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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Syracuse to Ithaca. Traveling by bus from Syracuse to Ithaca usually takes around one hour and 31 minutes, but the fastest OurBus bus can make the trip in just one hour and 20 minutes.

Distance45 mi (73 km)
Shortest duration1h 20m
Cheapest price$28.00
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceOurBus
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Syracuse, NY to Ithaca, NY

(Based on 15 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Marlene

September 10, 2021- Visiting friends

OurBus

Pros: Trip was very fun had an easy time navigating the bus system. Tips: Add outlets to charge phone it is much needed.

Pros: Trip was very fun had an easy time navigating the bus system. Tips: Add outlets to charge phone it is much needed.

5.0

Edward

October 16, 2019- Visiting family

OurBus

Barb was my driver and she was wonderful.

Barb was my driver and she was wonderful.

4.0

Rishabh

October 15, 2019- Visiting family

Adirondack Trailways

Electronic tickets should be implemented. Having to print the tickets is cumbersome.

Electronic tickets should be implemented. Having to print the tickets is cumbersome.

4.0

Martine

October 5, 2019- Solo travel

Trailways NY

Pros: Easy ride. Cons: Cleanliness of bathroom, being on time (bus was 15 min late).

Pros: Easy ride. Cons: Cleanliness of bathroom, being on time (bus was 15 min late).

4.0

Ying

June 19, 2019- Couples trip

Trailways NY

Pros: Arrive the destination earlier than the time on the ticket. Cons: Could you say the station name more clearly on the ticket? (For example, "In front of the gate of Destiny US, between Macy's market and JCPenny's market") There are 3 stations in Syracuse and it is...

Pros: Arrive the destination earlier than the time on the ticket. Cons: Could you say the station name more clearly on the ticket? (For example, "In front of the gate of Destiny US, between Macy's market and JCPenny's market") There are 3 stations in Syracuse and it is easy to get confused. Tips: There are 3 stations in Syracuse. The right station for you is after the "from: " on your ticket.

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How much is a bus ticket from Syracuse to Ithaca?

$34.50 is the average price of a bus ticket from Syracuse 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.

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 $2.06 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Syracuse to Ithaca?

There is one intercity bus company that operates from Syracuse to Ithaca. OurBus is the one bus line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
OurBus21h 32m$35.65
  • 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 $28, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus from Syracuse to Ithaca if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Syracuse 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?

The bus takes an average of one hour and 31 minutes to cover the 45 miles from Syracuse to Ithaca. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 20 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. 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?

With many people traveling in the middle of the week, Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for bus travel. If you are planning to travel on a Wednesday, 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 Ithaca, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Syracuse?

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Syracuse to Ithaca. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Syracuse to Ithaca; ticket prices start at $18.00.

City Information

Syracuse

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.

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 Syracuse?

Departure stations

Syracuse has two bus stations with service to Ithaca.

Bus stations in Syracuse:

  • Schine Student Ctr - 210 Waverly Ave

Where does the bus arrive in Ithaca?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Ithaca at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Ithaca:

  • Cornell University

  • Tobin Field House

Need a return trip from Ithaca to Syracuse?

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