Travel to the Conference
The City of Ithaca, nestled in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, is best known for being the home of Cornell University and is famous for its great natural beauty surrounded by gorges, creeks, waterfalls, sparkling lakes, picturesque hills, and meandering footpaths. By car, Ithaca is an hour's drive from Syracuse (Airport), two hours from Rochester (Airport), three hours from Buffalo (Airport), and five hours from New York City. By flight, Ithaca is served by Delta (1-800-221-1212) via Detroit, American Airlines (1-800-433-7300) via Philadelphia, and United (1-800-864-8331) via Newark. There is frequent intercity bus service to Ithaca from New York City and limited bus service to Ithaca from Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo provided by Greyhound Lines, New York Trailways, and Shortline.
Flying to Ithaca:
The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) is the local airport. Please visit www.flyithaca.com for additional information. The most commonly used local taxi services is Ithaca Dispatch. They can be reached at (607) 272-2277. There is no Uber in Ithaca, but there is an app called Red Route which can be used to call and pay for a local taxi.
All hotels with conference room blocks offer airport shuttles. Please call ahead to secure arrangements.
Other Regional Airports:
Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) is 60 miles, or approximately a 1 hour and 12 minute drive away from Cornell. There is a shuttle service between Ithaca and the Syracuse Airport run by Ithaca Airline Limousine. You can also request a Syracuse Airport pickup through Ithaca Dispatch. If you opt to take a taxi, we recommend calling ahead of time. There are several choices for renting cars on-site at the airport: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty.
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport (ELM) is 36 miles, or approximately a 50-minute drive away from Cornell. The Elmira Corning Regional Airport has the following rental car companies on-site: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Their recommended taxi services are Bill's Transportation 607-731-8801 and Terp's Enterprise 607-795-4426. Additionally, you can arrange for a private car to take you from Elmira to your hotel through ELS Limo; please call 607-753-9180 to make your reservation.
Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) is 40 miles, or approximately a 54-minute drive away from Cornell. They have several recommended taxi services. There are also rental cars from Avis, Hertz, and Budget on-site. Additionally, you can arrange for a private car to take you to your hotel through ELS Limo; please call 607-753-9180 to make your reservation.
Alternative Transportation to and from Ithaca
- Campus-to-Campus - a luxury express bus between NYC and Ithaca that brings you directly to campus. Amenities include dependable wifi; snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages; and reserved seating.
- BigRedBullet - an express bus with similar amenities, runs between NYC and downtown Ithaca near the library. Amenities include dependable wifi, snacks, bottled water, and reserved seating.
- ShortLine - offers both a local and express (called Ithaca Platinum Express) service to and from NYC, with multiple pickups and drop offs on campus. There are also ShortLine routes to areas throughout Central and Upstate New York as well as Ridgewood, New Jersey. Amenities on the express route include wifi, snacks, and bottled water.
- Amtrak runs many routes to Syracuse, NY. From there, you could rent a car or take the Ithaca Airline Limousine (To Ithaca).
Getting around Ithaca:
- TCAT - This is the regional bus service serving the larger Tompkins county area. You can buy a pass in the second level of the Cornell Bookstore, or pay exact change when boarding.
- Taxi - Ithaca has several local taxi services, including Ithaca Dispatch, ASAP Cabs, and Collegetown Cabs. Most take credit cards, but be sure to have cash or ask when you call. Please keep in mind that it is not uncommon for the local cabs to pick up other passengers along your route, but if they do, they must have your consent and they must give you a slightly discounted fare.
- RedRoute- Ithaca does not have Uber, but RedRoute is an app that works with local dispatches to call a cab in a similar manner to Uber, with estimated pickup times, ability to pay with a card, and tracking of your location throughout your trip, it's a great option to have.
Parking on the Cornell Campus:
To find out more about parking options on campus, please take some time to review the visitor information at: http://www.cornell.edu/visit/parking/. Please note that the conference is not providing any group options for parking. If you do decide to drive onto campus, please be sure to stop at the traffic booth and purchase a daily parking permit.