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Getting to and around Ithaca

Getting To Ithaca

  • By Air
    • The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is served by Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, and US Airways.  For greater options, visitors can fly to the airports in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira - all roughly an hour's drive to Ithaca.  The Rochester Airport is approximately two hours from Ithaca.  When possible, try to make your connections through Detroit or Philadelphia to avoid the air traffic in New York City.
  • By Bus
    • Greyhound: (607) 272-7930
    • New York Trailways: (800) 295-5555
    • Shortline: (607) 277-8800
    • Swarthout Coaches, Inc.: (607) 257-2277
  • By Car
    • 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):
      • South on I-81
      • Exit 12 at Cortland/Homer
      • Rte. 281 South to State Rte. 13
      • South on State Rte. 13 to Ithaca, NY
      • State Rte. 13 South to State Rte. 366
      • After NYSEG (electrical utilities) complex, turn left onto State Rte. 366
      • State Rte. 366 west to the intersection of State Rte. 366 and Hoy Road
      • 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):
      • West on I-90/NY State Thruway, portions of which charge toll
      • West on I-90 (NY State Thruway) to I-88
      • West on I-88 for 76 miles to Exit 8 for State Rte. 206 at Bainbridge, NY
      • West on State Rte. 206 for 25 miles to State Rte. 79 at Whitney Point, NY
      • West on State Rte. 79 for 35 miles to Ithaca, NY
      • Rte. 79 West will bring you into Ithaca on State St.
      • From Rte. 79 West/State St., make a right turn onto Mitchell St. at the stop sign
      • Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
      • Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
      • From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
      • 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):
      • North on I-87 (portions charge toll) to the Tappan Zee Bridge
      • Cross the Tappan Zee Bridge (portions charge toll) and continue North on I-87
      • North on I-87 (portions charge toll) to State Rte. 17 at Harriman, NY
      • West on State Rte. 17 for 111 miles to I-81
      • North on I-81 to Exit 8 for Whitney Point, NY
      • West on State Rte. 79 for 35 miles to Ithaca, NY
      • Rte. 79 West will bring you into Ithaca on State St.
      • Right turn onto Mitchell at the stop sign
      • Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
      • Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
      • From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
      • 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):
      • West on I-80 to I-380
      • North I-380 to I-81
      • North on I-81 to Exit 8 for Whitney Point, NY
      • West on State Rte. 79 for 35 miles to Ithaca, NY
      • Rte. 79 West will bring you into Ithaca on State St.
      • From State, make a right turn onto Mitchell at the stop sign
      • Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
      • Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
      • From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
      • 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):
      • East on I-90 (NY State Thruway) to Exit 10 for Jamestown, NY
      • East on Rte. 17 to Rte. 13
      • North on Rte. 13 into Ithaca, NY
      • Continue North until the intersection of Rte. 13 and Rte. 79
      • Travel East on Rte. 79/Green St. Rte
      • 79/Green St. becomes Rte. 79/East State St.
      • Continue to travel on Rte. 79 East
      • Turn left onto Mitchell St./Rte. 366
      • Follow Mitchell up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
      • Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
      • From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
      • 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):
      • East on I-90 (NY State Thruway) to Exit 42
      • South on Rte. 14 for approximately one-quarter mile to Rte. 96
      • South on Rte. 96 for approximately 45 miles to Ithaca, NY
      • South on Rte. 13 for approximately one-quarter mile to Rte. 79 and Green St
      • East on Rte. 79/Green St. Green St. becomes East State St
      • Continue to travel east on Rte. 79 East/State St
      • Turn left onto Mitchell St./Rte. 366
      • Follow Mitchell St. up the hill and bear left onto Ithaca Road
      • Ithaca Road will become Dryden Road at the stoplight
      • From Dryden Road, turn left onto Hoy Road at the flashing light
      • Follow Hoy Road to campus

Getting Around Ithaca

  • Taxi Cabs and Shuttles
    • Ithaca Dispatch, Inc.: (607) 277-7777 or (888)321-1149
    • Ithaca Airline Limousine: (607) 273-3030
    • Right Limousine: (800) 647-5466
  • Car Rentals
    • Alamo Rent A Car: (800) 327-9633
    • Avis (at the Airport): (607) 257-0441
    • Enterprise Rent A Car: (607) 275-9000
    • Hertz (at the Airport): (607) 257-8677
    • National Car Rental: (607) 272-2575

Parking

Be sure to plan ahead for parking as Cornell University has many parking areas with differing restrictions.  Please arrive early so that you will have plenty of time to park.

Parking is also available in Collegetown and downtown Ithaca.  The public bus can then provide transportation to Cornell.  Please refer to the Tompkins County public transportation website: http://www.tcatbus.com/.

Download a customized conference parking map.

Please refer to the Cornell transportation web pages for parking information:
http://www.transportation.cornell.edu/tms/parking/campusparking/visitors/shortterm.cfm.

If you have further questions, please contact Ben Tettlebaum (bwt32@cornell.edu).