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There are 6 ways to get from Boston to Albany by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Boston to Albany "Greyhound"

$25 - $35

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Train  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station Lake Shore Limited

$35 - $55

Train, bus  •  5h 55m

  1. Take the train from South Station to Worcester Framingham/Worcester Line
  2. Take the bus from Union Station, Worcester, MA to Albany Greyhound Bus Terminal, Albany, NY Peter Pan

$36 - $52

Drive  •  2h 56m

  1. Drive from Boston to Albany 169 miles

$16 - $24

Fly to Albany  •  6h 2m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Albany (ALB) BOS - ALB

$126 - $457

Fly to Rutland, drive  •  4h 5m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Rutland (RUT) BOS - RUT
  2. Drive from Rutland to Albany

$45 - $111

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The cheapest way to get from Boston to Albany is to drive which costs $16 - $24 and takes 2h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Albany is to drive which costs $16 - $24 and takes 2h 56m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Boston and arriving at Albany. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Boston South Station station and arriving at Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 10m.

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The distance between Boston and Albany is 140 miles. The road distance is 169 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to Albany without a car is to bus which takes 4h 40m and costs $25 - $35.

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The bus from Boston to Albany takes 4h 40m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Boston to Albany bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Boston station.

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Boston to Albany train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to Albany is to bus which takes 4h 40m and costs $25 - $35. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $35 - $55 and takes 5h 10m, you could also fly, which costs $120 - $460 and takes 6h 2m.

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Map of how to get from Boston to Albany.
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  • Distance: 139.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 40m

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Albany, NY, USA?

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Boston to Albany once daily. Tickets cost $25 - $35 and the journey takes 4h 40m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Boston South Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 5h 10m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to Albany via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Boston to Albany via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Boston to Albany via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Boston to Albany via Newark
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Boston to Albany via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Boston to Albany via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Boston to Albany via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $440
Flights from Boston to Albany via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Boston to Rutland
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $170
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Seat
$60 - $90
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Worcester
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
MBTA
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Boston to Albany
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$25 - $35
Flexible
$45 - $70
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Union Station, Worcester, MA to Albany Greyhound Bus Terminal, Albany, NY
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
peterpanbus.com

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There is no direct flight from Boston Airport to Albany Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 23m and has one stopover.

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Boston to Albany bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Albany station.

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Boston to Albany train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Boston to Albany is 169 miles. It takes approximately 2h 56m to drive from Boston to Albany.

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United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Boston Airport to Albany Airport.

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There are 103+ hotels available in Albany. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Boston to Boston Airport is to bus which takes 0 min and costs $1 - $13.

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