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Journey Information

There are 17 intercity buses per day from New York to Ithaca. Traveling by bus from New York to Ithaca usually takes around 4 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Ourbus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance176 mi (283 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price€22.85
Trips per day14
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York to Ithaca

(Based on 94 ratings and reviews)




4 September 2023- Solo travel


Pros: Timing was impeccable! Seat was clean and comfy. Cons: WiFi!!



29 August 2023- Business


Pros: easy to book, left on time, helpful driver. Cons: seats could be more comfortable.



24 July 2023- Visiting family


Revise tires prior



17 July 2023- Vacation


Pros: My flight from NYC to Ithaca was cancelled 5 times, using the bus was my last saving grace to get home. After spending 2 days in the airport, after a red eye flight, I was in serious need of getting home. The bus was on time, the driver was absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for all you do. Cons: Toilet paper was out in bathroom, have some spare.



18 June 2023- Solo travel


Pros: Very good service, comfortable bus and spacious seat. Cons: When I arrived at the station, the bus was not at the exit that appeared on my ticket, so that caused me a bit of confusion.

New York to Ithaca Route Map

New York Ithaca

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

€36.27 is the average price of a bus ticket from New York to Ithaca. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from New York to Ithaca is expected to range from €31 to €67. If you are looking to travel to Ithaca within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from €35. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are €31 and can be found on 19 October 2023.

Monthly average prices


The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €39 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Ithaca in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €51 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 23 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €27.55 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Ithaca?

There are 5 bus lines from New York to Ithaca available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 7 daily trips, OurBus usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Adirondack Trailways14h 32m€57.65
FlixBus US34h 30m€43.82
Greyhound25h 13m€65.75
OurBus74h 16m€44.64
Ourbus54h 9m€53.61
  • Adirondack Trailways connects areas in New York such as the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley with New York City, serving a total of 94 cities. Some of its top routes include those going to Albany, Ithaca, and Syracuse. Onboard, Adirondack Trailways vehicles have Wi-Fi for internet connectivity on the move and additional amenities, including power outlets, restrooms, air conditioning, overhead lighting, and reclinable seats with footrests.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 3 trips per day from New York to Ithaca, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 2 bus trips from New York to Ithaca every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 13 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Ithaca usually start from €23.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets starting from €24, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from New York to Ithaca if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Book Ourbus from New York to Ithaca from €31. There are 5 trips per day offered by Ourbus from New York to Ithaca and you can expect on average to pay for a Ourbus ticket to Ithaca. In New York, Ourbus departs to Ithaca from GW Bridge Bus Station and 8 other stations. In Ithaca, Ourbus arrives at 130 E Seneca St and one other station.

    An average trip on Ourbus from New York to Ithaca takes 4 hours and 9 minutes , while the fastest available Ourbus trip will get you to Ithaca in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Ourbus offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Ithaca.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.
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.

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 29 minutes to cover the 283 kilometers from New York to Ithaca. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Buses departing from New York to Ithaca tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Thursday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The first bus leaves at 05:00 and the last bus leaves at 20:00. To see the times for all buses from New York to Ithaca, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 17 scheduled buses that travel from New York to Ithaca every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 14 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from New York to Ithaca; ticket prices start at €80.30.

City Information

New York


New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a reason – it offers numerous opportunities for a great time to visitors of all ages and interests. For the culturally inclined travelers, the city boasts a unique collection of world-famous museums, as well as the chance to see the best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer, or check out the latest production at the Metropolitan Opera. If sightseeing is your cardio, NYC is the place to be – just by walking around town, you can visit such iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square. Or hop on a ferry to Ellis Island to meet the Statue of Liberty up-close and personal.

NYC’s five boroughs feature more than 1,700 parks, including the gorgeous Central Park, making it one of the best cities for outdoor activities in the country. As for the nightlife, there’s no argument that New York City is the biggest party hub in the U.S.

With three major bus and train stations in Manhattan alone – Port Authority, Grand Central & Penn Station – and three nearby airports, NYC is one of the predominant travel hubs in the world. If you are ever looking to get out of town, NYC is centrally connected throughout the state and region, you can easily hop on a train to Albany to go explore upstate New York.


Blessed with over 150 waterfalls within 10 miles, Ithaca is every outdoors fan’s petit haven. The most notable, and the tallest of the bunch, is the Taughannock Falls. There are hiking trails located close to the falls that will provide an amazing overlook of the falls itself, but do stay away from the water in the gorges. If hiking is not your cup of tea, perhaps a boat cruise on Lake Cayuga, which is the longest of the Finger Lakes, will offer the tranquility and peace of mind you need. For culturally-inclined tourists, don’t hesitate to take a short detour to the State Theatre of Ithaca, which offers top-tier shows and concerts that charm locals and visitors alike.

Ithaca boasts even more restaurants per capita than New York City, and its amazing food scene seems to have a little bit of everything for everyone. For the best burger in town, check out Ithaca Ale House. If Italian food is your thing, the door at Franco’s is wide open for you.

Several bus carriers conduct trips in and out of Ithaca, including Greyhound, OurBus, Flixbus and New York Trailways. Unfortunately, there are currently no Amtrak trains that go to Ithaca. The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport serves as the town’s main airport. It is located three miles northeast of the city center.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

New York Midtown (31st St & 8th Ave) Bus stop - NYCGOB2-0

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Main departure station: 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

Buses to Ithaca leave from 15 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • 300-310 W 31 St (SW Corner of 31st & 8th Ave)

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • Port Authority - 301 W 41st St

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

  • Madison Ave btwn E. 26th and 27th St

  • 51 Madison Ave

  • GW Bridge Bus Station, Level 3, Slip 5

  • 375 W 42nd St & 9th

  • JFK Airport Term 7, Arrivals

  • Hudson Yards

  • Santander Bank

  • Expressway Plaza Shopping Center (near Stop and Shop)

  • 44th St & 3rd Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Ithaca?

Main arrival station: 130 E Seneca St

Buses arrive in Ithaca at 6 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Ithaca:

  • 130 E Seneca St

  • Green Street Pharmacy

  • 130 E Seneca St

  • Cornell University

  • 131 East Green Street

  • Starbucks - 130 E. Seneca St. (Bus Transfer Required)

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