Amtrak’s Empire Service route travels between New York City and Niagara Falls through Upstate New York. Explore the excitement of big cities and the beauty of the Hudson River Valley while on your commute. Total trip time is just over seven hours.

Things to Know

  • All stops on this route are in New York.
  • Trains travel at higher speeds on this route compared to other Amtrak routes.
  • Sit on the right side of the train if traveling south from Albany for the best Hudson River views (sit on the left if traveling north)


You can view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. If you know your start and end stations, you can also use the Amtrak website to create a custom timetable.

Schedule highlights:

  • The are multiple trains each day
  • First train departs New York City at 6:40 a.m.
  • First train departs Niagara Falls at 3:30 a.m.
  • Many trains start or end at the Albany/Rensselaer Station.



  • Manhattan
  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Hudson River Valley
  • Adirondack Mountains
  • Mohawk River
  • New York State Fairgrounds
  • Rochester Auto Museum
  • High Falls (Rochester)
  • New York wineries
  • Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
  • KeyBank Center
  • Canalside Park
  • Lake Erie
  • Niagara Falls
  • Downtown Toronto

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