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There are 8 ways to get from Buffalo to Albany by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Buffalo Amtrak Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station Empire Service / ...

$50 - $140

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Bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Buffalo, Ny to Albany, Ny 255 / ...

$35 - $85

6 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Buffalo to Albany 290 miles

$28 - $45

Fly to Albany  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to Albany (ALB) BUF - ALB

$134 - $654

Fly to New York JFK, train  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to New York JFK (JFK) BUF - JFK
  2. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station

$116 - $458

Fly to New York La Guardia, train  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to New York La Guardia (LGA) BUF - LGA
  2. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station

$112 - $459

Fly to Newark, train  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to Newark (EWR) BUF - EWR
  2. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station

$148 - $567

Fly to Boston, train  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to Boston (BOS) BUF - BOS
  2. Take the train from Boston South Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station

$119 - $438

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Buffalo to Albany is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4 h 58 min.

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The quickest way to get from Buffalo to Albany is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4 h 58 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Buffalo, Ny and arriving at Albany, Ny. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Buffalo Amtrak Station station and arriving at Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station station. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 11 min.

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The distance between Buffalo and Albany is 262 miles. The road distance is 290 miles.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Albany without a car is to train which takes 5 h 11 min and costs $50 - $140.

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The train from Buffalo Amtrak Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station takes 5 h 11 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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

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Buffalo to Albany train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Buffalo Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Albany is to train which takes 5 h 11 min and costs $50 - $140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $85 and takes 7 h, you could also fly, which costs $130 - $700 and takes 6 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Buffalo to Albany.
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  • Distance: 261.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 11 min

What companies run services between Buffalo, NY, USA and Albany, NY, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Buffalo to Albany 3 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $140 and the journey takes 5 h 11 min. VIA Rail also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Buffalo to Albany 3 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $85 and the journey takes 7 h. Trailways New York also services this route once daily.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,600
Flights from Buffalo to Newark
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from Buffalo to Boston via Newark
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to Boston via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Buffalo to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia via Boston
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Buffalo to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to New York JFK via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $800
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 Buffalo Amtrak Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $330
Train from New York Penn Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Seat
$65 - $110
Train from Boston South Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$200 - $280
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Buffalo to Albany
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $140
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$50 - $70
Economy
$70 - $100
EconomyPlus
$95 - $140
Business
$120 - $170
Train from New York to Albany
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
viarail.ca
Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Seat
$65 - $110
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Buffalo, Ny to Albany, Ny
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Trailways New York

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There is no direct flight from Buffalo Airport to Albany Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Buffalo to Albany is 290 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to drive from Buffalo to Albany.

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

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Book your Buffalo to Albany bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 94+ hotels available in Albany. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Buffalo Airport is to line 204 bus which takes 17 min and costs $2.

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