Welcome to the capital of New York: Albany. Full of interesting architecture and a wealth of local history, the city is a pleasant mix of yesteryear and tomorrow. Explore the modernistic Empire State Plaza and happening nightlife scene on Lark Street one day, and then get a lesson the next day by touring the New York State Museum and historic State Street. Needless to say, from the time your flights to Albany International Airport (ALB) land until you leave, the city will entertain. And, when you use Travelocity to book your vacation to Upstate New York, you’ll find a multitude of cheap flights to Albany, NY so you can have some extra spending money to better help you enjoy the Hudson River Valley.
All flights to Albany, NY that you take ends with…more transportation to get to where you need to go. Many hotels close to the airport offer free shuttle services to and from ALB. And if you're staying downtown, you can rent a car from one of the rental companies near the luggage claim area. The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) offers bus services to the city via route 737; the bus typically runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., but note that stops are infrequent for both (every 20 to 30 minutes in the morning and every hour or more later). Also, it's nice to know the airport is only 7 miles from the city, so if your Albany flights arrive early or late or you don't want to wait for the bus, you can hail a cab at an affordable price. Booking a limo is also an option.
After dropping off your bags, start exploring! Hopefully you've saved money on your airfare to Albany, NY, because that will leave you with more cash for shopping and eating everything from ostrich burgers to homemade soup.
Because Albany International is so close to downtown, once you pick up your luggage from the baggage claim, you’re just a short ride to your accommodations. Here are some of our favorite hotels near the airport:
Before you head downtown to visit the many shops, restaurants, and museums on your Albany itinerary, there are a few things to do close to ALB airport that you may want to consider first. We recommend the following popular attractions:
Greet the great outdoors by biking along the Hudson River, trekking through Thacher State Park, or chilling at Washington Park. Then, enjoy a meal and craft beer downtown before catching a performance at The Egg. Albany aims to please, and it succeeds. To make the most of your trip here, start preparing early. If you plan to fly, know you can save an empire’s worth of cash when you book a hotel and cheap tickets to Albany, NY at the same time with one of many vacation packages.