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Rochester - Poughkeepsie Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Rochester to Poughkeepsie. Traveling by train from Rochester to Poughkeepsie usually takes around 6 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 5 hours and 28 minutes.

Distance214 mi (344 km)
Fastest train5h 28m
Lowest price$46.00
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines4

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rochester to Poughkeepsie

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Carol

September 1, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: got to seat with and visit with another lady with her little dog. Cons: nothing.

Pros: got to seat with and visit with another lady with her little dog. Cons: nothing.

5.0

Luisa

April 15, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I like not having to drive, being able to relax and enjoy scenery. Cons: Bathroom could be cleaner.

Pros: I like not having to drive, being able to relax and enjoy scenery. Cons: Bathroom could be cleaner.

5.0

Regina

January 19, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: I liked how quiet it was, and stress free, compared to driving. Cons: I think the food menu could be expanded. Tips: No.

Pros: I liked how quiet it was, and stress free, compared to driving. Cons: I think the food menu could be expanded. Tips: No.

4.0

Ava-Gay

April 13, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: The nice views of Hudson Valley and ability to step outside when on breaks. Cons: Cleanliness of windows. Tips: Please cover mouth or move outside during a break when coughing a lot.

Pros: The nice views of Hudson Valley and ability to step outside when on breaks. Cons: Cleanliness of windows. Tips: Please cover mouth or move outside during a break when coughing a lot.

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

In the last month, $46.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Rochester to Poughkeepsie. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $54.05 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Rochester to Poughkeepsie 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 $51 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rochester to Poughkeepsie in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $60 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 10 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Poughkeepsie from Rochester will be about $54.05 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Rochester to Poughkeepsie?

There are 4 train lines with service from Rochester to Poughkeepsie. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak17h 24m$55.12
Amtrak Empire Service25h 40m$66.53
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited17h 7m$63.56
Amtrak Maple Leaf16h 9m$66.45
  • 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 Rochester to Poughkeepsie every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $46.

  • 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 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 Louise M. Slaughter Station in Rochester and arrives at 41 Main St in Poughkeepsie. The route takes about 7 hours and 7 minutes and ticket prices start at $46.

  • 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 Rochester to Poughkeepsie takes about 6 hours and 9 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Rochester and Poughkeepsie is approximately 214 miles, or 344 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 28 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 Rochester to Poughkeepsie on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday 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 Rochester at 5:00am 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 Rochester to Poughkeepsie?

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Poughkeepsie. 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 Poughkeepsie to Rochester.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Louise M. Slaughter Station - ROCAMT-0

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Main departure station: Louise M. Slaughter Station

Opened in 2017, the Louise M. Slaughter Station Rochester is nearly brand new. It serves three Amtrak train lines: the Lake Shore Limited, the Empire Service, and the Maple Leaf. The station was renamed Louise M. Slaughter Station in honor of U.S. Representative Louise M. Slaughter, who died in March 2018. This intermodal transit station is connected to the rest of the area via transit buses and taxis. Spread across 9,500 square feet, Louise M. Slaughter Station has a classic red brick design, with cast stone and granite used in various places. At the station, you will find an indoor waiting area with plenty of seats. There are also several vending machines, an ATM, and restroom facilities.

All train stations in Rochester:

  • Louise M. Slaughter Station

Where is the train station in Poughkeepsie?

Main arrival station: 41 Main St

Poughkeepsie has one train station.

All train stations in Poughkeepsie:

  • 41 Main St

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