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Syracuse - Cortland Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity buses per day from Syracuse to Cortland. Traveling by bus from Syracuse to Cortland usually takes around 48 minutes, but the fastest Adirondack Trailways bus can make the trip in 35 minutes.

Distance31 mi (50 km)
Shortest duration0h 35m
Cheapest price$11.70
Trips per day11
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Syracuse to Cortland

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)




June 16, 2022- Solo travel

Adirondack Trailways

Pros: I could at least get out of town for the day because most people who take the bus or train have little or no access to a private vehicle that will go anywhere. Cons: It was the local bus where I was going that needs improving, but that's a different animal. Tips: Do your homework before you travel because of staff shortages everywhere so your plans, time and money aren't wasted.

How much is a bus ticket from Syracuse to Cortland?

Bus tickets for a trip from Syracuse to Cortland cost $19.26 on average. This is an excellent value for the trip. 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


If you're planning to travel by bus from Syracuse to Cortland in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $14 to $40. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on December 2, 2023.

If you’re looking to travel to Cortland this week, bus tickets are available starting at $14.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Syracuse to Cortland by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $18 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 29 days in advance to save $8.73 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Syracuse to Cortland?

There are 3 bus lines from Syracuse to Cortland available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 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 Trailways20h 48m$14.87
Greyhound20h 40m$16.04
OurBus100h 50m$23.59
  • 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.

  • 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 Syracuse to Cortland every day, with the average journey taking around 0 hours and 40 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Cortland usually start from $13.

  • 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 $15, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Syracuse to Cortland if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 48 minutes to cover the 31 miles from Syracuse to Cortland. However, the fastest bus only takes 35 minutes. It's a short trip that goes by very quickly. 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.

Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Cortland. 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, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Cortland, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Syracuse to Cortland, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from Syracuse to Cortland every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 11 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 Syracuse to Cortland; ticket prices start at $11.50.

City Information


Syracuse, NY

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Syracuse might not be the top destination for tourists in New York, but it does have plenty of quirky and fun destinations for all age groups. Upon your first arrival to the city, don’t miss out on the chance to take a stroll around the historic Armory Square, considered to be the top destination by locals. The square also features plenty of restaurants and nightclubs if you are looking for the quarter with the best nightlife in town. If you want to mingle with a good crowd for some fun, the Carrier Dome, which is located within the campus of Syracuse University, will offer the adrenaline rush you need. For those seeking a more culturally-inclined activity, head towards the Everson Museum of Art and marvel at the most significant collection of American ceramics in the country.

Syracuse features a vibrant and diverse food scene. If you enjoy brunch, Modern Malt, a local favorite, is the place to be. And for some amazing authentic Cuban dishes, head to Esquina Habanera.

The busiest bus and train station in the city is the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center. From there you can catch an Amtrak train or a bus run by Greyhound, New York Trailways, OurBus or Jefferson Lines to various cities, including New York, Boston, and Albany. Syracuse is served by Amtrak’s Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf lines. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is the principal airport in the city, and it is located five miles northwest of downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Syracuse?

Main departure station: Syracuse University Libraries

Buses to Cortland leave from 8 stations in Syracuse.

All bus stations in Syracuse:

  • Syracuse University Libraries

  • 1 Walsh Circle Ste 30

  • Syracuse Airport (Taxi Queue S-Term. A)

  • Destiny USA Mall

  • Destiny USA Mall

  • 222 Waverly Ave (Transfer Required)

  • Syracuse (Hancock Airport)

  • Schine Student Ctr - 210 Waverly Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Cortland?

Main arrival station: 60 Central Ave

Buses arrive in Cortland at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Cortland:

  • 60 Central Ave

  • Cortland County Office Building

  • Cortland County Office Bus Stop (Bus Transfer Required)

  • SUNY Cortland Corey Union

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