Travel Guide

Albany, New York 

Getting Around


Getting around in Albany and the metropolitan area depends on where you are staying and where you want to go. If you plan to stay and spend most your time in the downtown area, you can conveniently get around on foot. For longer distances, your transport options include car, taxi, and bus.

By Car
Most of the city’s residents and visitors get around in Albany by car. You can find several car rental companies at Albany International Airport, Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station, and in the city itself. Compared to New York City, vehicle traffic here generally flows smoothly and traffic jams are rare. However, finding a parking space can be a challenge in some parts of the city, especially in the downtown area and particularly around Lark Street. 

Broadway, Albany (New York State)

Broadway by UpstateNYer

By Taxi
Yellow Cab, Capitaland Taxi, and Capital City Taxi are the main taxi companies in Albany. Taxis here do not use meters and fares within the city limits are based on zones. Some destinations outside the city limits, such as the nearby towns of Colonie and Guilderland, are referred as Albany when calculating the fare.

By Bus
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) manages the public bus service in the Capital District, which includes the counties of Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. Buses operate from 6:00 a.m. to midnight but on weekends there are less frequent services and some routes may not run. Regardless of distance, the bus fare is $1.50 each way, $4 for a day pass, and $10 for a three-day pass.

Capital District Transport Authority Bus, New York State

CDTA Bus by Jason Lawrence

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