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Journey Information

New York to Ithaca bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$42.00
Shortest Duration3h 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 right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $52.49 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 $52.49 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 1 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $1.65 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 3 hours and 59 minutes 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. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

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

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Ithaca. 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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. 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 $85.00.

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$58.96

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
  • 44th St & 3rd Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Ithaca?

All buses from New York arrive at one main station in Ithaca, New York:

  • 130 E Seneca St

Price trends for buses from New York to Ithaca

Average prices by travel date

$60$40$20NovDec

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$75$60$45$30$153020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Ithaca, NY
4.8
Based on 37 ratings and reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Trailways NY Pool report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 60 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.6
Value
3.6
Condition
4.5
David
5.0
February 19, 2020Vacation
Pros
Easy to book.....and the reservation stayed "fresh" for the 3 months before I used it.Easy to book.....and the reservation stayed "fresh" for the 3 months before I used it.
Cons
No problems.No problems.
Jenna
4.0
January 27, 2020Business
Pros
Bus was on time. Driver appeared to be driving safely.Bus was on time. Driver appeared to be driving safely.
Cons
Electricity available for charging devices.Electricity available for charging devices.
Tips
Get there early enough to get in the front of the line. The bathroom is located at the back of the bus so you have to deal with that traffic if you are back there.Get there early enough to get in the front of the line. The bathroom is located at the back of the bus so you have to deal with that traffic if you are back there.
Elena
5.0
December 6, 2019Business
Pros
Exactly what I expectedExactly what I expected
Hannah
5.0
November 2, 2019Visiting family
Pros
ReliableReliable
Rachel
4.0
September 1, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Bus was pretty direct. One unplanned stop for quick bus maintenance. Driver was good, ride was pretty smooth.Bus was pretty direct. One unplanned stop for quick bus maintenance. Driver was good, ride was pretty smooth.
Cons
It was so cold on the bus. Looking around, I wasn't the only one that felt that way.It was so cold on the bus. Looking around, I wasn't the only one that felt that way.
Tips
Don't smoke RIGHT before getting on the bus. Don't talk on the phone when everyone else on the bus is asleep. Don't "man-spread".Don't smoke RIGHT before getting on the bus. Don't talk on the phone when everyone else on the bus is asleep. Don't "man-spread".

Based on 19 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with OurBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 76 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
4.7
Value
3.8
Condition
4.7
Allison
4.0
March 1, 2020Business
Pros
Arrived early to my destination, clean bathroom, outletsArrived early to my destination, clean bathroom, outlets
Cons
I didn’t have luck with the WiFi I didn’t have luck with the WiFi
Janet
5.0
February 21, 2020Visiting family
Pros
Nothing to complain aboutNothing to complain about
Dingquan
5.0
February 21, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Good Good
Cons
Be safe always Be safe always
Tips
NoNo
Alana
5.0
December 22, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Great departure location. Bus left ON TIME! Which is rare! We even got into Ithaca early :) Great departure location. Bus left ON TIME! Which is rare! We even got into Ithaca early :)
Cons
Seats could be more comfortable. Bent head rests keep you in one position. WiFi didn’t work. Seats could be more comfortable. Bent head rests keep you in one position. WiFi didn’t work.
Tips
Make sure you arrive early to bus stop. Make sure you arrive early to bus stop.
Scott
5.0
December 17, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Direct, relatively fast, convenient, and safeDirect, relatively fast, convenient, and safe
Cons
More leg room, esp for those of us who are tall.More leg room, esp for those of us who are tall.
Tips
Go for itGo for it

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with ShortLine report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
4.7
Value
4.3
Condition
4.5
Michael
4.0
March 11, 2020Couples trip
Pros
Once on the bus, everything went so smoothly!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.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!Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of disease!
Steven
5.0
February 6, 2020Solo travel
Tips
I took a bus from Port Authority, New York City to Ithaca, NY. The bus was on time leaving and arriving. I even slept most of the way. No muss, no fuss.I took a bus from Port Authority, New York City to Ithaca, NY. The bus was on time leaving and arriving. I even slept most of the way. No muss, no fuss.
Bhavya
5.0
January 2, 2020Solo travel
Cons
In the ticket that was emailed to me, there was no information for the logistics particularly one important thing that I am supposed to get the ticket printed at the Port Authority Terminal and the online PDF version of the ticket is not applicable. That almost made me ...In the ticket that was emailed to me, there was no information for the logistics particularly one important thing that I am supposed to get the ticket printed at the Port Authority Terminal and the online PDF version of the ticket is not applicable. That almost made me lose the trip, only due to the generous nature of the staff they allowed me in or else I would have missed the bus. Please improve upon that aspect! More
Jennifer
4.0
September 7, 2019Visiting friends
Tips
If you buy tickets online, you need to go to the ticket window to get a physical ticket so make sure you arrive early enough to account for thatIf you buy tickets online, you need to go to the ticket window to get a physical ticket so make sure you arrive early enough to account for that

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