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Amtrak New York City – Buffalo, NY

Find the best trains from New York City to Buffalo, NY with Omio's travel partners Amtrak from $77 (€64). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best trip.

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 New York City to Buffalo, NY, you can choose between ticket types like Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium.

    Amtrak's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train between New York City and Buffalo, NY are the following:

    • 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 New York to Buffalo

    Taking a train from New York to Buffalo is convenient, faster and easier than taking a bus or driving. New York is known as the city that never sleeps, while Buffalo is known for its spicy chicken wings of the same name, and it's lovely historic buildings, namely the Art Deco-style City Hall. The distance by train from New York to Buffalo is approximately 292 miles (469 kilometers). Traveling by train between the two great cities can be done in about 7 hours and 45 minutes for a complete trip. The train distance from New York Penn Station to Buffalo Depew station can be completed using three different routes with four trains available every day. The journey has direct train connections between the two cities with no changes required en route.

    Which train companies travel from New York to Buffalo?

    The journey by train from New York to Buffalo, just like many train trips in the USA, is operated by Amtrak train company. The company operates trains on three different routes that connect New York to Buffalo by train. Although the same company operates the routes, there are disparities in terms of the total time taken for a complete trip, the train taken, and the route used. The company operates three routes from New York to Buffalo - the Maple Leaf services, Empire services, and Lake Shore Limited services.

    How long is the train ride from New York to Buffalo?

    The distance between New York City and Buffalo is approximately 292 miles (469 kilometers). The journey by train can be made in a total trip time of roughly 7 hours and 45 minutes. Although it is the same distance between the two cities, the entire duration taken for a complete journey varies depending on the route taken and the service passengers choose. With express services, the journey is slightly faster. The shortest period taken for a whole trip between the two cities is 7 hours and 42 minutes, when using the Empire service train route. Maple Leaf services and Lake Shore Limited services take 7 hours and 46 minutes and 8 hours and 32 minutes respectively to complete the journey between the two cities. The longest duration taken for a total trip from New York City to Buffalo city is 8 hours and 32 minutes.

    How many trains are there from New York to Buffalo?

    The journey between New York City and Buffalo has direct connections with a frequency of approximately four trains per day. There are different route services from New York Penn Station to Buffalo Depew train station. Each route has different trains that depart from New York Penn Station at different hours. Maple Leaf services from New York to Buffalo have one train, train number 63, that leaves New York Penn Station usually in the morning. Empire Services have two trains, number 281 and number 283, that depart from New York Penn Station at roughly 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. The other route service, Lake Shore Limited has a single train, number 48, which departs from New York in the mid-afternoon.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for the trains from New York to Buffalo?

    Departure station: For the journey from New York to Buffalo City, trains depart from New York Penn Station. The station is located on lines Northeast corridor and Empire corridor. The distance between the train station and New York city center is approximately one and a half miles as the station is located in the heart of Manhattan. The train station can be accessed in different ways: by using subway lines A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3, PATH system at 33rd Street under sixth avenue' NYC Airporter to and from JFK international airport. Further connections include M-seven from Greenwich Village; M20 to Lincoln center; M34 select bus from Javitaa center and FDR drive; M34A select bus service from Port Authority bus terminal and Waterside Plaza; and Q32 from Jackson Heights and Madison Square. Facilities and services available at the station include Shake Shack, The Pennsy, wine stores, wheelchair accessibility, lockers, shops, WiFi, conference rooms and other amenities.

    Arrival station: The journey by train from New York to Buffalo completes its journey at Buffalo Depew train station. The station is located approximately ten miles from downtown Buffalo and Buffalo city center. The station is located on the train rail Empire Corridor. Services and facilities available at the station include ATMs, payphones, vending machines, Quik-Trak kiosks, free parking, waiting areas, and shops. The train station is located along the NFT route. It is accessible using line 69 of the Niagra Frontier Transportation Authority bus number six, 46, 24, and 22. Buses 6 and 36 depart from Court St and Main St after every 30 minutes and take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the station from Buffalo city center. Bus 24 departs from Ellicott St and William St while bus 22 departs from Summer St and Main Street. Nearby attractions at Buffalo Depew train station include the Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Navy and Military park, and Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve.

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    Trains from New York City to Buffalo, NY
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    FAQs
    How much does a cheap train between New York City and Buffalo, NY cost?
    Train tickets to Buffalo, NY from New York City for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $77 (€64)  one way in the next 7 days.
    What is the cost of a train to Buffalo, NY from New York City?
    In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $77 (€64)  for a train ticket between New York City and Buffalo, NY.
    What is the distance from New York City to Buffalo, NY by train?
    The New York City to Buffalo, NY train distance is approximately 291 miles (470 km).
    What is the New York City to Buffalo, NY train travel time?
    On average the New York City to Buffalo, NY train travel time is 7 h 59 min  for the 291 miles (470 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
    Which train providers can take me from New York City to Buffalo, NY?
    When taking a train from New York City to Buffalo, NY, you can count on Amtrak for the best way to get you to Buffalo, NY. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service between New York City and Buffalo, NY and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
    When is the earliest train from New York City to Buffalo, NY? When is the last train from New York City to Buffalo, NY?
    The earliest train for this route departs from New York City at 12: 15 PM. The last train leaves from New York City at 6: 20 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from New York City to Buffalo, NY and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
    How early should I buy New York City to Buffalo, NY train tickets to get the best deals?
    You can find trains between New York City and Buffalo, NY to cost on average $77 (€64) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the New York City to Buffalo, NY train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.