Rochester travel guide

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You're Going to Love Rochester

With a population of 210,565, Rochester is a must-see destination in New York State, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Rochester deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Rochester

Central Business District is the neighborhood with the most restaurants in Rochester. These include popular favorites such as Tournedos - The Inn on Broadway (26 Broadway), Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester (99 Court St) and Native Eatery & Bar (180 South Clinton Avenue). If you’re looking for affordable options, The Revelry (1290 University Avenue Suite A) and Lento (274 North Goodman St) are great picks.

When to visit Rochester

Rochester in January
Estimated hotel price
$119
1 night at 3-star hotel
Rochester in January
Estimated hotel price
$119
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Rochester in July, when the average temperature is 71.6 °F, and the highest can go up to 80.6 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 17.6 °F, with an average temperature of 24.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in August, when precipitation is around 3.5″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Rochester, with an average rainfall of 2″.

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How to Get to Rochester

Plane

When flying to Rochester, you’ll arrive at Greater Rochester Airport (ROC), which is located 4 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Rochester include Royal Air Maroc, JetBlue and Delta. The shortest domestic flight to Rochester departs from Myrtle Beach and takes around 2h 05m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Rochester. The train journey from Rochester to New York takes 6h 59m and costs around $57 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Boston, expect to pay about $71 for a 10h 26m trip. The train station in Rochester is called Rochester, and is located 0.7 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Rochester is to pick up a car rental from Buffalo, which is about 66 miles from Rochester. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Budget, among others, in Buffalo.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Rochester, including Trailways, FlixBus and OurBus. From New York, the bus ride to Rochester takes 375 miles and will cost you around $112. From Charlotte, the ticket costs about $219 for a journey of 1325 miles. The most popular bus station is Rochester Bus Stop, located 0.6 miles from downtown Rochester. Rochester Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Rochester, you’ll arrive at Greater Rochester Airport (ROC), which is located 4 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Rochester include Royal Air Maroc, JetBlue and Delta. The shortest domestic flight to Rochester departs from Myrtle Beach and takes around 2h 05m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Rochester. The train journey from Rochester to New York takes 6h 59m and costs around $57 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Boston, expect to pay about $71 for a 10h 26m trip. The train station in Rochester is called Rochester, and is located 0.7 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Rochester is to pick up a car rental from Buffalo, which is about 66 miles from Rochester. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Budget, among others, in Buffalo.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Rochester, including Trailways, FlixBus and OurBus. From New York, the bus ride to Rochester takes 375 miles and will cost you around $112. From Charlotte, the ticket costs about $219 for a journey of 1325 miles. The most popular bus station is Rochester Bus Stop, located 0.6 miles from downtown Rochester. Rochester Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Rochester

Lufthansa
Good (4,689 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,672 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,558 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,234 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,112 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,989 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,058 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (841 reviews)
LOT
Good (684 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,177 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,798 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (746 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,567 reviews)
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Where to stay in Rochester

There are also lots of vacation rental options in Rochester, with prices from $36 to $2,511 per night. Central Business District is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Rochester are about 23% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Rochester

Most booked hotels in Rochester

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Rochester West/Greece
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, 341 reviews)
$150+
Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester/Henrietta
2 stars
Excellent (8.4, 271 reviews)
$151+
Country Inn & Suites Rochester-Pittsford
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, 1646 reviews)
$151+
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/Pittsford
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 88 reviews)
$154+
Rit Inn & Conference Center
3 stars
Good (7.9, 477 reviews)
$109+
Rochester Airport Marriott
3 stars
Good (7.7, 249 reviews)
$153+

Renting a car in Rochester

Renting a car in Rochester costs $71 per day, on average, or $143 if you want to rent if for 2 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Dollar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Rochester is the Hertz branch at 1200 Brooks Avenue, which is 3 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Rochester.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Rochester (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Rochester is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Luxury rental cars (Acura MDX or similar) are, on average, 67% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Rochester costs $71 per day, on average, or $143 if you want to rent if for 2 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Dollar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Rochester is the Hertz branch at 1200 Brooks Avenue, which is 3 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Rochester.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Rochester (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Rochester is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Luxury rental cars (Acura MDX or similar) are, on average, 67% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.