Empire Service

  • New York
  • Albany
  • Syracuse
  • Rochester
  • Buffalo
  • Niagara Falls
7 hours 20 minutes Multiple Departures Daily

With frequent daily trains between NYC and Albany (and others that continue to Buffalo and Niagara Falls), business and leisure travel has never been easier. You can do almost anything in New York City, but when it's time to get out in the country, head north to the Hudson River Valley for a vacation in wine country. Take the Empire Service to the Finger Lakes region or continue all the way to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Business Class on the Empire Service

Enjoy an enhanced travel experience in Business Class on the Empire Service and you’ll have access to exclusive amenities such as a fully refundable ticket if canceled prior to departure, 25% point bonus for Amtrak Guest Rewards members, leather seating with footrests and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages on select trains.

Unlock your New York state of mind on the Empire Service, where the adventurous quickly discover that New York’s thrills extend far beyond its namesake city. Trade the bright lights of Broadway for the awe-inspiring power of Niagara Falls. Dip your toes in one—or all—of the Finger Lakes or visit the Empire State’s growing number of wineries and distilleries for a truly “spirited” experience.

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” — Simone de Beauvoir

Features & Amenities

Amenities vary by train.

Accommodations vary by train. Some trains may feature forward and backward-facing seating, preferred seat orientation is not guaranteed.

Take your small dog or cat along with you on the train. Before you go, learn more about the types of pets allowed, pet reservations and fares, approved pet carriers and additional details.

See the Complete Pet Program Guidelines