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Travel to Campus

Cornell is located in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca is in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake. Ithaca is home to 30,000 residents and another 30,000 students at Cornell and Ithaca College.

Will I like Ithaca?

While Ithaca has a comfortable, small-town feel, it also offers many social and cultural opportunities, indoors and out. It is a college town, with both Cornell University and Ithaca College, and students are a large part of the population. There is so much to do: music and theater, shops, restaurants, community festivals, a farmers’ market. 

Nature is a big part of life in Ithaca. The city is on Cayuga Lake, one of New York State’s Finger Lakes, where you can swim or go boating. You can walk along one of the many gorges carved long ago by glaciers. Or hike, mountain bike, ski, and explore in our many public parks and forests. 

Is Ithaca near New York City?

Ithaca is in New York State, not New York City! Cornell’s convenient Campus-to-Campus bus service runs between the main campus in Ithaca and Cornell Tech in New York City. The trip takes about five hours. 

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive?

Learn everything you need to know about quarantine, campus arrival, and move-in on Cornell's COVID and campus reactivation website. Be sure to read COVID-19 travel policies before you plan your travel.

Why isn't my usual bus service running?

COVID-19 has disrupted many flight and bus routes, and some carriers have suspended service. Conditions and local offerings are changing rapidly, so please check your carrier's website and confirm your tickets before traveling. We are monitoring travel options and will update this page frequently as offerings change.

Be sure to read Cornell's COVID-19 travel policies before you plan your travel.

Travel by Air

Choose among four regional airports, all located within an hour of Ithaca. New York metro area airports are another option. Daily flights are available between New York City and Ithaca.

Travel by Bus

Ourbus offers daily travel options between Ithaca and the New York metro area.

Greyhound has suspended bus service to Ithaca, but continues to offer daily travel options to and from the NYC area to cities surrounding Ithaca. The closest departure and arrival locations are Cortland and Elmira.

Coach USA is offering a limited service from the NY area to downtown Ithaca on January 23rd and January 24th. Information on departure, arrival, and bookings can be found at https://www.coachusa.com/node/466.

Several buses that normally offer service to Ithaca have suspended their routes, including Campus-to-Campus Bus and College Express.

Get Around Ithaca