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Rochester - Schenectady Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Rochester to Schenectady. Traveling by train from Rochester to Schenectady usually takes around 3 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Service train can make the trip in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance187 mi (301 km)
Fastest train3h 40m
Lowest price$37.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rochester to Schenectady

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Kurt

March 26, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Well received in all areas

Well received in all areas

4.0

Denise

July 2, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Service

Pros: My first train ride. The WiFi was great! The train wasn’t too crowded and I was able to get a little something to eat. The conductor helped with my bag getting on and off the train. The things I liked on the trip to Schenectady however, were all untrue. There wa...

Pros: My first train ride. The WiFi was great! The train wasn’t too crowded and I was able to get a little something to eat. The conductor helped with my bag getting on and off the train. The things I liked on the trip to Schenectady however, were all untrue. There was no help with my bags getting on and off, no WiFi, and no food on the return trip. Cons: Greater food selection. Tips: No.

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

In the last month, $37.07 was the average price of a train ticket from Rochester to Schenectady. 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $15.74 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 Rochester to Schenectady will vary between $37 and $49. Planning a train trip to Schenectady within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Rochester over the next 7 days is $38. 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 Rochester to Schenectady by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for June. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $38 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rochester to Schenectady in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $46 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 Rochester will be about $15.74 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Rochester to Schenectady?

There are 3 train lines with service from Rochester to Schenectady. Amtrak Empire Service is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service23h 50m$39.79
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited24h 10m$42.98
Amtrak Maple Leaf14h 0m$40.35
  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from Rochester to Schenectady start from $37, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Schenectady. Amtrak Empire Service in Rochester leaves from Louise M. Slaughter Station . And in Schenectady trains arrive at Schenectady, New York .

    From Rochester to Schenectady train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 3 hours and 50 minutes. If you are looking to get to Schenectady faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 40 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Empire Service offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Schenectady.

  • 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 Schenectady, New York in Schenectady. The route takes about 4 hours and 10 minutes and ticket prices start at $37.

  • 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 Schenectady takes about 4 hours and 0 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Rochester 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.

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 long is the train journey from Rochester to Schenectady?

The distance between Rochester and Schenectady is approximately 187 miles, or 301 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 40 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Rochester to Schenectady. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday 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 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 Schenectady?

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Rochester to Schenectady.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Schenectady 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.

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 Schenectady?

Main arrival station: Schenectady, New York

Schenectady has one train station.

All train stations in Schenectady:

  • Schenectady, New York

Need a return trip from Schenectady to Rochester?

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