This is pretty cool news! If you want to go to the NYS Fair in Syracuse, but you don't want to take that drive, now you can do it in luxury aboard Amtrak. Amtrak will be running direct service to the Fair and back, of course, beginning Friday and running through the Fair which ends September 6th. Of course, masks are required on all forms of public transportation but that's a small price to pay to be able to sit back and enjoy the ride to the Fair without having to worry about the drive and more importantly, the drive home. You can find out more info
Amtrak will run direct passenger train service to the New York State Fair and back starting this Friday, Aug. 20, through Sept. 6.
Select Empire Service will run on trains 281, 283 and 284, and Maple Leaf service on trains 63 and 64, making daily stops at the StateFairadjacent to the fairgrounds near Syracuse. In addition to Albany, there will be stops at Rochester and Syracuse as well. Passengers can also board from Hudson Valley and New York City.
The trains will run under the Amtrak station code NYF.
Customers can also save with a See NY and Save discount until Sunday, Sept. 5, when booking online at least five days in advance of travel, or through Monday, Sept. 6, via everyday discounts for kids, seniors, military groups and more.
Tickets are available atAmtrak.com, via the Amtrak mobile app, atstationticket counters or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi, with no “airplane mode” required.
Westbound daily trips originating in New York City at approximately 7:15 a.m., 10:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. will stop at the Fair at around 1:08 p.m. on Train 63, 4:08 p.m. daily on Train 281, and 7:02 p.m. on Train 283 respectively.
Eastbound trains originating from Niagara Falls at approximately 6:21 a.m. and 11:57 a.m. will stop at the Fair around 9:21 a.m. on Train 284 and 2:54 p.m. on Train 64 respectively, before continuing en route to Albany and New York City.
Prices from Albany to the Fair start at $32 one-way, according to their website.
Amtrak is requiring that customers and employees wear face masks on trains and stations regardless of vaccination status or state or local laws.
Amtrak is no longer limiting capacity. When searching for travel, the percentage of seats sold displays next to each trip option and adjusts as more reservations are made, which gives customers the opportunity to book a train that is less crowded. If capacity exceeds comfort levels, customers can change their ticket without incurring a fee.