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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The tcat can be unreliable sometimes and they don't update their website with minor rout changes that can keep you from getting to your destination by miles. But most of the time it's not time and cheep quick and easy.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The TCat is okay but I'll love to have my car.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: tcat is okay can be late but they need more buses and its not free for ithaca students

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Car or bus are the best options of transportation. Ithaca also has an airport.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The town is about two miles away meaning there is really no way to leave campus except for the TCAT, which is a bus system that costs a $1.50. The bus is almost always late and you have to take an unbelievable amount of transfers to get anywhere. Which means that if you want to get to the target which is only 12 minutes away, it could take you around 45 minutes to an hour to get there. Otherwise the taxi's are ok, just taking them can get a bit expensive. Ideally the best option is to bring a car to campus but that also can get a little expensive.

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To discourage first-year students from bringing cars to campus, school administrators make the price to purchase a parking pass very costly. They claim that the public transportation system in the Ithaca area, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT), is accessible to most locations in the region. While this is true, more often than not, the buses are late or take an extremely long time to get to a location that is only 15 or so minutes away by car. The buses that service IC go to the Commons or downtown about every half hour from two different bus stops on campus. The buses also have a route to the mall and to nearby Cornell University. If someone needs to transfer buses, the bus drivers will provide a transfer pass when asked, so students don't have to pay the bus fee again. For the most part, although the TCAT can be frustrating, it does get you where you need to go as long as you are not on a time crunch.

Ithaca College offers discount bus passes to students, in the form of monthly or semester passes that can be bought on the TCAT website, if you plan on taking the bus often. At IC, if you have a car or know someone with a car, this is very valuable and can help you to avoid the bus commute and alleviate the stressfulness of getting around in the unbearably cold weather. If students want to fly home, their main option is the small Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport or the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Both airports are very small, so ticket prices can be high, and flight options can be limited.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive
  • Find a friend who drives
  • Ride a bike
  • TCAT
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the Ithaca Airport costs between $10 and $15.
  • Airline Limousine picks students up on campus. Call (607) 273-3030 for information. Other airports have similar services. Call those airports for details.
Local Taxi Services
Greenhornet and Cayuga Taxi are two popular taxi services in the Ithaca area.
Did You Know?
There is a TCAT bus teller that can be called during business hours for questions on what buses to take to get to one's desired location.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety escort service
(607) 274-3333
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Pick up schedules from the information desk in the campus center.

(607) 277-RIDE

(607) 277-7433

737 Willow Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport

This airport is located about 10 minutes from campus.

1 Culligan Dr.

(607) 257-0456

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

This airport is located about one hour and 15 minutes from campus.

1000 Col. Eileen Collins Blvd., Syracuse

(315) 454-4330

Elmira-Corning Regional Airport

This airport is located about 45 minutes from campus.

276 Sing Sing Rd., Horseheads

(607) 739-5621

Greater Binghamton Airport

This airport is located about one hour from campus.

2534 Airport Rd., Johnson City

(607) 763-4471

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Located in downtown Ithaca, this station is about two miles from campus.

710 W. State St.

(607) 272-7930

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Syracuse is about an hour and 15 minutes away from Ithaca.

131 Alliance Bank Pkwy., Syracuse

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 118 responses

  • 21% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 27% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 10% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 8% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 34% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 118 responses

  • 6% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 25% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 65% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 2% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 63 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 63 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 62 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 117 responses

  • 21% Very easy.
  • 68% Fairly easy.
  • 9% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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