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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo. Traveling by train from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo usually takes around 7 hours, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in 6 hours and 52 minutes.

Distance266 mi (428 km)
Fastest train6h 52m
Lowest price$65.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Donald

March 4, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: Train left on time. Cons: Train arrived an hour late mostly due to delays getting off the train. Tips: Give yourself 2 hours extra buffer when you arrive because the train could be an hour late.

Pros: Train left on time. Cons: Train arrived an hour late mostly due to delays getting off the train. Tips: Give yourself 2 hours extra buffer when you arrive because the train could be an hour late.

5.0

Carmela

October 4, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: I did not have to make the drive by myself from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo. It was relaxing, comfortable, and incredibly scenic with the leaves changing colors in early October. I’d spend much less money driving, but the train ride was totally worth it! I’ll definit...

Pros: I did not have to make the drive by myself from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo. It was relaxing, comfortable, and incredibly scenic with the leaves changing colors in early October. I’d spend much less money driving, but the train ride was totally worth it! I’ll definitely do this again. Cons: Give passengers a list of train etiquette :) People should know to speak in their ‘library’ voices when on the train. Tips: Use your ‘inside the library’ voice please. Bring headsets so others do not need to listen to your videos or conversations. Don’t have heated discussions on the phone or negotiate business. What is the matter with people?

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5.0

Dakota

June 2, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Service

The bathroom needs to be cleaned more in a regular basis

The bathroom needs to be cleaned more in a regular basis

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

In the last month, $68.66 was the average price of a train ticket from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo. 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 $35.05 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35AugAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo will vary between $65 and $98. Planning a train trip to Buffalo within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Poughkeepsie over the next 7 days is $65. 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 Poughkeepsie to Buffalo by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. 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 Poughkeepsie to Buffalo in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $71 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 Poughkeepsie will be about $35.05 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo?

2 train services operate from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo. 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 Service27h 3m$81.98
Amtrak Maple Leaf16h 53m$84.25
  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    The Amtrak Empire Service is a rail line spanning the Empire Corridor, a rail route through New York state from New York City to Niagara Falls. Several Amtrak passenger trains service this route, providing travelers with multiple options when commuting between cities in New York State. The trains themselves feature free internet, cafe service with snacks, beverages, and meals, and comfortable seats to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Hudson River Valley and Upstate New York.

  • Amtrak Maple Leaf

    Amtrak Maple Leaf

    The Amtrak Maple Leaf is an international rail line that runs from New York City to Toronto. It stops at some popular locations on its way, including Niagara Falls and Albany. Onboard WiFi and a cafe car make travel on the Maple Leaf comfortable and convenient. A trip from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo takes about 6 hours and 53 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Poughkeepsie 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.

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.

How long is the train journey from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo?

The distance between Poughkeepsie and Buffalo is approximately 266 miles, or 428 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 6 hours and 52 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?

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Poughkeepsie to Buffalo. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Poughkeepsie at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 Poughkeepsie to Buffalo?

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Buffalo to Poughkeepsie.

City Information

Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie is nicknamed the second capital of New York for a good reason – the bustling city has breathtaking views of the Hudson River and is a quick weekend destination for New Yorkers. Art buffs can visit the Barrett Art Center and Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, while history lovers will enjoy the National Register of Historic Places. Poughkeepsie is a true university town with campuses for the Culinary Institute of America, Vassar College, and Marist College. If music is your thing, you can check what's playing at the iconic Barvadon Opera House. The city is also an excellent place for picnics and outdoor activities, especially on the riverfront.

Poughkeepsie is known for its wide range of restaurants, ranging from farm-to-table establishments to breweries and brewpubs. The craft beer scene is upcoming, with beer gardens and pubs to check out. Nightlife keeps the fun going with comedy clubs, champagne bars, and lounges.

Poughkeepsie is easily accessible via Amtrak. The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Empire Service, and Ethan Allen Express stop in Poughkeepsie en route to New York City, Philadelphia, Rensselaer, Newark, and other cities. The central and busiest station is 41 Main St, and many other trains make stops in and around Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie is also accessible by Greyhound buses. Most visitors and locals use the Newburgh Airport, only about 15 miles away, for air travel.

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 Poughkeepsie?

Main departure station: 41 Main St

There is one train station in Poughkeepsie.

All train stations in Poughkeepsie:

  • 41 Main St

Where is the train station in Buffalo?

75 Exchange St  - BNYAMT-2

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Main arrival station: 75 Exchange St

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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