, the world’s oldest photography museum, would be a great choice.

Rochester’s food scene features many quirky dishes, including the famous local garbage plate, which features your choice of meat along with decadent sides. For the best garbage plates, you might want to check out Nick Tahou Hots.

The city’s busiest bus station is the Trailways Terminal downtown. The station serves several bus carriers, including New York Trailways, Greyhound and OurBus, among others. The principal Amtrak train station is Louis M. Slaughter Station, which is located just across the street from the bus station. Rochester is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The city’s commercial air services are served by the Greater Rochester International Airport, located 3 miles southwest of downtown.

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.

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Arrival stations

Rochester has one train station.

Need a return trip from Rochester to New York?

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