Thanks to its central location, Tompkins County enjoys many plentiful transportation options.
TOMPKINS COUNTY IS LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL FINGER LAKES REGION of New York State about 250 miles to the northwest of New York City. The nearest larger cities, Binghamton and Syracuse, are an hour’s drive by car, while Rochester is roughly a two-hour drive. The city of Ithaca is at the convergence of many regional two-lane state highways: Routes 13, 13A, 34, 79, 89, 96, 96B, and 366. The Route 81 interstate highway is just half an hour away.
AIR SERVICE AND CHARTERS:
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport serves Tompkins County with daily flights to and from Philadelphia, Newark, and Detroit with direct Tompkins County Regional Airport connections from these hubs to nearly every major city in the United States and dozens of international destinations. Flight search and driving directions to and from the airport can be found online at www.flyithaca.com
AIRLINES / FLIGHT INFORMATION
USAirways – www.USAirways.com
Offers non-stop service from Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to its hub in Philadelphia.
Delta Air Lines – www.delta.com
Offers non-stop service from Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to their domestic and international hub in Detroit.
United – www.united.com
Offers four non-stop flights daily to its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
Ithaca Airline Limousine – www.ithacaairlinelimo.org.
Provides shuttle service to and from Ithaca and other regional airports.
Taughannock Aviation – www.flytac.com
Provides private charter and other general aviation services.
Other flights are available at these other regional airports (with travel times)
Elmira – 50 minutes
Syracuse – 1 hour 15 minutes
Binghamton – 1 hour
Rochester – 2 hours
Ithaca is the center of an extensive public bus transportation system – TCAT Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (www.tcatbus.com) – which carried over three million passengers in 2008. TCAT currently operates 38 routes, many running seven days a week. It has frequent service to downtown, Cornell, Ithaca College, and the Shops at Ithaca Mall in the neighboring Town of Lansing. GADABOUT Transportation Services, Inc. provides demand-response paratransit service for seniors over 60 and people with disabilities. There is also frequent intercity bus service by Greyhound Lines, New York Trailways, and Shortline (Coach USA), particularly to Binghamton and New York City, with additional service to Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse, and (via connections in Binghamton) to Utica and Albany.
TCAT – Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit
Gadabout Transportation Services
New York Trailways
Swarthout Coaches, Inc.