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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.

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Travel by Air

Our local airport is the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, located four miles from the Cornell campus. An Executive Education staff member will be meeting flights and will arrange for the Statler Hotel shuttle van to transport you.  Currently these airlines offer direct service at the Ithaca Airport:

US Airways to/from: Philadelphia International Airport
Delta to/from: Detroit Metro International Airport
United to/from: Newark Liberty International Airport

Note: There are no direct flights to/from JFK International Airport; therefore we suggest going to one of the above three instead. If you need to use JFK, you could then take a shuttle or taxi to the Newark airport for a flight to Ithaca. Another option is to take a bus, car, or train from a New York City location to Ithaca (see below).

If you cannot arrange a flight to Ithaca, you will find that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York, offers more airline options (including from JFK on Delta or Jet Blue). 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 2 to 14 days in advance. The cost is $85/one way, or $130/round trip (subject to change). (You also have the option of a private reservation, at a time you choose, for a higher cost.)

As an alternative, you may choose to use taxi service from the Hancock Airport. There are no schedules or advance reservations required, and you can usually depart quickly. The cost is approximately $180/one-way. Another possible option is to rent a car at the airport and drive to Ithaca.

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 or train. With luggage, taking a taxi is more convenient but 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 (a 4.5-to-6-hour drive):

  • Cornell's Campus-to-Campus Express (phone 1.607.254.8747)
    We recommend Cornell’s executive bus service. It offers direct express service between New York City and Cornell, comfortable seating, wireless Internet, power outlets, reading lights, complimentary beverages, and snacks. See FAQs for more information. To make a reservation, go to -> "Reservations" -> "Online Reservation Form" (you will be prompted to create a new user account).

    Please note regarding the bus stop location options:
    • In New York City: You have two options: The Cornell Club and Weill Medical College.
      The Cornell Club is nearer to midtown Manhattan, and is the last stop so you are on the bus a shorter time. To reach the Cornell Club via public transportation, Grand Central and Penn Stations are nearby, about 5-to-15-minute walks.
    • In Ithaca: Select Sage Hall, which is nearest to the Statler Hotel.
      Please note, that you will actually be let off across the street from the Sage Hall building. To get to the Statler Hotel: Walk approximately 1/2 block north (the direction the bus is heading) on the sidewalk along the hotel.  At the end of the building you will then bear right, across the statue plaza, to get to the main entrance around front. (If you are returning to New York City, the bus will pick you up at the stop across the street, which is next to Sage Hall, 1/2 block south of the dropoff location.)
  • Greyhound (phone 1.607.272.7930 or 1.800.231.2222)
    Ithaca stop: Ithaca Bus Terminal
    New York City stop: Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • ShortLine (phone 1.607.277.8800 or 1.800.631.8405)
    Ithaca stops: Ithaca Bus Terminal and Cornell Theater Arts Center
    New York City stop: Port Authority Bus Terminal

For Greyhound and ShortLine: 30 minutes before your bus arrives in Ithaca you can call the hotel to request a shuttle pickup from the stop (phone 1.607.257.2500). Local taxi service is also available (phone 1.607.277.7777 or 1.888.321.1149). Please note that the Ithaca Bus Terminal building is closed at night from 6:45 p.m. - 4:30 a.m. (1845 - 0430 hrs), so if you arrive during that time, you will not be able to go inside. You should plan to have the shuttle/taxi there when you arrive.

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 local 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.

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:

U.S. Department of State: Visas
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Travel Page
U.S. Department of State: Visa Waiver Program

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 B-1 (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.