There are 6 ways to get from Columbus to Rochester by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Cleveland, Oh 1156 / ...
  2. Take the train from Cleveland Amtrak to Rochester Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

$68 - $169

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Bus Barons Bus  •  8 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Buffalo, NY Cinncinati,OH-Buffalo
  2. Take the bus from Buffalo, Ny to Rochester, Ny 212 / ...

$47 - $122

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Bus via Cleveland, Oh  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
  2. Take the bus from Cleveland, Oh to Buffalo, Ny 212
  3. Take the bus from Buffalo, Ny to Rochester, Ny 212 / ...

$58 - $141

Drive  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Columbus to Rochester 397 miles

$35 - $60

Fly to Rochester  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Rochester (ROC) CMH - ROC

$194 - $406

Fly to Buffalo, bus  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Buffalo (BUF) CMH - BUF
  2. Take the bus from Buffalo Airport to Rochester, Ny

$166 - $434

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The cheapest way to get from Columbus to Rochester is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 6 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Columbus to Rochester is to fly which costs $190 - $410 and takes 5 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Columbus to Rochester. However, there are services departing from Columbus, Oh and arriving at Rochester, Ny via Cleveland, Oh and Buffalo, Ny. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 4 min.

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The distance between Columbus and Rochester is 357 miles. The road distance is 397 miles.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Rochester without a car is to bus and train which takes 7 h 51 min and costs $65 - $170.

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It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from Columbus to Rochester, including transfers.

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Columbus to Rochester bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Columbus, Oh station.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Rochester is to bus which takes 8 h 4 min and costs $55 - $150. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $190 - $410 and takes 5 h 20 min.

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There is no direct flight from Columbus Airport to Rochester Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 25 min and has one stopover.

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Columbus to Rochester bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Rochester, Ny station.

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Map of how to get from Columbus to Rochester.
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  • Distance: 357.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 51 min

What companies run services between Columbus, OH, USA and Rochester, NY, USA?

You can take a bus from Columbus to Rochester via Cleveland, Oh and Buffalo, Ny in around 8 h 4 min. Alternatively, Delta, United Airlines and three other airlines fly from Columbus to Rochester hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Toronto
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
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 Cleveland Amtrak to Rochester Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
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 Columbus, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Cleveland, Oh to Buffalo, Ny
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$24 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $60
Bus from Buffalo, Ny to Rochester, Ny
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Bus from Buffalo Airport to Rochester, Ny
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$23 - $29

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Yes, the driving distance between Columbus to Rochester is 397 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 44 min to drive from Columbus to Rochester.

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Air Canada, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Columbus Airport to Rochester Airport.

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Book your Columbus to Rochester bus tickets online with Greyhound, Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 64+ hotels available in Rochester. Prices start at $83 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Columbus Airport is to bus which takes 10 min and costs $3 - $5.

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