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

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Train Amtrak  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Buffalo Exchange Street Amtrak to Schenectady Amtrak Empire Service / ...

$53 - $130

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Bus  •  7 h

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

$35 - $85

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Train VIA Rail  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Buffalo to Albany VIA Rail / ...

$45 - $160

Drive  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Buffalo to Albany 290 miles

$28 - $45

Fly to Albany  •  5 h 53 min

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

$134 - $668

Fly to Boston, bus  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to Boston (BOS) BUF - BOS
  2. Take the bus from Boston, Ma to Albany, Ny

$102 - $407

Fly to New York JFK, train  •  6 h 16 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

$109 - $465

Fly to New York La Guardia, train  •  6 h 36 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

$107 - $468

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Buffalo, Ny and arriving at Albany, Ny. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Buffalo and arriving at Albany. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 30 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 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 58 min to get from Buffalo to Albany, including transfers.

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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 VIA Rail, depart from Buffalo station.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Albany is to train which takes 5 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h, you could also fly, which costs and takes 5 h 53 min.

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There is no direct flight from Buffalo Airport to Albany Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 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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Map of how to get from Buffalo to Albany.
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  • Distance: 261.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 58 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 - $130 and the journey takes 4 h 50 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Buffalo to Albany every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $35 - $85 and the journey takes 7 h. Trailways New York also services this route 4 times a day.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Buffalo to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia via Boston
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $700
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Buffalo to Boston
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Buffalo to New York JFK
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia via Boston
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Newark
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Boston via Newark
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to Boston via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to Albany via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Buffalo to New York La Guardia via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Buffalo Exchange Street Amtrak to Schenectady Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Buffalo Exchange Street Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak
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
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $250
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Buffalo to Albany
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $160
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$45 - $70
Economy
$75 - $110
Economy Plus
$110 - $160
Business
$110 - $160
Business Plus/Sleeper
$200 - $280
Train from New York to Albany
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $100
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$30 - $45
Economy
$45 - $65
Economy Plus
$70 - $100
Business
$65 - $95
Business Plus/Sleeper
$120 - $170
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 Buffalo, Ny to Albany, Ny
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Bus from Boston, Ma to Albany, Ny
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Trailways New York

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Buffalo to Albany train services, operated by VIA Rail, arrive at Albany 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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United Airlines, Delta, American 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 91+ hotels available in Albany. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Buffalo Airport is to bus which takes 15 min and costs .

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