This bicycle tour of the Erie Canal begins with a 5 1/2 hr. train trip from the Amtrak Rensselaer-Albany station to the station in Buffalo. The first night is spent in downtown Buffalo, followed by six days of cycling on the Erie Canal bike path back to Rensselaer, with an average daily distance of approximately 60 miles of cycling for a total of approximately 356 miles. As of 2020, the entire Erie Canal bike path is complete, with no on-road sections.

Also as of fall, 2020, each car in the Empire Service Train has two bicycle racks, which must be reserved at the time you make your ticket reservations. Tickets cost $40 – $65, plus $20 for the bicycle rack reservation, and the journey takes 5h 23m.

Hotels and accommodations shown on this page were chosen for their proximity to the trail, and have not been vetted. Other accommodations will be added to the maps.

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Day 2 Buffalo to Medina 50 miles

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Day 3 Medina to Palmyra 70 miles

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Day 4 Palmyra to Syracuse 67 miles

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Day 5 Syracuse to Utica, 61 miles

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Day 6 Utica to Amsterdam 64 miles

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