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Journey Information

You can pick from 16 daily bus trips between New York and Ithaca. The average bus journey from New York to Ithaca takes 4 hours and 38 minutes, but some OurBus bus trips are as short as 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance176 mi (283 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price$25.00
Trips per day14
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from New York to Ithaca

(Based on 103 ratings and reviews)




November 9, 2023- Visiting family


Pros: The driver was great. He made the rules clear in a very friendly but firm manner e.g. cell phone use and getting back on the bus after a brief rest stop. Cons: Signage at the departure place on 11th Ave, The only way I found the stop was when I approached a young woman wearing a Cornell sweat shirt and standing by a suitcase. There was absolutely no sign indicating that this was the bus stop. Tips: If you have not taken this bus before leave plenty of time to find the stop.



November 2, 2023- Visiting friends


tray tables, better wifi



October 15, 2023- Visiting family


Pros: The staff was friendly and the drive was smooth. Cons: The pricing was too high. Tips: Book your trip far in advanced.



September 4, 2023- Solo travel


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



August 29, 2023- Business


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

New York to Ithaca Route Map

New York Ithaca

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

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from New York to Ithaca was $38.83. At this price, taking the train is the cheap and easy way to go. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Ithaca if you book your train tickets at least 27 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $23.34.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way bus trip from New York to Ithaca will cost between $35 and $76. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

Ticket prices for the train from New York to Ithaca often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in June when the average ticket price is only $41. If you're thinking of traveling from New York to Ithaca during November, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $54 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in November, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


By booking your bus trip from New York to Ithaca on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time, you can save about $23.34 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

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 30m$67.85
FlixBus US44h 46m$53.00
Greyhound25h 57m$65.09
Megabus44h 32m$46.10
OurBus74h 16m$51.07
  • 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 4 trips per day from New York to Ithaca, 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 2 bus trips from New York to Ithaca every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 57 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Ithaca usually start from $35.

  • Book Megabus from New York to Ithaca from $29. There are 4 trips per day offered by Megabus from New York to Ithaca and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Ithaca. In New York, Megabus departs to Ithaca from Port Authority - 301 W 41st St . In Ithaca, Megabus arrives at Cornell University and one other station.

    An average trip on Megabus from New York to Ithaca takes 4 hours and 32 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Ithaca in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 5 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Ithaca.

  • 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

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 38 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.

Monday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from New York to Ithaca. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Monday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from New York to Ithaca, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 16 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 $85.00.

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?

Main departure station: Port Authority - 301 W 41st St

Buses to Ithaca leave from 15 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • Port Authority - 301 W 41st St

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

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

  • 11th Ave (btw. 35th & 36th St.)

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

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • 375 W 42nd St & 9th

  • Hudson Yards

  • JFK Airport Term 7, Arrivals

  • 6010 Main

  • 42 4th Ave

  • 44th St & 3rd Ave

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

  • Santander Bank

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.

All bus stations in Ithaca:

  • 130 E Seneca St

  • Green Street Pharmacy

  • 131 East Green Street

  • Cornell University

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

  • Cornell University

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