Trains from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady

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Poughkeepsie - Schenectady Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady. Traveling by train from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady usually takes around 2 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in one hour and 38 minutes.

Distance77 mi (124 km)
Fastest train1h 38m
Lowest price$24.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines5

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

In the last month, $27.91 was the average price of a train ticket from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. 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 $31.30 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 Poughkeepsie to Schenectady will vary between $24 and $46. Planning a train trip to Schenectady within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Poughkeepsie over the next 7 days is $25. 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 Schenectady by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $27 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $31 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 Schenectady from Poughkeepsie will be about $31.30 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady?

There are 5 train lines with service from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 43m$31.56
Amtrak Empire Service21h 44m$37.65
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express11h 44m$30.68
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 18m$36.85
Amtrak Maple Leaf11h 49m$37.07
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 1 Amtrak trains from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $24.

  • 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 Ethan Allen Express

    Amtrak Ethan Allen Express

    Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express line connects New York City to Rutland, Vermont. The scenic trip along the Hudson River Valley includes ten intermediate stops throughout New York and Vermont. This higher-speed rail service departs once daily. Ticket prices from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady are usually around on the Ethan Allen Express, but you can find deals for as low as $24. Onboard amenities include WiFi and power outlets, plus a cafe car and business class seating options for added comfort.

  • Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

    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 41 Main St in Poughkeepsie and arrives at Schenectady, New York in Schenectady. The route takes about 2 hours and 18 minutes and ticket prices start at $24.

  • 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 Schenectady takes about 1 hours and 49 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady 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 Schenectady?

The distance between Poughkeepsie and Schenectady is approximately 77 miles, or 124 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 38 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Friday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Poughkeepsie to Schenectady. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Friday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Saturday 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 5:00pm. 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 Schenectady?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Schenectady. 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 Schenectady 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.

Schenectady

Schenectady is a city in the Hudson Valley about 20 minutes outside of the New York state capital, Albany. Schenectady is a convenient and exciting place to stay if you want easy access to some of the best Upstate destinations, from Saratoga Springs and Lake George to the Adirondacks.

Dive into the area's history by wandering through The Stockade Historic District, a residential area with over 40 homes that pre-date the American Revolution. Then, to pay homage to more recent history, like Thomas Edison's establishment of General Electric in Schenectady, the Museum of Science and Innovation includes exhibits about outer space, engineering and design, inventions, and technology. And remember to stop and smell the roses at the Central Park Rose Garden!

Schenectady is well-connected to other Upstate New York destinations via Trailways buses, including Adirondack Trailways. Intercity buses also provide service to New York City in just over 3 hours. Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited, Maple Lead, Empire Service, and Ethan Allen Express stop in Schenectady with connections to Buffalo, Chicago, Washington, and more. For those who prefer to fly, Albany International Airport is the closest airport to Schenectady.

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 Schenectady?

Main arrival station: Schenectady, New York

Schenectady has one train station.

All train stations in Schenectady:

  • Schenectady, New York

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