New York City

Travel to New York City by Rail with Amtrak

Amtrak Station Services Guide

New York-Penn (NYP)

Travel Times

NYC to Albany 2.5 hrs

NYC to Syracuse 5.25 hrs

NYC to Fort Edward/Glens Falls 4.0 hrs

NYC to Niagara Falls, NY 8.5 hrs;

NYC to Rutland, Vermont 5.25


  • Direct access to Subways, Buses, LIRR, New Jersey Transit
  • Taxi Service – Taxi Stands outside station
  • Car Rental
    • Enterprise: 212-831-1200
    • Avis: 800-331-1212
    • Hertz: 212-486-5065

Five Ways to Spend 60 Minutes in Penn Station

Got an hour before your train? Use your time in Penn Station wisely, or just relax. Here are some suggestions to make the most of it.

Relax in the Amtrak waiting lounge. It’s open 24 hours a day—just show your Amtrak ticket for entry. Charge your devices, and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to catch up on email. Use the Quik-Trak kiosk to purchase tickets or print e-tickets.

Plan your next big weekend in New York City. Start at the 34th Street Partnership Visitor Services Center on the Amtrak level to pick up brochures and ask for recommendations on places to eat and nearby attractions. It’s open from 9:00am-5:00pm daily.

Run errands. Pick up birthday cards or lottery ticket at Carlton Cards. Buy a book at Penn Books, or a tie at Tiecoon. Get your shoes shined. Go to the Madison Square Garden box office just outside and buy tickets for an upcoming event.

Hungry? Order soup or a sandwich to-go, or enjoy some fresh oysters at Tracks Raw Bar & Grill. Grab a slice, a cup o’ Joe, or a pretzel to tide you over.

Go on an art scavenger hunt. Look for Maya Lin’s “Eclipsed Time” glass and steel sculpture in the ceiling at the Seventh Avenue end of station. Andrew Leicester’s “Ghosts Series” consists of five terra cotta wall murals throughout the LIRR section of the station, and a porcelain enamel piece above the escalator. Look for two stone eagles flanking the entrance at 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue; they remain from the 22 eagles that adorned the original Penn Station.

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