Albany to NYC Amtrak special

amtrak engine closerOne of Amtrak's "weekly specials" right now is Albany-Rensselaer to/from New York Penn during parts of July.

When we checked Amtrak's website this morning, it quoted us a $27.75 fare for:

+ afternoon trips (leave 3:05 pm) Monday-Thursday starting July 12

+ morning trips (leave 7:05 am) Saturdays starting July 10

That's about $10 cheaper than the usual lowest price (make sure you go through the weekly specials section). And, of course, you'll probably need to get back -- the return fare is $37 and up.

By the way: The weekly specials page includes routes in other states -- and they have much cooler names than "Empire Service." Michigan has a "Wolverine" line, Florida a "Silver Meteor" and California a "California Zephyr."

(Thanks, Jessica R!)

Earlier on AOA: The best way to get from Albany to NYC?


Always google for "amtrak discount code" before you book tickets. You can often stack a code on top of a current promotion for an even better deal!

I always take the first or second morning train and the last train back, cheap.
BTW, my blackberry smart phone, I discovered on my trip to nyc 2 weeks ago, is also a GPS device, complete with speed... I figured the train maybe hits 90 mph, however, I was stunned coming back that night when just south of Castleton we hit 105 mph holding that speed for almost 5 minutes...

Boo for their timing. I need to take an afternoon train next week. All of the trains are usual fare, except the one I need to take, which is twice the price for no reason at all (still coach, no extras, not any faster). Maybe it's because it's the Adirondack service and not Empire.

Thanks for passing this along!

But the best line will always be "City of New Orleans" thanks to Arlo Guthrie!

...and written by Steve Goodman, who died too young.

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You can find out more at my Internet site (below). I was fortunate to be interviewed on Albany radio and have a reading/music event for the book three years ago. Amazingly, the book's first printing sold out in just eight months, all 5,000 copies, and a second printing of 5,000 is available now. The second printing includes hundreds of little updates and additions, including 30 more photos for a total of 575. It won a 2008 IPPY (Independent Publishers Association) silver medal for biography.

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