Long Distance Travel

The Capital Region has many options for long distance trips into or out of the region.  New York’s 511 service provides a trip planner, as does Google. These are useful to find transit connections to other airports and train stations. The 511 website also has many links for transportation options in other regions of New York State.

Amtrak

Amtrak trains make stops in Rensselaer (for Albany), Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs.

All three stations offer one-seat connections south to New York City and north to Montreal and Rutland, as well as west to Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Boston, Toronto, and Chicago are also directly accessible from Schenectady and Rensselaer.

Rensselaer Rail Station
525 East St.
Rensselaer NY 12214

This station is served by CDTA Routes 114 & 214, with connections to Albany UAlbany, Crossgates Mall, and Rensselaer. There is a taxi stand in front, and the north end of the parking lot is also a MegaBus stop. There is both garage and surface parking for a fee (first hour free). Bicycle lockers are located next to the station entrance. There are no baggage lockers, though Amtrak staff may be able to hold bags for a short time, for a fee.

Saratoga Springs Train Station
26 Station Lane
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The station is served by CDTA Route 472 with connections in Saratoga Springs. Parking at the station is free, and bike racks and a bike locker are located near the entrance.

Schenectady Train Station
332 Erie Boulevard
Schenectady, NY 12305

The Schenectady station is in downtown Schenectady on a number of CDTA routes via State Street, including the BusPlus line to Albany, Route 63 to Albany, Route 70 to Troy, and local Routes 351, 353, and 354. There is a small fee-based parking lot at the station.

Albany International Airport

737 Albany-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

The Albany Airport is located between Routes 5 and 7, and is accessible from the Northway via Exit 3. Carriers at the Airport are Air Canada, Cape Air, Continental, Delta Airlines, Southwest, United Airways, and US Airways.

By bus, it is most accessible via CDTA Route #610, which is a shuttle running at fixed times between Route 7 and Route 5, with other CDTA connections available.  Adirondack Trailways operates routes south to New York City, west to Buffalo, and north to Montreal.  All of these routes make stops along the way, with the exception of daily express shuttles to LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark. There are also two outdoor bike racks near the main entrance.

Parking for cars ranges from garage parking next to the terminal to an economy lot with a shuttle to the airport.

Long-Distance Bus Routes

Greyhound Lines and Adirondack Trailways both operate routes through the region, with numerous stops, the largest of which are the stations in downtown Albany and Schenectady, with numerous CDTA connections at both, including BusPlus (Route 905). Megabus stops at the far northern side of the Rensselaer Rail Station parking lot with routes to New York City and Ridgewood. It also operates to NYC and Burlington VT from the Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs. A few other unverified carriers provide – Dragon Deluxe and Dragon Coach/Sago Bus to New York City, and Shortline Bus to a number of locations in New York State.

Albany Greyhound Trailways Station
34 Hamilton St.
Albany, NY 12207

Schenectady Travel Center
22 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12305

Zimride

Zimride has matching software, similar to iPool2, except that it tends to work better for long distances, such as overnight business trips or college students going home for a break.