Rhinebeck, site of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest and the Dutchess County Fair, is a picturesque village north of New York City. Antique shops, restaurants and art galleries line shady streets. Only 110 miles from the Big Apple, the surrounding rural area, the Berkshires and the Hudson River invite New Yorkers to leave the pace of the big city behind.
New York City to Rhinebeck by Amtrak
Rhinebeck is in Amtrak’s busy Northeast corridor with routes serviced by trains like the Ethan Allen, Adirondack and Empire. The tracks follow the eastern bank of the Hudson River, a scenic route that passes the ruins of a castle on Pollepel Island and the forbidding walls of Sing Sing prison.
The train ride from New York to Rhinebeck takes about an hour and 40 minutes. Trains operate daily from New York’s Penn Station beginning at 7:15 a.m. and ending at 10:45 p.m.
When you’re searching for trains between New York and Rhinebeck, keep in mind that the Amtrak station is about three miles west of Rhinebeck in Rhinecliff on the Hudson River. Check the schedule carefully. Not all trains stop at Rhinecliff.
Driving From New York City to Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck is about 110 miles north of New York via Interstate 87. The highway is on the west side of the Hudson River, so motorists must drive past Rhinebeck to cross the river on the Kingston-Rhinebeck Bridge, five miles north of Rhinebeck. The more scenic route, U.S. Route 9, or the Albany Post Road, runs from Manhattan to downtown Rhinebeck. Taking this route adds an hour to the trip, but it passes near or through attractions like the FDR National Historic Site and the Vanderbilt Mansion, a Gilded Age country estate. In Poughkeepsie, park the car and walk or cycle across the Hudson on the 6,768-foot Walkway Over the Hudson, or tour the campus of Vassar College.
Note that U.S. Route 9W follows the western bank of the Hudson.
Other Ways to Get From New York to Rhinebeck
Greyhound and Trailways buses stop at the station at 400 Washington Ave. in Kingston, about 10 miles west of Rhinebeck via NY 199. Frequent daily service from New York averages a little over two hours, though express buses make the trip in under two hours. Use an app like Wanderu or GotoBus to compare bus times and fares on the route.
Metro North commuter trains operate between New York City and Poughkeepsie, about 20 miles south of Rhinebeck. Trains depart Grand Central Terminal frequently for the 90- to 110-minute trip. Catch a cab or ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft for the ride to Rhinebeck.
Unless you own or charter a private plane, flying from New York to Rhinebeck isn’t practical. Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, is about 40 miles south of Rhinebeck, but no airlines fly the route. There are flights from New York to Albany International, but the airport is 65 miles north of Newburgh.