Ithaca Transportation

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    TCAT

    by Fewf Written Aug 4, 2006

    There are enough Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit routes that if you're in the area, you're likely to find a stop near wherever you are. Single zone cash fares are $1.50 per ride. Buses have a bike rack, so you can take your bike around with you, though it seems a bit silly. Buses that pass through campuses will have a lot of students on them. On buses that don't, you'll very rarely find any students.

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    Shortline Bus

    by Fewf Written Aug 4, 2006

    This bus company goes mostly just to New York City (makes some stops on the way, and also goes to a limited number of other locations), but their tickets to NYC are considerably cheaper than Greyhound's. Additionally, while they too stop at the Ithaca bus station on 710 W State St, their buses also make stops on Cornell's North Campus and West Campus, and also in Collegetown, so if you're on the east side of town, you don't have to go all the way over to the west side to catch the long-distance bus.

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    TCAT

    by ianerin Written Apr 6, 2006

    Though driving is the best way to get around Ithaca (its still a small city) the Ithaca region does have a very good bus system for a city of its size. It is called the TCAT, and if you are going between Downtown Ithaca and Cornell University, it is very easy to use as there are many different routes. Downtown is the center of the system, with routes that connect downtown to Ithaca College, Pyramid Mall and other areas. Good maps are located at the larger bus stops. The buses are newer, clean and safe. Note that more buses run during the day, as it is primarily a commuter system, and much less at night or on the weekends. However, if you are staying downtown or elsewhere, and need to get up to the Cornell campus for a special event such as graduation, you are probably better off taking the bus from downtown up to the school because parking can get tight on campus.

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    Central Upstate NY map

    by Michael_D Updated May 4, 2005

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    central New York

    ITHACA is between Binghamton 20mi south and Syracuse 60mi north but most people head 90 mi northwest to Rochester for a larger city experience.

    Or they trek 240mi south to New York City;-)

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    Take a Greyhound Bus from Port Authority (800 231-2222). Greyhound buses arrive in Ithaca just a few blocks away from the downtown Commons area.
    Travel time from NYC: 4.5 -5 hours

    CAR: GW Bridge to I-80 WEST to I-380 West, then I-81 North to Exit 8, then Rt. 79 West into Ithaca, turn right onto Route 13 North.
    Travel time from NYC: 4.5 hours

    OTHER: Tompkins Airport is serviced by US Airways. There are a number of car rental agencies at the airport and in the area.

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    Greater Ithaca map

    by Michael_D Updated May 4, 2005

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    Ithaca

    Ithaca has been rated the best place in the Northeast to retire. I knew that years ago, but now there may be an influx of people.

    BUS
    Take a Greyhound Bus from Port Authority (800 231-2222). Greyhound buses arrive in Ithaca just a few blocks away from the downtown Commons area.
    Travel time from NYC: 4.5 -5 hours

    CAR: GW Bridge to I-80 WEST to I-380 West, then I-81 North to Exit 8, then Rt. 79 West into Ithaca, turn right onto Route 13 North.
    Travel time from NYC: 4.5 hours

    OTHER: Tompkins Airport is serviced by US Airways. There are a number of car rental agencies at the airport and in the area.

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    Getting to Ithaca

    by 78Eva Written Feb 22, 2004
    Syracuse airport

    Although Ithaca has its own airport (Tompkins Regional Airport), it is fairly expensive flying in there. I usually fly into Syracuse airport - it also has the most connections to bigger airports. However, sometimes there are also good deals to Elmira/Corning airport, which is even closer. Both airports are very small and not intimidating at all.

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    To take the car or not to take the car?

    by bvermesi Updated Sep 18, 2002

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    If you are like me, you depend on your car for travel. However, once in Ithaca, if you plan to go up to Cornell during the week, do NOT drive there. A Cornell visitor parking pass on campus is $8/day, and parking spots are limited, quite rare if you do not know the campus well enough. A better solution is to take the Tcat Bus that runs throughout Ithaca and surrounding area, $1/one way.

    However, if you want to see the beauty of the area, make sure you have a car at your disposal for the duration of your stay in Ithaca.

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    Leaving on a jet plane

    by TRimer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    By Air: Tompkins County Airport. US Air flies into this airport. Very tiny airport that has been recently remodeled (for those who remember the 2 gates and the truck that delivered your luggage) to include several gates and indoor baggage claim.

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  • Car, Bike, or Foot are your...

    by KPajonas Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Car, Bike, or Foot are your best bets. Be careful though - there are lots of hills! Here's a peak of what you'll find at the Cornell Plantations.

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