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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Rensselaer to New York?

Lowest Price$36.00
Fastest Train2h 23m
Trains Per Day9
Train Lines4

Frequently Asked Questions

How come the train leaves from Rensselaer and not Albany?

The Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station is the train station that serves the Albany area. Although it is right across the Hudson River from downtown Albany, the station is technically located in Rensselaer, NY.

What is the cheapest train from Albany to NYC?

Amtrak has several lines that run from the Albany-Rensselaer Station in Albany to New York City. Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited line offers the cheapest average price at about $49, but there is only one Lake Shore Limited trip offered per day. If you need to take a different train that fits your schedule better, all Amtrak tickets for this trip typically cost around $50, or just over.

Is there an express train from Albany-Rensselaer to NYC?

There is technically an express train from Rensselaer to NYC: Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express between New York City and Rutland, VT, is designated express, but the trip from Rensselaer to New York usually takes about 2 hours 35 minutes and as little as 2 hours 20 minutes — just like the other Amtrak options for this route.

Is there a bus from Albany to New York?

There are 23 direct bus trips per day from Albany to New York, with tickets averaging about $23. Bus lines that cover this route include Adirondack Pool, Adirondack Trailways, Greyhound, Megabus and Peter Pan Lines. Buses leave from within Albany rather than Rensselaer.

Is it safe to travel by train from Rensselaer to New York 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 do you find cheap train tickets from Albany to New York?

In the last month, $36.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Rensselaer, NY to New York, NY. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 11 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $14.19 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train ride from Albany to New York?

The distance between Rensselaer and New York is approximately 134 miles, or 216 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 23 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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Albany to New York?

Trains from Albany to New York are the busiest on Saturday. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Rensselaer at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 New York?

There are 9 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Rensselaer to New York.

You can also take a train for your return trip from New York to Rensselaer. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Rensselaer to New York for $14.99.

Which train should you take from Rensselaer to New York?

There are 4 train lines with service from Rensselaer, New York to New York, New York. 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 33m$38.07
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express12h 35m$37.71
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited12h 38m$38.84
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 40m$39.14

Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from Rensselaer to New York start from $36, and on average cost $38. Daily there are 7 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to New York. Amtrak Empire Service in Rensselaer leaves from Albany-Rensselaer Station - 525 East St, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Rensselaer to New York train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 2 hours and 33 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 23 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Service offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $38 for a one-way train ticket to New York.

Amtrak Ethan Allen Express train tickets from Rensselaer to New York start from $36, and on average cost $38. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Ethan Allen Express schedules to New York. Amtrak Ethan Allen Express in Rensselaer leaves from Albany-Rensselaer Station - 525 East St, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Rensselaer to New York train travel on Amtrak Ethan Allen Express takes 2 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Ethan Allen Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Ethan Allen Express scheduled trip per day, which will cost $38 for a one-way weekend reservation from Rensselaer.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited train tickets from Rensselaer to New York start from $36, and on average cost $39. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Lake Shore Limited schedules to New York. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited in Rensselaer leaves from Albany-Rensselaer Station - 525 East St, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Rensselaer to New York train travel on Amtrak Lake Shore Limited takes 2 hours and 38 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Lake Shore Limited offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Lake Shore Limited scheduled trip per day, which will cost $39 for a one-way weekend reservation from Rensselaer.

Amtrak Maple Leaf train tickets from Rensselaer to New York start from $36, and on average cost $39. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Maple Leaf schedules to New York. Amtrak Maple Leaf in Rensselaer leaves from Albany-Rensselaer Station - 525 East St, And in New York trains arrive at Penn Station, From Rensselaer to New York train travel on Amtrak Maple Leaf takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. If you are looking to get to New York faster, Amtrak Maple Leaf offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 23 minutes. If you are looking to travel to New York on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Maple Leaf scheduled trip per day, which will cost $39 for a one-way weekend reservation from Rensselaer.

Where is the train station in Rensselaer?

There is one train station in Rensselaer:

  • Albany-Rensselaer Station - 525 East St

Where is the train station in New York?

New York has one train station:

  • Penn Station

Price trends for trains from Rensselaer to New York

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15FebMar

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 8 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Mireya

June 13, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

The punctuality, departing and arrival on time.The punctuality, departing and arrival on time.

5.0

Mary Anne

December 6, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

On time, scape to plugin devicesOn time, scape to plugin devices

5.0

Nancy

September 27, 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak Empire Service

Beautiful ride along the Hudson RiverBeautiful ride along the Hudson River

5.0

Tassiana

July 24, 2019 - Solo travel

Amtrak Adirondack

PricePrice

4.0

Mimi

June 20, 2019 - Regular commuter

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: its a great commute to nyc efiicient. Cons: wifi will be great. Pros: its a great commute to nyc efiicient. Cons: wifi will be great.

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