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The Empire State Passengers Association Travel Guide to New York State

Empire State  Passengers Association State


Rail Travel Guide to New York State

The following guide provides information about passenger rail services in New York State, as well as services available at most Amtrak stations within the state. For any comments/input or personal travel experiences, please contact ESPA at ESPA Travel Guide Feedback

ESPA's Rail Travel Guide to the Empire State

  • New York City
  • Yonkers
  • Croton-Harmon
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Rhinecliff-Kingston
  • Hudson
  • Albany-Rensselaer
  • Schenectady
  • Amsterdam
  • Utica
  • Rome
  • Syracuse
  • Rochester
  • Buffalo-Depew
  • Buffalo-Exchange (Downtown)
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Altershot, Ontario (Hamilton)
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Ft. Edward-Glens Falls
  • Westport (Lake Placid)
  • Port Kent
  • Plattsburgh
  • Montreal
  • Rutland, Vermont
  • Rail Travel Guide to New York State's Empire Corridor

    (10 June 2002; Published Version 1.4)

    This guide provides an overview of what is available at many rail stations across New York State. All prices and schedules mentioned are subject to change without notice and accuracy is not guaranteed. Schedule references based on Spring - Summer 2002 Amtrak Northeast Timetable, which is subject to change. Also, ESPA makes no endorsements of any hotels or other establishments contained in this document, which are mentioned solely due to their proximity to train stations for the convenience of rail travellers.


    Empire Service Trains consist of reserved and unreserved coaches, a snack or dinette car, and Business Class reserved premium seating on most trains. Service is provided between New York City (midtown Manhattan) and Albany, and continues west to Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls; one daily train continues to Toronto, Canada.

    New York City

  • Address: Pennsylvania Station - 7th Ave. & W. 32nd Street
  • Yonkers

  • Address: Foot of Dock Street & Wells Avenue
  • Croton-Harmon

  • Address: Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
  • Poughkeepsie

  • Address: 41 Main Street
  • Rhinecliff-Kingston

  • Address: Intersection of Hutton and Dutchess Streets, Rhinecliff, NY.
  • Rental Cars:



    Bed and Breakfasts:


    Other Area Attractions:

    And Finally:


  • Address: 69 South Front Street
  • Albany-Rensselaer

  • Address: East Street, Rensselaer, NY
  • Schenectady

  • Address: 332 Erie Boulevard (near State Street)
  • Amsterdam

  • Address: Intersection of Railroad & West Main Streets
  • Utica

  • Address: Union Station, 321 Main Street (near intersection of Railroad Avenue and Broad Street (Route 5S))
  • Rome

  • Address: 6599 Martin Street
  • Syracuse

  • Address: William F. Walsh Transportation Center, 131 P&C Parkway (near Park Street & Carousel Mall)
  • Rochester

  • Address: 320 Central Avenue (between St. Paul & Clinton streets)
  • Buffalo-Depew

  • Address: 55 Dick Road, Depew, NY
  • Buffalo-Exchange Street Station (Downtown)

  • Address: Exchange Street (near Washington Street)
  • Niagara Falls, NY, Amtrak Station

  • Address: 27 Lockport Road (near Hyde Park Boulevard)
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario

  • Address: VIA Rail Canada Station, 4267 Bridge Street (1 block from Whirlpool bridge)

    Aldershot, Ontario (Hamilton)

  • Address: GO/VIA Rail Canada Station, 1199 Waterdown Road, Aldershot
  • Toronto, Ontario

  • Address: Union Station, 65 Front Street West
  • Adirondack Train Service

    Amtrak's Guide to the Adirondack

    Saratoga Springs

  • Address: End of Station Lane (adjacent to West Avenue)

    Ft. Edward-Glens Falls

  • Address: East Street, Fort Edward
  • Westport (Lake Placid)

  • Address: Intersection Highway 9N and D&H Railway Tracks, Westport, NY
  • Port Kent

  • Address: Flag stop made at intersection of NYS Route 373 (off NYS Route 9N) and D&H Railway tracks
  • Plattsburgh

  • Address: Bridge Street
  • Montreal

  • Address: Gare Centrale (Central Station), 895 Rue de la Gauchetiere Ouest

    Ethan Allen Train Service

    This twice-daily northbound/ daily southbound train between New York City and Rutland provides a Business Class car, as well as a baggage car which also transports bicycles and ski equipment.

    Amtrak's Guide to the Ethan Allen

    Rutland, Vermont

  • Address: Jeffords Transportation Center, Rutland Plaza, Merchants Row, Downtown Rutland
  • Travel Packages and Train Ideas

    Travel packages and ideas to Buffalo/Niagara Falls and Rochester and Syracuse areas:

    1. Niagara Falls on both sides of the border, including Niagara Falls tourist attractions and/or the Niagara Casino in Ontario.
    2. Buffalo Sabres packages with rail and hotel and sightseeing options, with all transfers.
    3. Niagara Casino packages with rail and hotel next to the casino and transfers to/from the Niagara Falls station.
    4. Travel to Syracuse University basketball and football games from anyway in the state. Very attractive Saturday packages from Buffalo include game ticket at the Syracuse Carrier Dome, lunch, shopping, and all transfers from the Syracuse station.
    5. Travel to minor league baseball games in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, with transfers from Rochester station and walk next door to the other stadiums, from the rail stations

    Each of the above packages includes all transfers with specific pricing/reservations through Destination Niagara at 1-888-863-2557.

    One-day Suggestions from New York City (NYC):

    1. NYC to Rhinecliff - depart NYC at 7:15am or 9:50am (Mon-Fri) or 10:50am (Sat-Sun) and take boat across Hudson to the Rondout Waterfront, which has plenty of summer entertainment and restaurants.
    2. NYC to Albany - depart NYC at 7:15am. See "Albany" for tour companies
    3. NYC to Saratoga Springs - depart NYC at 7:15am (Call 1-800-888-8478 for more information and reservations.)
    4. NYC to Lake George - depart NYC at 7:15am (Call 1-800-888-8478 for more information and reservations.)

    One-day Suggestions from Western New York (WNY):

    1. WNY to Utica - Call High Adventure Tours (800-717-5217) for Central New York tours, including some of the attractions listed above in under the Utica section.
    2. WNY to Albany - See "Albany" for tour companies. Enjoy a guided tour of the state capital buildings and/or the historic Saratoga region by calling either Albany Remembered at 518-427-0401 or Plaza Travel at 1-800-666-3404.
    3. WNY to Saratoga Springs - Call 1-800-888-8478 for more information and reservations. Convenient train to train transfers may be made at Schenectady.
    4. WNY to Lake George - Call 1-800-888-8478 for more information and reservations. Convenient train to train transfers may be made at Schenectady.
    5. WNY to Rhinecliff - See "Rhinecliff" for possible tour of area.
    6. WNY to New York City - hundreds of tour companies in New York City to provide your group with any variety of activities/attractions. Automobile Club of Western New York (Triple A) at 976 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY sponsors weekend rail trips from Buffalo to NYC on Mother's Day weekend, Father's Day weekend, and an early December weekend for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Call them at (716) 634-7900 for more information and reservations for packages which include rail and hotel and various events in New York City.

    One-day Suggestions from Albany, Upper Hudson Valley to NYC Tourist Attractions, Museums, etc. See any New York City tourism guide for more details.

    I Love New York State Tourism

    Long Island Railroad Packages

    (Long Island Railroad Official Site) Long Island Railroad Combined Packages:

    Combination packages from Albany, Hudson, and Rhinecliff with LIRR connections at Penn Station, listed are LIRR prices from Penn Station (call 718-217-LIRR to confirm) and may be purchased the day of travel at the LIRR ticket window in Penn Station. The options include:

    Metro-North Railroad Connections

    Metro-North provides service into Grand Central Terminal (mid-town Manhattan on east side) and passengers can transfer cross platform to Metro-North at Croton-Harmon for travel to Grand Central. Additionally, Metro-North stops at many station between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central and passengers may transfer from Amtrak to Metro-North at Poughkeepsie, at Croton-Harmon, and at Yonkers for convenient travel to Beacon, Peekskill, Cold Springs, etc.

    Metro-North Official Website with Schedules

    Travel Features

    Amtrak Special Trains

    Amtrak may run special trains for the following events:

    1. Saratoga Springs Racing Trains - Amtrak runs special trains from NYC to Saratoga for each Saturday from the last Saturday in July through the first Saturday in September. Trains will leave NYC at about 7:45am and arrives back in NYC at about 10:30pm.
    2. New York Mets Baseball - Amtrak may run special trains to New York Mets baseball games from Albany and Hudson. The trains run directly to Shea Stadium and train dates and schedule will likely be available in early June each year. For 1998, "Mets Express" trains will run to the following games and depart Albany at 9:45am and Hudson at 10:07am and arrive Shea Stadium at about 12:15pm for the 2pm start. The trains will depart Shea 20 minutes after the final out, expected to be something like 5pm-5:30pm. Cost was $60 per adult and $50 per child (2-15 yrs old). Call 1-888-AMTRAK-1 for reservations in May or June. For 1998, the games are as follows:
    3. New York Rangers Hockey - Amtrak may run special trains to New York Rangers hockey games during the January to March timeframe. For example, they ran on March 2,1998 for the game verses Buffalo Sabres, leaving Albany at 4:30pm, Hudson at 4:55pm and arrive at NYC at 6:45pm for the 7:30pm Game. The train then departed at about 10:30pm or 15 minutes after the end of the game, whichever is later, with expected arrival back into Albany at 12:45am. Depending on seat location, the price was $60-75 per adult and $50-65 per child. Call 1-888-AMTRAK-1 in January for details regarding specific games that Amtrak may serve.
    4. Syracuse University Basketball - Big East championships in early March at Madison Square Garden. Amtrak may run an extra train from Syracuse to NYC and from NYC back to Syracuse or Amtrak may provide special travel packages. Call either Syracuse University or Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL for details.
    5. New Years's Eve - May run, departing New York City at about 1:00am on Jan 1, 2000 to handle passengers wishing to stay in New York City for the midnight welcome of the new millennium.

    Miscellaneous Information

    American Orient Express - an independent company which uses their own luxury coaches and sleepers and provides excellent service, similar to the Orient Express in Europe. Offers various weeklong excursions across North America, which for 1998 incudes a fall excursion from Montreal to Washington, through parts of New York State. Such a train may run each autumn. For more information, call them at 1-888-759-3944.

    Excursion Service along the Empire Corridor (using Amtrak equipment): The following are the three most likely excursions to be run, as these were run in 1997 and may or may not run in future years:

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    Amtrak's Train Arrival and Departure Board in New York's Penn Station


    Hopefully, you will you find your travel across New York State to be very rewarding, educational, and fun. Amtrak provides a comfortable method of travel, with cafe food service including sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, beverages (soda, coffee, milk, beer, mixed drinks), and deserts. Each seat reclines and provides lots of leg room. Also, on many Amtrak trains you can reserve an upgrade to custom class, which provides you a guaranteed seat, non-alcoholic drinks, and a newspaper. Additionally, one train a day connects New York State to Cleveland and Chicago and has sleeper and coach accommodations. This train also provides connections to all Western trains in Chicago.

    This document provides information on many attractions located near the inter-city train stations of New York State, in addition to other stations located in southern Ontario, southern Vermont, and Montreal. Hopefully, this information will be of value in helping the traveller and vacationer make their plans. (For any comments, corrections or suggestions on this document, please e-mail us at travel guide feedback). Enjoy your trip!


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