Traveling to Ithaca

Cornell University is located in Ithaca, a small city in central New York State. It is approximately 250 miles (400 km) northwest of New York City.

Ithaca Map

Travel by Air

Our local airport is the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, located four miles from the Cornell campus.  (The Statler Hotel provides a shuttle.)

Currently, these airlines offer direct service at the Ithaca Airport:

  • American to/from: Philadelphia International Airport
  • Delta to/from: Detroit Metro International Airport
  • United to/from: Washington DC-Dulles International Airport

If you cannot arrange a flight into Ithaca, you will find that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York, offers more options (including flights from two New York City-area airports: JF Kennedy on Delta or Jet Blue and Newark on United). Ithaca is 60 miles/100 km (90-minute drive) from Syracuse. Ground transportation can be arranged through a local service, Ithaca Airline Limousine (phone: 1.607.273.3030 or 1.855.349.0084). Several scheduled trips are offered each day and you must call to make a reservation at least 24 hours, and up to 30 days, in advance. You may also arrange transportation to Ithaca through an area taxi service, Lyft, or Uber, or by driving a rental car.

Travel by Bus, Car, or Train

By Bus

If you are arriving at a New York City-area airport and need to get to one of the New York City stops listed below, you can take a taxi or public bus, subway, or train. With luggage, taking a taxi is more convenient, and likely quicker, but entails a higher cost than public transportation. See options in the ground transportation section on the applicable airport page.

The following companies provide bus service between New York City and Ithaca (generally a 4.5-to-5-hour trip):

  • Cornell's Campus-to-Campus Express (phone 1.607.254.8747)
    We recommend Cornell's executive bus, which offers direct service with a convenient stop location on campus, comfortable seating, wireless Internet, power outlets, reading lights, complimentary beverages, and snacks. Advance reservations needed; we suggest you book early. To make a reservation, go to the Campus-to-Campus Bus Service page and follow the "Book Now" link. After you have made your trip selections, you will be taken to a login page. Before you can finalize the reservation, you must create an account by selecting "Sign Up Here."

    Please note, regarding the bus stop location options: 
    • In New York City:  You have three options in Manhattan's mid-town and upper east side.  The Cornell Club stop is in mid-town, and you are on the bus the shortest time. To reach the Cornell Club via public transportation, Grand Central and Penn Stations are nearby, about 5-to-15-minute walks, or you can take a taxi directly.
    • In Ithaca (Cornell): You should choose the Sage Hall arrival stop, which is located at the backside of the Statler Hotel (see map, Star "1"). To reach the hotel, you will walk up the sidewalk approximately 1/2 block north (the direction the bus is heading). At the end of the hotel building, immediately bear right, across the statue plaza, to the main entrance around front (see map, dotted line). If you want assistance from hotel staff at the bus stop, call +1.607.254.2500 when you reach the first stop on campus (Sage is the second stop), and ask them to meet you in ten minutes. (Note: For departures to New York City, the bus picks up at a different location: 1/2 block south on the other side of the street, adjacent to Sage Hall (see map, Star "2").)
  • Big Red Bullet (phone 1.866.228.3990)
    To make a reservation, go to the BRB website (after making selections, you will be prompted to create a new user account). The bus does not currently operate on Saturdays; see FAQs for more information.

    Please note, regarding the bus stop locations:
    • In New York City, Bryant Park: From public transportation hubs in the area—Grand Central Station, Penn Station, and Port Authority Bus Terminal—it is approximately a 15-to-30-minute walk to this stop. A taxi could provide a closer drop-off point.
    • In Ithaca, Green Street: The Statler Hotel is approximately two miles from this stop; therefore, thirty minutes before your bus arrives in Ithaca, you can call the hotel to request a taxi pickup (phone 1.607.254.2500). Let the hotel know you are with the General Managers Program and tell them your name and expected arrival time at the Big Red Bullet/Green Street bus stop.
  • ShortLine - Ithaca Platinum (phone: 1.607.277.8800 or 1.800.631.8405)
    and Greyhound (phone: 1.607.272.7930 or 1.800.231.2222)
    ShortLine offers direct service; Greyhound service has a few stops, but no transfers.

    Please note, regarding the bus stop locations:
    • In New York City, Port Authority Bus Terminal: The terminal is located in the heart of Manhattan, one block west of Times Square. It occupies the blocks between Eighth and Ninth Avenues and 40th and 42nd Streets.
    • In Ithaca, Ithaca Bus Terminal (note: the location of the stop will likely change for 2019): The Statler Hotel is approximately three miles from this stop; therefore, thirty minutes before your bus arrives in Ithaca, you can call the hotel to request a taxi pickup (phone 1.607.254.2500). Let the hotel know you are with the General Managers Program and tell them your name and expected arrival time at the Ithaca Bus Terminal. The terminal building is closed at night from 6:45 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. (1845 - 0430 hrs), so if you arrive during that time, you will not be able to go inside.

By Car

For directions, see driving directions to the Statler Hotel; the GPS address is: 130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, New York. (Hotel parking is US$12/night + tax, subject to change.) If you wish to rent a car, some of the companies that have Ithaca service outlets are:

  • Avis (phone 1.607.257.0441 or 1.800.831.2847)
  • Enterprise (phone 1.607.275.9000 or 1.800.736.8222)
  • Hertz (phone 1.607.257.8677 or 1.800.654.3131)
  • National (phone 1.607.272.2575 or 1.888.868.6207)

By Train

Amtrak train service is also an option, although the nearest station to Ithaca is in Syracuse. Ithaca Airline Limousine can provide shuttle transportation from the Syracuse train station to Ithaca. You may also arrange transportation through an area taxi service, Lyft, or Uber, or by driving a rental car.

Entry/Visa Questions

You will need to determine the appropriate method of admission into the United States. Here are some general-information websites for your reference:

The Visa Waiver Program enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or fewer without obtaining a visa.

If a visa is required, we can send you a B1 (Business Visitor) Visa Certification Letter that you can submit with an application to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. It is used to support that you will be coming to the U.S. for a business purpose. You should confirm that the letter is sufficient with the embassy/consulate. It is important to state that you will be a professional attending a business conference held at Cornell. You will not be an admitted student or earn academic credit, and therefore it should not be appropriate to apply for a student visa. We cannot provide you with an I-20 form, as that document is issued only to students admitted for full-time university study.

Also, if you plan to take a trip into Canada during your stay, it is your responsibility to determine whether you need a visa from the Canadian government and/or a re-entry visa to return to the U.S.

Weather and Travel

In January, flight delays or cancellations due to winter weather in the eastern U.S. are not uncommon. With this in mind, you should plan ample overall travel time and time between connecting flights. Road travel can also be affected. In June, summer weather delays are less common. See Ithaca weather information.


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Phone: 607.255.4919
Fax: 607.277.0517

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Ithaca, NY 14850 USA

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