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Erie - Rochester Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

2 trains operate daily from Erie to Rochester. The train trip from Erie to Rochester is usually about 2 hours and 36 minutes long. However, be prepared just in case your train arrives slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train2h 36m
Lowest price$28.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Lake Shore Limited
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Erie to Rochester

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)




September 25, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: My first time on a train as an adult Would love to take a vacation trip where I could eat in the dining car. Cons: Nothing that I could think of. Tips: Sit back and relax.



October 26, 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

Pros: I love taking the train because it is reasonable priced, reliable and quiet. Cons: The car from Erie to Rochester needs updated, I have caught other trains from Chicago to Memphis many times and those cars are nicer. Tips: Be early because 98% of the time the train is on time.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Erie to Rochester is $38.00, Compared to most train fares, this is an excellent price. By booking your trip at least 5 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $174.00 more.

Monthly average prices

Mark your calendar for February if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Erie to Rochester. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $29. If you're planning a trip from Erie to Rochester during July, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $45 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Which train should you take from Erie to Rochester?

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited is the one and only train line which connects Erie to Rochester. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited22h 37m$67.81
  • 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 125 W 14th St in Erie and arrives at Louise M. Slaughter Station in Rochester. The route takes about 2 hours and 37 minutes and ticket prices start at $28.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Erie and Rochester is approximately 145 miles, or 233 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 36 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.

Trains departing from Erie to Rochester tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Erie at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Erie twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Rochester with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Rochester to Erie.

City Information


Erie, PA, US - ERP-0

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Named for the Great Lake it sits upon, Erie is one of Pennsylvania's most picturesque cities. Erie is about halfway between Buffalo and Cleveland and about two hours north of Pittsburgh.

One of the most popular spots to visit, Presque Isle State Park, is a curved peninsula that extends into Lake Erie and creates 11 miles of beaches. Swim on the beaches, birdwatch near some of its lagoons, or tour the Presque Isle Lighthouse for a full day of lakeside exploring. Then, head up to the Port Erie Bicentennial Tower on the bayfront for epic panoramic views of the park and lake beyond.

Discover the city's buzzing nightlife by visiting downtown Erie, where you'll find numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs. Go big with a concert at Erie Insurance Arena, or watch a horse race at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

Barons Bus Lines and Jefferson Lines provide affordable bus transportation from Erie to Cleveland, Columbus, Buffalo, and beyond. The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited runs from Chicago through Erie, onward to Boston and New York City. Erie International Airport has a handful of flights to Charlotte and Chicago, but if you're flying from Erie, you'll find more destinations available from Buffalo or Cleveland's airports.


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 Erie?

Main departure station: 125 W 14th St

There is one train station in Erie.

All train stations in Erie:

  • 125 W 14th St

Where is the train station in Rochester?

Louise M. Slaughter Station - ROCAMT-0

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Main arrival 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

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