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Take Amtrak to the New York State Fair, Plus Kids Ride Free

Amtrak will once again provide direct service for customers traveling to the New York State Fair, the Empire State’s largest annual event between Wednesday, August 22 and Monday, September 3, 2018.

“Allowing families to take the train to the New York State Fair provides a wonderful opportunity to New Yorkers,” said Joe McHugh, Vice President of State Supported Services and Business Development at Amtrak. “By collaborating with NYSDOT and the State Fair, traveling on Amtrak can help add to your family’s Fair experience.”

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, “Once again, Amtrak is providing a safe, cost effective and convenient way of traveling to the Great New York State Fair, the most spectacular fair in the United States.  Governor Cuomo’s record investments in Central New York’s largest tourist destination make this stop a must see for people who travel by rail, allowing visitors from across the state easier access to enjoy all the Fair has to offer.”

Skip tolls, traffic and parking fees via select Empire Service (Trains 281, 283 and 284) and Maple Leaf (Trains 63 and 64) trains, which will make daily stops at the State Fair (in between stops at Rochester and Syracuse stations), adjacent to the Fairgrounds. The New York State Fair station uses the station code NYF.

Westbound trains originating in New York City stop at the Fair at 12:28 p.m. (Train 63), 4:03 p.m. (Train 281) and 7:02 p.m. (Train 283). Eastbound trains originating from Toronto or Niagara Falls stop at the Fair at 9:17 a.m. (Train 284) and 2:55 p.m. (Train 64) en route to Albany and New York City.

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 (one free child for each paying adult) for travel to/from the Fair, which must be booked online at and at least three days in advance of travel with the promo code V787. See for details.

Amtrak has been offering train service to the New York State Fair since 2002. The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 22 to September 3, 2018. The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “FIND YOUR GREAT,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year.

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