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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Tcat bus system is pretty good. Will get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. Lots of buses from Ithaca to places like NYC, Syracuse, Cinn., etc. Even have a very expensive airport to fly into. IF you bring a car, chances are you will get a ticket at some point. Parking rules are ridiculous.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: The TCAT is convenient for getting around campus and to a few off-campus locations (mall, airport, commons, etc.). However, having a car makes things a lot easier

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Walking in the snow is bad, but everything else is fine.

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5 College Student

Transportation: The T-Cat Bus system is pretty great. It takes some time before you can really figure out how it works, but overall I'd say it's fairly convenient and quite cheap. The campus is also good for walking and fairly isolated from outside traffic.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The first year Cornell gives you a bus pass that you can use at all times to ride the local TCAT bus, which will take you anywhere in Ithaca. After that, the cost of the pass is subsidized. The bus is free to all Cornell students, even if they didn't buy the pass, on nights and weekends.

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Most students say that transportation in and around Ithaca is very convenient, although schedules take some time to get used to. The TCAT bus system provides shuttle services between central and other parts of campus, as well as to downtown Ithaca, the mall, and Wegman’s grocery store. Bus passes are free for first-year and transfer students, but even paying for a bus pass is relatively affordable.

Cornell is a large campus, and for those who don’t want to walk a lot, buses are much easier than cars for getting to and from class. Transportation out of Ithaca is relatively simple, and those wishing to travel by bus may do so through Greyhound, Shortline, or Swarthout Coaches—these lines will pick students up right on campus. Unfortunately, Ithaca’s airport is very small, so if you need to fly to a remote domestic location, you’ll have to travel an extra hour to Syracuse Regional Airport.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Ithaca Carshare
  • Drive
  • The Tompkins TCAT
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Cabs Serving Ithaca Airport Ithaca Airline Limousine (800) 273-9197 or (607) 273-3030
  • Car
  • Ithaca Limousine
  • Taxi

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Ithaca Carshare

Ithaca Carshare is a nonprofit that works to support carsharing on campus. For more information vist:

(607) 277-3210


(607) 277-RIDE

Tompkins TCAT

(607) 277-RIDE

CU Transit Charters

(607) 277-RIDE

Public TransitWhat's This?

Swarthout Coaches & Tours

(607) 257-2277

115 Graham Rd. Ithaca

Short Line Bus Co.

(607) 277-8800

710 W. State St. Ithaca

New York Trailways

(800) 295-5555

181 Ellicott St. Buffalo

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Located an hour out of Ithaca and serves a variety of domestic locations.

(315) 454-4330

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

Located three miles northeast of Ithaca just off of NYS Route 13 on Brown Road. Cornell is just a 10-minute drive from the airport.

(607) 257-0456

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Bus Lines

710 W. State St. Ithaca

(607) 272-7930 or (607) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 124 responses

  • 64% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 27% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 124 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 4% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 81% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 66 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 65 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 65 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 123 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 71% Fairly easy.
  • 11% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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