Cornell University

International Programs

117 Ives Hall, 607-254-7255

Cornell-UniversityWelcome to ILR!  We are excited to have you with us in Ithaca, NY and we hope you will find this page helpful as you prepare for your visit.  Please review the links and documents below, and if you have further questions, feel free to contact us at   

Travel to Ithaca

About Ithaca (weather, schools in Ithaca, activities, places to visit)
About Cornell (campus maps, campus tours, libraries)

Travel to Ithaca  

Air Travel 
There is a local airport in Ithaca called Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (Airport code: ITH), and it is about 10 minutes away from the Cornell campus.  Depending on your time of arrival, you can opt to take a bus, taxi, or rent a car from the airport to get you to your destination.  Most flights to Ithaca require a stop in an international airport like JFK, LaGuardia (LGA), or Newark (EWR).   

Taxi-cabs are available in Ithaca, please see the website for details on pricing or you can reach them by calling 1-888-321-1149.  The taxis run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, some taxis do take credit card, however, we suggest you carry cash for your ride, just in case.

There are many different buses that run in and out of Ithaca.  To get in and out of Ithaca to other nearby cities like Syracuse (about 1 hour away) or New York City (about 4 to 5 hours away) there are many different bus options available.

For buses that run within the city of Ithaca, please visit the TCAT website for the most up to date schedules.  A ride on the TCAT is $1.50 for an adult and $0.75 for children (ages 6-17) and senior citizens (age 60+).  There are also other pass options for TCAT buses such as 1-day, weekly, monthly, or annual passes. 

Car Rentals
There are rental cars available at the Ithaca airport, but Ithaca also has a car-sharing program.  For more information on the Ithaca car share, prices, and proper procedures, please visit the Ithaca Carshare website

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About Ithaca

The weather can change very quickly in Ithaca and we suggest you come prepared with clothing that will allow you to wear different layers so you are always prepared.  It is important to check online for up-to-date information on weather conditions in Ithaca as weather does change frequently.

Schools in Ithaca
For information on the schools in Ithaca, please visit the Ithaca School District's website, there are also various day care options available.


Family-friendly Activities children-playing

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About Cornell

Campus Maps
There are various campus maps available.  If you would like a hard-copy map you can stop in at the Information and Referral Center in Day Hall, or visit one of the four traffic booths on campus.  If you would like to receive a copy through U.S. Mail, please contact

Campus Tours
There are many walking tours on campus.  The tour times and dates vary by season, please check the campus website for the latest information on campus tours. 

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