Amherst travel guide

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You're Going to Love Amherst

With a population of 122,366, Amherst is a must-see destination in New York State, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Amherst has to offer.

Where to Eat in Amherst

If you’re looking for affordable options, Black & Blue Steak & Crab - Buffalo (5493 Sheridan Drive) and Jazzboline (5010 Main St) are great picks.

When to visit Amherst

Amherst in September
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Amherst in September
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
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How to Get to Amherst


When flying to Amherst, you’ll arrive at Buffalo Airport (BUF), which is located 4 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Amherst include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and United Airlines. The shortest domestic flight to Amherst departs from Tampa and takes around 2h 45m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Amherst. The train journey from Amherst to Rochester takes 1h 19m and costs around $29 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from New York, expect to pay about $68 for a 8h 14m trip.


Another option to get to Amherst is to pick up a car rental from Pittsburgh, which is about 186 miles from Amherst. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Payless, among others, in Pittsburgh.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Amherst, including OurBus, Trailways and StarLine Coach. From Rochester, the bus ride to Amherst takes 60 miles and will cost you around $36. From Toronto, the ticket costs about $65 for a journey of 165 miles.

Airports near Amherst


Airlines serving Amherst

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
Good (506 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,242 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (308 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Brussels Airlines
Good (131 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (2,087 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
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Spirit Airlines
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Where to stay in Amherst

Where to stay in popular areas of Amherst

Most booked hotels in Amherst

Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst
Excellent (8.7, 634 reviews)
The Delavan Hotel & Spa
Excellent (8, 580 reviews)
Sleep Inn
Good (7.9, 464 reviews)
Sleep Inn & Suites Buffalo Airport
Good (7.7, 1278 reviews)
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Buffalo Amherst
Good (7.7, 834 reviews)
Garden Place Hotel
Good (7.4, 1882 reviews)
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Renting a car in Amherst

Renting a car in Amherst costs $68 per day, on average, or $137 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 5% more expensive than at Buffalo.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Amherst (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in Amherst is Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Kia Rio or similar) are, on average, 52% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.