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Rensselaer - Boston Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 29 daily trains from Rensselaer to Boston. Traveling by train from Rensselaer to Boston usually takes around 41 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train can make the trip in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance138 mi (222 km)
Fastest train4h 55m
Lowest price$13.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rensselaer to Boston

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)




December 21, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Space to move around and the ability to places my luggage wherever it worked if not in the space provided (others may have less or more baggage). Cons: Maybe its just me but the chairs made me super-stiff plus the wifi existed but kept disconnecting my device as ...

Pros: Space to move around and the ability to places my luggage wherever it worked if not in the space provided (others may have less or more baggage). Cons: Maybe its just me but the chairs made me super-stiff plus the wifi existed but kept disconnecting my device as well as the folks around me. Tips: Sooner u get in line, the more likely you are to get a window seat with the outlets right next to u.




June 25, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: Price was very good. I was fairly comfortable throughout the ride. Cons: Perhaps more coach cars.

Pros: Price was very good. I was fairly comfortable throughout the ride. Cons: Perhaps more coach cars.



February 26, 2020- Solo travel

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: It gets you where you need to go. Cons: The heat was cranked up and made the trip very uncomfortable. Car temp should be much cooler. Tips: Wear light clothing.

Pros: It gets you where you need to go. Cons: The heat was cranked up and made the trip very uncomfortable. Car temp should be much cooler. Tips: Wear light clothing.

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

In the last month, $166.90 was the average price of a train ticket from Rensselaer to Boston. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $114.42 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Rensselaer to Boston will vary between $146 and $344. Planning a train trip to Boston within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Rensselaer over the next 7 days is $146. 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


If you are trying to decide when to travel from Rensselaer to Boston by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $105 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rensselaer to Boston in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $143 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


If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Boston from Rensselaer will be about $114.42 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Rensselaer to Boston?

2 train services operate from Rensselaer to Boston. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 27 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak271d 20h 40m$209.29
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited212h 37m$68.78
  • 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 27 Amtrak trains from Rensselaer to Boston every day, as well as 45 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $23.

  • 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 MLK Plaza - 415 Emerald Ave in Rensselaer and arrives at South Station in Boston. The route takes about 12 hours and 37 minutes and ticket prices start at $13.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Rensselaer to Boston 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Rensselaer to Boston?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Rensselaer to Boston. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Rensselaer to Boston?

The distance between Rensselaer and Boston is approximately 138 miles, or 222 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 41 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 55 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Rensselaer to Boston on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Rensselaer at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Rensselaer to Boston?

There are 29 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Boston. 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 Boston to Rensselaer.

City Information


Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Rensselaer?

100 S EK Gaylord Blvd  - OKCAMT-0

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Main departure station: 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

The Oklahoma City Amtrak Station, also known as the historic Santa Fe Depot, is a stunning Art Deco building designed and built in 1934. Oklahoma City is the origin point for Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer train to Fort Worth, where travelers can connect to other Amtrak trains in the nation’s largest passenger rail network. The station has a few vending machines, restrooms, and a seating area where you may spot a few heads craned back to admire the intricate geometric mosaics on the ceiling. Located in the Bricktown neighborhood of downtown OKC, the station is within walking distance to Paycom Center (home of the NBA’s Oklahoma Thunder) and Bricktown Ballpark (home of the MLB’s OKC Dodgers).

All train stations in Rensselaer:

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

  • Train Station - 1240 S Harrison Rd E

  • 459 North Burdick Street

  • Dingell Transit Ctr - 21201 Michigan Ave

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

  • 325 Depot St - Amtrak Station

  • 245 Second St

  • 5885 Horton St

  • BART Station - 1700 Nevin Ave

  • 1201 Doyle Dr - Troy Transit Ctr

  • Union Station

  • King St Station - 303 S Jackson St

  • 1301 W 11th St

  • 107 Bicentennial Dr

  • Whitefish Cmnty Library

Where is the train station in Boston?

Boston, MA - South Station - BOSSST-0

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Main arrival station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

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