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Journey Information

There are 7 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 50 minutes.

Distance176 mi (283 km)
Shortest duration3h 50m
Cheapest price$19.99
Trips per day7
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from New York, NY to Ithaca, NY

(Based on 43 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Adit

November 29, 2021- Solo travel

OurBus

Pros: Good! Cons: Nothing much - Wi-Fi wasn’t available. Tips: Not much.

Pros: Good! Cons: Nothing much - Wi-Fi wasn’t available. Tips: Not much.

5.0

Georgia

July 12, 2021- Solo travel

OurBus

Frank was a wonderful driver, very kind and very punctual.

Frank was a wonderful driver, very kind and very punctual.

5.0

Barbara

July 1, 2021- Visiting friends

OurBus

Pros: The driver was wonderful! Bus was clean and comfortable! Cons: Everything is good! Tips: Good services.

Pros: The driver was wonderful! Bus was clean and comfortable! Cons: Everything is good! Tips: Good services.

5.0

Israel

April 18, 2021- Business

OurBus

Pros: The driver was very courteous and very friendly. Cons: The bus conditions. Tips: Very Good Experience And Very Friendly Driver Very Nice.

Pros: The driver was very courteous and very friendly. Cons: The bus conditions. Tips: Very Good Experience And Very Friendly Driver Very Nice.

4.0

Michael

March 11, 2020- Couples trip

ShortLine

Pros: 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 chargi...

Pros: 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. Tips: Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of disease!

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New York to Ithaca Route Map

New York Ithaca

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

$35.67 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 $32 to $56. If you are looking to travel to Ithaca within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $32. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $32 and can be found on December 9, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in July. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $37 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from New York to Ithaca in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $59 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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $20.66 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 5 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
FlixBus US24h 19m$30.35
OurBus54h 9m$49.10
Trailways NY Pool14h 45m$38.64
  • 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.

  • Trailways NY Pool

    Trailways NY Pool

    Book Trailways NY Pool from New York to Ithaca from $24. Typically there is one Trailways NY Pool schedule per day from New York to Ithaca and you can expect on average to pay for a Trailways NY Pool ticket to Ithaca. In New York, Trailways NY Pool departs to Ithaca from Port Authority Bus Station . In Ithaca, Trailways NY Pool arrives at Green Street Pharmacy .

    An average trip on Trailways NY Pool from New York to Ithaca takes 4 hours and 45 minutes , while the fastest available Trailways NY Pool trip will get you to Ithaca in 3 hours and 50 minutes .

    On weekends, Trailways NY Pool offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to 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 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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 50 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?

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 Wednesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave New York?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. 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 7 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.

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.

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?

Departure stations

Buses to Ithaca leave from 9 stations in New York.

All bus stations in New York:

  • GW Bridge Bus Station - Slip 2

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

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

  • Port Authority Bus Station

  • Madison Ave btwn E 33rd and 34th St

  • 375 W 42nd St & 9th

  • 44th St & 3rd Ave

  • GW Bridge Bus Station

  • Port Authority Bus Station, South Wing LL, Gate 18R

Where does the bus arrive in Ithaca?

Arrival stations

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

  • Cornell University

  • 430 College Ave

  • Cornell University

Need a return trip from Ithaca to New York?

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