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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from New York to Ithaca. Traveling by bus from New York to Ithaca usually takes around 4 hours and 12 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$25.00
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York to Ithaca

(Based on 77 ratings and reviews)

4.8

4.0

Elena

November 10, 2022- Visiting friends

OurBus

Pros: Outlets were visible - not so on return trip. Cons: There was no mention of making a stop to pick up passengers but we did. There was only one or two passengers but its still took about 15 minutes, which made us fifteen minutes late. Does that mean we were not or...

Pros: Outlets were visible - not so on return trip. Cons: There was no mention of making a stop to pick up passengers but we did. There was only one or two passengers but its still took about 15 minutes, which made us fifteen minutes late. Does that mean we were not originally supposed to stop?

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5.0

Judy Judith

October 20, 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

The bus driver Frank was wonderful!

The bus driver Frank was wonderful!

5.0

Milagros

October 18, 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: It was pretty quiet. Cons: Put the bottle of water visible. Tips: Go.

Pros: It was pretty quiet. Cons: Put the bottle of water visible. Tips: Go.

4.0

Nadia

October 16, 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: Driver was kind, organized, and efficient. Tips: Arrive early at the stop.

Pros: Driver was kind, organized, and efficient. Tips: Arrive early at the stop.

5.0

PAO-YUN

October 15, 2022- Visiting family

OurBus

Pros: The driver is very professional. Very smooth ride. Cons: If there is a clear sign in front of the bus will be better. Our ride was early morning in the darkness at 7am. There were 2 buses there and it took a while by asking some fellows for confirmation. It was e...

Pros: The driver is very professional. Very smooth ride. Cons: If there is a clear sign in front of the bus will be better. Our ride was early morning in the darkness at 7am. There were 2 buses there and it took a while by asking some fellows for confirmation. It was embarrassing that we thought one lady was driver but she is not. Tips: Arrive earlier to make sure everything inplace.

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New York to Ithaca Route Map

New York Ithaca

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

$38.30 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from New York to Ithaca is expected to range from $36 to $76. If you are looking to travel to Ithaca within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $38. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $36 and can be found on December 13, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in December. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $38 – 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 $43 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

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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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $24.73 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from New York to Ithaca?

There are 3 bus lines from New York to Ithaca available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 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 30m$65.15
FlixBus US24h 18m$56.08
OurBus64h 11m$46.92
  • Adirondack Trailways

    Adirondack Trailways

    Book Adirondack Trailways from New York to Ithaca from $58. Typically there is one Adirondack Trailways schedule per day from New York to Ithaca and you can expect on average to pay for a Adirondack Trailways ticket to Ithaca. In New York, Adirondack Trailways departs to Ithaca from Port Authority Bus Station . In Ithaca, Adirondack Trailways arrives at Green St Pharmacy .

    An average trip on Adirondack Trailways from New York to Ithaca takes 4 hours and 30 minutes , while the fastest available Adirondack Trailways trip will get you to Ithaca in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Adirondack Trailways offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Ithaca.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 2 trips per day from New York to Ithaca, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • OurBus

    OurBus

    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 New York to Ithaca if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

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.

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.

How long is the bus ride from New York to Ithaca?

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 12 minutes to cover the 176 miles 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.

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

Because many passengers travel from New York to Ithaca at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Ithaca, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 8 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 Ithaca without transferring.

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

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in New York?

Main departure station: GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

Buses to Ithaca leave from 15 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

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

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

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • 375 W 42nd St & 9th

  • 44th St & 3rd Ave

  • JFK Airport Term 7, Arrivals

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

  • Expressway Plaza Shopping Center (near Stop and Shop)

  • Greenwich St & Battery Place

  • W 39th St W of 10th Ave

  • 59th Ave (btw Queens Blvd & 92nd St)

  • Santander Bank

  • GW Bridge Bus Station, Level 3, Slip 5

Where does the bus arrive in Ithaca?

Main arrival station: 130 E Seneca St

Buses arrive in Ithaca at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Ithaca:

  • 130 E Seneca St

  • Green Street Pharmacy

  • Green St Pharmacy

  • Cornell University

  • Starbucks - 130 E. Seneca St.

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