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Helpful info about taking the bus from Ithaca to New York

Heading from Ithaca to New York City? Here's everything you need to know:

Ithaca has 4 main bus stations, with 130 E Seneca St being the most popular, but be sure to check which station is most convenient for you. Students may want to leave from the Cornell campus, or maybe you want to shop while you wait at the Urban Outfitters on E Green Street. Not all bus carriers are available at all stops, but, with Wanderu, you can easily compare trips from different stations and carriers to choose the one that suits you best.

Regardless of where you depart, the trip will take around 4 or 5 hours, but time flies by when driving through the rolling green landscapes of New York and Pennsylvania. And while you won't be able to see the famous office building, you will pass by Scranton, PA about halfway through the trip (in case you needed a reason to rewatch The Office). From there, the views will become more urban until you'll be able to sneak a peek of the NYC skyline from the front of the bus. You might get a slightly better view from the windows on the right side of the bus, but you'll get more direct sunshine through the middle of the journey.

In New York City, you're naturally going to have more options in bus stations. Port Authority is especially popular due to its proximity to Penn Station and its overall location - it's only a few blocks from the Empire State Building - but there are plenty of arrival locations across the city for your convenience. The George Washington Bridge Bus Station is (unsurprisingly) by the George Washington Bridge, much further North of downtown New York City and arguably closer to Yonkers than the Big Apple. For the most flexibility in arrival, consider a trip on OurBus, which goes to the greatest number of stops in the city.

Ithaca - New York Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 17 intercity buses per day from Ithaca to New York. Traveling by bus from Ithaca to New York usually takes around 4 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes and has the most options when choosing where to arrive in New York City. MegaBus, meanwhile, typically offers the lowest fares.

Distance176 mi (283 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price$4.99
Trips per day17
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

When it comes to reviews, passengers on this route appreciate how safely their drivers navigate snowy weather, arriving early, and feeling comfortable throughout the trip.

(Based on 102 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Celia

February 17, 2024- Visiting friends

FlixBus US

Arrived at our destination early. Driver gave helpful information and instructions prior to departure. Driver excellent. Very professional.

5.0

alis

February 9, 2024- Visiting family

FlixBus US

Pros: Very timely and comfortable. Cons: Slight heat instead of AC in the winter. Tips: Follow route on app for best arrival time estimate.

4.0

Sandra

January 6, 2024- Visiting friends

Megabus

Pros: It was snowing and the driver did a phenomenal job getting us there safe. Cons: One passenger was playing videos on speaker so it was annoying. Tips: The tickets is on an attached file with a long string of numbers and letters. Not sure if WiFi was available but if there was, there was a password needed and the driver didn’t say anything.

5.0

Ashley

December 28, 2023- Solo travel

OurBus

The very punctual departure and arrival

4.0

Deborah

December 15, 2023- Visiting friends

Adirondack Trailways

Pros: Driver very safe. Cons: Could have been updated by driver re: behind time and approx arrival and wifi.

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

Bus tickets for a trip from Ithaca to New York cost $41.45 on average. Tickets cheaper than $41.45 are an excellent bargain. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Average prices by travel date

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If you're planning to travel by bus from Ithaca to New York in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $39 to $58. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on May 1, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to New York this week, bus tickets are available starting at $39.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the bus from Ithaca to New York is usually cheapest in January, when the average ticket price is only $39. If you're planning to take the bus from Ithaca to New York during November, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $58. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 20 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $18.18 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from Ithaca to New York?

There are 5 bus lines from Ithaca to New York available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 8 daily trips, OurBus usually has the most buses running on any given day and has the most choices when deciding where to arrive in NYC. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Adirondack Trailways14h 50m$49.92
FlixBus US54h 42m$49.67
Greyhound14h 50m$56.02
Megabus44h 48m$44.77
OurBus74h 27m$47.49
  • 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 5 trips per day from Ithaca to New York, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus 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 1 bus trips from Ithaca to New York every day, with the average journey taking around 4 hours and 50 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to New York usually start from $43.

  • Book Megabus from Ithaca to New York from $5. There are 4 trips per day offered by Megabus from Ithaca to New York and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to New York. In Ithaca, Megabus departs to New York from 131 East Green Street and one other station. In New York, Megabus arrives at Port Authority - 301 W 41st St .

    An average trip on Megabus from Ithaca to New York takes 4 hours and 48 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to New York in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to New York.

  • 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 $25, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Ithaca to New York if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, there is no train service from Ithaca to New York City. To ride Amtrak, your best bet is to take a bus from Ithaca to Syracuse, then catch a train to New York from there. That said, the full trip would take around 12 hours 15 minutes. You’re far better off just taking a bus the entire way, which only takes between 4 and 6 hours.
The best way to get from Ithaca to New York City is by bus. Bus trips from Ithaca to New York take as little as 4 hours, and cost $35 on average. There is no direct train you can take from Ithaca to New York, and flights, in addition to costing more, typically include layovers.
The drive from Ithaca to NYC covers about 223 miles (359 kilometers), which takes around 4 hours to 4 hours 15 minutes to drive without bad traffic or stops. Travel time on a bus can be as fast as 4 hours, but can take longer if the bus is making additional stops.

When comparing transportation options from Ithaca to New York City, both buses and planes offer distinct advantages.

Bus travel from Ithaca to New York City typically takes around 4 to 5 hours, offering direct routes but potentially longer travel times due to traffic and occasional stops along the way. Despite the longer duration, buses provide amenities like comfortable seating, restrooms, power outlets, and sometimes entertainment options such as movies or onboard WiFi. Additionally, some bus companies offer snacks or beverages for purchase, enhancing the overall journey experience.

In contrast, flying from Ithaca to New York City is the quickest option, with flights typically lasting around 1 hour. However, this does not include the time spent getting to and from airports, going through security, and potential delays, which can add to the total travel time. Airplanes often have limited amenities, especially on shorter domestic flights, with economy-class seating that may be cramped and amenities like Wi-Fi and power outlets not always available.

From a budget standpoint, bus tickets are far more affordable compared to flights. While flight prices can vary widely based on factors like the time of booking, airline, and demand, bus travel from Ithaca to New York City tends to offer lower prices, with potential discounts for students, seniors, or members.

Lastly, when considering the environmental impact, buses are more environmentally friendly than planes on a per-passenger basis. While both modes of transportation produce emissions, buses contribute less to greenhouse gas emissions and help reduce carbon footprint, making them a more sustainable choice for environmentally conscious travelers.

So while flying may offer speed, bus travel from Ithaca to New York City provides a more comfortable, affordable, and environmentally friendly option. With amenities onboard and a more leisurely pace, taking a bus allows travelers to enjoy the journey while minimizing their impact on the environment.

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 36 minutes to cover the 176 miles from Ithaca to New York. 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.

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in New York. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Ithaca to New York, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 17 scheduled buses that travel from Ithaca to New York 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 Ithaca to New York without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Ithaca to New York; ticket prices start at $85.00.

City Information

Ithaca

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.

New York

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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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Ithaca?

Main departure station: Green Street Pharmacy

Buses to New York leave from 4 stations in Ithaca.

All bus stations in Ithaca:

  • Green Street Pharmacy

  • 130 E Seneca St

  • Cornell University

  • 131 East Green Street

Where does the bus arrive in New York?

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

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

Buses arrive in New York at 15 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in New York:

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

  • Port Authority - 301 W 41st St

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

  • Park Avenue South (b/w E 26th St. and E 27th St.)

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • Port Authority - 625 8th Ave

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • JFK Airport Term 7, Arrivals

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

  • 375 W 42nd St & 9th

  • Hudson Yards

  • Sunset Park

  • Horace Harding Blvd & 190th St, S Side

  • Santander Bank

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