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There are 4 ways to get from Rochester to Albany by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h

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

$45 - $110

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Bus  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Rochester, NY to Albany, NY Rochester / ...

$27 - $65

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Rochester to Albany 226.6 miles

$22 - $35

Fly  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Rochester (ROC) to Albany (ALB) ROC - ALB

$133 - $703

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The cheapest way to get from Rochester to Albany is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rochester to Albany is to drive which costs $22 - $35 and takes 3 h 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rochester, NY and arriving at Albany, NY. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Rochester Amtrak and arriving at Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h.

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The distance between Rochester and Albany is 200 miles. The road distance is 226.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Rochester to Albany without a car is to train which takes 4 h and costs $45 - $110.

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The train from Rochester Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak takes 4 h including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Rochester to Albany bus services, operated by Trailways New York, depart from Rochester, NY station.

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Rochester to Albany train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Rochester Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Rochester to Albany is to train which takes 4 h and costs $45 - $110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $27 - $65 and takes 5 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs $130 - $750 and takes 6 h 2 min.

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Map of how to get from Rochester to Albany.
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  • Distance: 199.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

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

Amtrak operates a train from Rochester to Albany 5 times a day. Tickets cost $45 - $110 and the journey takes 4 h. VIA Rail also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Trailways New York operates a bus from Rochester to Albany 4 times a day. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 5 h 5 min. Greyhound USA also services this route 3 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Newark
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Rochester to Albany via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $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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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Rochester Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Room
$210 - $300
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Rochester to Albany
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$40 - $65
Economy
$60 - $90
EconomyPlus
$85 - $120
Business
$100 - $140
Bus operators
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Rochester, NY to Albany, NY
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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trailwaysny.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.

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 Rochester, Ny to Albany, Ny
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $65

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

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Rochester to Albany bus services, operated by Trailways New York, arrive at Albany, NY station.

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Rochester to Albany train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rochester to Albany is 227 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 53 min to drive from Rochester to Albany.

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

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Book your Rochester to Albany bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 94+ hotels available in Albany. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rochester to Rochester Airport is to line 6 bus which takes 19 min and costs $1.

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