Flying to the United States
Start working with your travel agent or airline of choice as early as possible to arrange your trip to the United States. Most international students travel to Ithaca from the East Coast via New York City (JFK or EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington - Dulles (IAD), and from the West Coast via Los Angeles (LAX).
Getting to Ithaca
If your international flight arrives at one of the following three major U.S. hubs: Detroit (DTW), Philadelphia (PHL), or Washington - Dulles (IAD), you may be able to find a direct flight to the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) via American Airlines, Delta, or United Airlines. ITH is located just 15-minutes from the Ithaca College campus. *This option is highly recommended for your first trip to Ithaca!*
Another option is to fly into Hancock International Airport (SYR). Please note that this airport is an hour and 15-minute drive to Ithaca. Students arriving at SYR are responsible for arranging their own transportation from Syracuse to Ithaca via taxi (Ithaca Dispatch - very expensive option) or by bus (Trailways - picks-up at at SYR Terminal A - Lower Level 1 - at 4:05 p.m. daily > bus change at Syracuse bus terminal > departs Syracuse bus terminal at 5:00 p.m. > arrives in downtown Ithaca at 6:30 p.m. > taxi to campus.)
IMPORTANT - WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING BUS OR RAIL SERVICE FOR YOUR FIRST TRIP TO ITHACA! These modes of transportation are relatively inaccessible from U.S. airports, difficult to use with luggage, and are quite slow.