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There are 7 ways to get from Columbus to Rochester by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train via Cleveland, Oh  •  7h 54m

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

$68 - $169

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Bus  •  9h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Buffalo, NY Cinncinati,OH-Buffalo
  2. Take the bus from Buffalo, Ny to Rochester, Ny 255 / ...

$47 - $147

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Bus, train  •  11h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Columbus, OH to Cleveland, OH Schedule 22:Chicago-Cleveland
  2. Take the train from Cleveland Amtrak Station to Rochester Amtrak Station Lake Shore Limited

$65 - $157

Drive  •  6h 44m

  1. Drive from Columbus to Rochester 397 miles

$35 - $60

Fly to Rochester  •  5h 25m

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

$194 - $406

Fly to Buffalo, bus  •  6h 54m

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

$161 - $423

Fly to Elmira/Corning, bus  •  8h 17m

  1. Fly from Columbus (CMH) to Elmira/Corning (ELM) CMH - ELM
  2. Take the bus from Corning, NY to Rochester, NY

$212 - $975

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

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The quickest way to get from Columbus to Rochester is to fly which costs $190 - $410 and takes 5h 25m.

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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 Buffalo, Ny. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 28m.

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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 7h 54m and costs $65 - $170.

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It takes approximately 7h 54m to get from Columbus to Rochester, including transfers.

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Columbus to Rochester bus services, operated by Barons Bus, depart from Columbus, OH station.

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The best way to get from Columbus to Rochester is to bus which takes 9h 28m and costs $45 - $150. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $190 - $410 and takes 5h 25m.

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There is no direct flight from Columbus Airport to Rochester Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 30m 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: 7h 54m

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

You can take a bus from Columbus to Rochester via Buffalo, NY and Buffalo, Ny in around 9h 28m. Alternatively, United Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Columbus to Rochester hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 49m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Elmira/Corning via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Newark
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Newark
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Columbus to Elmira/Corning via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Columbus to Elmira/Corning via Newark
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Columbus to Elmira/Corning via Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Columbus to Elmira/Corning via Newark, Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $550
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Columbus to Rochester via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Columbus to Buffalo via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Cleveland Amtrak Station to Rochester Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
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
2h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Buffalo, Ny to Rochester, Ny
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
Barons Bus
Phone
+1 888-378-3823
Website
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Buffalo, NY
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $90
Book at
baronsbus.com
Bus from Columbus, OH to Cleveland, OH
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Book at
baronsbus.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Buffalo, NY - 181 Ellicott Street to Rochester, NY - 186 Cumberland Street
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $35
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$12 - $18
Online Fare
$13 - $28
Standard Fare
$22 - $35
Refundable
$25 - $40
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Buffalo, NY to Rochester, NY
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $60
Book at
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Corning, NY to Rochester, NY
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Book at
trailwaysny.com

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

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Southwest Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Columbus Airport to Rochester Airport.

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There are 64+ hotels available in Rochester. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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

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