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Train  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station Empire Service / ...

$40 - $85

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Bus  •  2h 45m

  1. Take the bus from New York, NY - Midtown to Albany, NY Nyc / ...

$12 - $70

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Train via Poughkeepsie  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the train from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie Hudson
  2. Take the train from Poughkeepsie Amtrak Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station Empire Service / ...

Drive  •  2h 41m

  1. Drive from New York to Albany 152.4 miles

$14 - $22

Train, fly, line 1 bus  •  4h 9m

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport Railroad Station
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Albany (ALB) EWR - ALB
  3. Take the line 1 bus from Colonie Station - Central Ave & Northway Mall to Capitol/Hawk Station - Washington Ave & Hawk St

$170 - $495

New York to Albany by train

The train journey time between New York and Albany is around 2h 30m and covers a distance of around 142 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2h 25m. Operated by Amtrak and VIA Rail, the New York to Albany train service departs from New York Moynihan Train Hall and arrives in Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station. Typically 75 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 30m
Fastest train time:
2h 25m
Trains per week:
75
Cheapest price:
$40
Carbon emissions:
11 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:15
Last train departs at:
21:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

New York to Albany train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from New York to Albany is to drive which costs $14 - $22 and takes 2h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from New York to Albany is to train which costs $40 - $85 and takes 2h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from New York, NY - Midtown and arriving at Albany, NY. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from New York Moynihan Train Hall and arriving at Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station station. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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It is 134 miles from New York to Albany. It is approximately 152.4 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from New York to Albany without a car is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs $40 - $85.

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The train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station takes 2h 30m including transfers and departs every two hours.

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New York to Albany bus services, operated by Fox Bus, depart from New York, NY - Midtown station.

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New York to Albany train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from New York Moynihan Train Hall station.

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The best way to get from New York to Albany is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs $40 - $85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $12 - $70 and takes 2h 45m.

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  • Distance: 134.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 30m

What companies run services between New York, NY, USA and Albany, NY, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station every 2 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $85 and the journey takes 2h 30m. VIA Rail also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Fox Bus operates a bus from New York, NY - Midtown to Albany, NY every 3 hours. Tickets cost $20 and the journey takes 2h 45m. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Albany
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $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 New York Moynihan Train Hall to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Seat
$65 - $110
Train from Poughkeepsie Amtrak Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $50
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from New York Penn Station to Albany
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
VIA Rail
Coach Seat
$40 - $85
Business Seat
$65 - $110
Train from Poughkeepsie to Albany
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$18 - $30
Business
$66 - $69
Economy
$39 - $40
EconomyPlus
$40 - $65
MTA Bus Company
Website
mta.info
Train from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
mta.info
NJ Transit
Phone
+1 973-491-7000
Website
njtransit.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Newark Airport Railroad Station
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
njtransit.com
Bus operators
Fox Bus
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from New York, NY - Midtown to Albany, NY
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from New York, NY - Port Authority to Albany, NY
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Book at
trailwaysny.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from New York, NY to Albany-Rensselaer
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $29
Book at
megabus.com
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 New York to Albany
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60
Capital District Transportation (CDTA)
Phone
+1 518-482-8822
Website
cdta.org
Bus from Colonie Station - Central Ave & Northway Mall to Capitol/Hawk Station - Washington Ave & Hawk St
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
cdta.org

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The quickest flight from Newark Airport to Albany Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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New York to Albany bus services, operated by Fox Bus, arrive at Albany, NY station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between New York to Albany is 152 miles. It takes approximately 2h 41m to drive from New York to Albany.

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United Airlines offers flights from Newark Airport to Albany Airport.

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