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

  • If you are traveling to New York City, construction at Penn Station has rerouted trains to Grand Central until September 2018 (and potentially beyond)
  • If you are with a larger group, it may be difficult to find seating together unless you begin your trip at one of the end-of-the-line stations
  • A cafe is available in most, but not all trains, so you might want to bring food
  • Sit on the right side of the train if traveling south from Albany for the best Hudson River views


Visit the Amtrak timetable for the Empire Service train to plan your trip. You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets. 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