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Overview: Train from Boston to Albany, NY

distanceDistance138 miles (223 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price$62 (€52)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Boston to Albany, NY cover the 138 miles (223 km) long journey taking on average 5 h 13 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $62 (€52), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $34 (€29).

Train providers: Amtrak from Boston to Albany, NY trains

Find the best trains between Boston and Albany, NY with Omio's travel partners Amtrak from $34 (€29). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States and operates medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 American states and 3 Canadian provinces. With over 300 Amtrak trains running daily, you can travel by train across America and explore destinations near and far. Take the Acela train for high-speed services connecting popular cities in the Northeast, the Coast Starlight to travel up and down the stunning West Coast or the Empire Builder to travel from Chicago to the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest among others. Amtrak offers different class options to suit any traveler’s budget with classes like Coach, Business, First and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. When you book your train journey from Boston to Albany, NY, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

  • Average Price: $34

These are Amtrak's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train to Albany, NY from Boston:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to Amtrak.com (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).

Trains from Boston to Albany

Trains from Boston to Albany depart from Back Bay Station or South Station in Boston about seven times per day, arriving in Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Acela Station. All trains on this route are operated by Amtrak Acela - the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. Six of these trains require a change at Penn Station in New York City, but there is one train per day with no change required on a direct line.

This train departs at around 12:50 p.m. from South Station and 1:00 p.m. from Back Bay Station on the Lake Shore Limited Line, getting into Albany around 6:00 p.m. for a roughly 5h journey. The other six trains throughout the day take longer because of the change at Penn Station and a greater number of stops on the way to Albany as part of the Empire Service, Northeast Regional, or Maple Leaf.

Boston to Albany Train Time: Daily Departures

There are seven trains per day operating between Boston, Massachusetts and Albany, New York. Trains departing from Boston will leave from one of two stations - Back Bay Station or South Station. As a result, you can choose from fourteen total options when you search for trains from Boston to Albany on a given day. The first train of the day from South Station departs at about 6:10 a.m., stopping at Back Bay Station for a departure of about 6:15 a.m. The final train of the day departs from South Station around 9:30 p.m., stopping at Back Bay Station for a departure of about 9:35 p.m.

How long is the journey by train from Boston to Albany?

The length of your journey by train from Boston to Albany varies by route and departure station. The fastest option departs from South Station around 12:50 p.m. and Back Bay Station at around 1:00 p.m. There are not any changes on this route, as it completes the journey on the Lake Shore Limited route in roughly 5h. The rest of the trains throughout the day involve a change at Penn Station of New York City.

Some trains begin their day from Boston to New York City as part of the Northeast Regional route before switching to an Empire Service train that finishes the journey from Penn Station to Albany. These trains usually take between 7h and 8h to complete the journey. Other trains ride the Northeast Regional from Boston to Penn Station before switching to a Maple Leaf train and completing the journey to Albany. These trains usually finish the trip in about 12h, and only operate on overnight trains.

Boston Sailors. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Boston to Albany?

Departure train station: You can choose from two possible departure stations for trains running from Albany to Boston - Back Bay Station and South Station. By train, the stations are approximately ten minutes from one another, with the trains departing from Back Bay Station about ten minutes after they depart from South Station. Back Bay Station is found in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, located southwest of Boston Commons. Inside you will find restrooms, an ATM, elevator, and several vending machines.

There is no Wi-Fi available in this station. South Station is found to the southeast of Boston Commons adjacent to Fort Point Channel. This station is more prominent and offers more amenities, such as bag storage, checked baggage service, Wi-Fi, restrooms, ticket counters, plus daytime and overnight parking options. It connects with the red line on the subway, which services common stops like Boston Commons or Cambridge University.

Arrival train station: The arrival station for trains from Boston to Albany is Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Acela Station. This station is located across the Hudson River from Albany, NY in Rensselaer, NY. The station offers amenities such as an ATM machine, an elevator, payphones, restrooms, vending machines, ticketing counters, self-service kiosks, but no Wi-Fi. You can take advantage of same day and overnight parking available on site.

Which train companies travel from Boston to Albany?

The only train company that operates trains from Boston to Albany is the National Railroad Passenger Corporation - commonly known as Amtrak Acela. This is the top train company for passengers in the United States, and utilizes a combination of train lines on this particular route. These lines are the Northeast Regional, Empire Service, and Maple Leaf. There are no Acela high-speed trains in use from Boston to Albany.

Amtrak Acela trains from Boston to Albany

Amtrak Acela trains from Boston to Albany depart from Back Bay Station or South Station in Boston about seven times per day, arriving at Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Acela Station. Six of these trains require a change in New York City at Moynihan Hall in Penn Station, but there is one train each day that has no change as part of a direct line. This train departs at around 12:50 p.m. from South Station and 1:00 p.m. from Back Bay Station on the Lake Shore Limited Line, arriving in Albany around 6:00 p.m. for a roughly 5h journey. The other six trains throughout the day take longer because of the change in New York City and a higher number of stops on the way to Albany as part of the Empire Service, Northeast Regional, or Maple Leaf.

Boston Skyscrapers. Source: Shutterstock

Train Boston to Albany: Services on Board

When you ride with Amtrak Acela via train from Albany to Boston, ticket options range from Coach, Business, and private rooms. Coach is the cheapest ticket, and Business tickets include more amenities during travel and more room on the journey. Private rooms are also available, with increased privacy and beds. Each passenger can bring two carry-on items and two personal items. These must be stored at the end of each train car, kept in overhead storage, or placed under your seat.

Folding bicycles under 34 x 15 x 48 in (86 x 38 x 122 cm) are allowed, but this will count as one piece of luggage. Full-size bicycles can be brought on certain trains with carry-on service for bicycles. These will be kept in the storage area at the end of the train car. For journeys 7h or less, small dogs and cats can join along. Passengers with disabilities can arrange assistance services during the journey by reaching out to Amtrak Acela directly. Reduced fares are available for those who are accompanying travelers with disabilities.

How to find cheap train tickets from Boston to Albany?

As you explore tickets for trains from Boston to Albany, you can save money and effort with Omio by organizing your search results according to speed and price. As you search, you might want to book your ticket in advance if you find an excellent price. This will avoid any price increases as the journey approaches. Another way to save money is typically by choosing slower train options. For this route, however, you can get the best of both worlds - the cheapest trains are also the fastest trains, as they do not require any transfers. No matter which train you select, save all your travel details in your Omio account for quick and easy access throughout the journey.

To Albany by train—travel tips

As the capital of New York, Albany is filled with opportunities to connect with history and enjoy entertainment. You can marvel at the beauty of the Hudson River on a sightseeing cruise, visit the capitol building, and even visit a restored World War II Era Destroyer Escort. If you are interested in learning more about the Empire State, make time for a trip to the New York State Museum.

For those who prefer to connect with their artistic side, you might want to consider a day at the Albany Institute of History and Art. Once you have your fill of adventure, take a break at Washington Park and enjoy this hidden oasis in the middle of the city. Work, work - Are you a fan of the Schuyler Sisters from the Hamilton Musical? Pay a visit to the Schuyler Mansion and learn more about Angelica, Eliza...AND PEGGY.

Travel Tips: Trains from Boston to Albany, NY

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FAQs

How much do cheap trains between Boston and Albany, NY cost?

Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Boston to Albany, NY to cost as little as $34 (€29)  in the next 7 days.

What is the cost of a train to Albany, NY from Boston?

If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Boston to Albany, NY train to cost on average $62 (€52)  one way.

What is the distance from Boston to Albany, NY by train?

When traveling this route you should expect the distance from Boston to Albany, NY by train to be approximately 138 miles (223 km).

How long is the train ride to Albany, NY from Boston?

On average the Boston to Albany, NY train time is 5 h 13 min  covering the 138 miles (223 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

Which train companies can get me from Boston to Albany, NY?

For the best Boston to Albany, NY train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Albany, NY from Boston to compare what amenities they may offer.

When does the first train depart from Boston to Albany, NY? When does the last train depart from Boston to Albany, NY?

The earliest train departing from Boston to Albany, NY leaves at 11: 15 AM. The last train departing from Boston to Albany, NY leaves at 5: 57 PM. You can find the latest Boston to Albany, NY train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

How early should I book train tickets to Albany, NY from Boston to score the best deals?

In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this trip and save money. If you book train tickets between Boston and Albany, NY within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $62 (€52) one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Boston to Albany, NY a few months in advance.