All Aboard for the New York State Fair

August 15, 2016

Craig Schulz

Amtrak Contact


Amtrak trains to make special stop; Kids ride free!


NEW YORK – Amtrak will once again provide service directly to the New York State Fair this year, making it more convenient, cost-effective and comfortable for attendees to travel to the Empire State’s largest annual event.

Select Empire Service trains will stop at Gate 11 adjacent to the Fairgrounds every day between Aug. 25 and Sept. 5.  Westbound trains originating in New York City stop at the Fair at 12:50 p.m. (Train 63), 3:56 p.m. (Train 281) and 6:51 p.m. (Train 283).

Eastbound trains from Niagara Falls and points west stop at 9:13 a.m. (Train 284), 2:55 p.m. (Train 64) and 5:33 p.m. (Train 288 – Sunday only) en route to Albany and New York City.

“Amtrak is pleased to offer special service to the New York State Fair again this year,” said Kevin Chittenden, Deputy General Manager for Amtrak’s Empire Service.  “Riding the train is a fun and relaxing way to make getting there part of your family’s Fair experience and demonstrates why Amtrak is simply the smarter way to travel.”

Tickets are available now at, via the Amtrak mobile app, at station ticket counters or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.  Amtrak is also offering a “kids ride free” promotion for travel to/from the Fair, which must be booked online.

“Amtrak is a great way to see New York State and the Great New York State Fair is the best way to celebrate it,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director.  “A comfortable Amtrak train will drop you off and pick you up again right at our door.  I encourage everyone to consider coming the easy way to the nation’s oldest state fair and one of the very best.”

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “The New York State Department of Transportation is proud to partner once again with Amtrak and the Great New York State Fair to provide comfortable, convenient rail service directly to the fair.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has made transportation a priority and this train is one more way New Yorkers and their guests can enjoy all the State has to offer this summer.”

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