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Rochester - Utica Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Rochester to Utica. Traveling by train from Rochester to Utica usually takes around 2 hours and 27 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Maple Leaf train can make the trip in 2 hours and 19 minutes.

Distance120 mi (193 km)
Fastest train2h 19m
Lowest price$24.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Empire Service
Train lines3

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Rochester to Utica

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Taniqua

December 13, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Pros: The whole entire trip. Cons: Nothing everything was perfect.

Pros: The whole entire trip. Cons: Nothing everything was perfect.

5.0

Laura

March 20, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak Maple Leaf

Staff were great

Staff were great

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

In the last month, $24.05 was the average price of a train ticket from Rochester to Utica. 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 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $9.76 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 Utica will vary between $24 and $27. Planning a train trip to Utica within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Rochester over the next 7 days is $24. 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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Traveling from Rochester to Utica by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $26 whenever you decide to board the train to Utica.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Since the average price of train trips from Rochester to Utica remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Rochester to Utica?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Service22h 27m$25.67
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited22h 31m$27.91
Amtrak Maple Leaf12h 19m$25.74
  • Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service

    Amtrak Empire Service train tickets from Rochester to Utica start from $24, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Amtrak Empire Service schedules to Utica. Amtrak Empire Service in Rochester leaves from Louise M. Slaughter Station . And in Utica trains arrive at 321 Main St .

    From Rochester to Utica train travel on Amtrak Empire Service takes 2 hours and 27 minutes. If you are looking to get to Utica faster, Amtrak Empire Service offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 19 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 Utica.

  • 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 321 Main St in Utica. The route takes about 2 hours and 31 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 Rochester to Utica takes about 2 hours and 19 minutes on this line, and the average ticket price is .

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Rochester and Utica is approximately 120 miles, or 193 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 27 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 19 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

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

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

You can also take a train for your return trip from Utica 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?

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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 Utica?

Main arrival station: 321 Main St

Utica has one train station.

All train stations in Utica:

  • 321 Main St

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