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Driving Directions to Ithaca and the Cornell University Campus

For door-to-door tailored directions, please visit the driving directions page of the Cornell University web site.

From the North

Including Syracuse and Watertown -- Syracuse, NY is approximately 60 miles north of Cornell University with an estimated driving time of 1 hour.

  1. South on I-81
  2. Exit 12 at Cortland/Homer
  3. Rte. 281 South to State Rte. 13
  4. South on State Rte. 13 to Ithaca, NY
  5. State Rte. 13 South to State Rte. 366
  6. After NYSEG (electrical utilities) complex, turn left onto State Rte. 366
  7. State Rte. 366 west to the intersection of State Rte. 366 and Hoy Road
  8. Right onto Hoy Road and follow to campus

From the East

Including Albany and Boston -- Albany, NY is approximately 160 miles east of Cornell University with an estimated driving time of 3 hours.

  1. West on I-90/NY State Thruway, portions of which charge toll
  2. West on I-90 (NY State Thruway) to I-88
  3. West on I-88 for 76 miles to Exit 8 for State Rte. 206 at Bainbridge, NY
  4. West on State Rte. 206 for 25 miles to State Rte. 79 at Whitney Point, NY
  5. West on State Rte. 79 for 35 miles to Ithaca, NY
  6. Rte. 79 West will bring you into Ithaca on State St.
  7. From Rte. 79 West/State St., make a right turn onto Mitchell St. at the stop sign
  8. Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
  9. Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
  10. From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
  11. Follow Hoy Road to campus

From the South

Including New York City -- New York City is approximately 220 miles southeast of Cornell University with an estimated driving time of 4 hours.

  1. North on I-87 (portions charge toll) to the Tappan Zee Bridge
  2. Cross the Tappan Zee Bridge (portions charge toll) and continue North on I-87
  3. North on I-87 (portions charge toll) to State Rte. 17 at Harriman, NY
  4. West on State Rte. 17 for 111 miles to I-81
  5. North on I-81 to Exit 8 for Whitney Point, NY
  6. West on State Rte. 79 for 35 miles to Ithaca, NY
  7. Rte. 79 West will bring you into Ithaca on State St.
  8. Right turn onto Mitchell at the stop sign
  9. Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
  10. Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
  11. From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
  12. Follow Hoy Road to campus

From the South

Including New Jersey -- Northern New Jersey is approximately 220 miles southeast of Cornell University with an estimated driving time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  1. West on I-80 to I-380
  2. North I-380 to I-81
  3. North on I-81 to Exit 8 for Whitney Point, NY
  4. West on State Rte. 79 for 35 miles to Ithaca, NY
  5. Rte. 79 West will bring you into Ithaca on State St.
  6. From State, make a right turn onto Mitchell at the stop sign
  7. Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
  8. Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
  9. From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
  10. Follow Hoy Road to campus

From the Southwest

Including Ohio and Elmira -- Cleveland, OH is approximately 330 miles southwest of Cornell University with an estimated driving time of 5 hours.

  1. East on I-90 (NY State Thruway) to Exit 10 for Jamestown, NY
  2. East on Rte. 17 to Rte. 13
  3. North on Rte. 13 into Ithaca, NY
  4. Continue North until the intersection of Rte. 13 and Rte. 79
  5. Travel East on Rte. 79/Green St. Rte
  6. 79/Green St. becomes Rte. 79/East State St.
  7. Continue to travel on Rte. 79 East
  8. Turn left onto Mitchell St./Rte. 366
  9. Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
  10. Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
  11. From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
  12. Follow Hoy Road to campus

From the West

Including Toronto, Buffalo, and Rochester -- Buffalo, NY is approximately 150 miles west of Cornell University with an estimated driving time of 3 hours.

  1. East on I-90 (NY State Thruway) to Exit 42
  2. South on Rte. 14 for approximately one-quarter mile to Rte. 96
  3. South on Rte. 96 for approximately 45 miles to Ithaca, NY
  4. South on Rte. 13 for approximately one-quarter mile to Rte. 79 and Green St
  5. East on Rte. 79/Green St. Green St. becomes East State St
  6. Continue to travel east on Rte. 79 East/State St
  7. Turn left onto Mitchell St./Rte. 366
  8. Follow Mitchell St. up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
  9. Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
  10. From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
  11. Follow Hoy Road to campus

Where to park on campus

Cornell University, though on 2,300 acres, has limited parking. Please visit the Cornell Parking web site to learn more about where and how to park on campus. Area hotels often run convenient shuttles to campus. Parking passes, information, and maps are available at the Information and Parking Booths that mark each entrance to the University.

Students who bring their car to Cornell are required to reg­ister their vehicle with the university. Registration is free, but does not bestow parking privileges. Most daytime parking on campus requires a permit, and parking regulations are strictly enforced. A vari­ety of permits are available for purchase at Commuting and Parking Services, including permits for carpoolers. Visitors also can purchase daily permits from the information booths at campus en­trances.

Cornell Map

Driving around town and Cornell

Ithaca is in New York State, so if you have questions about state laws, please visit the DMV site. On campus there are signs posted with regard to parking and traffic laws. Pedestrians have the right of way, no matter what. Cornell Police will strictly enforce traffic regulations. Keep your eyes open as the students are sometimes not aware of cars. In the city of Ithaca and in Collegetown, please keep in mind which day it is when you are parking; parking rules change based on the day of the week.