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Journey Information

New York to Ithaca bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$53.26
Fastest time3h 50m
Trips per day3
Bus lines1

New York to Ithaca Route Map

New York Ithaca

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Ithaca from New York?

Ithaca is about 222.7 miles (358.4 kilometers) from New York City. On average, the travel time between the two cities is 4 to 5 and a half hours by bus. In perfect weather and with clear traffic, a direct bus can make it to Ithaca in as fast as 3 hours.

How do you get from downtown Ithaca to Cornell?

Cornell University is a 4-minute drive from downtown Ithaca. To get to Cornell from downtown, there is a bus called TCAT (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit) that charges an adult fare of $1.50. Throughout downtown, there are many TCAT bus stops with maps that show how to get to Cornell. Alternatively, since Cornell is so close to downtown Ithaca, many students just walk to campus — which takes about 22 minutes. Uber and Lyft are also available.

Is there a train from New York to Ithaca?

Unfortunately, there are no direct trains to Ithaca from New York City. The best option is to take the train to Syracuse (either the Amtrak Empire Service or Amtrak Maple Leaf), and switch to a bus for an additional 1.5 hours of travel. The average cost for a train ticket on this route is $95. All in all, you’re probably better off taking a bus for this route.

Is it safe to travel by bus from New York to Ithaca during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How much is a bus ticket from New York to Ithaca?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $72.00 was the low point for bus fares from New York to Ithaca. Buses from Ithaca to New York are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $72.00 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 2 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $1.20 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 4 hours to cover the 176 miles (283 kilometers) from New York, NY to Ithaca, NY. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 50 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Ithaca, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Ithaca, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Ithaca every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from New York to New York without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from New York to Ithaca; ticket prices start at $107.79.

What bus companies travel from New York to Ithaca?

There is one bus company that operates from New York to Ithaca. OurBus is the only company that connects the two cities by bus. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled buses per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
OurBus34h 0m$75.12

Book OurBus from New York to Ithaca from $53. There are 3 OurBus schedules from New York to Ithaca and you can expect on average to pay $75 for a OurBus ticket to Ithaca. In New York, OurBus departs to Ithaca from GW Bridge, Slip 2 - 4211 Broadway and 2 other stations. In Ithaca, OurBus arrives at 130 E Seneca St and 3 other stations. An average trip on OurBus from New York to Ithaca takes 4 hours and 0 minutes, while the fastest available OurBus trip will get you to Ithaca in 3 hours and 50 minutes, On weekends, OurBus offers 2 trips per day and you could expect to pay $75 for a weekend getaway trip to Ithaca.

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

Buses to Ithaca leave from multiple locations in New York, New York. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • GW Bridge, Slip 2 - 4211 Broadway
  • Madison Ave btwn E. 26th and 27th St
  • 375 W 42nd St

Where does the bus arrive in Ithaca?

Buses arrive in Ithaca at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Ithaca, New York:

  • 130 E Seneca St
  • Tobin Field House
  • Cornell University
  • Cornell University

Price trends for buses from New York to Ithaca

Average prices by travel date

$76$51$25MarMar

Monthly average prices

$63$51$38$25$13AMJJASONDJFM

Prices as travel date approaches

$95$76$57$38$193020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Ithaca, NY

(Based on 37 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Michael

March 11, 2020 - Couples trip

ShortLine

Pros: Once on the bus, everything went so smoothly! Cons: It was hard to figure out where to print our tickets, and whether or not we had to print our tickets. We arrived early to figure it out, but nearly missed our bus bc things weren’t always clear. Also, the chargi... Pros: Once on the bus, everything went so smoothly! Cons: It was hard to figure out where to print our tickets, and whether or not we had to print our tickets. We arrived early to figure it out, but nearly missed our bus bc things weren’t always clear. Also, the charging ports on the bus were all broken. Tips: Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of disease!More

4.0

Allison

March 1, 2020 - Business

OurBus

Pros: Arrived early to my destination, clean bathroom, outlets. Cons: I didn’t have luck with the WiFi. Pros: Arrived early to my destination, clean bathroom, outlets. Cons: I didn’t have luck with the WiFi.

5.0

Janet

February 21, 2020 - Visiting family

OurBus

Nothing to complain aboutNothing to complain about

5.0

Dingquan

February 21, 2020 - Solo travel

OurBus

Pros: Good. Cons: Be safe always. Tips: No. Pros: Good. Cons: Be safe always. Tips: No.

5.0

David

February 19, 2020 - Vacation

Trailways NY Pool

Pros: Easy to book.....and the reservation stayed "fresh" for the 3 months before I used it. Cons: No problems. Pros: Easy to book.....and the reservation stayed "fresh" for the 3 months before I used it. Cons: No problems.

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